The late 60's and early 70's set the stage for some of the best musical festivals known to man. These early pioneers paved the way for the festivals that we enjoy today; without a Woodstock or an Isle of Wight Festival, would there be an Ozzfest, Wacken or even a Vans Warped tour? Me thinks not. It is really cool to take a look back and see how our parents or even grandparents used to rock out. That being said, Eagle Rock Entertainment has just released The Moody Blues set from the Isle of Wight festival. The Moody Blues are an interesting group because they started out as more of a R & B type act, before evolving into a psychedelic rock band. In the late 60s' and early 70's, the band had really come into their own and was making waves on both shores. The band was out supporting, their now classic album, A Question Of Balance, which had been released several months before this performance. The Isle of Wight was a pinnacle moment in the band's career and solidified them as one of the top acts of that era by sharing the stage with the likes of The Who, The Doors and Hendrix.
Threshold Of A Dream: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival starts with a cool documentary which includes interviews with the members of the group, as well as some footage from the show. The interviews are from present day, intertwined with some vintage footage of the festival. I found it interesting to hear the members take on this historic day, some 30+ years later. The documentary also gives a brief history of the band up to the point of the concert. The remainder of the full feature, is the actual performance. I couldn't get over the clarity of the film. It transferred well to BLuRay. I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of the band, but did enjoy watching this DVD. It is cool to go back and watch some of the rock pioneers at the top of their game. Overall a very enjoyable watch, even though I only knew a handful of tunes.
Bottom Line: The Moody Blues at the top of their game. A look back into the past of one of the most legendary rock festivals of our time.
- Ragman is feeling psychedelic