Status Quo were caught at the tail end of their psychedelic period in two of the three songs on this DVD EP -- it's a pity that the show wasn't transmitted or preserved in color. "Are You Tired of My Love" is a lyrical, ballad-style number that shows the group in a mode of admirable restraint, with live vocals and some spirited playing seen through myriad camera angles, on a number filled with enough harmonies to make it possible to pass for a Bee Gees song. "Technicolor Dreams" is less impressive, a more obviously mimed performance on which the cameras are too busy. "Spinning Wheel Blues," from 1970, is in color and it offers the Status Quo that listeners have known for the decades since, a hard blues-boogie band, closer to Canned Heat than to the Bee Gees, and they prove it here -- this track fairly burns, and it shows the members finally able to attack their instruments and music the way they've obviously wanted to all along. There's more life in that last clip than there is in the two companion pieces combined, and they look like they're having visceral fun in front of the cameras. Otherwise, the disc suffers from the same shortcomings as the other releases in this series -- the brevity of the running time (three songs in place of the usual four) and the absence of a "play all" function are annoying, and the devotion of a lot of disc space to the promotion of other releases is just plain crass -- only the "video jukebox," featuring Steve Marriott, Jack Bruce, Leon Russell, et al. in concert is worthwhile, and that's repeated on every DVD EP release in this cycle. And the pop-up function manages to be dull in the extreme.
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