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on 21 April 2010
Just a little bit of information for everyone interested in buying the special edition of the album. I bought this because I've seen the live performances from Laura Marling with the Mumford Band on YouTube and really liked it. But don't be fooled by the listings of the songs on the amazon description page, below that it says the DVD is a documentary and that's exactly what it is.
Although it says on the back of the album "Live from the Royal Festival Hall" all you really get are very short clips of the performances with commentary from Laura Marling & Band. But the commentary is sort of woven right into the songs.
Obviously there exists a full live performance of this concert somewhere because the bits you do see are properly filmed and recorded, but just not on this DVD. So while the songs are almost always disturbed by the commentary, that very commentary is often trivial and in return disturbed by the song clips.
In the end the DVD from the special edition is neither fish nor fowl, maybe it would have been much smarter to put the complete concert on the DVD and put the comments either between the songs or on a completely different DVD altogether. I was very disappointed by the documentary/concert and recommend buying only the album without the DVD. The only real reason I see for buying the special edition are the five bonus tracks you can download with codes found inside the special edition (the codes are printed on the back of postcards with some nice pictures on them).