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Live at Glastonbury

Banco De Gaia Audio CD
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For nearly two and a half decades, Banco de Gaia has been consistently redefining world electronica, with his music leaving an indelible footprint on the global scene, sparking many a dancefloor and inspiring countless musicians to follow. His sound has been at the forefront of blending acoustic and electronic sounds, integrating themes and techniques from cultures and traditions the world ... Read more in Amazon's Banco De Gaia Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultimate
  • ASIN: B000024E3W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat a bit of Banco 10 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm surprised that Banco's albums have so few reviews here. His early albums are must-haves IMO. Live at Glastonbury has a great selection of his early tunes, primarily from the albums 'Maya' and 'Last Train to Lhasa'. It features the best version of 'Last Train to Lhasa' which has remained not just my favourite track of Banco's, but is one of my top 10 tunes of all time. Banco's beautifully structured music is simple, yet complex at the same time, and ranges from chilled to a little more upbeat. For anyone who likes chilled, ambient and electronica, this album should really be in your collection (along with Maya and Last Train).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Vince
Format:Audio CD
The track list alone sold this album to me, despite me already having practically every track on it. I've must confess to being a big fan of live recordings anyway, and this does not disappoint; the crowd are clearly loving it, and not without reason!
Firstly, it must be said that this CD does not lend itself to background chillout as well as some of the studio albums, but this is no bad thing. Also, most of the tracks are pretty similar to the standard album versions, but again, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. And that's about the only criticism I can find about this album.
My favourite tracks on the album are Mafich Arabi, which although it is almost identical to the version on "Maya", just seems to come alive with the crowd and the atmosphere of the recording; 887 and finally Data Inadequate, which is for me the best song on the album. It has a really funky beat to it, great pulsing bassnotes and some wicked samples, plus it's the last song of this Glastonbury set so the crowd are pretty wild.
If you after a more rounded introduction to Banco de Gaia the recently released "10 Years..." is your best bet, as three stunning albums were made after this was originally released, and this contains none of the material from these albums. Having said that, if you want an introduction to the earlier stuff Banco de Gaia did, then this is a great buy, and is a great addition to any Banco addict's collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Data more than adequate 11 April 2013
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I do just love this CD. The final track Data Inadequte to me is the high spot. I suppose being of the Star Trek generation, it rings the bells for me and has that excitement of the live performance as well. I would buy this CD for that one track alone and the cover art which is great.
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Difficult to tell how a live performance of this nature is actually staged, seeing as how all the material here comes from the first 2 studio albums, monuments of technical sophistication. Much of it sounds pre-recorded, straight off the studio tapes or somputer files, but there's a few parts where a divergence from the studio format suggests live intervention. Everything here is taken from Banco's halcyon days, when the music was much more interesting - compare it to more recent stuff which shows a growing drift towards forumlaic construction. Of course Banco's big break was on the Northern Exposure mix album by Sasha and Digweed, but for some reason he was unable to maintain that momentum and was eclipsed by rival and more commercial outfits like Orbital and FSOL, who charted singles and sold CDs in bulk. But unlike those other bands, Banco is still going strong, performing at open air concerts almost 2 decades later. Lets hope there's another live offering on the way; if not this one stands as a must-have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great live set 14 Aug 2005
By Joseph Geni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Everyone knew that Kincajou was a song for dancing, but who knew that the rest of the "Last Train to Lhasa" material would go down so hot at a live show?

This is a solid live release of Banco de Gaia, one of the UK's (and the world's) great electronic pioneers, performing live some time after the Lhasa record came out, so the bulk of the show is from that. Somehow, Toby Marks makes tracks I never would have thought danceable ("White Paint"?!) into driving club beats, although his earlier material goes down more sensationally ("Heliopolis," "Data Inadequate"). As Toby at this stage was performing alone, it is never clear exactly how much he is controlling the myriad and cascading layers of beats, synths and Eastern samples and how much he is relying on playback. "Heliopolis" and "Lhasa" sound almost unaltered from their original studio recordings, save for a few bits of timbral tweaking here and there. But other tracks are clearly more interactive experiences and are completely revamped for the live show. "887," which had to be shortened to avoid some "incriminating sampling," goes down particularly wickedly. Bottom line, it all sounds good live, and even if you have both this disc and "Last Train to Lhasa" you will find them sufficiently different that it will be worth the expense of owning both.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the group. 12 May 2005
By Gregory Wild-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Banco de Gaia before listening to this album, but it provides a look at one of the better crop of world music mixed with electronic beats style artists.

You can really get a feel for a band on record albums, and this album is full of energy, but mellow enough for a sunny afteroon as well. Its foot-tapping, drum-beat led fun that would make a great addition to any music collection.

Posibly its only fault is that, as a live album, some tracks are a bit overlong and were extended for the crowd. However stick this on a CD player in a park and that detraction soon goes away.

Overall - an excellent album, which perfectly evokes an outdoor vibe. Recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Re-Issue of a Classic Live Performance 26 Feb 2003
By Jeevan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Banco de Gaia were doing the world-beat/electronica thing well before it became hip, and they were doing it right. This is a re-issue of an album that was released some years back of their performance at Glastonbury, UK that has a lot of the energy and beat of their earlier work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Re-Issue of a Clasic Live Performance 26 Feb 2003
By Jeevan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Banco de Gaia were doing the world-beat/electronica thing well before it became hip, and they were doing it right. This is a re-issue of an album that was released some years back of their performance at Glastonbury, UK that has a lot of the energy and beat of their earlier work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Period. 24 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw that know one had reviewed this yet so I had to chime in. This album is second only to the Orb Live '93. Electronia and Ambient are very much studio forms of music, very tricky to get just the right vibe live. This one did it with flying colors! A must for any collection.
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