Where do i start with this album?!
Daft Punk went 9 years between touring, and therefore 9 years between performances in the UK. 1997 till 2006 it was. Far too long. They released a live album, 2 studio albums and a best of album within this period, yet no-one got the chance to see them perform.
Then it was announced that they were to perform at the Coachella festival in the USA in 2006. That was it for me, i followed their every move, and as soon as they announced a UK gig - at Global Gathering in 2006 - i bought my ticket that day. They then performed again in the UK a year later at the Wireless Festivals.
I still rave about the performances and i still insist that it is the greatest live show of all time, and this is the greatest live album ever. It was recorded at The Bercy in Paris in 2007, but all of their shows followed the same format. The CD is the closest official media we can get to experiencing the performances again.
Unfortunately this means we do not get to see the incredible stage set up they had. In their usual Robot outfits, they performed 2/3 of the way up a massive pyramid, surrounded by a honeycomb of strip lights, and various other spotlights and screens. This started with basic white lines and progressed throughout the show to a full lit up pyramid displaying images, with every other lighting trick in the book being thrown out in time with the music. All before the guys themselves light up in el-wire red outlines. Stunning.
- They open with 'Robot Rock', a pounding, repetitive, guitar riff based monster and you can really hear the crowd going for it already. Its big, its loud, and its amazing.
- This blends perfectly into 'Technologic' with a little bit of 'Oh Yeah'. The build up to this is perfect, utilising Busta Rhymes' 'Touch it' which sampled Technologic. After the build up it just explodes.
- Next up is 'Television Rules the Nation', with a little bit of 'Around the World' as a teaser. 'Crescendolls' eventually gets mixed in giving a perfect mash up of the two tracks.
- 'Too Long' comes in next. An awesome vocal track with only the main chorus really used for the live show. This blends into the hissy vocals of 'Steam Machine' which builds up to...
- 'Around the World'. Classic house tune, even better live with the added effects. Its the start of one of the all time greatest mashups as 'Harder Better Faster Stronger' gets dropped it. Its perfect.
- After a little interlude from 'Voyager', 'Burnin'' Kicks in and you realise how much of a party tune it really is. So much fun! Before 'Too Long' comes back in. The crowd go wild during this as its when the pyramid lights up for the first time!
- We then get the bells from the start of 'Aerodynamic' before 'One More Time' kick in and gets the crowd shouting along. Aero comes back over for an epic guitar led vocal mashup.
- This leads into another mashup of 'Aerodynamic' and Daft Punk's remix of 'Forget About the World' by Gabrielle!
- Fasten your seatbelts for the next track. An insane 10 minuter of 'Prime Time of Your Life', 'The Brainwasher', 'Rollin' & Scratchin'' and 'Alive'. Definitely the hardest thing on the album and the hardest thing Daft Punk have done before. It just keeps coming at you, an absolutely huge track.
- 'Da Funk' is dropped next, with 'Daftenirekt' in there. 'Da Funk' is my favourite Daft Punk track and they do not disappoint with it. Editing the samples, adding effects, flipping things around. Great stuff.
- They then move into 'Human After All', mashed with 'Rock n' Roll' and 'Superheroes'. A great fun way to end the set before the encore...
- The encore brings back the vocals of 'One More Time', but Daft Punk like to play with things! They add a remix of 'Prime Time of Your Life', along with a couple Thomas Bangalters older tracks including 'Together' and the classic 'Music Sounds Better with You' which he did as Stardust.
I was going to give a rating out of 10 for each track, but then realised that i would have put 10/10 on every one!
A special edition of the CD is available which comes in a hardback book, with fantastic high resolution images of the pyramid and robots in action. Also in this is a second disc with the official video they made for the live version of 'Harder Better Faster Stronger'. This is also the only way you will get the encore as a track as it is not included with the standard edition.
The fantastic thing about this album is that it successfully mixes all of their back catalogue together, from the greatly reviewed 'Homework' and 'Discovery' to the less celebrated 'Human After All' - which i loved anyway!
Definitely one of the best ways to get into Daft Punk if you arent aware of them already.
As you can see, i have high praise for this album, and the Duo. This is definitely reflected on the CD.
My favourite album of recent years. 100/5
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Robot Rock/Oh Yeah
2 Touch It/Technologic
3 Television Rules The Nation/Crescendolls
4 Too Long/Steam Machine
5 Around The World/Harder Better Faster Stronger
6 Burnin'/Too Long
7 Face To Face/Short Circuit
8 One More Time/Aerodynamic
9 Aerodynamic Beats/Gabrielle, Forget About The World
10 Prime Time Of Your Life/Brainwasher/Rollin 'and Scratchin'/Alive
11 Da Funk/Dadftendirekt
12 Superheroes/Human After All/Rock'n Roll