All That Could Have Been Import
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The Fragility Tour was an amazing experience (I was there) and Trent's decision to diocument NIN at its very best has turned out to be one of the greatest ideas he's had in a while. This CD is stunning, recreating the Fragility experience from begining to end and what a begining it is. Put the CD in your stereo and push play to be instantly attacked by Terrible Lie, loud, harsh and as clear to listen to as if you were there at the gig! While other live recordings have been pretty poor quality this has been worked on for a while and it shows. Every layer of the industrial madness is presented here with full clarity. Moving swiftly on into Sin, and then March of The Pigs you feel as if your there and getting rather hot and sweaty before Trent calms down a little and follows one pig song with another classic, Piggy. Fantastic.
This album could be labelled a "Best Of" as it is jammed packed with NIN classics such as Closer, Head Like a Hole and Starfucker's Inc. and this is by no means a bad thing. It's amazing to hear the difference between NIN live and studio produced NIN. Trent seems to go through a transformation on stage, he seems much more liberated. The stage is where NIN truly belong and this album shows it without a shadow of a doubt.Read more ›
This live album does EVERYTHING I want it to, to prove that NIN are NOT heavy metal and are in fact a band led by Trent Reznor, who are not afraid to release angst, love, torment and many other human emotions throughout their music. 'Sin', 'Wish','Head Like A Hole' and 'Starf**kers Inc' show a combination of examples of the unhappier side of life, which so many people are afraid to talk about.
I love the fact that NIN reach a level which thousands of fans worldwide relate to and this album shows us why. It is fast and loud then slow and thoughtful and every lyric means something to someone.
I have to say though, that the best part of this is disc 2, purely because it is so relaxing and melodic, it is the perfect example of how NIN are in there own class and have talent beyond the reach of any of the young hopefuls you see day in and day out on TV. We all have different tastes I know, but there is no substitute for talent, but that is what you get across the two discs in this set. Maybe if Trent does a duet with Elton John, deserved praise will be given. 5 Stars!!
The other side of all this is the 'Still' disc. Wow. This is where Reznor's Classical training as a young guy really pays off. Beautiful, haunting, expressive, you can really lose yourself in this stuff. It puts me in mind of some of the more recent 'composers', such as Michael Nyman's earlier work, and Wim Merten's, especially his soundtrack for 'The Belly Of An Architect', another wonderous piece of work. It's such a shame that when you talk about Nine Inch Nails to the regular joes they only know 'Closer' and say 'Aren't they a Trash Metal Band?' D'uh!!! Reznor really should be appreciated in the mainstream more than he is, I mean when you look at Manson's exposure on MTV it just grates when he gets the play and NIN can only sometimes be found at 2 in the morning on 120 minutes..... On the other hand, maybe that's how we Nine Inch Nails fans like it, it's our little secret, and as long as Reznor keeps on supplying us and surprising us with real gems like this album (even the packaging is cool!!), then that's how it should stay. Genius at work.....................
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing album, and the title track is probably one of the most under-appreciated NIN songs in history, it's a work of art. Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by Mark Slade
This album is nothing short of amazing. An album of perfectly recorded live versions of NIN's greatest songs with bits added and changed for a live show was always going to be a... Read morePublished on 10 July 2008 by Amazon Customer
And All That Could Have Been comes as two CDs - one composed of concert footage ("Live") and the other from the studio ("Still"). Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2002
Buy the limited version, if you can, otherwise this isn't worth the money. The live CD is alright. That's it. Read morePublished on 26 April 2002
this clearly is ana amzing album, the live tracks are just as good, if not better than the originals, every track blending beautifully into the other, unfortunatly there is very... Read morePublished on 15 April 2002
The new NIN live album was something I'd been long anticipating. The first disc itself is great, but the bonus disc 'Still' is disappointing and it didn't quite live up to what I... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2002 by Ben Saunders
As a music fan, I've heard a lot of good things about Nine Inch Nails in the past. Things like Trent Reznor is a genius. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2002
Nine Inch Nails never fail to disappoint. This double CD package is well worth the money. An extra copy is advisable simply because, if you`re a NIN fan, you will wear out the... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2002
well, here I go, nagging about the great Trent Reznor,... In truth, this CD is absolutly 100% ace, full of classics, the sound is cristal clear and full of dynamics, which is an... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2002 by 0BZEN