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Elect the Dead Symphony (2LP) [Vinyl]

Serj TankianVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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A singer, poet, songwriter, activist, and composer; Serj Tankian has always created music as an outlet to express his thoughts and feelings with a level of passion and consciousness that few in today’s world of music can rival. An Armenian immigrant born in Lebanon and re-rooted in Los Angeles, Tankian was introduced to the melding of cultures, ideas and ideals from a very young age. The ... Read more in Amazon's Serj Tankian Store

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  • Vinyl (March 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: WEA/Reprise
  • ASIN: B0035KTII2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feed Us
2. Blue
3. Sky Is Over
4. Lie Lie Lie
5. Money
6. Baby
7. Gate 21
8. The Charade
9. Honking Antelope
10. Saving Us
11. Elect The Dead
12. Falling Stars
13. Beethoven's C**t
14. Empty Walls

Editorial Reviews

Grammy award winning maestro of rock Serj Tankian is releasing his first live album that features a full orchestral performance of his critically-acclaimed debut solo rock album 'Elect The Dead' which showcased the writing and arranging prowess of a man best known for his inimitable vocals, incisive lyrics, and unwavering dedication to humanitarian causes. He then took the stage at the majestic Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to perform a very special orchestral interpretation of his critically acclaimed debut solo album 'Elect the Dead'. With The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at his side, Tankian's epic songs and operatic vocals take on a whole new sense of grandeur when accompanied with a full 70 piece orchestra. This unique meshing of two very different worlds of music was a vision Tankian has long wanted to make a reality. The show also features two previously unreleased tracks in 'Gate 21' and 'The Charade'. Both tracks are included on all release formats (CD/DVD, CD, and Vinyl).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serj... live downunder - in New Zealand... March 12, 2010
By Duke
Format:Audio CD
Well, here was a surprise. My wife says to me a week ago, "Have you heard of a guy called Serj Tankian?, just caught the end of an interview with him on TV on the news, he's a metal guy that's done an album with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra here in in New Zealand".
The only guy I could think of was perhaps the lead singer of a band called "System of a Down" who I'd only ever heard one song from (Being "Chop Suey"). (Turned out that's exactly who this was (this time with no band (of any sort) to be seen).

Anyway on to Youtube we went and there it was a video clip of Serj, and the Orchestra doing a song called "Empty Walls", it looked and sounded superb.

A week later and after watching the DVD last nite and listening to the CD this morning, only one word to sum this one up... Outstanding. It is clear from the intro on the DVD that Serj is just so excited about doing his solo album live with an Orchestra (even his mum and dad are at the show!). (Evidently Serj spends a bit of time down here in New Zealand).

The performance is stellar, the Orchestra are in top form, the playing is flawless throughout. Serj's singing is just fantastic, such range, tone and emotion. Can't really recommend this one highly enough. The production (both audio and visuals are crystal clear).
Special mention also to Dan Monti who plays acoustic guitar and sings back up vocals, he is very very good.

Certainly one out of the blue (have to thank my good wife for this).
If this sounds remotely like your sort of stuff check out the Youtube clips and if there's a glimmer of "that actually sounds pretty good" - don't hesitate, it's a winner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic June 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Only 2 reviews for this recording is a little disappointing, if you love Serj' voice & the Elect the Dead LP then I couldn't recommended this highly enough. Standout tracks, Feed Us the last 2 minutes the orchestra just soars and soars into a beautiful climax, hearing Falling Stars IMO is the highlight, newer song Blue really shows off Serj' singing voice and The Charade is a opposite sounding beast to the stop start riffage of the rock version. Again highly recommended, this album hasn't left my turntable since I received it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SERJ TANKIAN ALWAYS INSPIRES January 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Buy this right now!

I am serious, if your the least bit into symphony's or Serj Tankian, you will not be disapointed.

Even if you own the orginal Elect the Dead album, this purchase includes so much more to be seen and will make you think a little differently about his music even if you already love it or hate it.

The Dvd is great quality, but mainly the audio is just outstanding.

It does come in a card board case which is sort of lame but the artwork and pictures make up for the missing gem case.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elect the Dead Symphony January 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
`Elect the Dead Symphony' is Serj Tankians reworking of his `Elect the Dead' album and is performed with the Auckland Philharmonia orchestra. The first thing I noticed is that this is much better arranged than the similarly themed `S&M' album from Metallica. Whereas that album sounded like a string tribute album with the band playing along, `Elect the Dead Symphony' is much better arranged so that it has better flow and more impact. This is in no way just a classical version of the original album, it is a credible reworking and new musical offering in it's own right. There are two new tracks to keep existing fans interested and they fit in well and stand up on their own merit. The booklet is excellent and despite the awful digi-pack format this makes for a good overall package; especially when you take into account that this features an audio CD and DVD as well. Great value for money in anyone's eyes. To be wholly honest Serj's voice doesn't always suit the music and whilst his surreal and unique vocals sit well with SOAD albums or his own rock albums, sometimes they stray just a little too much for comfort. This is a minor niggle though and doesn't detract from the feel of the album. If you are a fan of Serj then this will be a delight and will be an excellent stop gap until the next album comes along, but if you are new to his work then I suggest you try the original album first to then fully appreciate this when you come to it down the line.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you'd expect October 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Serj Tankian's Elect The Dead Symphony is certainly an interesting release. At first, the idea for an artist with just one album releasing a live album seemed like a bad idea, then when you add in the idea of Serj's short three minute songs getting the orchestral treatment the idea seemed even more ill-advised, it led me to make unpleasant assumptions about the man's ego.
I'm glad to report however, that the problems I perceived are largely absent and Serj was fully justified in releasing this symphonic live concert.
As well as songs from the Elect The Dead album, there are two brand new songs `Gate 21,' and `The Charade,' as well as two more non album tracks `Blue,' and `Falling Stars.'
Another reason that this concert works so well is that the songs have been pretty severely rearranged to suit the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, it seems more like an MTV Unplugged version of Elect the Dead was given the symphony treatment than the existing versions. There is no distorted guitar whatsoever, no bass guitar and no drum kit as all percussion is handled by the orchestra.
The concert's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. This concert relies a great deal more on the Orchestra than any other Rock/Orchestra cross over I've ever seen, which while making it unique and impressive may alienate some fans who were expecting a mixture of the band and the orchestra more in line with Kiss's Alive 4 or Metallica's S&M orchestral concerts.
Some songs suit the style more than others, with the chorus of `Money,' for example, seeming clumsy. Songs like `Elect the Dead,' and `Saving Us,' however are amazing and truly feel grand with the powerful backing of the Orchestra.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great artist, great delivery of CD - THANKS
Published 20 days ago by S. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Serj at his best
The ensemble is fantastic. Serj has a great melodic voice. This is a one of a kind, first rate live performance.
Published 4 months ago by Brian Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing on surround
This disc set is awesome. The sound quality is amazing and the music simply kicks ass. You must see this video...
Published 5 months ago by Derrick Schnur
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!!!!
This is a must have!!! What a voice Serj has. I can't stop listening to this album. Check out DVD sold separately.
Published 6 months ago by littlemonster714
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE
Published 9 months ago by JUAN M. ORTEGA
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but could have been more
It's no Metallica S&M, but still quite good.
Serj gets overly "Broadway" at times (why is he singing like Groucho Marx? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Steven Matijcio
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blend
Serj Tankian expertly blends a philharmonic orchestra with his unique lyrics and message in a way that I have never seen anything similar to. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lori Peebles
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
The show is awesome!!! Super recommended.
Very well made box containing CD and DVD ...

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Published on February 3, 2012 by Nathan Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I think that this Cd + dvd, is an awesome buy, not only for the singer, Serj Tankian, which i think is one of the best singer this times, but for the orchestra and the bonus... Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by Andres Cavero Rodrigo
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Serj!
This is not SOAD its Serj!!!
The mix of the orchestra and Serj's unique talent is fabulous.
This is the blending of music not some SOAD concert. Read more
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