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Roseland NYC: Live Live, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 10 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Live
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000DLV1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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1. Humming
2. Cowboys
3. All Mine
4. Mysterons
5. Only You
6. Half Day Closing
7. Over
8. Glory Box
9. Sour Times
10. Roads
11. Strangers

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Limited Edition import-only vinyl LP repressing of this album. Universal. 2007.

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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 29 2007
Format: Audio CD
Most live albums pretty much lose the feel of the original studio albums -- sometimes they sound tinny and distant. No such sound here. "Live: Roseland NYC" has not only an orchestra, but the jazzy trip-hop of Portishead's two albums, and the beautiful voice of Beth Gibbons. No wonder it was so good.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
You probably know the score with live albums. If the sound is bearable without needing to be under the influence of mind-bending substances, if the recording is decent, if the group was up to par without resorting to peculiar versions of their own songs without making them better, if the audience isn't screaming stuff reminiscent of the Jerry Springer show, and if the Hell's Angels arent involved in a brawl during the show (see Iggy Pop's classic 70s live album) then you might (emphasis on 'might') have a half decent album in your hands.
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.
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Despite what everybody says about "Dummy", Roseland Live is their best album. This recording takes some of the best tracks from Dummy and the self-titled LP...and the hollow-ish echo-chamber quality of Portishead's studio albums unexpectedly comes alive. The first track begins slowly (what orchestras call an "overture") and builds to the thump-thump-thump of the live drums which immediately gets you hooked. Astonishing album. Portishead remains detached and trip-hoppy as usual, but the live drums, real orchestra, and Gibbons' wails pretty much put this album in the pantheon of post-mod classics. The "Roads" track recorded in Norway is too beautiful.
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.
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By A Customer on June 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the best live recordings I have ever heard, this album is as beautiful and uniquely melodic as it is soulful. Beth Gibbons tugs at heart strings, and her performance is legendary. If Portishead never records again, I believe it would be a travesty. Modern music has been bastardized, making stars out of gimmicks whilst failing to relate to the human condition at even its fundamental levels. With Portishead, the themes of love, loss, regret, loneliness and obsession are treated with an honest and appropriate delicacy; and the wall of sound that serves as its backdrop is like nothing you've heard before. There isn't a trace of superficiality here, and the live recording serves only to enhance the nakedness of its themes. Technically speaking, this isn't your standard 4 piece perfromance, this is a comprehensive array of instrumentation.
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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