Image © Classic Rock Legends 2003
(27 December 2003)
The latest DVD by the band is entitled Mostly
Autumn At The Grand Opera House York
(Classic Rock Legends (UK) CRL DVD 1514, 2003).
The day after the magnificent concert from which this DVD
came, I posted a highly emotional paragraph on the Mostly
Autumn website asking for its instant release. A paragraph
which, much to my embarrassment, has found its way into
the souvenir booklet itself. Just two months after the event,
this record of the gig is already available. The only question
remains: can the DVD match the majesty of the event
The answer is a triumphant yes. This is a sumptuous
package, though the text could use a little editing, the two
DVD set is presented with an interesting 50-page booklet,
some original artwork by Heather Findlay and it showcases
the splendid photography of Chris Walkden.
Classic Rock Productions have got the content of the
DVDs absolutely right. The first disc is the standard release,
a 90-minute version of the concert featuring the tracks from
Passengers and the astonishing version of "The Gap
is too wide," during which, at one point, there were 25
musicians on stage, including Iona’s Troy Donockley.
The DVD also includes the usual brief-but-entertaining
behind the scenes documentary, which accompanies three
videos showcasing the original audio-visual presentations
from the show. This is an excellent and entirely appropriate
idea, as the multi-media elements of the show, inevitably,
suffer a little on the small screen. One comment though:
a band commentary would have made a great package
The second DVD is what hardcore fans, like me, will want.
A complete, no-nonsense presentation of the show without
frills (except for the "Mother Nature" encore), superbly shot
and a worthy souvenir of an event I will always remember.
After the slightly disappointing The Next Chapter
this really is an essential purchase for fans and potential
fans alike, and takes over from The Story So Far
as their finest visual presentation to date.--Stephen