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Ghost Canyon

'Moody Blues - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970'
(Moody Blues / DVD / NR / 2009 / Eagle Rock)

Overview: A band that was at their creative and commercial peak following a series of successful including 1970's A Question of Balance, The Moody Blues perform some of their greatest hits at the 1970 Isle of Wright Music Festival. Featured songs include " and Tuesday Afternoon", "Question", "Melancholy Man", and "Nights in White Satin".

DVD Verdict: Not to ramble, this concert footage is a great time capsule, and it's well worth the reasonable asking price. It's a true representation of the classic line-up Moodies live, and although they could be a little rough there's wonderful energy here, a true "live" performance by a band that looks a little intimidated at the magnitude of the event they're performing at.

Preceding the concert there is a 20 minute documentary including interviews with Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, and Mike Pinder, most of which were taken from 1998. Believe or not, Mike does pull out his old mellotron. Also, a valuable comment was made by Justin, where he mentions there are no other "real" live video recordings of them from this period. By "real" I believe Justin means that this is an auctual raw performance, rather than being lip-synched. This was the case with the previously released Live in Paris '70, but not with this one.

I wish the actual performance material was completely untouched, especially the "Ride my See-Saw" encore. Instead it's been made into a montage of various clips of the song played by the band through the years. It breaks the "time and place" ambiance, but as mentioned in other reviews perhaps the Isle of Wight footage wasn't complete. Small quibble, and the opening new interviews are very worthwhile, as mentioned before. [BC] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Archival video footage and new interviews with bandmembers Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Mike Pender.