on 13 November 2013
A very nice CD / DVD Package which at times shows the band in full flight. The only major problem is that sadly Colin Cooper's contribution is lost in the mix, literally. As a showcase for Peter Haycock it is well worth watching, but the tracks on which Colin takes lead vocals - Running Out Of Time, Seventh Son and Going To New York, he just can't be heard, and his backing vocal contributions which are essential to the band's harmonies are lost totally, I have a feeling his main microphone was not working at all and his harmonica mic was being relied on. For me, it does ruin what would have been an excellent set...a little rusty here and there and some rough spots, plus a sitting down TV studio german audience, but the band really get into gear for Using The Power, All The Time In The World, Seventh Son. John Cuffley's playing is fantastic, Derek Holt bouncing with energy, nice touches from Richard Jones but generally too low in the mix, Peter Haycock showcasing his brilliant guitar playing with his array of exotic shiny guitars. I like the 'asides' between tracks which are just all part of the 'warts and all' recording... and what was John Cuffley thinking wearing that shirt, clashing against the stripes on the giant stamp backdrop...! :-) Prior to this I only had half of this set on a very poor quality dvd so it is nice to see it as close to 'full glory' as it can get. Stamp Album is an excellent album and the songs from it here sound great, I like the re-arranged Running Out Of Time, the studio version is a Climax classic, but when played live a new dimension was added.... All in all, it is enjoyable but....with Colin it would have been a classic... and it pains me to only give it three stars, and that is not fault of this release, it was just the way it was.... maybe not the greatest tribute to the sadly departed Colin and Peter, but definitely worthwhile.