After sitting on these tapes for over 4 years, Spaced Out finally decided to release this live footage in DVD format. "Live In 2000" is an incendiary testament to where where this blistering quartet was at, musically speaking, around the time of their second album.
The DVD is a no-frills affair with very little to offer aside from the main concert itself. The band had limited resources when shooting this, but managed to put together a very palatable product. Filmed using only one camera, we still get close-ups of all members at appropriate times to give us a sense of having been there. Recorded only in 2.0 stereo does not deter one's listening pleasure. It sounds good and looks good. Ok, so I'll get to the music already. For those of you not familiar with "Spaced Out", they are a Montreal-based quartet who produce a very hard, chops-heavy brand of jazz-fusion. The prodigious Antoine Fafard leads the way with his virtuostic bass playing. He is backed by the very technical Louis Coté on guitar, Eric St-Jean on keys, and the extremely capable Martin Maheux on drums. The band even appeared at NEARFest in 2002 and was very well received.
As with any DVD, "Live In 2000" addresses itself primarily to an established fanbase. However, just like with any live performance, this DVD can also act as a gateway to the precise and intense musical world of Spaced Out. I know I'll be watching my copy over and over again.
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