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Marc And The Mambas - Three Black Nights Of Little Black Bites - Live At The Duke Of York s Theatre, 1983 (DVD & CD)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: SFE/Cherry Red
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009GB97KI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,847 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The long awaited release of the video recording and CD of the legendary Marc And The Mambas live performances given at The Duke Of York s Theatre in London s West End in 1983. Mastered and restored from the original VHS tape recordings made by the late Peter Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV), these remain the only recordings that exist of Marc And The Mambas performing live. This limited collector s edition is intended for Marc Almond s dedicated fan-base as a souvenir of a renowned and legendary run of concerts and is testament to pivotal moment in the development of his artistry and the direction his post Soft Cell career would take. This DVD and CD Digi-Pak comes with an eight page booklet containing an extensive reminiscence by Marc Almond himself

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By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2012
Great to finally have this available. My copy arrived directly from Cherry Red yesterday.

It has to be said that even though the DVD and CD have been remastered `within budget' the video and sound on these discs is still decidedly ropey. Still, it is definitely worth owning these historic recordings of the Mambas performance.

In my opinion the music he completed with the Mambas ranks amongst Marc Almond's most creative, stirring and lasting work.

File lovingly in a darkened room alongside `Torment and Toreros'.
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This is a piece of audio history that I feel priviledge to own. Recording a concert from when Marc first flew the nest of Soft Cell and embarked on a long and wonderful career singing what he wanted to sing and not be instructed by the Capitalist Music Machine who are only interested in making money.
An artist of the highest order and Little Black Bites is a little gem - no make that a whopping diamond!
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I was actually at this gig and all the day leading up to it. I am a huge fan of Marc Almond and thus got to know him thru the years of going to concerts.
I was under the impression that this video was never going to be released due to its poor quality. So imagine my surprise when I saw it for sale in both CD & DVD formats with the programme cover being used as the front cover to this CD/DVD.
Anyway, the quality of the video is fairly poor, but would not deter a die-hard fan from enjoying it.
I'm just glad that I've had the opportunity to buy and watch/listen to it after 30 years of it laying on the cutting room floor.
Thanks.
Rik.
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By JB on 20 Mar. 2014
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I've always loved Marc Almond's music, and this was a particularly brilliant creative period for him, so there's no way I could ever review this unfavourably - not that I'd want to.

Marc and the Mambas were Marc's spin-off band when he was still in Soft Cell, and they released two magnificent albums - Untitled and Torment and Torrerros, and this live album contains tracks from both. Caroline Says is wonderful, but it's the Torment songs where Marc's in full flight. First Time, Catch A Falling Star - could you ever imagine the likes of Cheryl Cole or James Arthur penning a love song so dark?

If you want to relive the dark emotions, the flickering candles, the wicked lyrics, the sheer musical genius that was Marc and the Mambas, then this is the album for you. If you're a Cheryl Cole fan, you'll hate it.
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So entertaining, and all the more so because of the authentic shabby image and sound, a direct result of being on a shoe string budget in the early eighties (or intentionally so as part of the overall vision of director Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson). Still, I managed to zap my TV contrast and colour and twist a know or twelve on my EQ and violà, glorious Technicolor surround sound filth as if you were there, cheap acid & Buckfast, tattoos in biro, eyeliner and hash, and so on and so forth. This is the alternative.
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A review of this release it almost superfluous as anyone who bothers to read this will be familiar with the importance of this landmark gig and the greater mythology surrounding the filming.

It provides a perfect snapshot of a time long lost. Essential, but you knew that anyway.
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Sound quality is rather poor, as is DVD quality!
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