Government Commissions Best of, Live
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Over the past eight years, Mogwai have recorded five sessions for the legendary BBC John Peel show. This handsome CD packages them all. In gorgeous sound quality, "Government Commissions" provides alternate studio recordings of the band's greatest hits.
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The tracklisting was very well chosen; the recording quality and production values are outstanding. Standout tracks include "Hunted by A Freak", "Like Herod", and "New Paths to Helicon Pt. 1".
All in all, a very good listen.
"Hunted by a Freak" and "Stop Coming to my House" sound about 10 times better on this. "Superheroes of BMX" also sounds a lot better. Everything sounds better. All of it slow, brooding, perfect.
This release puts Mogwai on par with GSPYE! in my opinion.
Also, every single album seems to get mixed reviews; no one album seems to be universally hailed as a Mogwai "classic". I suppose that's common for almost any album or band, but with Mogwai it was a bit of a stumbling block for me. So I dove in and bought this one...
...and I did the right thing! This album is AWESOME. I expect I'll be listening to it for some time. I noticed that some of the reviews on this site indicate that the live takes of these songs are weaker than the studio counterparts, and if that's the case then WOW... I can't wait to get their studio albums!
I must say that of the "post-rock" bands Mogwai was the most satisfying to me upon first listen. Perhaps because they're the most guitar-oriented of that group of bands, but this isn't so much a review of the band as it is of this album. "Government Commissions" is alernately relaxing and grating, immediately accessible (to me) and yet densely layered, frightening yet pastoral.
I understand that the sequence of tracks is non-chronological, and considering that the album spans 6 or 7 years' worth of sessions, this band has been remarkably consistent. I don't really have a favourite track, because they all sound great; I was engaged through the entire hour-plus duration of the album!
So... bottom line: If you're new to Mogwai this is a fantastic one to start with. Anyone have any suggestions as to the best studio album to get?
i have a few mogwai cds and this is my favorite.
its pretty mellow. i can let it play in the background while camping and almost forget that its playing.
the album is well mixed and the tracks flow together nicely.
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