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90mins of live footage of underworld at various open-air festivals including Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Brussels, and Holland. It recreates the feeling of being there with the added bonus that there are no dodgy people trying to steal from your tent and you are not clad in 2 tonnes of mud. This is underworld at their loudest and best. The footage from all five venues is blended seamlessly to conjure up a magical concert of the world’s best live techno band. The DVD has nine of their best songs on including "Born Slippy", "Cowgirl", "King of Snake" plus the dark and thumping "Moaner". The tracks are programmed in a DJ set like manner resulting in a slow beginning rising to a large and banging finale. Some are mixed into others, some are improvised into an extended version (Born Slippy), its just a visual and aural treat. Extras are generous on the disc with the choice of watching the concert in the live version or with the tomato video art (the videos which are displayed behind the group when they are performing.) Other extras include 2 audio tracks, 5 min of out takes, program your own concert and for the PC-DVD owners there is also internet links and a keyboard driven vision mixer which is very snazzy. The visual quality seems a little deteriorated compared with other movie DVDs that I have watched but not that much. Where this really shines though is in the quality of the music it contains. If you own a DVD player but may be considering the CD version I would advise against it since the DVD is maybe £4-5 more and contains so much stuff + more audio tracks since a CD can only really hold 74min (80 at a push) The perfect supplement to any fans collection.
An immediate and urgent Juanita/Kiteless opens, and it's rough perfection from there on in. A hard "Cups" leads into the harsh funk of "Push Upstairs". "Pearls Girl" is clinical and brilliant, and is the most polished track on the album. 'Cos they've brought a dirty, frantic life to the high sheen of the albums. "Shudder/King of Snake" is appropriately monumental, with the emphasis on 'mental' - hear the screams when that piano break comes in! There's a breezy "Jumbo", and "Born Slippy NUXX" just rips past. The album just keeps on building, and after a short pause for breath at the end of "Slippy", you know what has to come next - the title gives it away. It's the anthem to end all anthems. Shape-shifting, staggering then speeding, tribal and mechanical, linear and anarchic, atonal and blissfully tuneful, ever-changing and wickedly repetitive, the hook that just will not let you go... "everythingeverythingeverythingeverythingeverythingi'minvisiblei'minv isible"... a track you can't ever hear too many different versions of... "Rez/Cowgirl". Perfect.
This album from Underworld is a live one which includes live performances of 8 songs albeit long ones... It has 74 minutes of music making the songs between 3 and 12 minutes long... The album is actually really good. They obviously can perform live extremely well, and it all sounds good. I think the album has been recorded over more than one performance, and so it isn't a continuos live mix.... Jumbo and King of Snake are the best songs here, probably as they are some of the best songs from them anyway, and they just work very well as a live gig. If you are an Underworld fan then you should buy this, as this does provide more than just live songs, the tracks are lengthened and altered slightly.
If you own a DVD player - Buy this DVD If you have heard of Underworld - Buy this DVD This is simply the most stunning DVD that I own. This is 90 mins of Underworld at their best - Live. The main tracks are :- Juanita/Kiteless, Cups, Push Upstairs, Pearls Girl, Jumbo, Shudder/King Of Snake, Born Slippy Nuxx, Rez/Cowgirl & Moaner. You can view the 90 min concert footage in two different ways :- as the music with weird trippy visuals, or the live concert itself with even more weird trippy visuals ( for Gods sake don't watch this if you're epiletic !!!) This DVD really does capture the pure energy, power & madness that is a concert of this type. Its almost as good as the real thing, at least you know that the toilets are clean, and you don't have to queue up for half an hour just to pay £2.00 for a cup of tea !!! In addition to the 90 min concert you get 2 other songs (Kittens & Rowla), and you can program the songs to be played in any order, your own personalised concert. (Wow) For those of you lucky enough to have PC DVD you get a host of DVD-ROM material to play with. This really is the excuse you've been waiting for in order to buy a DVD player, it's that good.
This is unfortunatly not a brand new album form the band and is highly unlikely that there ever will be after the departure of Darren Emerson. This however is underworld the live experience, something that they are not normally associated with. It is more than just knob-tweeking in front of a live audience. This album which is as near as you will get to a greatest hits album charts the band's progression over there three album history and gives an insight into the raw energy and creativity that each member has contributed. The sounds of the crowd add a new feel to underworld and transform the sound giving it greater depth. This album is prove enough why Underworld are considered one of the most influential bands in dance music.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Juanita / Kiteless
3 Push Upstairs
4 Pearls Girl
6 Shudder / King of Snake
7 Born Slippy Nuxx
8 Rez / Cowgirl