Inmates: Back In History Live 1980 (MVD DVD)
C Sound: C Extras: D Concerts: C+
two rough decent concerts from their early years, Inmates: Back In History Live 1980 shows the likable, talented
British garage band in action at their early peak with two concerts featuring
their early line-up (including Tony Oliver – guitar, Ben Donnelly – bass, Peter
“Gunn” Staines – guitar, Bill Hurley – vocals, Jim Russell – drums and Eddie
Edwards – drums) performing two sets.
One is a
five song set at Dingwall’s in London, while the other is fourteen song set
from Nelson’s in Wimbledon. In both
cases, the shows are very good at their best, but have their rough spots and
both are shorter than one might like, especially (obviously) the first
one. However, it is another solid
archival find of a band that not enough people have seen or heard about and it
is nice to have it on DVD.
the 1.33 X 1 image is old analog videotape and it is hard to tell if it is
NTSC, PAL or second generation of either, but it is very rough and can be
trying to watch, but the music and their performances are worth the
suffering. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound
is really stretching the old hissy monophonic sound out a bit, so don’t expect
much here either. There are no extras,
but enjoy the music.
- Nicholas Sheffo