This show is made up of mostly tracks from Steven Wilson's "Grace For Drowning " CD. I saw this show in Toronto and was very impressed. Enjoyed it much better on the Blu Ray thou. Why? I am not packed into an sold out club and I don't have to stand for three hours. But mainly because of the 5.1 mix. We all know Steven Wilson is the King of the 5.1 mix and he has not let us down here. The moodiness of the music gets a whole new life when heard in 5.1. That along with the images shot onto either screens or the band themselves really pulls you into the experience. Sound wise this is in my top five Blu rays. You might be thinking that you already have his last CD in 5.1 why do I need a live version. Where the original album is great but there is always something that comes with a live performance. Even now a days where through digital technology you can reproduce just about any noise on stage there is just a feeling that comes across when it's a group of people playing live and not building it up track by track in the studio. Don't get me wrong this concert is performed to perfection but the fact that it's being played live does come through! If you do not know Steven Wilson's music either Solo or with the multiple Band's he plays with this might be worth checking out. If you like Radiohead, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Camel, etc. This is probably for you!
Steven Wilson is one of those proliferic people. Can't stop doing things. Within the last 2 years hes' been on numerous tours for all of his projects [solo, Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, and No-Man] as well as record new material. While the discs weren't even "dried" he is already recording his third solo album with Alan Parsons in LA. On top of that, every project [except so far Blackfield] has had at least one live release.
This release is a variation of the Burning Shed release from KScope except this has no book and is stored in some ackward digipack DVD sized casing [why do they keep on changing them?]. There are no extras at all except for a "road movie" lasting 11 minutes from his tour.
The CDs are exclusive to this [and the Burning Shed] release and don't contain the intro and outro [from another Wilson side project Bass Communion] of the DVD/Blu-ray. Unsure why. Plenty of room.
Expect all the bigger [can't say "hits"] tracks from his two solo projects to date plus a new track.
5.1 and stereo for the DVD, DTS-MA for the Blu-ray.
Once again packaging by Lasse hoile [getting a little repetitive here] as well as the concert direction.
on October 19, 2012
One of the best shows I have ever seen is finally available on blu-ray! While not totally made for "home" (because they play behind some big "curtain" screen)the experience is still better than getting around lots of people and hearing them talk. The band is extremely talented and impressive, I'd say even more than Porcupine Tree and fans of Wilson's solo work will be happy to hear a new, never recorded before, song! All in all, it's worth every penny and it's a quality blu-ray, not some cheap quality one!
on November 22, 2012
Très bon achat, j'ai vu ce spectacle a Montréal cet été et ça m'a rappelé de très bons moments, je le recommande chaudement, de plus , le prix est très honnête.