2003 – The Flower Kings – Meet The Flower Kings CD/DVD

This album (available as 2CD and 2DVD) captures live concert footage and special tour videos from The Flower Kings, recorded in their hometown of Uppsala, Sweden. The show also includes guest appearances by Hasse Bruniusson (percussion) and Daniel Gildenlow (guitar, keys, vocals).

It’s not just a grabbing together of songs or a recornding on one of an evening of live music, but it’s a carefully set up night where only epics were played. The Kings not only stake a claim to the title of best progressive rock band of the last decade, they justify it in all ways.

The ability of TFK to reproduce 30-minute compositions in a live performance is testament to their magnificence. They only play a handful of their finest epics but with near-perfection and “The Truth Will Set You Free” may well be the best prog epic of all time. Roine Stolt’s guitar work is extremely inspired and seems to be guided by Zappa, Holdsworth and Gilmour. He really shows that he is one of today’s most tasteful and versatile guitar players.

But the performances of all musicians, as well as the recording quality and cinematography, is jaw-dropping high and original. It’s simply terrific to see Jonas play so easy and yet so ingenious. Zoltan makes the band’s material swing and Tomas and Hasse complete the band’s high performance.

This DVD is an impressive introduction to how The Flower Kings has retooled the material of Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis and Zappa into the new century.

Disc 1
  1. The Truth Will Set You Free  [31:20]
  2. On Tour In USA
  3. Garden Of Dreams (Part One)  [27:07]
  4. On Tour In Europe
  5. Garden Of Dreams (Part Two)  [17:20]
  6. Setting Up For The DVD
Disc 2
  1. Humanizzimo  [23:10]
  2. Oddballs Of Rehearsing
  3. Circus Brimstone  [11:18]
  4. In Recording Studio June 2002
  5. Silent Inferno  [16:33]
  6. On Tour In South America 2000
  7. Stardust We Are  [26:25]
  • Roine Stolt – Guitar, lead & backing vocals
  • Hasse Fröberg – Guitar, lead & backing vocals
  • Daniel Gildenlöw – Guitar, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jonas Reingold – Bass, bass pedals
  • Tomas Bodin – Keyboards
  • Zoltan Csörsz – Drums
  • Hans Bruniusson – Percussion, backing vocals

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