Bestival Live 2011 Import
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There are a few criticisms made which seem odd to me. Firstly, the trebly drum sound is quite excellent and provides a driving rhythm to all the songs. I could listen to it all day (and I have been). It's a drum sound that I especially like, also favouring that of Simple Minds' Mel Gaynor, and the hugely crisp and trebly sound on Steel Pulse's Live at the Rastafari Centennial album. It's good to have a sound that cuts through the mix and that provides real energy.
The second point raised is that it's a pity Porl Thompson isn't playing as The Cure requires two guitars. Not so. Simon Gallup's bass acts like a lead guitar at times, playing outstanding riffs way up the neck, rather than just plonking away in the background like so many bass players. This was a style which became prevalent in the late 70s with the likes of The Stranglers or Joy Division. So there is an interplay between Gallup and Smith that makes a second guitar largely superfluous.
The third criticism levelled is that Smith is just going through the motions with his singing. I can't understand this at all. On tracks like Open or A Night Like This, it sounds as if he means every word. Rarely has the lyrics of despair been voiced so eloquently.Read more ›
I would love to see a dvd/bray of this concert.
It must have been a great gig.
It's also the first Cure live album shorn of the usual rota of album-tour-album, capturing a one-off outdoor show three years after their last studio record, and also, the first that covers in its entirity one of the (rightfully legendary) epic concerts that have made the bands name. Other live records have been promoting a specific album, loaded with material from the then-recent release, and missing huge chunks of the evening. This is the first live album that features songs from their entire body of work, instead of promoting one specific album. And it is a glorious romp through the thirty year history.
Is this The Cure? For this album the band front yet another lineup (their fourteenth in thirty years), and also it is this configurations first public appearance. And yet it is unquestionably The Cure. Simon Gallup on bass has 30 years in the band, Roger O Donnell first played with them in 1987, and Jason Cooper joined on drums since 1994. It is not merely a case of Scary Bob and Some Blokes, but an fluid identity presenting one of the richest back catalogues there is.
From the opening "Plainsong" to the final "Killing Another" (using the slightly revised lyrics Robert has been singing since 2001), it is wonderful stuff. A journey through the bands entire canon, with many songs - such as the fun mini-set of 1979 era material at the shows climax - that have never been officially released on a live record.Read more ›
The main set ran from the opening chimes of 'Plainsong' (still sends shivers down the spine) to the frantic 'Disintegration' & the encores saw them play 'The Caterpillar' for the first time in 20 years. The version of 'The Walk' is great with the RO'D back on keyboards doing the song justice and 'A Forest' is majestic.
The sound quality is excellent and priced at £7.99 is staggering - many bands could take a leaf out of the Cure's book when it comes to value for money.
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This is a great album and the sound quality is very good wall worth it great band great songs I do recommend it as I grew up listening to this band.Published 4 months ago by punk not dead
Fantastic live album from the almighty Cure. Only disappointment was that Mr Robert Smith has succumbed to the pressures of PC!!! CD2 track 16 - Killing another! WTF??? Madness!!!!Published 17 months ago by kate
The Cure performing in front of an excitable crowd. Great sound on the CD. Play it loud.Go on buy it. Recommended.Published on 7 Jan. 2014 by Majors
Superb and typically excellent, rob smith does it again with his brilliant song writing and his amazing vocals. Buy itPublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by Sylvian7
Brilliant band, good choice of songs from their extensive repertoire though the recording quality is a bit hit and miss. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2012 by Mr. P. J. Mcgrath
A must for any music collection, the Cure at their very best - LIVE. some of the best music played brilliantly by a band at their peak.Published on 15 Oct. 2012 by Coast guard