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Roseland NYC Live [Live]

Portishead Audio CD
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Portishead are a band from Bristol, England, named after the nearby town of the same name, 12 miles (19 km) west of Bristol.
The band was formed in Bristol, UK in 1991, by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley. After releasing a short film (To Kill a Dead Man) and its accompanying music, Portishead signed a record deal with Go! Beat Records.
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00000DLV1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Cowboys (Live) 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Mysterons (Live) 5:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Only You (Live) 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Half Day Closing (Live) 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Glory Box (Live) 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sour Times (Live) 5:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Roads (Live) 5:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Strangers (Live) 5:200.99  Buy MP3 

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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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PORTISHEAD PNYC - Roseland NYC Live (Incredible 1998 US Go! Beat/London 11-track live CD album performing with a 35-piece orchestra at the Roseland Ballroom NYC show on 24th July 1997 plus Sour Times from San Francisco in April 1998 and Roads live at the Norwegian Quart Festival in July 98 picture sleeve booklet - tense dramatic and breathtaking!)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and Stunning Live Album 31 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
It amazes me that more people haven't discovered the absolute brilliance of this album.
Firstly, Portishead take the best tracks from their first two landmark recordings and improve upon all of them. In every area you hear virtuoso performances. The vocals go to places you've never heard before, the orchestration is perfection and every single instrument is both played with both technical perfection and masses of passion.
Secondly it is one of the finest productions you will ever hear. Every single sound from that day in NYC is captured with breathtaking fidelity and and delivered in a perfect mix. I've worked in some of the best studios around and know what I'm listening to. Records doesn't sound any better than this.
If you like Portishead then buy this album. If you haven't heard them before then buy this album. Roseland NYC Live was my introduction to the band and it took my breath away. The studio recordings, as groundbreaking and influential as they were, can not compete with the depth and emotion of this live album. A pinnacle of music in the nineties.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing 28 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
Its been a long time since the last time I heard something new and loved it. In this case however it wasnt really new, the concert was 9 nine years ago. But it is something new for me, and I'm sure was/will be for many others as well.

I'm coming from a rock/metal background, but also listen to blues and jazz and bands like Pink Floyd and, more the more recent Radiohead and Muse. THANKFULY I did not see the label 'trip-hop' next to Portishead's name when I first listened to this album. Had I seen such a label I probably wouldn't even bother to listen to it. So, don't let the label trick you. It's never a good thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Other reviewers have said it all - I just want to clarify a couple of things
1) A couple of tracks here are not the same performances as on the companion video. One of them, Roads, was recorded at a festival (and certainly sounds like it!). The other - well, read on...
2) None of the tracks on this album deserve to be damned with the faint praise of "faithful reproduction of the originals". For one thing, they're all loud and vivid-sounding, with a fine balance of ambience and clarity (and this makes a particular difference to the second-album material - Cowboys is a speaker-blaster!). Elsewhere, Mysterons and Strangers have extended codas; Half Day Closing (with all its vocal processing intact) ends with a strange `Liberty Bell'-like sample (!); most importantly, Sour Times is not the standard arrangement but rather the slowed-down `rock' version that's been such a highlight of so many gigs.
The only reason I've given it four stars is that it should have been a double disc with alternate versions of the four video-only songs (and how about an uncut version of Western Eyes - the live version was really heavy (!), far superior to the studio take).
But don't overlook it because of that - after all, you're unlikely to find a bootleg that sounds this good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever! 7 May 2011
I own the Roseland CD - In my opinion, this is one of the best live recordings ever made - but the difference between the vinyl and the CD, is substantial! If you own a relatively good turntable, this vinyl will blow your wig off. The textures are amazing and the deepness in the bass and sound is flawless. If you are thinking about it, don't. This album is a must have!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live it up 18 Jan 2006
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
Re-discovered Portishead through this album after hearing one of the tracks on a BBC Radio 6 programme - some cracking tracks!
Published 2 months ago by Jane Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dummy Returns
One of the great acts in their time, unfortunately it didn't last for a long time; if you're a trip hop/underground fan, it is a nice combination.
Published 7 months ago by Stallion
3.0 out of 5 stars I recommend the DVD instead
The DVD has better tracks (more tracks from the New York concert, notably Roads) and the audio on the DVD is mastered with more dynamic range, too.

The DVD gets 5 stars. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely unique Portishead
Sometimes you have to make quite a few sonic compromises when you search for the ambience of a live performance, but this sounds spacious, tight and atmospheric. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leepy Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Portishead
A great great record. It has everything you want and expect from a Portishead record except this is also an exciting live record with a great sound. My favourite Portishead record
Published 10 months ago by baz123
2.0 out of 5 stars roseland nyc live
if you think this a orchestra/rock band album it is not. prefer deep purple album with orchestra 1969.a let down.
Published 15 months ago by leslie1
4.0 out of 5 stars Roseland NYC Live
liking this @ the time for their distinctive sound, I struggled with better known studio albums
preferring instead natural live recording at a now defunct venue a fitting... Read more
Published 19 months ago by oskAr
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning
portishead are one of the few bands that give me the shivers. in a good way, obviously.
the production in this album is superb. Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by col
2.0 out of 5 stars over-flated
I disagree with most comments posted here. The performance was probably mesmerising but here the songs sound too orchestrated/big for me and detract from the atmosphere of the... Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2008 by Mr. David B. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly good
Just finished my first listen of this album, and still haven't got my breath back. Sublime, stunning, absolute perfection... words can't do justice to this amazing piece of work. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2006 by jwilf
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