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Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack) [Limited Edition, Special Edition]

Coldplay Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
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Formed in 1997, Coldplay – comprised of Guy Berryman (bass), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Chris Martin (vocals, guitar, keyboards) – released two EPs, The Safety and Brothers and Sisters, before signing with Parlophone in 1999. Three additional EPs (The Blue Room, Shiver and Yellow) followed before their landmark debut album, Parachutes, which was ... Read more in Amazon's Coldplay Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Special Edition
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B0017NCVWY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Life in Technicolor
2. Cemeteries of London
3. Lost!
4. 42
5. Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love
6. Yes!
7. Viva La Vida
8. Violet Hill
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Death and All His Friends

Product Description


To say there has been a lot of anticipation for Coldplay’s fourth album, Viva La Vida, is an understatement. Having enlisted legendary leftfield producer Brian Eno, borrowed their album title from a painting by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and made tantalising remarks about sonic reinvention, the world has been curious (to say the least) to hear what the ‘new’ Coldplay might sound like. Viva La Vida definitely makes some departures from the band’s usual formula, which happens to be one of the most commercially successful rock-pop blueprints of recent years. The plangent chords, emotive melodies, stadium-rock rhythms and universal lyrical concerns remain, but Martin and co. have gone out on several limbs here, incorporating instrumental tracks ("Life In Technicolour"), using subtle North African and Latin elements ("Yes", "Strawberry Swing"), and overhauling previously strict verse-chorus-verse structures in favour of slightly more avant arrangements. The old Coldplay still shine through (see tracks like "Violet Hill" and the title song) but even their classic sound feels more muscular and confident. The band’s new flourishes, cosmetic and self-conscious as they may be, are enough to make Viva La Vida a welcome break from the old routine--Danny McKenna

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COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (2008 UK limited 10-track CD album - their 4th album [which takes its name from a painting by the acclaimed 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo] produced by Brian Eno and MarkusDravs including the singles Violet Hill and the classic title track. Housed in a gatefold card picture sleeve with illustrated booklet)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Coldplay have without doubt produced some of the most euphoric and uplifting songs, those which raise the hairs on your arm to those which bring a tear to your eyes. On listening to their first three albums, however, it soon becomes clear that if you take away the tracks which were released onto the global audience as singles, and study what is left, the material is distinctly average, and three or four great tracks don't make for a five star album.

On Viva La Vida, however, they have addressed this issue, not only do we have the uplifting crescendo singles we instantly recognise, but the tracks inbetween are also worthy of note and recognition. A mature album that takes one step forward from the others in its experimental ways, and is all the better for it. A crisp production really takes you into the heart of the Coldplay sound, unlike X&Y, where the sound production lost the euphoria that should have been felt when listening to 'Fix You' for example, and, as such, led to the albums detriment.

So, probably the first Coldplay album that you can tolerate from start to finish, without having to skip two tracks or more, (well one isn't that bad).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Coldplay 1 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not a big Coldplay fan and basically got this because of the hit singles on it. But surprise, surprise the rest are good as well. Well done Coldplay - I will be sampling more of their work on the back of this. The only slight downside (slight enough not to loose a star) is the packaging. I would have preferred a sturdy plastic case but as for the songs themselves, fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total awsome forgot how good vinyl really is !!! 16 Mar 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Everybody thinks digital is the way forward but you can not beat the tune playing through a needle in your very own eyes specially listening to this fantastic album like this Amazzzinggg
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet 25 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Coldplay have been a band that has perhaps become more distinctive as the years have passed, and their latest offering is perhaps the most original of their albums to date. These days, I rarely want to listen to an album very often, but this is an exception, and still remains enjoyable. Perhaps the most distinctive sound on the album, and a favourite of mine, is the tack piano prominent on "Lovers in Japan". Chris Martin says the band constructed this themselves because they liked the sound so much, and I can understand why.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends 9 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Plain and simple - I've never been a big Coldplay fan but this is honestly one of the best albums I have ever listened to and I have listened to thousands and thousands - most of which have been over-rated. This is a must buy for both the hardcore Coldplay fans and for anyone who respect and enjoy quality music.

Give respect where respect is due!

Jamie Frayne
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good effort. 7 Jun 2011
By del996
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this on a long car journey and was impressed how good it was, so good in fact that i didn't change the cd going there or coming back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Listening Experience !!!!! 2 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
an incredible listening experience the band and the band's singer contribute well to a wonderful piece of music, I don't own any of the other albums but may purchase them in future, but would definitely recommend you buy this album
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Coldplay 16 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although I've been aware of this band for some time, it was listening to Michael Caine on Desert Island Discs that alerted me to just how good they might be (he selected Viva La Vida). Received the disc yesterday and it sure is good - Brian Eno influence noticeable. I cannot recall the last time I purchased the work of contemporary bands and if this is the 'state of the art', it really means I must listen to more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice CD. Some excellent tracks.
Published 15 days ago by Tubooh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by p k wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
some good songs
Published 1 month ago by bil
5.0 out of 5 stars over and over again please
I have had this album some time now and never get fed up with it. The songs are wonderful, haunting and the more you listen the deeper the meanings become
Published 1 month ago by sarah staddon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, despite the press
I know the music press now like to dislike Coldplay, and I think I'm a bit of an anti bandwagon fiend and so I sort of agree with them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Winterbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars coldplay
took some getting used to this one for me. played it in the car on long journeys and have grown to appreciate it.
Published 2 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly crafted Coldplay release
The decision to bring in Brian Eno, in order to energize the Coldplay sound, seems to be an unqualified success to me - the aim, apparently, was for every song on the album to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Prog Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars Viva la Vida
Only wanted the one song really but had to buy whole Album.most of which are not my taste.But not expensive so not a problem.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Green Aviram
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
First item I bought and I am very pleased with what i recieved. The case isn't brand new but the cd is amazing in quality. Would buy from this seller again.
Published 6 months ago by Shannon Worsey
2.0 out of 5 stars Viva la Vida
Although the CD arrived as scheduled, the new CD did not look new as it did not have the usual transparent plastic wrap on it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sara
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