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This review is from: Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense  [DVD]  (DVD)
Live albums are usually disappointing (the sound mix is either too flat or too boomy, the audience noise can detract from rather than enhance the atmosphere, and most bands cannot capture the same feel "live" that they achieve in the studio). Live concert films compound the problem - with poor visuals, bad lighting, and a boring mix of close/mid/long range shots.
"Stop Making Sense" is one of the brilliant exceptions. It is successful because although it was staged as a conceptual documentary record - a post-modern attempt to deconstruct "live" performance - it actually provided a much better platform in which to experience Talking Heads in concert. The song selection is great (although I'm still not sure about the Tom Tom Club contribution...) and draws on all of the Heads' albums to date, especially the peak period of "Fear Of Music"/"Remain In Light". The visuals are intriguing throughout (use of camera angles, lighting and stage sets). And David Byrne is on fire as a shamanic presence leading the band through a mesmerising performance.
My only complaint is that the DVD extras are rather lame - surely there is some interesting rehearsal footage out there?