This is the real Moody Blues. The ones you fell in love with in the late '60s after the 1st 3 albums. No overdubs, no multitracking, no stage backdrops, no light show, no stage clothes, no orchestras or banks of keyboards, no stage full of supporting players - just 5 guys in a rock band creating magic with the instruments they hold in thier hands. And what music it is! Live and loose and thoroughy enthralling. Justins guitar rips though his lines with a fluidity you seldom hear on the records, Grahames drumming shows clearly why he's so important to the bands sound - again, you may miss this on the records. The mellotron sound is inevitably a bit raw in this environment, and some of the trademark vocal harmonies get a bit lost in the wind, but you get the picture. The film misses some tracks on the CD, presumably the film wasn't shot or no longer exists, but the setlist does include a couple of songs that weren't live regulars (Melacholy Man, Tortoise and the Hare), so its great to hear them in this context. The band attack all the songs with a passion and freshness that would inevitably decline in the following decades. I was lucky enough to see them the following year (1971) in a small university gig and it was one of the greatest gigs i've ever seen. This dvd brought back splendid memories of that occasion, even though the audience is 500 times the size here! (If you want the full IOW 1970 experience, get 'Message to Love')
Only downer is 1st 20 minutes of dull interviews before we get down to the performance itself, but you can easily skip them after the 1st time.
I watched this with a broad smile across my face from ear to ear. Raw, live, real and highly recommended for longtime fans.