King of Limbs Live From the Basement [Blu-ray]
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(Jan 27, 2012)
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liked most of them, especially Separator, Mr. Magpie (James Brown from Jupiter) & Given up the Ghost (early '70's Neil Young).
If you can't see them in concert (tix are always tough to find) at least get both "In The Basement" DVD's.
KOL has at least 10 songs (vs. 8 on CD). After you watch it 2 or 3 times, the songs that sounded unformed or droning on the album start to grow on you like a fungus. Yes, I love The Bends & OK Computer too, but that was then, this is now. You can sit around grousing, or open yourself up to what they're doing now. Seeing them in concert helps the transition. I'm not sure their enormous, layered sound can be contained on a CD anymore.
As a side note on the Blu-ray, which I received, I had no difficulties playing it and I live in the US. Radiohead noted on there website that there may or may not be some playback issues in some other countries. I'm assuming this is why the DVD is also included.
No matter how you watch it though, you'll certainly love it.
The weird thing is, this is much better than the official "King Of Limbs" album. I bought the WAV download of the official album when it was released, and I liked it, but the only song that REALLY clicked was "Morning Mr. Magpie" (which, I think, is about a morning bird singing outside and screwing up your songwriting efforts).
The rest of the album was good, but the "glitch" effect was applied too liberally, distracting the listener's attention from the song. (To hear glitch at it's best and most melodic, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick up the rather expensive import CD of "Tronika" by Sketch Show. It's one of my top twenty albums!)
This DVD puts the songs in a different light. There's two drummers keeping the weird rhythms going along with three guitars (and the occasional retro keyboard). My God, it works VERY well. I actually took the time to capture the audio to CD. This is a killer album.
This is way up there with stuff like The Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense". Buy it now, before it's gone.
(P.S. "Giving Up The Ghost" is the most sublime and breath-taking musical performance I have on video.)
In an effort to clear room off my DVR, I ordered the DVD because I already knew this was a keeper. Watched it over and over again.
When the DVD came, I had to do a little A-B comparison between the 1080i on DVR and the lowly 480p that is the DVD.
(Let's forget the fact that the DVD has no commercials and 3 more songs than the broadcast version.)
I was floored by the sound and video quality of this DVD. It simply blew away the recording I had been saving for months in both sound and picture quality. No comparison - this DVD is superb.
I'm just saddened by the fact that I can't find "In Rainbows Live from the Basement" on DVD. I have to enjoy watching those videos with headphones on my iPod.
Simply put, their Live from the Basement stuff is unbelievably good. Sound/Video/Live Performances as good as they get!
But the main reason I am writing this is because if you are looking forward to the full 1080p version with any type of lossless sound and live in the US, chances are you may be disappointed. I tried it on 4 different blu ray players and it will not work. The reason is because of the different frame rate they used (I believe 50fps) and the inability for most N. American blu ray players to play this. It is not a region code issue at all as some may believe. If it weren't for this issue I would give it 5 stars.
Luckily it comes with the DVD also but it's still disappointing spending the extra money for the blu ray disc that doesn't work. I should add however that some players may not any trouble playing this (most high end Oppos can play it). I should add that my PS3 as well as 2 Panasonic players was not able to handle the frame rate. (They all have latest firmware as well).
My recommendation is to verify your player can handle the frame rate before buying the blu ray version. Otherwise save the $$ and get the DVD version.
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Like many Radiohead fans, I enjoyed The King of Limbs but found it somewhat disappointing after masterpieces like Kid A, OK Computer, and In Rainbows. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Erik Bateson
A fantastic rare recording. Sound Quality and Picture are excellent. I ripped the PCM tracks to a CD so I can listen to it anywhere.Published 2 months ago by UCrazyKid
As a frequent visitor to live music venues I thoroughly enjoy watching as well as listening. I find "The King of Limbs" addictive and I have watched it many times. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jen Butler
Amazing, and includes one of their best songs - "Staircase". Why that didn't make the album, I don't know.Published 10 months ago by MusicMusicMusic
Very mellow and somewhat maudlin - makes you reflective.... You need to follow written lyrics to be able get any understanding of the singing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Douglas
Great performance, very organic. If you are into Radiohead, I'm sure you'll groove to it. Worked with no problem in glorious 5.1 DTS Master Audio.Published 21 months ago by David Miles