Beyond Deeply Vale

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Thoroughly revitalized by the attentions of the ever-enterprising Ozit label, early-'70s free festival heroes Tractor are revisited across a stupendous DVD, 135 minutes of footage highlighted by two full concerts. Recorded at either end of 2003, the two shows do feature largely the same tracks -- the second show adds just two that aren't included in the first. The differences, however, are not subtle -- the second show is largely electric, the first primarily acoustic, and the shades of color that split the pair are remarkable. It's not often one can say such a thing with hand on heart, but Tractor sound as great today as they ever did. The DVD continues on with further Tractor jewels -- a four-song acoustic jam, followed by some rough but fascinating archival footage of "Average Man's Hero" and "Word Games." But the meat of the bonus material is a spellbinding half-hour documentary tracing the history of the Deeply Vale Festivals, and unearthing some fascinating period footage. Whether you attended (or are even aware of) a Deeply Vale Festival or not, Beyond Deeply Vale will transport you all the way back to what remains one of the British rock underground's most sacred scenes.