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Live at the Albert Hall [Live]

SpiritualizedAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00000DFSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As a founding member of the early-'90s psychedelic band Spacemen 3, Jason Pierce and bandmate Sonic Boom, a.k.a. Peter Kember, proudly proclaimed they were "taking drugs to make music to take drugs by." These days Sonic pretty much adheres to his original credo, but Pierce has blasted off on an entirely different trip. OK, Spiritualized's droning chords, sedated melodies, and atmospheric passages don't exactly discourage stoners from toking up, but their music is far too emotionally involving to be called drug rock. Not that it's complex, exactly. Many of the group's songs revolve around endlessly repeated two- and three-chord progressions. But what the group is able to express in these simple structures is breathtaking. Some songs splash and spiral like slow-motion Spin Art, some ascend like rising mist, and still others reach the heavens via gliding strings and gospel choirs. Spiritualized is hands-down one of the most captivating, mesmerizing live bands since early Pink Floyd, and the double CD Live at Royal Albert Hall captures every violin quiver and guitar dribble with absolute clarity. On old Spacemen 3 tracks like "Walk with Jesus" and on Pierce's own "Electric Mainline" and "No God Only Religion," Spiritualized are truly celestial. --Jon Wiederhorn

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The spaced-out Brits pour themselves into many of their best songs.... -- Entertainment Weekly

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars -)+** September 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
i once declared after a spiritualized show that i no longer believed in the written word. i wanted the whole of life to be sensations from heaven, and nothing to be planted firmly on paper again. it took about three months to get over that, but the memory is still strong... this disc captures part of that for me, especially since i won't see a show like that again for a long time. take that by itself or with a grain of salt.
to you and yours, j spaceman... let it flow haha!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly dangerous December 14, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Like a strong acid trip. Live is not for everyone.
You have to be willing to give yourself over to the sound. You must be able to put your trust in the fact that spz will guide you through. If you can do this, this album will take you to amazing places that you have probably never seen (or heard) before. If you can't this album will likely rip your head off and hand it to you on a platter.
You have to ride this album, and let it drive. If you try to steer you will be left scrambling for a stop button before Shine A Light.
That said, this is one of the reasons headphones were invented. Throw on a pair, and just lie down on your bed listening to the sounds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live discs i've heard in quite a while November 16, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was initially skeptical as to the quality that might be contained in this recording but was totally blown away after just one listen. I was facing a rather long drive and a 90+ minute album would at least keep my hands free for awhile. The gospel tune rhat bookends the album was a great touch and the retooling of the slower numbers off Ladies and Gentlemen... were just stupendous. Most of the strings (although they're credited on the sleeve) seem to have been replaced by the pure phase sound loop and some celestial, Eno-like synth tones. The jazzier numbers like "No God..." and "Cop Shoot Cop" were enhanced by the improvisational bits (the trumpeter and keyboardist are great here) and I rarely found the performance to be anything less than inspired. The recording, no surprise here, is very well mixed and mic-ed. If you're like me, and you've listened to LAGWAFIS so many times it's part of you're DNA, then the versions here should delight, the older material is well chosen and equally powerful. I have one question: a full gospel chior and no "Cool Waves"? Come on! Otherwise a must-own for fans and a great introduction for everyone else. Oh, and it's great in "the proper mindset," too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Very good live audio document of the Spiritualized '97 UK tour to release while the group's fans await the arrival of their next CD.'Royal Albert...' sounded rather uplifting to me,especially on disc one with "Shine A Light","Medication",the outstanding "Walking With Jesus"(maybe the 2-CD release's best track)and "Take Your Time".Sorry to say that somewhere on disc two,'Royal...' wears a bit thin.That's okay,not EVERY tune can be great.STILL a decent find,as the listener gets to hear founder/guitarist/vocalist Jason Pierce and company crank out some fine psychedelic-like space drone.The two discs add up to a total of 95 minutes,an actual full-length concert.Should appeal to fans of My Bloody Valentine,Flying Saucer Attack,Spacemen 3,Amp and The Verve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spiritualized is all about being live January 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
ok, i'm a huge j.spaceman fan. but without hesitation, i can say that this is his best work to date. jason and his team were meant to be experienced live and this recording is top notch. usually live recording cut out inbetween songs and you lose the feeling of being there. this set takes you there. the mixes are sublime. and cover just enough of the old and the new. i wish it was 4 discs. i you have any inkling to enjoy spiritualized, you'll be very happy with this set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring Beauty December 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an extraordinary record. It's served as a worthy entree to their catalog for me.
Especially good for the subway. Loud as hell. And dense enough to proclaim headphone discoveries on even the sleepiest of mornings.
This is head music. You don't need to be dosed to enjoy it thoroughly. Not at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
While they haven't exactly exploded in the MTV-fed American listening population, Britain's Spiritualized have been delivering some of modern rock's most ingenious moments of altered consciousness for quite some time now. "Live at the Albert Hall" finds the band in full form. Founding member Jason Pierce takes the helm and leads the band through two discs worth of droning mantras, soulful wails, and chaotic sonic bursts that woo listeners and then pummel them into gorgeous submission. "Shine a Light" is a melodic gem; "Electricity" and "Electric Mainline" assault the neurons with sheets of blissful white noise. My personal favorite is "Take Your Time", a junk-sick drone that erupts into an urgent conclusion not found on the album version. "Live at the Albert Hall" is a must-have for those indoctrinated into Pierce's torrential mustical mind, and is easily one of the best albums of the year. The drugs do work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Spiritualized to date January 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This one is tied for first place in my collection. With My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless". Definitely the best live recording I've ever heard. For those who thought their other albums were too slow and drawn out this one has a noticably more aggresive feel to it. Employing a string quartet, four-piece horn section, and gospel choir complement the band just as well as it did on studio tracks. The playing of the "Pure Phase" tones in the background also adds an interesting feeling to the music. A rocking version of "Oh Happy Day", a great version of the old Spaceman 3 song "Walking with Jesus", and a beautiful wavy harmonica solo on "Broken Heart". What's not to like? And for those who say that they can't understand all the droning sonic sounds of the band there are the very rock'n'roll like "Electricity" and "Come Together". This one has something for everybody.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mine got stolen...
a must own if you ever spent hours (okay, years) of your life with the sounds of Spacemen 3 washing over you while indulging in things you probably shouldn't. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Exploits for better
3 1/2

Spiritualized manage to keep all their stoner-epic grandeur intact and even up the ante with the rare live outing that can be purchased in place of studio output,... Read more
Published on May 30, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing live performance!
Spiritualized puts on such a tight show on this album that I wouldn't be surprised to find out they've fixed everything up in the studio to get such a clean, flawless live sound. Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by David Sheehan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Good
The first disk of this live album is down right sublime. Nine tracks that act kind of like three, three-part suites representing the spaceman's whole career as Spiritualized (and... Read more
Published on September 23, 2008 by Kyle Sacks
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Spiritualized...
If you like Spiritualized then obviously you'll like this album. It offers so many songs, with hits such as "Electricity", "Medication", and "Walking with... Read more
Published on April 8, 2004 by f
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT LIVE WITHOUT FLAWS
it's totally different interpretations of the original songs from their albums! & both versions are perfect! Read more
Published on July 13, 2000 by "diulay"
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did I buy this again?
I like Spiritualized a lot, but objectivity is more important here than awarding them with a good review merely because I'm partial to the band. This album is not very good. Read more
Published on July 5, 2000 by J. Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of rock's great live albums....
By refusing to noodle aimlessly (Phish) and flourishing amazing melodic instincts (unlike most Floyd) Spiritualized has created a swelling, mooving and landmark musical set. Read more
Published on August 6, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars overblown
Who knows whether this will get published as Amazon has a habit of deleting reviews under 4 stars. But while Spiritualized stock in trade is head music - this performance harks... Read more
Published on May 7, 1999
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