Now that Babyshambles have released the excellent 'Shotters Nation,' it seems like now Pete can get taken seriously as a musician and not just a tabloid jester; therefore I was sceptical of this DVD, with a pre-'Down In Albion,' set list; the old band members and feared it was simply a cash in for Christmas. However, it is a lot better than wasting time with bootleggers and will stay as a fascinating snap shot into the early days of the band. The DVD contains a fair few non album tracks and a lengthy 7 track acoustic section, which helps listeners part with their money. On the down side during the electric sections Pete is mixed really low, and mumbles his way through the songs anyway. Despite this the band are pretty good (not perfect) and liven up old favourites like 'Gang of Gin,' 'Babyshambles,' and 'Killamangiro.' The Guest appearance of Dot Allison is welcome, but underwhelming. Overall; the mix is bad, the visuals below average, and Pete isn't on top form. However for a cash in, its pretty good. I just wish this had have came out before 'The Blinding,' Ep, as I believe it was a bit of a mistake to release this now that the band are so much better and probably want to distance themselves from this sort of performance. All that criticism aside, for the price, and considering there are no other Babyshambles DVDs on the market its worth a try. Its actually very enjoyable even if it isn't technically good.
Edit: Now that 'Oh what a Lovely Tour,' is out, this DVD is largely redundant, as OWALT provides a better sound and picture quality, as well as a much better and more sober performance. This DVD has a more ecclectic tracklisting so it still has some worth, but for the casual fan, choose OWALT instead.