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progVisions is a progressive rock e-zine, published in English and made by an international group of members. Our objective is to become a centre of information that contributes to the knowledge, growth and development of progressive rock.

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IQ - Subterranea: The Concert [DVD] - 2002

If you are IQ fans, if you have lots of unpaid bills and if your girlfriend/wife doesn´t let you buy a DVD player... here´s your perfect excuse.

At last a progressive rock band has decided to innovate and to use new technologies for releasing a DVD that not only contains musical material but also extra material for your home delight. Of course there are other prog bands (I´ve got Yes in my mind right now) that have already released material in DVD format, but for me it´s more interesting that not so well known bands innovate this way.

Although IQ released a "Subterranea" VHS time ago (you can take a look at the review in its pV section), the most important features of this version is that you´ll watch the show with better sound/vision quality and, of course, the extra features included. This review will be short because you can see my thoughts about the music in the corresponding review.

And, as I stated, you won´t waste your money if you buy this DVD (although you already own the VHS) because there are some interesting extra features; namely: "Encores" (the encores with "Human Nature" and "The Wake"), "The making of Subterranea" with interviews with the production team and interesting anecdotes, an orchestral movement of IQ´s music, photos, and the possibility of enjoying the DVD with 5.1 Surround Sound and/or band´s commentary.

Fortunately, creativity still exists within progressive world and IQ´s career is more than album-tour-album-tour. Now it´s time for a new product that is not a "normal" live show and it´s more like an audiovisual experiment that reminds me to the great "Slipstream" by Jethro Tull, a mix of show and documentary recorded during A tour. Of course the comparisons would be unjust because the money and the creativity are not the same, but sometimes imagination beats money so we can watch "Subterranea´s" concept with a relatively high image quality and enjoy with these great songs.

This is the perfect gift for any IQ´s fan and for any progressive rock fan. IQ and "Subterranea" have already entered in history of music and now you can capture part of that history in this magical format.

Alfonso Algora - July 2002
rating - GEP [Giant Electric Pea]

 

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