First-a bit of an introduction...Spock's Beard has quickly jumped into the ranks of my favorite bands. I "discovered" them through the internet and purchased their double concept CD Snow in December. Since then I've picked up Day for Night, V, and several of the group's solo and side band CDs. Spock's Beard is a blend of melodic progressive rock ala Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant and Genesis with a healthy dose of the Beatles thrown in for good measure. Love 'em, and recommend them highly.
Having said that, I recommend this DVD. It is such a great value, for the very reasonable price of around $24 you get 2 DVDs and a bonus CD. One DVD is a live concert-Don't Try This at Home filmed in Holland-a wonderful snapshot of this great progressive rock band. The sound is less than spectacular but passable, the performance is big fun. The second DVD is The Making of V-a two hour documentary of the making of what many consider to be the bands best CD. I would actually bestow that honor on Snow my own bad self. There is a bunch of cool bonus stuff on this disc-the Legend of the Morse Brothers-a rambunctious bit of guitar tomfoolery that will blow your mind (have you ever seen TWO people play one guitar?), as well as a music video for the fun song All on a Sunday and other concert bits. The making of disc might be a tad long for the casual fan, but I found it to be an informative and enlightening look at the band.
The bonus CD is a welcome addition-it features studio outtakes from the Snow sessions, as well as live and acoustic versions of several band classics.
My recommendation? Go buy Spock's Beard Snow and V, listen to 'em a few weeks to let them soak in, then go buy this DVD.
Spock's Beard - Don't Try This At Home/ Live in Holland/ The Making of V (2002)
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