Live...At Last and More

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While prog rock seems to be all but forgotten in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century, a large and receptive audience still remains intact in the land where it originated all those years ago, Europe, as groups such as Pendragon continue to prosper. The quartet (guitarist/vocalist Nick Barrett, bassist Peter Gee, keyboardist Clive Nolan, and drummer Fudge Smith) has been around since the early '80s, but it wasn't until 2002 that the band issued its first home video/DVD, Live at Last and More. Comprised of a live show shot back in 1996 during a tour stop in Krakow, Poland (from the group's tour in support of Masquerade Overture), Pendragon appears to be a throwback (both visually and musically) to such '80s prog-pop bands as Asia and GTR. While some tracks are melodic rockers from the get-go (the opener "Nostradamus" and "Guardian of My Soul"), it seems that most of Pendragon's compositions follow the same formula of starting out quietly with keyboards before giving way to bombast, as evidenced by such tracks as "The Shadow," "As Good as Gold," "Breaking the Spell," and "The Last Man on Earth" (the latter of which contains lyrics that would make the folks in Spinal Tap quite proud). The DVD version of Live at Last and More comes with such extra added goodies as a photo gallery, an interview with the band, and a "rare" video for the track "Red Shoes."

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