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Live Consternation (CD & DVD SET)

Katatonia Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Peaceville
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Leaders
2. Wealth
3. Soil's Song
4. Had to (Leave)
5. Cold Ways
6. Right Into the Bliss
7. Ghost of the Sun
8. Criminals
9. Deliberation
10. July
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Details to follow..

Product Description

'Live Consternation' features a double-disc CD/DVD package containing Katatonia's blistering performance at the famous Summerbreeze festival in 2006. The show is included as a DVD (with sound in 5.1 surround and 2.0 ch) and also as a separate audio CD, all in super jewel case packaging. The set-list covers a good, broad selection of tracks from mainly recent catalogue titles with many fan favourites from current and past albums. The show captures Katatonia at their glorious best, during what was an extremely successful year for the band, with the acclaimed 'The Great Cold Distance' album release, 2 singles, plus European & North American tours.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality live set 29 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The only thing with this is that it is too short with only 11 tracks. The DVD included with The Black Sessions is longer and better but 4 times the price. The sound and picture quality are good. Visually there isn't a lot going on during the songs but it kept my attention. May be worth saving your money for promised releases of 'Last Fair Day Gone Night' and a recording of the recent Dethroned & Uncrowned – Unplugged & Reworked show from London both apparently coming out later in 2014.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive live performance, not so impressive DVD 11 Oct 2008
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Live Consternation is the first live release from Katatonia, and chronicles the band's performance at the 2006 Summerbreeze Open Air festival in Germany. I'm not really sure how to look at this release. Is it a live CD with a bonus DVD, or should this be seen as Katatonia's first DVD release that comes with a bonus audio CD? I suppose it shouldn't matter since the contents are the same, but it does make a difference.

If the primary focus is supposed to be the audio CD, and the DVD is just the icing on the cake, then Live Consternation is a very effective release. Katatonia gave a great performance, though at less than an hour it was relatively brief. The setlist was loaded with songs from Great Cold Distance, but they covered some old ground as well. You don't hear a lot from the crowd, and Jonas Renske's banter is kept to a minimum, which kind of brings the energy level down a bit. Given the nature of Katatonia's music, that's probably not a good thing. Still, the sound quality was superb, and the band's execution of these songs was flawless.

If you look at Live Consternation as a DVD release first and foremost (and to be honest, that's why I bought it), it's a bit disappointing. Again, the band's performance was great, and the video quality is just as good as the audio, but the 50-minute live set is all you get. There are no video clips, no documentary or interview footage, no bonus features of any kind. Compared to recent DVD releases by Children of Bodom and Opeth, that's just not cutting it. I will say this for the DVD, watching the band play live you get a much better appreciation for just how intense they are and how seriously they take their music.

I also hate the goofy "super jewel box" Live Consternation comes in. I know that's an extremely minor thing, but a full DVD case would have been much better, especially in showcasing Travis Smith's amazing cover artwork.

If you're a big Katatonia fan, then this one is a no-brainer, especially if you're the type who regularly buys live albums. If you're looking for a first rate DVD release though, you're probably going to be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Make Up Your Own Mind 13 Aug 2007
By FZM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So the purpose of this release is to capture the live sound, which of course it does - yet having seen the dvd/listened to the cd my thoughts of this release are that it's, well ...okay. I'd prefer the Black Sessions gig, although understand that was more of a production than Live Consternation, which is pretty raw (and that's not necessarily a bad thing). Track selection is good, more varied than I expected when I first heard of the concept. At the end of the day it's Katatonia, so of course warrants serious attention. If you're like me you won't be disappointed, and in the same probably won't be blown away.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD-great band 1 Jan 2014
By Susan L. Kaiser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
And a recording of a great show. But, forr some weird reason, the cd doesn't want to play in my car.
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent DVD 14 Mar 2011
By Pardonband - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great to have a DVD of Katatonia. Audio quality on the older songs far surpasses the studio versions. The songs from "The Great Cold Distance" didn't sound as great as I had hoped. The guitar tone on this DVD is a bit digital, and sounds odd on the new material, but is an improvement over what is on their older recordings. Video is decent. Mixing could have been done a little bit better, with a better balance between parts. A great item to have!! Hope they shoot a better DVD soon though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners to Katatonia and Great Value 11 Oct 2010
By Dons Word - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD/DVD combo is excellent. I see others complain about the DVD, but I think it is fine at doing what it is supposed to do, give you the show on your screen. Not the most professional, but far from bad. It just shows the performance with some small enhancements at times. I don't believe this was supposed to be a well crafted DVD release, more of a concert CD with a little bonus. I love packages that give you the audio and visual, and this one one is no exception. And for under $20?? C'mon. They could have sold them separately.

The real thing here is the Audio CD. That's why I got it and I will say I love the revised, live versions of the older songs. They sound really crisp and energetic on here, and the band doesn't miss a beat. The sound mix is excellent and the CD cranks! The tracks from the older discs (Viva, Discouraged ones, Last Fair Deal etc..) just make me appreciate that stuff more. Those older discs were great, but the production always seemed to lack something and the Vocal wasn't nearly as good and defined as it has gotten. Seeing this came out after 'Long Cold Distance', it gives those older songs much more life. The band made major strides with that release (gaining many fans as well) and knocked it out of the park with 'Night is the New Day'.

That is what this CD is about. They were revitalized and wanted to give the fans a revamped, live version of the songs that didn't come across nearly as well on the studio discs. But its one live set. A good outdoor festival show from Germany, so its really a cool representation of the band on that tour. No frills and no BS. A great thing for American fans like myself who will probably never get to see them live, and a really great DVD for the price of this package. Don't know why people would expect something more for such a price. The DVD is a BONUS! Its the band playing live from a few different angles. Nothing more, nothing less.

So this is a must have package for newer fans, and for older fans like myself, a good souvenir. Katatonia fans in general should love it and its a great starting place for those looking to go back in the bands catalog.
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