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Circuline

CircuLive - New View (multi-disc set)

Review by Gary Hill

This is a nice new release from New York prog rockers Circuline. It's currently available for pre-order with a number of packages. I was sent the digipack which includes the Blu-Ray, DVD and CD along with the concert program book. That's not actually one of the specific packages that I can see, but both of those items are included in several of the packages. There are packages that include autographs, t-shirts, and even wine. You'll find all the options at http://www.CircuLiveNewView.com.

I previously reviewed a studio CD from this act and a number of the songs from that set are included in the live performance captured in this set. The band's form of symphonic prog is definitely strong. While there is a modern angle, you will find plenty of ties to the prog of the 1970s. The live performances here are all top-notch. The video and audio quality are both very good. The show was recorded with multiple cameras and all that footage is put to good use. What I like best, I think, is that it's still a rather simple approach, with the performance of the band allowed to really make the whole thing work rather than a lot of effects and fast cuts. The videography should be all about presenting the performance and not overshadowing it, and that's what we get here.

The CD includes the whole performance. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray also have the same material on them. The difference is that the Blu-Ray includes a lot of extras including official music videos, behind the scenes footage and more. All in all, this is a very well put together set. It has plenty to please fans of the band and symphonic progressive rock in general.


This review is available in book (paperback and hardcover) form in Music Street Journal: 2020  Volume 5. More information and purchase links can be found at: garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2020.

 
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