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(248 min, Black Widow Records)
Prolusion. DELIRIUM is from the first generation of progressive rock bands hailing from Italy, initially making a name for itself as a gentle, folk-inspired band with acoustic guitars, harmony vocals and gentle backing by piano and Mellotron being its musical weapons of choice. While popular at the time, its initial line-up wasn't the most stable, and by 1975 Delirium folded. But after a 28-year-long hiatus the musicians decided to have another go. "Il Viaggio Continua" documents this second lease of life enjoyed by this semi-legendary Italian
DVD (170 min) - “Il Viaggia Continua”
TRACK LIST: 1. Intro / Verso il Naufragio 2. Movimento I 3. Favola o Storia del Lago di Kriss 4. Villaggio 5. Culto Disarmonico 6. Gioia, Disordine, Risentimento 7. Jethro Tull Medley 8. Preludio 9. Dio del Silenzio 10. Dopo il Vento 11. L'Acquario delle Stelle 12. Dolce Acqua 13. La Battaglia degli Eterni Piani 14. Jesahel 15. With a Little Help From My Friends Bonus material: 16. King's Road 2007 live footage 17. Viaggio Negli Arcipelaghi del Tempo 18. Archival footage from RAI Television 19. Additional live footage from 2009 20. Interview LINEUP: Martin Fredrick Grice – sax, flute; vocals Roberto Solinas – guitars, vocals Ettore Vigo – keyboards, vocals Pino Di Santo – drums, vocals Fabio Chighini – bass, vocals With: Chiara Giacobbe – violin Diana Tizzani – violin Simona Merlano – viola Daniela Caschetto – cello Loretta Oliva – voice
Analysis. The main dish on the menu for this DVD and CD bundle is a concert held in Genoa in February of 2008, recorded a year or so prior to their much-heralded comeback studio production "Il Nome Del Vento", which really made a strong impression well outside of their established fan base also. Rather unlike this particular production I suspect, that does come across as an item that will appeal to dedicated followers to a much greater degree than to any casual fans of this type of music, the stylistic expression of which covers a wide ground, with the main foundation in progressive folk music with occasional excursions in the directions of symphonic rock and fusion respectively, but more on that aspect of this release for the write-up on the CD which forms the other half of this bundle. The concert footage is of decent quality all around. Three or perhaps four digital cameras are utilized to capture the shots needed for the film. Not the absolutely highest quality cameras around, and mostly handheld ones providing close-ups of the individual musicians - and one I suspect had a fixed position to cover the entire stage area: decent resolution, decent color quality, but never truly impressive. Those accustomed to high quality DVD productions by the likes of the Metal Mind Records series of live DVDs will find this part of the package inferior in quality – much better than similar productions from the 80's and 90's obviously, but compared to contemporary live concert DVDs this one comes across as something of a tight-budget effort. The editing is of very good quality however, and my total impression of the film footage and editing suggests a professional venture made on a limited budget. The sound quality is superior to the film footage; if not brilliantly captured then at least of a superior quality, as is customary these days for even small-scale concerts. What I did find to be rather curious was the live performance itself, which to my ears appeared to be rather pedestrian and ever-so-slightly rusty, or perhaps even somewhat disjointed. The individual performances never quite manage to gel. Fans will recognize the songs of course, but I was left with the impression that this was by and large a band struggling to find their way. That is, until they are joined by a string quartet to perform some tracks from their then-forthcoming album "Il Nome Del Vento". These songs are performed in a tight and energetic manner, the instrumentalists suddenly uniting and giving a wholehearted performance that showcases their skills both as individuals and as a unit. The additional dynamics the strings provide to the arrangements are obviously a factor at hand there, and perhaps these elderly craftsmen found it inspiring to share the stage with four young, good-looking women too. Or, as I discovered later, it might just be the result of these songs being made by this particular line-up of the band, as the current line-up does sport a few members who weren't around during the band's heyday in the 70's. Existing fans of Delirium will delight in the additional footage of this DVD: black and white archival footage from the early 70's courtesy of RAI Television, a just over 10-minute-long interview taken backstage prior to the concert in 2008, some additional live footage from 2003 and 2007 respectively and an image gallery with shots of the original band and more recent ones from the last few years. Not too interesting for the casual viewer, but the proverbial icing on the cake for all fans who, I suspect, will be the main audience for this production anyhow.
CD (78:21) - “One Night in Genoa”
"Il Viaggio Continua: La Storia 1970-2010" is in many ways a highly impressive production, the total experience clocking in at just over 4 hours or so. That's a lot of material for such a production, giving excellent value for money. And while the main event covered for me is a bit of an uneven ride, the vast extent of additional material and the fact that this most likely will be the only DVD ever made by this band, makes it easy to recommend this production to any existing fan of Delirium. Those unfamiliar with this act might want to check out their classic 70's recordings and their 2009 comeback album prior to this one however, unless they have a particular interest in concert movies, that is.
Conclusion. "Il Viaggio Continua: La Storia 1970-2010" is in many ways a highly impressive production, the total experience clocking in at just over 4 hours or so. That's a lot of material for such a production, giving excellent value for money. And while the main event covered for me is a bit of an uneven ride, the vast extent of additional material and the fact that this most likely will be the only DVD ever made by this band, makes it easy to recommend this production to any existing fan of Delirium. Those unfamiliar with this act might want to check out their classic 70's recordings and their 2009 comeback album prior to this one however, unless they have a particular interest in concert movies, that is.
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