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Diary of a Mad Band [Colour, Import]

Down Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Most typical southern band bios start with the cliché and overused phrase "from the murky swamps" or "bayou born and bred". Those sentiments, while holding some air of truth, are too redundant for Down. Down isn't your typical 'Southern' band. This is a band, however, molded and twisted by their environment. Passionate, focused, hanging on to their NOLA ... Read more in Amazon's Down Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Colour, Import
  • Label: Down Records
  • ASIN: B003Y7L5VO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it seems... 6 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
The press release prior to 'Mad Band' being available spoke of performances from each city visited on the tour...and the back of the digipack lists the songs on the DVD and says which city they are from. However this isn't altogether factual.
The DVD film is a series of performances punctuated with short fly on the wall clips. Sounds great...but the soundtrack is mostly taken from one London show, and even the images are edited so that many different shows are present as part of the same performance. This leads to many continuity problems and also a lot of syncing issues. Also, the final performance of Bury me in Smoke from Donington looks like it was taken from a terrible source - as this was professionally filmed and edited so I find this very disappointing.
The two cds are the whole of the London show - so in 90% of cases the audio from the CD is the same as the soundtrack to the DVD. So again, the press release which boasted a package 'also featuring another whole show' is misleading at best.
Don't get me wrong - this is an enjoyable package for Down fans - particularly those of us that went to these shows. But it doesn't do 'exactly what it says on the tin' so for that reason it gets a three-star review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, but 6 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
This CD/DVD is awesome! I saw them in London on this tour and again at the same Download Festival featured on this DVD so was excited when this was to be released. My only gripe and what prevented me from giving it the 5 stars it deserves is that the video for each performance is spliced together from footage of that song from each of the two nights they played in that city. So the bands clothes keep changing throughout each song, and some parts look like they're miming as the audio is from one performance, and the video is from two. Apart from that, this is a must have for any fan of Down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten 2 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
Vocals ruin it for me, Phil is nowhere near as good as he should be. Saw em in 2009 and he was on top form. Some tracks are just unlistenable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this band 15 Oct 2010
By pat
Format:DVD
first of all, let me say that i agree with the other people about the dvd, in my opinion the dvd is a waste of time. the reason i have given this 5 stars is live album that comes with this package. i managed to see them on this tour twice and it captures the mood of the shows perfectly, it is an amazingly good live album and i would say to people, get this just for that. it's a pity you can't get an audio only version of this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not live, but edited 8 Nov 2010
By Dennis
Format:DVD
I looked forward to this release, but I'm disappointed with its quality. It is not actually live because they have edited the shows, to match the best images to the best sound (I suppose). That is all very well, but this means, that for example Pepper have different shirts on, depending on which shows they have edited from - so one second his shirt is black, the next second it is red - all in the same song. Another example is that you can hear Phil singing in the microphone, although he is pointing it towards the audience. If you can look beyond all this, it is a good release. But in my opinion, it is not really live, more like edited music videos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 23 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Absolutely brilliant. Down. Live. Exactly what you'd expect - no guest appearances, no cover versions, no surprises- but so, so, so much better for it. An essential purchase for any casual or die-hard Down fan.
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