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Live Manchester & Dublin [Import]

Rodrigo y Gabriela Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B004YERTM0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Y Viva Acoustica! 7 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who was lucky enough to witness this explosive Mexican guitar duo on their recent UK tour, this new live album is a must have souvenir. Rodrigo & Gabriela are the Jack 'n' Meg of acoustic, flamenco fiery fretwork. Occupying the freshly discovered gap in the world music kasbah between Paco Di Lucia and James Hetfield. This album was recorded at concerts in Manchester and Dublin (where the duo are based). Any fan of beautifully played acoustic guitar works will find much to enjoy here. The performances are dazzling, but never turn into a creative cul de sac of self indulgent showing off for the sake of it. This is warm blooded and latin, like a good Rioja. You get two versions of what is emerging as their theme tune, a sensitive re - imagining of Metallica's anti - war epic "One". However, as this also appeared on their debut album "Re - foc", this is three versions in the space of two albums; so I'm docking one star for recycling material. Overall, if you are looking for a fresh axe to worship post - McLaughlin, Satriani or Williams, or if you just want to be transported to sunnier locations on these long winter evenings; you could do a lot worse than starting here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but could have been great 14 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
Having bought their eponymous album, I had high hopes of this album. It is certainly not bad, but does not, for me at least, quite capture the excitment that I felt listening to 'Rodrigo y Gabriella' or watching them live (although to be fair it is questionable whether any live album can truly do that). The repetition of 'One' seems unnecessary, and I agree with the reviewer who found the time devoted to Gabriella's chat to the audience a pointless addition. Left me feeling that this was a lost opportunity to really showcase two great musicians and their equally impressive music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live in Manchester and Dublin 13 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of Rodrigo and Gabriela's early live albums and their metal roots are evident throughout, but with their own unique flamenco twist. This was recorded in Manchester and Dublin and has tracks from Re-Foc on it, as well as an excellent interpretation of Metallic's `One'. At one point this is blended with Brubeck's `Take Five' to delightful effect. This live album shows all the flair and passion in their playing and the part at the very end where Gabriela talks to the audience about her experiences in Ireland is especially endearing. If you enjoy their albums and want to sample their sound whilst playing live then this is a pretty good place to go, but be aware there is also an excellent `Live in Japan' disc to enjoy at some point as well.

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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD AT ALL 16 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of live albums. Some people claim they are the only way to truly capture the spirit of an artist, whereas critics like myself dislike the rough edges compared to the more composed and polished performances on studio albums. That said, for a live album, this isn't bad at all. The songs are still well composed and are flawlessly performed. These guys seem to have figured out that traditional Flamenco type stuff only appeals to a minority, and so have spiced things up with accents drawn from variety of genres. Most evident is their Metallica influence, and Rod and Gab literally convert bits of Metallica's work into acoustic guitar performances. This is a stroke of genius, as it draws in a whole new type of fan who would not usually listen to Flamenco, jazz or any acoustic guitar music. In fact it's hard to tell whether this intertextuality is done out of respect for the other artists concerned or whether it's a clever marketing ploy. However, the news via the [...] website that a Metallica tribute album may be forthcoming, coupled with the duo's metal roots, is perhaps indicative that it is out of respect. And who cares if it is a marketing ploy... when the songs work as well as they do. Plus, they choose their subjects well. The reference to Paco De Lucia's 'Rio Ancho' in the 'Paris' track on this album uses perhaps the most euphonious Paco song available (a personal favourite of mine!) and is a brief and teasing glimpse of the duo's influences. Fair enough, this album may not appeal to those who don't like instrumental guitar music. But for those of us who do, it is reasonably entertaining (although I'd probably recommend starting with their 'ReFoc' album). Most importantly though, these guys inspired me to pick up my acoustic guitar and get practising! I even bought myself a new Flamenco guitar. Obviously I'm nowhere near as good as Rod n' Gab, but maybe someday...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 7 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed listening to this cd great rythm. Would like to buy more cd from them, the guitar is simply splendid.
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