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on 2 October 2001
ALIVE 1997 is a live recording from Daft Punk's successful DaftenDirekt Tour following the release of their luminary debut album 'Homework'.
As previously previewed on their DVD- 'D.A.F.T: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes' and featured in lower quality on their web venture 'DaftClub', the music is more than a mixing of album tracks but a furious live performance. Elements of rapturous cries from the audience, frenetic live looping, cuttings and samplings of album tracks such as WDPK and Rollin' & Scratchin are spliced blisteringly fast. Armand Van Helden's '10 minute funk mix' of 'Da Funk' 7mins 29secs in, being a noteable highlight. I mention the time as the CD has no track distinctions. Such astounding live mixing has only been equalled by dance music contemporaries such as 'Orbital' and 'The Chemical Brothers'. Like these contemporaries, Daft Punk rebuild tracks to audience electrifying crescendos, using detroit acid house inspired techno squeals or distorted Roland 909 samplers whilst simultaneously working in drum sequences and adding their now recognisable trait of french disco filtering. It's no wonder that like 'The Chemical Brothers' and 'Orbital' it takes two of them!
The only let downs being it's length as it clocks in at just above 45 minutes and the age of the material. However this is an excellent CD definately that should not be confined to the bargain bins of Summer dance compilations as the highly unique live reworking of 'Homework' tracks and remixes is worthy of being seen as original material in it's own light. All this makes it an essential purchase for Daft Punk fanatics and fans of dance music in general.