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Wake in Concert Import

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  • Audio CD (July 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: PID
  • ASIN: B0049OQIAO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By squishflipcat on May 8, 2012
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IQ performs their 1985 album 'THE WAKE' in its entirety in 2010. If you clicked this, then you probably like IQ or maybe other groups which may have been lumped in with the misunderstood 'neo-prog' catagory. THE WAKE is regarded an early classic of 1980's prog-rock and one of the band's more popular entries. Disc one is the entire Wake album live in Holland, played in sequence. Disc two is a DVD of the same but with added 'encore' tracks. Three of the band had been on the original album.

WHY BUY THE WAKE live? already got the studio version. Anything different?:

1)IQ puts in a great performance. About as good as the studio version. Differences? I find Peter Nicholls' voice to be stronger now than it was in the 80's. I couldn't help but feel that the new WAKE was sounding more vibrant than ever and not just a recreation of a past success. A lot of bands these days are performing versions of their most popular albums live in and sequence(Rush with MOVING PICTURES is one that comes to mind).

2)A couple line-up changes may partially have something to do with it. John Jowitt(bass) had played with IQ for years but wasn't on the original album. He adds an extra energy in whatever project he works on, be it IQ, ARENA, JADIS etc. On keyboards, Martin Orford's replacement, former GREY LADY DOWN keyboardist Mark Westworth, fits in perfectly with the band's sound and is more than competent. You don't really miss Orford much. He compliments the band well. Since this performance, both Jowitt and Westworth have now left IQ, so this I believe is really the only recording of this particular line-up(Nicholls, Holmes, Westworth, Jowitt, Cook).
As always, Mike Holmes' soaring guitar is inspiring, as is the return of original drummer Paul Cook.
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IQ is one of several very good, or great, Pommie Prog bands which have chugged along for 30 years, whilst never achieving a deserved commercial success.
This says a lot for the comtempt that the Major recording companies had for bands, and potential listeners.
Which continues in their desperate attempt, through commercial television, to tell US what we must like and buy.
Dismaying is that this is working, at least in the short term.

Meanwhile, we have IQ, Pendragon, Marillion, Mostly Autumn, and a gaggle of other sterling acts struggling through on their own, or independent labels, and finding better recognition off-shore.

I've come to like IQ, after uncertainty with the firsty few listenings.
"Frequency" is excellent, "Subteranea" similarly brilliant, though so different.
I like Peter Nicholl's fragile, even plaintive singing, the often virtuosic guitar work, the better than solid druming and base. The lyrics are a challenge, but, who really cares.

So to the "Wake" live.
Recorded in a very small venue, in continental Europe, I found that the performance lacked sparkle. On film, this is not a great band to watch.
The sound is all well recorded, clean, though with no real ambience.
The playing is all one would expect of chaps playing (hopefully with the odd rest)for 30 years. The music comes from very early in the life of IQ.
The filmic component seems limited, and unimaginative.

The whole thing comes across as a really good rehearsal, that someone thought to film.

To be fair, I have a very large collection of bands in concert. Very few of these come up to scratch as visual art forms.
(Except Zeppelin's "Celebration Day", which is a tour de force)
One for IQ aficionados.
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