Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box
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5 skeletal thumbs up.
This is a great introduction to what truly defined the Goth music movement and how it intertwined with Punk, New Wave, and EBM. However, I must argue that AFI really is not goth and never will be. Plus, while Flesh for Lulu was technically concidered a Goth band, "Ï Go Crazy" is not a Goth song. I would have eliminated AFI and used "Reptile" by The Church.
I would have much preferred a fourth disc of music to a DVD. And the DVD only has twelve videos - maybe an hour long, if that. A DVD can easly hold, what? 2 1/2 to 3 hours of material? There's a LOT of wasted space there.
The first two discs are good. (I don't understand the need to include an Ian Astbury (Southern Death Cult, Death Cult, The Cult) track on each of the three discs, but other than that, good stuff.) Kudos for NOT including "Bela Lugosi's Dead", which we've all heard waaaaay too many times.
This set was worth it for me because of bands and songs I had never heard before. Revelations for me were Nick Cave and The Birthday Party, Alien Sex fiend, The Mission UK, The Creatures, The Cranes, Fields of the Nephilim, and (surprisingly for me) Echo and the Bunnymen. These bands are probably old news for you long-time Goths out there (I can hear you snickering!!) , but I didn't get out much back then. Poor me.
I bought this expecting to find bands and songs I hadn't heard before, and the third disc had too much familiar (and as many here have pointed out, arguably non-gothic) material. The Misfits I've listened to since high school (too long ago). Ministry and Skinny Puppy, I got those when they came out.
And the only bum tracks for me were on the third disc - The Virgin Prunes I didn't like at all and Throbbing Gristle is just completely annoying. So the third disc was, for me, largely useless.
If you're a brand new Goth, this is a good place to start in your quest to get into some new/old music.Read more ›
Make no mistake, the box set comes with a wonderful booklet about Goth culture and even in it's "Porducer's Notes", Liz Goodman tells you The Gothic Box is not meant to be any kind of quintessential but merely a general introduction.
You wont find rare b-sides or forgotten tracks from these "Goth" artists, but what you will find are the more popular faire--and that's OK! This Goth Box is really"Goth" for the non-Goth.
What is unique about this compilation is the included DVD. It contains live and produced music videos from Bauhaus, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, the JAMC, Ministry, The Cult, Siouxsie, the Fields of Nephilim, the Mission UK, Nick Cave and even Love & Rockets. It's this DVD that makes this compilation worth the investment.
For people into this genre of music (however you classify it), most of us have to rely on highly compressed youtube videos or having to purchase several compilation DVDS to get all these artists. For the first time in a long time, you can listen and watch several of these lost bands all on one DVD.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This box is perfect I can listen to each CD without skipping any tracks and it more than exceded my expectations. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kala Kitchen
I received all items intact and unspoiled. Package seemed brand new, and all songs playable. No damages or skips to discPublished on March 27, 2013
There is a question whether how much of this is goth or even close. As many others I don't relish in the term "Goth". If you need a classification Batcave was more imaginative. Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by man who sold the world
This box set contains a very unique collection from a variety of goth bands from the 1980s. It ranges from Joy Division, to Sisters of Mercy, and even Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by D. Goulet
THIS IS A GREAT STARTING POINT FOR ANYONE JUST DISCOVERING "GOTH". THE LINER NOTES ABND SHORT BACK STORIES OF EACH SONG ARE INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE. WELL DONE ALL AROUND.Published on March 12, 2007 by Cherin Bauza
Goth is a tag that's been retroactively applied to many of these bands. It means very different things to different people on different sides of the Atlantic. Read morePublished on January 24, 2007 by mss
Well, for most of the old schoolers reading these reviews, I tend to think most of us will have all if not most of these songs anyway. Read morePublished on October 24, 2006 by Robert E. Hall