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The Special Edition 5 Disc Box Set. Glad I bought this!,
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This review is from: Crises (Audio CD)
Okay - I see no point in reviewing the CD of "Crises" - it is well documented and has been quite well covered. All I will say is that this 2013 Remaster is, as one might expect, very good.
This Boxed Set isn't cheap and I guess you have to be an ardent fan or aficionado?
However, I'd previously seen it on sale with prices of £50, £60 and even £75, so the £37 I paid an Amazon was pretty reasonable.
The album always fascinated me because it was probably the first time Mike had let someone really share in the production and musical direction - the stunning drum maestro, Simon Phillips, who really dominates the closing section of the title track with a thunderous performance. It is quite extraordinary.
However, there are a few tracks that I have never really embraced - the rather weak and washy, "In High Places" with Jon Anderson on vocals and the rather trite "Foreign Affair". Thankfully, the cracking "Taurus III" and throaty "Shadow on the Wall" set things right.
The first disc is the Crises album remastered with extra tracks - singles and 12" versions of Moonlight Shadow and Shadow On The Wall.
The second and third discs capture the "Crises" concert at the Wembley Arena July 1983. It was a great concert with a wonderful atmosphere. (I was there!)
The band were amazing with each member giving their very best. The addition of the violinist - Simon House works very well. Bassist - Phil Spalding, Guitarist - Ant Glynne, Keyboard player Graeme Pleeth, Percussion by the wonderful Pierre Moerlin, Vocals by Maggie Reilly and the guttural Roger Chapman, and, the truly awesome Simon Phillips on drums, support Oldfield to the point, where, at times, he is almost incidental.
The performances are pretty varied, beginning (Disc 2) - with the rather 'ambient' "Woodhenge" which leads straight into segment of "Incantations -Pt3". This is followed by "Sheba", "Ommadawn", "Mount Teidi", "Five Miles Out" and a hefty chunk of "Tubular Bells Pt1". All the selections give members of the band chance to flex their muscle, however, it is Mr Phillips who has the edge!!
Disc 3 has "Taurus 1 & 2" whereafter "Crises" is performed in full, culminating in - Mr Phillips bombastic drum section. Yes - I am a big fan of this guy!! Then Roger Chapman comes on stage to do a stomping "Shadow On The Wall", followed by a spunky "Family Man" with Maggie Reilly with Chapman 'butting in' towards the end!
The concert sound is good and they have not tried to doctor the odd bum-note and occasional feedback.
The 4th disc is a DVD with two performances from this concert - "Crises" and Tubular Bells Pt1" with promo videos of Moonlight Shadow, Shadow on the Wall, Crime of Passion and a TOTP appearance - Moonlight Shadow, again!
The concert footage is not that great, to be honest; but, I enjoying watching the performances and the sound is pretty good!
Disc 5 is a 5.1 Surround version of "Crises"
The release of this set seemed to have been delayed, indeed at one point I thought it might never appear. I am so glad I was able to bag this, it was quite an outlay, but, for me, it was worth it. As always - you `pays yer money and takes yer choice'!
Four stars because there are weaknesses and flaws - but I was tempted by five stars.
As I said at the beginning - this is possibly for ardent fans or aficionados?