Jackie Leven is a prolific and much underrated troubadour capable of producing some lovely songs with heartfelt lyrics, such as My Old Home from last year's Lovers at the Gun Club, an excellent well balanced album. Winter is the first of the Haunted Year series that I have purchased and it may be the last. The first disc is a solid concert in a prison in Bergen, Norway. It has a rather quiet and casual atmosphere to it. There is not much ambience (the audience is polite rather than enthusiastic) but the sound is very good and he brings out several old favorites in what is an enjoyable set. However, the second disc, which is a concert in Germany is frankly poor, with a lot of jokes that don't hit the mark and music that is rather trite by the high standards of Jackie Leven. The overall impression is of an artist whose prolific output has now become over-indulgence. I suspect that the whole of the Haunted Year series is only for the afficionados. Please don't start here as you will miss the great music that can be found on earlier studio albums, starting with his early Doll days of Control through Forbiden Songs of a Dying West, Creatures of Light and Darkness and up to Lovers at the Gun Club.