|1. Humming - Portishead|
|3. All Mine|
|4. Mysterons - Portishead|
|5. Only You - Portishead|
|6. Half Day Closing - Portishead|
|8. Glory Box - Portishead|
|9. Sour Times - Portishead|
|11. Strangers - Portishead|
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 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. Some of them here, and especially the slightly less than brilliant ones are transformed to re-worked masterpieces.
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.