23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2003
Never ones to be too stingy with new releases, Linkin Park decided to end '03 with a live DVD/CD combo release that will please any LP fan. The DVD is basically an extension of the much shorter CD. All of their hits are performed live, straight from Dallas, TX (on the Summer Sanitarium Tour, which featured Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Deftones & Mudvayne). All of Linkin Park's live energy and enthusiasm translates well into this package. Aside from the songs you would expect to appear on here like 'In The End,' 'One Step Closer' or 'Somewhere I Belong,' there are plenty of little surprises and rarities in here. How many bands are daring enough to perform a remix? Linkin Park manages to pull it off with 'P5hng Me A*wy' which, although missing Stephen from Taproot, sounds better live than it did on "Reanimation." On 'One Step Closer' we are also treated to a sampling of Jonathan Davis' part (of course, missing the famous frontman again) during the bridge. "Meteora" stand-outs such as 'Figure 0.9' and 'Don't Stay' are powerful and potent additions to Linkin Park's live show and fit in with the tried and true tracks like 'Points of Authority' and 'Papercut.' All in all, with the DVD and CD together, this is one item any Linkin Park fan can't be without. For a band who is criticized often as being a boy-band with guitars, this live-disc proves everyone wrong. Linkin Park don't just come alive on the record, they come alive in their live show as well.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2003
After the release of "Meteora" (which is still in the top 40 and has been since it's March '03 release) disappointed quite a few fans, it did not me. I knew it would not match "Hybrid Theory", and it had it's great tracks as well that were better than some of "Hybrid Theory"'s, such as "Faint", "Figure.09", "Breaking the Habit" and "Numb". Now, only 8 months after the release of "Meteora", LP returns with their delightful DVD / CD combo "Live in Texas", recorded live Irving & Houston Texas during Summer Sanitarium shows in August.
Before I watched the DVD on this album, I had heard a few things about Linkin Park's live shows, most bad. However, after watching the DVD, I was completely convinced that they deliver one of the most emotional and energetic shows of any of the new rock bands out there. The people who were saying their shows were unsatisfactory were probably just those "anti-everything mainstream" people (and there's nothing wrong with not liking mainstream music, because most talent is, in fact, in the underground, however, some people push it over the limit) who hate Linkin Park because they sell records. But anyway, the DVD is 68 minutes long and contains these tracks and how I rate the performance:
1. Don't Stay (4/5)
2. Somewhere I Belong (4/5)
3. Lying From You (5/5)
4. Papercut (5/5)
5. Points of Authority (5/5)
6. Runaway (5/5)
7. Faint (4/5)
8. From the Inside (4/5)
9. Figure.09 (5/5)
10. With You (3/5)
11. By Myself (3/5)
12. P5HNG ME A*WY (5/5)
13. Numb (5.5)
14. Crawling (3/5)
15. In the End (4/5)
16. A Place For My Head (5/5)
17. One Step Closer (5/5)
The DVD alone would be worth the price of admission. After the performance is over you wish you were there for an encore.
Now on to the compact disc. All the tracks here can be seen on the DVD, and I don't know why LP didn't just transfer the whole performance from the DVD onto the CD instead of cutting out half of it. I guess they just like making short CDs, like they have with all their albums (except "Reanimation"). The CD tracklisting is:
1. Somewhere I Belong
2. Lying From You
4. Points of Authority
7. From the Inside
8. P5HNG ME A*WY
11. In the End
12. One Step Closer
The CD is give 2.5 out of 5 stars, because they could have made it so much longer and it features nothing that can't be SEEN or heard on the DVD. However, the DVD is wonderful and gives the whole thing 5 stars. If you're a fan of LP, go get this.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2005
And all I can say is I am so happy and glad that I did purchase this twin set CD/DVD from Linkin Park on tour during 2003 with Limp Biskit and Metalica. 'Live In Texas' actually Dallas is a work of art and for any hardcore fan of Linkin Park this is the Digi-pack for you!
The first CD comprises of 12 audio tracks drawn from Linkin Park's first two albums 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora'. There are no new song releases on this CD just a remix of Pushing Me Away (Track 8). The hits of 'Somewhere I belong' and 'Crawling' and 'One Step Closer' are included on this audio CD.
CD 2 is actually the DVD of the actual concert and it is filmed expertly and gets the band action full on as well as the crowd moshing and jumping to the music. What an exhilarating feeling. All in all there are 18 songs in the concert with live powerful performances of 'Faint', 'By Myself', 'Numb' and 'In the End'.
A must for any new or old fan of Linkin Park. I thoroughly enjoyed this feast of viewing pleasure to the senses.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2003
As much as I'm into the more "underground" scene with Industrial and Metal music, I love Linkin Park. Despite all the bullsh-t criticism they get from people that claim they are nothing more than another nu-metal band, these guys are truly talented. They put on an awesome live show, and have so much energy that breathes new life into their songs. I saw them this summer on The Summer Sanitarium Tour (which this particular concert was recorded from) and they were awesome. The boys really know how to work a crowd. This live release contains basically all the best songs off their three major-label albums, with only 1 being from the *okay* remix album, "Reanimation". Of course, the DVD is superior to the cd in so many ways. The only problems with this are the following: Flaw 1 - There are 17 songs and about 68 minutes on the DVD, and the cd is only 12 tracks and 41 minutes?! What gives?! Come on guys, you could have left some songs on there.... Flaw 2 - The whole thing is edited. And when I say edited, I mean whenever Chester or Mike would say something like "I can't f*cking hear you!" or "Dallas, you guys are the sh*t"....it's blanked out. Like they really cuss that much live anyway....I don't think this would have been tagged with a Parental Advisory or something, guys. Well aside from that, this is a superb live release, containing pretty much all their big popular singles and other hardcore fan favorites. If they would have had "Hit The Floor" on here (which they played when I saw them) then it would definitely be 5 stars, flaws or not. Bottom Line: If you don't own this, you're not a Linkin Park fan, period.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2003
Regarding the review below that says this album is not live - IT IS LIVE! It should be a huge compliment to Linkin Park that someone thinks they sound like a studio album when they play live! Linkin Park put an awful lot of effort into their live shows and performances and as a result sound extremely good, but they do not sound as perfect as a studio album!! Chester and Mike are both very talented singers.
For anyone who is a huge Linkin Park fan this CD and particulary the DVD is a must buy. There's 68 minutes of footage from the Texas leg of their 2003 Summer Sanitarium Tour. 17 songs covering their 3 studio albums 'Hybrid Theory', 'Reanimation' and 'Meterora' are belted out to a huge crowd who join in singing, and if you've ever been to a Linkin Park gig yourself will remind you of the true spirit that goes with such an occasion.
There is occasional backstage footage in between songs, and it's a shame there's not more on a seperate featurette, but we have to remember this DVD is essentially a free gift with the CD. The show itself more than makes up for any special features.
There are 2 sound options - Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 which sounds truely amazing and is still quite unusual for a music DVD.
This CD/DVD set is excellent value for money and I cannot recommend it highly enough for every Linkin Park fan out there.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2003
If you are already a fan of Linkin Park you should know that last summer, the band went on a large scale arena tour with Metallica and Limp Bizkit called Summer Sanitarium. What you might not know is that the ticket prices were ridiculously high and unless you were considerably wealthy, there was little or no chance you would be able to attend the concert.
Linkin Park had that in mind when they went to record "Live In Texas" thier 68 minute long concert set that was packaged as a 17 song DVD and 12 song CD released on November 18th. Recorded at two different venues in Texas this DVD showcases the power and emotion that is Linkin Park live.
While no new songs exist on this record, fans will notice that some songs on this CD have been reanimated for a live audience. People who own Reanimation will recognize influences of that record on the original songs when performed live. Linkin Park even go far enough to perform the Pushing Me Away remix from Reanimation flawlessly making it stand out as one of the highlights of the entire cd.
If you have never been to a Linkin Park concert (like myself) you will find this CD to be a perfect replacement for the tickets you missed out on. Recorded on 35MM film, the DVD looks beautiful while managing to sound beautiful at the same time. Definetely recommended for anyone who wants to hear thier favorite Linkin Park songs, performed live in an excellent manner.
Plus don't expect Linkin Park to be all serious in this concert, there are several humorous surprizes that go on throughout this DVD that will leave you laughing yet headbanging at the same time.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2006
Of all I have heard live, this is the best! The band is so good they do not sound too different from the radio! Ture talent from a hard rock/ hip hop band! And the songs that they sing are the best of all songs they have done!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2006
Please don't write reviews on stuff you hate. Linkin Park is very talented and if you can't see that then I feel sorry for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
Well, it's me again: the infamous (heh, heh) supporter of everything that is, and will be, Linkin Park- here to extol the virtues of this rock-fest of a CD... OK, screw the act. At the end of 2003, Linkin Park released this CD of their live act in, where else, Texas. This CD is everything that a live CD should be- and more. Why?
1) Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, and the rest of them sound absolutely awesome on the CD.
2) All the best songs from Hybrid Theory ( Papercut, In The End, etc.) and a few from Meteora (Lying From You, Somewhere I Belong) are on here.
3) Despite the absence of Taproot's Stephen, the live version of "P5hng Me A*wy" sounds so (emphasis on "so") much better on this CD than on Reanimation (a very pleasant surprise, considering that I actually loved the Reanimation version).
4) The bonus DVD contains more songs than are featured on the CD and the additional songs are very welcome.
Considering Linkin Park's phenomenal success over the past few years, I wouldn't be surprised if they are here to stay- and become household names in the world of rock.
Overall album rating: 100% and a 10 out of 5.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2004
I'm a big fan of Linkin Park, and personally I think they are GREAT musicians. However, I was a little bit disappointed for their lack of professionalism by releasing a CD with such a bad quality. It seems that the concert was recorded by an amateur with a portable device, which makes me wonder if the noticeably low price on the DVD combo was a way to compensate the lack of quality on the CD, specially in the lower frequencies you just can't feel the bass!!! And it's a shame with such a good selection of tracks.
In a nutshell, if you want a Linkin Park DVD go ahead, you won't regret it, but don't buy it because of the CD, you will notice what I'm taking about in the first 5 seconds.