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2007 Alive (Ltd Ed) C Pac Live, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Dec 4 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Live
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000VS6PD2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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For fans of brazen electronic music, few acts offer the longevity, consistency, and booty-shakin' insistence of Daft Punk. In a kind of tenth anniversary celebration of the Parisian duo's limited-edition live album Alive 1997, Alive 2007 captures a long and sweaty concert performed before 18,000 hometown fans. There's almost nothing by way of original material here, though the performance culls all of Daft Punk's many notable singles from their uncompromising debut, Homework, the merciless Human After All; and the opulent, seminal Discovery (including lead single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which garnered renewed fame as the predominant sample buoying "Stronger," from rapper Kanye West's third album, Graduation). Regardless, devoted Parisians had weathered a full decade without a live performance, and the ecstatic, roof-raising release captured in this recording testifies to Daft Punk's inimitable position as one of the world's top electro-house phenomena. More importantly, perhaps, by fusing two or more "songs" per "track," Alive 2007 pulls off what 2003's remix/rarities album, "Daft Club," could not: namely, mixing the band's back catalogue with the kinetic fervor it deserves. At the end of the day (or the decade), no one does Daft Punk like Daft Punk. --Jason Kirk --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martine on July 21 2008
Format: Audio CD
I really like Daft punk! I enjoyed this CD very much & still pick it up again from time to time. They have great remix of their greatest hits live. I would say that Alive & homework are the best ones!
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Sick album, Id recommend it to anyone
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By steve_9364 on July 30 2015
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Great album.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
In one word, incredible. May 18 2008
By Yoshi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've always liked Daft Punk, for me, but their albums never stay in rotation for more than a couple weeks without getting old. This live cd, on the other hand, is absolutely amazing-- I've had it for a few months now, and it still blows my mind.

You really feel the energy of the crowd in these songs, and you feel like you're right there if you close your eyes. I've heard the live show is "the best concert anyone has ever been, or will go, to", in the words of a friend. This album does a pretty good job of getting that point across.

The remixes of the songs are fantastic-- the melodies of different songs intertwine wonderfully. My favorites on the album are "Robot Rock/Oh Yeah" and "Television Rules The Nation/Crescendolls". Seriously, though, you won't find a fault with any of the songs. They're all great, easy to love, and even easier to dance to.

If you're a fan of electronic music, you HAVE to buy this. It's easily the best house/electronic album I've heard in a long time.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Live Recording! Nov. 7 2010
By Gary Peterson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.

Gary Peterson
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Reviewing the 2CD edition... Dec 4 2007
By conditionals - Published on
Format: Audio CD
We all know the album is great. But the 2CD limited edition is worth every extra penny/ounce of time you spend tracking it down. It comes as a beautiful glossy book, with 50 pages of photos, and an amazing bonus disc featuring the encore (Human After All and Music Sounds Better With You!). BUY THIS.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Album! Brings Back Memories of the Concert! Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger! Dec 5 2007
By Doctor Sam - Published on
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This is absolutely fantastic album! It is like an orgasm for your ears. Daft Punk truly masters the art of mixing in this fantastic blend of all their past and current greats. I was at the July 27th Alive 2007 Concert @ Berkeley and this really brought me back to it. I relived the concert when listening to this CD. The crowd cheering, clapping, and singing along really adds to the ambiance of the recording. The One More Time / Aerodynamic mix was really something special and you could feel the energy of the crowd exploding! The deluxe edition is worth the extra money because you get this really nice case which includes a booklet with pictures from the Alive 2007 tour which featured the most amazing light show I have ever seen. And the second CD has such a great mix. When you pop the second CD into your computer it goes to fullscreen and you can watch the awesomeness that was the Harder Better Faster Stronger Alive 2007 performance live; it is even cooler because it is shot from close to a hundred angle (Daft Punk handed out video cameras before the concert and told people and then compiled and mixed them into this great video!).

Overall this might be the best album Daft Punk has ever produced. I know that I love it more than any of their others (and I LOVE their others haha). I would recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of dance, pop, electronica, or music in general. It is a pleasure that your ear drums are begging for.

This album is just harder, better, faster, stronger, and more technologic than anything you have ever heard and you need to show it some digital love at least one more time after you originally listen to it, because we are human after all, and not superheroes. It won't be too long before da funk leaves us and we are no longer alive. So let us robot rock!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great album, makes you feel like you are there (long review) March 14 2010
By J.P.D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Ro-bot. Ro-bot. Ro-bot. Rock. Robot Rock." So begins over an hour of nonstop music of exactly that--a rock concert performed without a single acoustic instrument, only computers and digital processors controlled by two Frenchmen in robot costumes. Covering a good portion of their large catalogue, Daft Punk's Alive 2007 album is a greatest hits of sorts for the duo--the way it may be played at a party rather than on a radio; songs transition from one to the next with little silence and often without a track break, they have increased sample and phrase repetition as well as dedicated time to building instrumental arches (of pre-recorded samples), and from start to finish thousands of screaming fans in the background bring the live experience to your living room. On the whole it is a technosonic masterpiece--bringing together electronic music, electroacoustic music, looping altered in real time, and real time digital alteration of the fundamental characteristics of sound (timbre, frequency, amplitude, duration, and envelope), all rooted in prerecorded samples.

Though it is a complete work, the album is frontloaded. My favorite parts of the album are contained within the first five tracks, engrossing the listener through the first half hour in a very punchy and hook-based style. While there are certainly highlights over the next eight tracks there are also sections which seem to drag and let the listener become disengaged.

The first two tracks of the album work together to draw in the audience with pounding bass and a focus on (sampled) vocals, while utilizing some basic live computer manipulations to create the music in real time. The first track ("Robot Rock / Oh Yeah") evolves utilizing two words "Human" and "Robot," as they are played in repeating sequence; indecipherable at first due to the sample being played at a very slow BPM rate, the word "Human" evolves as the track picks up speed over a minute. Drum and bass loops and a pitch slowly increasing in frequency and amplitude enter before evolving into a song closer to the original album version of "Robot Rock."

On the second track ("Touch It / Technologic"), Daft Punk highlights the use of samples, sampling a sample of their own song used by Busta Rhymes. Busta Rhymes's "Touch It" samples Daft Punk's original "Technologic," as Missy Elliot repeatedly sings, "Touch it. Bring it. Pay it. Watch it. Turn it. Leave It. Start. Format it"--the last line of the verse of "Technologic." Having been a major success the year prior, "Touch It" receives a large crowd response and may work to include listeners which discovered the group through Busta Rhymes rather than vice versa. The sample is heavily and rapidly manipulated in real time, affecting the frequency and overall tonal quality before Daft Punk transitions from into "Technologic" for the remainder of the song.

Track three starts off rather simplistically, sampling the groups' well known "Television Rules the Nation" track for the first 2:46 before jumping into a blend with "Crescendolls." "Cresendolls" utilizes an ascending digital keyboard sound with sampled vocal samples singing "Ya!" "Hey!" and "Hey ya!" The lyrics are simple, but the unified sampled yells of "Hey!" brings the crowd into the performance, as the crowd mimics the samples. A brief moment of odd transition and downtime begin the fourth track ("Too Long / Steam Machine") before the vocal and bass lines of "Too Long" kick in to bring up the tempo once more. The up-tempo pace is short-lived, as Daft Punk once again slows down the beats per minute drastically at the 1:31 mark. Over the next three minutes the tempo slowly builds again before breaking down at 4:36 to even slower than before. As if suddenly caught in viscous liquid, Daft Punk lets the music linger at a slow tempo before suddenly setting the listener and the crowd free at the 5:06 mark to the up-tempo phrase.

Track five is the highlight of the album, beginning with Daft Punk looping "Around the World" under repeated samples of a male voice whispering, "Machine." At the 2:02 mark, "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" enters without a bass line. Thirty seconds later, "Around the World" is layered on top of the track for another thirty seconds before a strong bass punches in to mark the tempo and momentum of the song as the vocal sample endlessly repeats, "Around the World." The vocal line of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" is then heavily manipulated using pitch-altered, syncopated clips to create a seemingly random but perfectly fitting section. In addition to changes in tempo, this song highlights the interesting use of loop layers--dropping out low end beats to make one focus on lyrics while taking a break from the punching bass or adding in the beat to once again drive the tempo.

With the highlight of the album coming less than halfway through, it is inevitably hard to keep up the almost euphoric mood. Beginning with track six, rather fittingly entitled "Burnin' / Too Long," drawn out sections distract from the mood; the tempo is up and the overall Daft Punk sound remains, but compared to the hook and bass-driven sections before it, track six and some to follow may inspire the listener to make a break rather than continue on. Though very similar in sound, Daft Punk transitions into a slightly different style of electronic music which is smoother and less punchy overall. The one glaring exception to this style shift is track eight, "One More Time / Aerodynamic" which is much closer in style to the first five tracks.

Overall, Alive 2007 shows that Daft Punk has mastered live improvisation of computer music. Though much of the greatness of Alive 2007 was created prior to the performance in studio-made samples, the performance brings the music to life in a way the group's studio creations cannot. I highly recommend this album for any fan of technosonic music.