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I love this concert. The promo/fan club DVD version has 4 more songs than the initial video release.

I don't think the crowd were quite as bad as they seem. I recall Peter Green saying they were under strict instructions to remain seated and not go crazy in the interests of not damaging the venue, etc. I also reckon they weren't miked very well. That said, it's interesting watching Tim's frustrated reactions to the forcibly lacklustre crowd reactions.

'Outer Mongolia' is a stand-out for me, perhaps because it's such a rarity. Apparently the actual song dates from the time circa late '77/early '78 when Tim and/or the band were writing songs about places (e.g. 'Amsterdam', 'Bergen aan Zee', 'Abu Dhabi'). 'Double Happy' works well as warm-up number. 'Mind Over Matter' kicks along as a great punk tune.

Great little show.
    All times London, UK.

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