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SKU: SPV087-65512
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Inside Out
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Collection of unreleased material from this German neoprog band that started out life as a Pink Floyd cover band. The tunes are taken right out of the Floyd play book. If you like later Floyd this is the deal. The set also comes with a bonus DVD that includes full 5.1 surround remixes of the entire CD as well as video footage. The problem is that it is PAL format so unless you have a multi-region DVD player or a DVD drive in your computer the DVD disc won't be of much use to you.

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