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Live From The Royal Albert Hall [Includes CD Album] [DVD]  [NTSC]
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Filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall during two very special shows in July 2009, Live From The Royal Albert Hall showcases the Killers at their live best. This DVD-sized package also includes the band’s first and only live CD with, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary. Live From The Royal Albert Hall features tracks from the band’s three studio albums, Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006) and Day & Age (2008)--including huge hit singles "Human", "Spaceman", "When You Were Young", "Read My Mind", "Mr Brightside", "Somebody Told Me" and "All These Things That I’ve Done"--as well as rarer tracks including a cover of Joy Division’s "Shadowplay" and fan favourite "Sweet Talk" (from the 2007 collection of rarities, Sawdust).
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that I have seen and heard from The Killers. No doubt
being a first live album makes all the difference.
This pack contains two discs, the DVD of course and a CD
offering 17 tracks recorded live, with over 78 minutes
on the CD alone. All of the old favourites are here.
Human, Mr Brightside, This is Your Life, When You
Were Young, Jenny Was A Friend of Mine, Somebody Told Me and
lots of incredible others.
I was doubtful about buying a live album, many of those that
I have bought in the past from all pop genres have had too
much crowd noise which can drown out the artistes. Not so
on this recording. yes, there is audience participation but
it is not intrusive, and is only apparent between tracks and
when Brandon calls out for it and eggs them on.
There are a few bonus festival performances included on the
DVD. Oxegen Festival, Hyde Park and the V Festival giving
tracks from each. Some backstage material is included too.
Brandon the quiet unassuming Mormon from Las Vegas becomes
something raw and alive on stage and along with his Killer
buddies backing him, the whole thing is very special and
recreates that concert atmosphere. The Killers at their
The whole DVD/CD experience is of 2 hours 40 minutes.
Well worth buying.
Well enjoyed by this 66 year old fart!
The depth and detail of the Albert Hall in this format, even when briefly glimpsed is sensational, and the richness of the picture was fabulous. I did notice that the sound synch missed a beat a few times - just slightly off with the drum beats, but I had read about that beforehand. I was surprised that this didn't annoy me but by the time I noticed, I was too happy with the show to be bothered. Sadly, I feel I may have bought my last DVD, and it feels like groundhog day when I had to replace my record collection with CD's. It goes without saying that the concert was fabulous, so I won't.
I saw the band live at T in the Park earlier in the year, and while some elements of the performance are similar (the set list is almost identical, and some of the songs are introduced in the same way), the overall "feel" of the Royal Albert Hall gig is more refined and intimate.
Highlights, for me, are the extended Day and Age Tour versions of "For Reasons Unknown" and "Bling" (both of which drop down and take a lull while Brandon Flowers encourages some crowd interaction, before picking back up and exploding into their utterly climactic conclusions); the surprise-packages of "I Can't Stay" and "Sweet Talk" (the former in particular is performed stunningly), and the one-two smackdown of "Mr Brightside" and "All These Things That I've Done"... "Spaceman" and "Dustland Fairytale" are a pretty powerful combination too. Generally speaking, all of the tracks sound far better live than they do recorded; there's more energy and clarity to them and Flowers' voice sounds tremendous when it isn't needlessly roboticized as it sometimes is in their albums.
The only song that I feel somewhat drags is "The World We Live In", but that's more to do with the fact that the studio version was never a favourite of mine anyway, not because it's a sub-par performance -- if you like the song, you'll like the live version more than I did.
The DVD begins and ends with new versions of "Enterlude" and "Exitlude", and features bonus performances, including one of my personal favourites "Tranquilize" from the Oxegen festival. In terms of bonus features it's a bit sparse; there's a nice little Behind The Scenes documentary which is worth watching, but that's really about it... The quality of the primary content renders this irrelevant anyway.
Speaking of quality, in terms of production and sound -- top notch. My only criticism - and it's a minor one - is that I'd like the crowd noise to have been brought into the foreground just a notch more for certain songs such as "Mr Brightside". Other than that, the balance is pretty much perfect.
To put it succinctly; buy this DVD, it's one of the best.
[As a further point of note, I posted this review on the American Amazon and was asked about crowd noise levels throughout the performance and whether there were too many "singalongs" based on the teaser clips that were released... The answer is that the only song in which the crowd are almost as audible as the band is "When You Were Young" -- throughout the rest of the set the crowd noise is generally dipped with the exception of the moments where they are invited to sing by Flowers while he has a quick breather. Therefore it isn't a "singalong" by any means, and for the vast majority the music of the band takes center stage.]
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