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5.0 out of 5 stars And it all comes flooding back, 27 Dec 2012
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Mr. M. A. Reed (Argleton, GB) - See all my reviews
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Released two years after the triumphant, do-or-die reunion show at the Albert Hall, Suede capture something that has always been missing before in live releases : the spirit, the fire. The joy.

"Live At The Albert Hall" may be prosaically titled and immaculately presented. But more than that, this is exactly what it felt like to be there. Because Suede weren't just a band. Suede were so much more than your newspaper headlines of Blurasis. Suede were a world you could live in, not a distraction from the world you were forced to live in.

This is the best live document there could be : an perfect capture of the best show the band played. Bottled lightning. With the bands best known, and critically underappreciated lineup, that birthed "Coming Up", "Head Music" and most of "A New Morning", this luxuriant four disc set (two DVD's and two CD's), present exactly everything that made Suede as important as air. Sure, the first guitarist isn't there - but he doesn't want to be. And to have him would be to discount huge chunks of the band's work.

There's no sense that this isn't the band's definitive lineup from how they play, or the way that Neil Codling (keyboards, guitars, vocals) and Richard Oakes (guitars) create a symphony of noise. Behind them, Mat Osman and Simon Gilbert, who have been an underappreciated rhythm section fo rover 20 years, lock into a precise, glorious groove. The moment where Mat unconsciously taps along to the groove, where the band smile and laugh and joke around inbetween songs, all are captured here with an intimacy you wouldn't get with a stage managed DVD. There's a refreshing, relaxed, and unusual set of angles.

Brett Anderson said that this was the best show Suede ever played. I haven't seen quite as many Suede shows as him, but you better believe it.

And, at last, Suede's true vocation - as a passionate and vital live act - is captured. The previous abundance of live footage never quite caught the group the way this does. Suede were overlooked, critically damned in their last few years, and subject to the passing and immature whims of a stupid public and a fickle press, but still, they were something special and so much more than anyone ever thought they were.

This set, the best show I've seen them do, captures the essence of Suede better than anything I have ever seen. Perhaps the whole thing can be summed up by Brett Anderson's candid admission as he came off stage that closes the documentary : "I've done a load of drugs, but that was the best feeling ever."

Sure, there's songs. All are present and correct. There is a minor sting by what isn't played - especially when two of the latter day classics "She's In Fashion" and "Obsessions" are dropped on a whim backstage before the encore - but look at what is. Would I have thought that these songs would heard again? Would "The Drowners", "Metal Mickey", "Animal Nitrate", "So Young", "Wild Ones", "New Generation", "Trash", "Beautiful Ones", "Saturday Night", "Film Star", "Everything Will Flow", "Can't Get Enough" ever be seen again? And to sound this good? I'm not without critical faculties. I've seen appalling reunions. I've seen perfect ones. This show knocks it out of the park : and is just like being there. When, during the insane and impromptu standing ovation after "Metal Mickey" occurs - something I have not seen before in 919 shows over 20 years - it still gives me chills. I was there, and I couldn't believe it. It's not good enough to be liked or just good. It's only good enough to be loved and brilliant. It's all here.

Every gasp, every drop of sweat and squeal of noise, every moment that made this show the best Suede show there ever was, and here, on the definitive live release that for the first time, truly, captures why I kept coming back and back and back over 50 times, over 20 years, over countries, continents, and timezones. This is Suede, in excelsis.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Album/DVD ever made of a Suede gig, 2 Dec 2012
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C. Wilson - See all my reviews
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This package is beautiful. It's an absolute delight to flick through the pages and read about Suede's re-union for this show for Teenage Cancer Trust in 2010.

It feels like a real, quality product.

As far as the content goes, this is the best ever document of a Suede live gig I have seen or heard. And I've seen and heard just about all of them.

Someone reviewed this and gave it 1 star due to its price... I paid 40 for this when originally released by the band and am absolutely delighted with it. Worth every penny.

Also, I understand half of the profits are going to Teenage Cancer Trust.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAH, 3 Dec 2012
Really great live DVD. Amazing gig and very beautiful package. Ist worth 31.15 and every money.

Every Suede's fan must have it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suede in almighty return gig!, 29 Jan 2013
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M Norton "Dj Markie" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Giving it their all but....thats not all folks!
Super return/reformation of one of the best bands of the 90's! back on form & Entertaining!
I saw Suede live at the now demolished London Astoria for their farewell gig just as they were calling it a day! it was the first and last chance (I thought, at the time) that i would ever get to see suede live, and that was one of the most emotional concerts i have ever been to, not knowing if i would ever get to see this band play the songs of part of my life that meant different things to me and reminded me of growing up.
When they decided to reform the band, i knew i had to see them live again and although i missed out on tickets for this gig i was lucky enough to catch them and the O2 when the decided to do some more live concerts.
This dvd has given me the opportunity to see this concert and as at the O2 concert i wasnt dissapointed.
all the great songs, the album tracks, b sides and singles are all here.
So glad that now due to the response of the live gigs, Suede are back if only for one album? (hopefully not!) Bloodsports is announced for (May?) 2013 release and more live concerts!
If you have seen Suede live then buy this dvd that has managed to capture their live presence - If you havent seen Suede then by this for the experience!
The Teenage cancer Trust will benefit from your purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in place!, 18 Jan 2013
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Just what I expected, Brett must be one of the better frontmen of our time...! This concert is what every fan was expecting from Suede, the presentation is quite a work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing show from one the best bands!, 28 Jun 2014
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Brilliant performance by one of the best bands of the world! I love Suede, I love their music! They are part of my life since the 90's!!! It's really worth buying!!! Amazing! 5 stars!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Jun 2014
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Great stuff a must buy for all Suede fans and a plus being released on vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album and comeback, 21 Jun 2014
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Suede kings of Indies in the early nineties if you need an intro to a great band this album has it all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough!, 12 Dec 2012
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The ultimate Suede DVD from the ultimate Suede gig. Brett Anderson's ear-to-ear grin throughout the performance should convey everything you need to know about the quality of this show. Great set-list, wonderful audience, magnificent venue and the band themselves - NEVER BEEN BETTER! Any 'Suedehead' will adore this thing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jun 2014
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Everything is perfect!
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