|Review: Saxon - Live Innocence|
Year released: 2003
Duration: 120 min.
Review online: December 14, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
This DVD is a remastered version of the "Live Innocence" release from 1985. The original version included only the concert, while the DVD also includes 14 of the band's videoclips as extras. What's weird with the concert here is that it starts and ends with a videoclip - surely I must have made some sense at the time? Both videos are also repeated in the videoclips section - go figure! :) After seeing the more recent "The Saxon Chronicles" recorded nearly 20 years later, it's interesting to see the band perform in their youth, at the height of metal in the 80s. I don't know where this was recorded, but they had quite a sizeable crowd in what seems to be a large arena. Now consider the year: 1985. Don't be surprised to see these guys wear tight spandex clothes that, well, look gay. :) Well, somehow that was the standard clothing in metal back then, even Slayer wore that stuff at some point. One can't help but chuckle anyway. The concert is a bit on the short side: 7 full songs and 4 songs played as a medley (don't you just hate it when one of your favourite songs is thrown in as part of a medley?) Length aside, this is a very cool show, with a castle-like stage and a few lighting and pyro effects, and a band that knew how to entertain a crowd (I should say "knows", since they proved themselves to be as, if not more capable in the more recent past.)
The videoclips are all extremely cliché and cheesy, but that was the thing back then, and in retrospect one could argue that things aren't much better today - different, but rarely have I seen a video that made me go "wow". Still, for those who saw those back when they were released, it's a nice trip down memory lane.
If you have to get one Saxon DVD, go for the excellent "The Saxon Chronicles". This one here is more for completists and die hard fans. But hey, if you can get it cheap, go for it - just don't go pay the big bucks for this one.
Originally released on VHS in 1985
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