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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Live
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005NVT1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Overall a good listen!
Jeff
I like it, any real Daft Punk fan would like it.
DaftDave
Very intense live album.
Jordan J. Erickson

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christian Zimmerman on February 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although I love electronic music, I have never put much stock in live electronica. By live electronica, I don't mean a DJ spinning at a club or party, but an artist playing his or her music in the context of a rock concert. All too often, the results are dissapointing, amounting to little more than an hour or so of extended versions of studio cuts, due to the sample-and-loop nature of the genre. On ALIVE 1997, however, Daft Punk prove themselves to be an exception, much to my delight.
Granted, the 45 minutes of ALIVE 1997 consist of extended versions of 3 songs ("Da Funk," "Rollin' and Scratchin'," and "Alive," all from HOMEWORK), but Daft Punk does much more than simply loop the hooks for longer periods of time. Instead, they twist and distort their songs until they're beyond recognition, as well as including extended periods of free improvisations. However, what makes this album truly amazing is that the artistic showmanship never overshadows the music's danceable quality. The sheer inventiveness this duo exhibits makes this album interesting even to a headphone-loving rock fan like me; in fact, Daft Punk is one of the few artists of ANY genre that can hold the casual listener's attention for longer than 15 minutes.
ALIVE 1997 isn't just the best live electronica album in history, it's one of the best live albums ever released, one of the few that even comes close to rivaling Kiss' ALIVE. It takes a lot of chutzpah to name a live album after that seminal 1975 album, but Daft Punk has more than enough talent to back it up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie A Cangiano on July 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wow. I bought this and was blown away.
OK, if you're expecting Homework all over again, you can forget it. If there's one thing I learned from this it's that when Daft Punk performs, they rip their stuff to shreds.
It starts off cheesey, give it until they start the real stuff, Da Funk and the Rollin' & Scratchin' parts will get you moving. Personally, I think this is worth the money just for the last ~5 minutes of it, where Alive is performed. If you thought the album version was amazing, all I can say is brace yourself. There's also, a lot of improv. Nothing to be worried about, it's all well within the lines of Homework-quality house and techno beats.
Well, the cheers of the people during the performance say it all, each song they introduce gets whistles and cheers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy electronica music and had reviewed a Deadmau5 CD. Another Amazon reviewer, P. Harper, suggested: "Gary! Gotta go with Daft Punk!!" Well, Daft Punk had appeared on my recommended list several times so I gave them a try. I bought a double CD pack that featured two live Daft Punk concerts. I played them both one after the other with "Alive 2007" first and followed by "Alive 1997." In retrospect, I don't think that was the best procedure. The "Alive 2007" disc is one of the best live concerts I've ever heard, no matter what the genre. Anything that followed it would have been a letdown. Well, the "Alive 1997" followed it and was, you got it, a letdown. The "2007" disc was a clearly superior disc in every way and I found the "1997" disc a disappointment.

Well, later, I went back to the "1997" disc and I've changed my mind somewhat. It's quite a good disc. Very enjoyable. It just doesn't hold up to "2007" in a direct comparison, so I didn't listen to it in that way. Well, there's a decade difference between them and it shows. The "1997" disc sounds antiquated, but it's probably pretty futuristic for the time. The heavy beats and song composition and repetitions all strike me as interesting, but somewhat old fashioned. The sound is good, but nowhere nearly as good as that of the "2007" disc. What gives? I had originally thought of the recording equipment, and that may be the case, but after listening again and again, the difference just might be the auditorium acoustics.

In any case, both of these albums are excellent. My advice might be, if you only want one, then go with the "2007" CD. If you like to have everything from such a fine group as Daft Punk, the "1997" CD is quite worthwhile. Some people might even prefer it. Who knows? I'd further suggest that if you want the "1997" disc, buy it in the double album pack. You'll save a lot.

Gary Peterson
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Zuurbier on January 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a live recording from 1997, when HOMEWORK was released, this was a concert to promote it. First thing you should know, there is no tracklisting to this cd, it is just one track of all the songs on HOMEWORK remixed together. It runs for approx. 45 minutes. You might be thinking that 45 minutes is long to listen to, but it's never quite boring. Fans of Daft Punk will love it, hearing the originals is one thing, but when you listen to this CD you get a sense of being there in the crowd, as there is a lot of audience participation. At times it seems to slow down but it's always building up to a crescendo of funk that will make you want to dance and go crazy. Overall its a nice CD for hardcore Daft Punk fans, but not necessarily essential to own for casual listeners or fans.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on July 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Daft Punk made themselves the kings of marathon mixing with this 45 minute "live" performance; the single track on the disc lasts for the whole duration of the performance (something I don't quite appreciate - more on that later).
The beginning of the performance is incredible with many fluid shifts in the tempo and underlying bass-beat give the music an 80s club/breakdancing feel. The woos and cheers from the crows are scattered throughout the 45 minutes and wholly reflect the quality of the music being played.
With 45 minutes of continuous mixing it's hard to believe that every minute will be packed with explosive and provocative music; unfortunately, Daft Punk didn't escape this belief. As early as 17 minutes the music starts to drone, nearly driving away the attarctiveness of the mix (if you like pure trance music though, you might be able to appreciate the middle section of the track). Either way, the crowd seems to reflect the attractiveness of the music in this section. This middle section only draws attention to the fact that the CD is only ONE TRACK, it would be have been nice to be able to skip through the section and continue to the highly attractive final 15 minutes where the music regains some of the qualities of the first third of the track. Overall a good listen!
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