After falling in love with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, then receiving a DVD player for Christmas, I took the predictable step of buying this DVD. At just under 2 hours long it represents good value for money (9 tracks more than the equivalent CD release, plus an interview & extra features). The interview is pretty good, about 20 minutes or half an hour long. Check out the 'wacky' camera-work though.
But the concert itself is truly astounding. Sarah has always ensured her music is recorded to the utmost quality, with superb performance and production throughout, and this DVD is precisely the same. From the opening titles it is apparent that the emphasis is on clarity of vision and perfection of sound.
But it doesn't end there. I was astounded by the quality of Sarah's live singing voice - she's amazing! Not only that but her skills as a guitarist and piano player are superb too. She holds centre stage with great confidence, giving a solid performance of the highest quality, conversing with the audience and clearly enjoying herself.
I'd even applaud the running order of the tracks here: Last Dance sets the scene perfectly and leads into a glorious rendition of Building a Mystery - you get a great rush of excitement as the concert begins. Similarly, the first encore ends with a powerful majestic rendition of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a superb climax to the show, leaving room for a final (and quite gorgeous) recital of Angel, just Sarah and the piano, to round things off.
This has to be one of the finest concert videos (or DVD's) out there. Just sublime.