I enjoy electronica music and I reviewed the Deadmau5 "For Lack of a Better Name" CD. Awesome album, by the way. Incredible! In any case, a rather pleasant series of comments followed including a few recommendations for selections which I might like. One of the Amazon reviewers, P Harper, said: "Gary! Gotta go with Daft Punk!!" Well, that's a good suggestion. Daft Punk appeared on my Amazon recommendations list several times and I appreciate the confirmation and the little boost.
In looking over the Daft Punk selections available, I decided to go with a set of Daft Punk Alive albums for several reasons. One, they were a good deal. Two, I've never been to a live electronica concert and my prospects of going are very slim. I'm 74 and would probably feel very uneasy at such a concert. I used to go to New Wave concerts (Devo, Blondie, Oingo Boingo, The Beat, etc) when I was in my forties and I really stood out then. Can you imagine a 74-year-old guy at a Daft Punk concert? Sorry, I just can't take that much attention. Well, in any case, I really love the music, it's great to listen to at home and the Alive discs give me a good feeling for what an electronica concert might be like.
The Daft Punk Alive 2007 CD is is overwhelming! It's one of the best live recordings I've ever heard irrespective of the genre of the music! Without question! It's just awesome! In a lot of ways it reminds me of a "Greatest Hits" album where your favorite band or performer presents all those songs which you have learned to love. The difference is that I've never heard Daft Punk before I bought this recording. I suppose it's a Daft Punk greatest hits assortment done up in bright new fashion especially for this dramatic occasion. The individual selections are masterfully chosen and seamed together into an almost continuous stream of melodic and dramatic music. It's real beat heavy and wonderfully melodic with a masterful blend of voices here and there. The sound is simply outstanding. Man, what more could you ask for?
The sound quality on this album is particularly good. I listen to it on a 100 watt per channel receiver with 7 speakers including two 12" woofers and an 80 watt powered subwoofer. It's minimal as far as high-end stereos go but it's quite sufficient for my aging ears. I usually play it at about half volume (quite loud) as I like to feel the music as well as hear it. The recording is just awesome. I'd guess it was recorded in some type of cavernous venue and it has a big, full, vibrant quality and I love the audience and the way it responds to the music. If you like good live recordings, this one is hard to beat.