Dee Vee Dee

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Touring in the wake of 2006's Hello Young Lovers album, Sparks pieced together a live show that confined the golden oldies to the second half of the show, while devoting the first half to the new album in its entirety. And it is a tribute to the loyalty of their audience that not a voice was raised in protest, and not a soul slipped out the door. Filmed in London with the brothers backed by a full band for the first time in too long, Dee Vee Dee is of exactly the same high quality that hallmarked the earlier Live in Stockholm showcase, in terms of camera work and stagecraft...musically, of course, there could be no question of its brilliance. Some surprising songs appear in the hits section: the Indiscreet era "Pineapple" had rarely been performed live before, while "Try-outs for the Human Race" was making its concert debut. But both sparkle like the jewels they are, alongside the expected run of timeless hits, while the visual side of the show is catered to by some fascinating projections and on-stage antics. Bonus material is slender but entertaining, some footage from the soundcheck, and some clips from the brothers' last visit to Japan.