P N Y C Enhanced, Live
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Re-working a selection of tracks from both Dummy and the eponymous follow up, PNYC demonstrates how the recorded can translate equally well into the live, given a little inspiration and creativity. Drawing on full string and horn sections and turntablist intervention from Andy Smith, they explore live soundtrack angles, lacing the original versions with measures of Lalo Schifrin, Barry Mancini et al. Although some may be sceptical at the lack of new material, they shouldn't be put off. As the neo-classical sounds of "Glory Box", post rock of "Sour Times", brazen brass jazz of "All Mine" and theremin-led hip hop of "Mysterons" all comfortably cohabit the same place, managing to re-work and re-charm their way into your sub conscious. PNYC is a class delivery from Portishead, from the arrangement and production to the performance and orchestration. --Found Sounds
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Portishead hit the big time with their sophomore album "Dummy," an exquisite blend of smoky jazz and subtle trip-hop. Which, admittedly, sounds like the wrong kind of music to play live, but it works wonderfully here. Portishead includes an almost equal mix of songs from their two albums -- six from "Portishead," five from "Dummy."
And surprisingly, the songs sound like simple redos of the mysterious, melancholy songs from Portishead's too-short career, not stage banter and stripped-down versions of lush songs. It's more than a little unusual to have a band's third album be a live one, but in this case it seems perfectly acceptable.
Backed by an entire orchestra, horns and some wicked turntables, the band plays remarkable versions of their songs. "All Mine" is even more beautiful and haunting than in the album, and "Sour Times" is even more breathtaking than it was originally. Most of the others are faithful renditions, given a powerful new twist with the strings and horns -- only a couple feel less cohesive in a live setting.
Frontwoman Beth Gibbons is known as having a lovely pop voice, and she is in excellent form here. A lot of singers are exposed in live performances as having less-than-stellar vocals, but Gibbons' performance demonstrates what a beautiful voice she has.
"Live: Roseland NYC" is a demonstration of what a good live album should be, showcasing one of trip-hop's best bands. Definitely worth checking out, both as as an accompaniment to Portishead's studio albums, and as a good listen itself.
This is totally, undisputably and unquestionanly NOT the case here. Because, this live album is so good it actually comes across better than Portihead's studio albums!
Stunning as this might sound for a live recording it is nevertheless the truth. The reasons why this is true are intriguing. To start with, this the blending of a live classical orchestra and an electronic band. Which, of course, could've been another recipe for disaster (has been in countless of cases before with other more 'organic' bands) but it didnt. What in fact happened was that this concert demonstrated that the mix of classic and electronic music is one that can work wonderfully without harming the charm of the overall atmosphere.
Furthermore, Portishead actually perform versions of their now well-known songs that are actually trippier than the originals. There's tons of psychedelia here to be had, and come to think of it, i wouldnt be able to name another album where a classical orchestra is involved where i could mention 'psychedelia'in the same sentence.
This is of course extra-rewarding. Portishead's songs when they are good they are brilliant.Read more ›
Caveat to the Portishead novice: listen to their studio albums first. The Live album is better as a compliment to the studios, not the other way around.
This album is a classic, pure and simple. And while trip-hop has evolved itself into near oblivion, we are left with a live album that does not merely define a lost genre, it transcends it. It is a standalone effort that defies classification. It is, quite simply, what it is - a great listen. a must have.
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excellent live music a must get and this is from a guy who is into heavy Metal which this album is notPublished 9 months ago by Matthew Bayne
The is the only cd of Portishead that worth the money. The others are far less better.Published on July 1 2010 by Ian Vallee
The song "Flowers Bloom" is by Mandalay on the "Empathy" record. Hope that helps!Published on July 17 2004 by Jason J. Klun
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I own this DVD and it one of the most beautiful concerts I've ever heard. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Christopher Ratzlaff
Love the PYNC live...but I am posting for the person who wanted to know who performs "Flowers Bloom." That song is by an incredible band called Mandalay. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Justin Elswick
A song by portishead called flowers bloom. I love it, but I can't find anything about it or what album it was on or any lyrics, which I want. Someone has to know something!!!Published on Feb. 25 2004
I cannot believe how great Portishead sounds on this live album. I normally *hate* live albums, but this one is in constant rotation on my cd player. I LOVE it. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003
Cool biz. This live album (to me) allows for the room nessesary to allow these songs to "breathe". Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002 by ADK