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Live From Oz Live

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The first live album from the progressive metal fusion supergroup. All performed during the 2001 Australian tour in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, & Adelaide. 14 tracks, 'Ignotus Per Ignotium', 'Inside Black', 'Dog Boots', 'Atlantis Apocalypse', 'Atlantis Sea of Antiquity', 'Atlantis Lost Island', 'Derek Sherinian Solo', 'Warfinger', 'Virgil Donati Solo', 'Warfinger Reprise', 'Tony MacAlpine Solo', 'Her Animal', 'Europa' & 'Pods of Trance'. 2002.

1. Ignotus Per Ignotium
2. Inside Black
3. Dog Boots
4. Atlantis: Apocalypse 1470 BC
5. Atlantis: Sea Of Antiquity
6. Atlantis: Lost Island
7. Derek Sherinian Solo
8. Warfinger
9. Virgil Donati Solo
10. Warfinger Reprise
11. Tony Macalpine Solo
12. Her Animal
13. Europa
14. Pods Of Trance
15. Bonus Track

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000063Y0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bubbalicious on January 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
as a guitar player I have always[since I was 13]liked joe satriani and other instrumental artists. after reading some reviews I purchased this album I was amazed at what I heard. I stayed up until about 12:00 at night trying to figure out "inside
black" on guitar. I recomend this album to anyone who has a taste for fusion and instrumental types of music. Live at the Oz is the best live album I own. if there was no cheering in the backround you would think this was a studio album
do yourself a favor and buy this cd every track is flawless and stands out from one another.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Martin on February 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Awesome", "explosive", "amazing' are superlatives that come to mind when first hearing this intense, live hard rock instrumental music. Why Planet X's as a group is not more popular is bewildering. Anyone who likes rock instrumentals from the likes of Vai, Satriani or G3 extravaganzas should pick this up immediately.

In many ways this album is of a supergroup - everyone of these musicians are at the top of their craft, seasoned and admired and (employed!) by other musicians who know how brilliant they are! Clearly Vai knew who he needed to back his DVD 'Live at the Astoria' as both Tony MacAlpine and Virgil Donati were his number 1 support musicians.

John Petrucci, Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy and now Derek Sherinian all knew who would best fill the bass role for their respective solo efforts, so although not part of the Planet X band as such, Dave Larue is the special guest bassist for this tour and his note for note runs that follow Tony and Derek are more complicated than your average rock lead guitarist can play!

Okay - so the word "complicated" is used. Yes, this music is complicated and intense. You won't be humming it as you go for an Sunday afternoon stroll. But that's what's so compelling about listening to this album - it's an andrenalin rush of power rock fusion. Admittedly the compositions sound quite dark and live in the world of minor keys but the powerful interplay and angular time signatures that chop and change keep you riveted.

Another reviewer said that the poor drummer had to count throughout this album and couldn't just groove in a straight 4/4 . From what I've heard Virgil thrives on odd time signatures - it seems to come naturally and his bass double pedal seems to be in sprint mode rather than marathon groove.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "dose2000" on August 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While i'm very familiar w/Planet X owning ALL their cd's, even a 3 cd Raw Pack that Derek made available on an extremely limited basis because it was autographed & dated by DS, I have to now rate this "Live from Oz" my favorite "live" recording, surpassing what used to hold that position, UK's "Night After Night"! This cd's was mixed by drum-god Simon Phillips and contains both older incredible Planet X songs(Dog Boots-Atlantis
ect)it also features enough "new" material that whether you're new to the Planet X experience or not, you'll simply LOVE this cd
This disc also contains solo's from each member, but they are of
the short variety(Tony's at 4:14 is the longest)so those that can
not keep their attention span for longer solo's(I personally love
to hear virtuosos do extended solo's, being a drummer especially Donati's)So "Live from Oz" should be in your cd collection, whether or not you know of Planet X, & just admire the higest form of "Progressive" music; or people who can play their respective instrument at the possible highest level. A must purchase!!
Steven Munari
PS: This cd contains a 15th "bonus" track, Clonus
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boris Kaplun on April 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is, bar none, the most impressive live album I have ever heard to date. In fact, while Planet X's studio albums are fine and all, this destroys them mercilessly. Actually, this walks all over any progressive metal/fusion album that I can think of off the top of my head - studio or live. A bold declaration? Yeah, maybe.

The guys are no strangers in the music world. Derek Sherinian is probably best known for his brief time with Dream Theater, Tony MacAlpine is the whitest black guitar player in existence who has played everything from fusion-jazz with Cab to neoclassical metal with Vitalij Kuprij, Virgil Donati has artists from all around the world willing to pay him obscene amounts of money just to play session drums for them, and temporary live bassist Dave LaRue has been employed by the likes of John Petrucci and Steve Morse. Naturally, this might mean ego, and ego might mean a supergroup doomed to fail. However, Planet X do not fail. If I didn't know better, I'd say that there was an invisible bio-cable on stage connecting all four of them and transferring brain matter back and forth in order to create a giant synergy dome, bringing out the absolute best in all four players and channeling it into a central pool of instrumental perfection from which the players may pull at will. Hmm.

Meanwhile, back in reality...

Live From Oz features seven tracks from Universe, one track from Moonbabies, three solo spots, and the Atlantis trilogy from Derek Sherinian's Planet X album (which I have not heard, so I'm not sure what these three tracks sound like in the studio).
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