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Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

Circus Mexicus XX Live DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I had never heard of these guys before. The thing is, Roger Clyne’s previous band was the Refreshments. They had a couple well-known tunes including “Banditos.” Well, as it turns out Clyne and his new band have been assembling their own festivals in Mexico for 20 years now. This DVD captures the latest version of this event. The band really rock and this even includes a reunion of The Refreshments. As you might guess of something this new, the video and audio are both quite good. The performance is hot. This is more of a concert film than just a live recording of a concert. With that in mind there are interview clips interspersed. I’m not a big fan of that technique, but it seems a popular one these days. I’m also not a big fan of song titles flashed on the screen, but the way they do it here is better than most. The song title cards are nicely done and include album titles. All in all, this is a cool set. It would be a great introduction to this band and this festival, as obviously it has been for me. Fans of the group probably already had this marked as “must have.” It’s a classy disc.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2013  Volume 5 at

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