Radio Bemba Sound System Import
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i mean, come on. if you listen to this cd straight through, it doesn't make sense. if someone cut two minute snippets of twenty-nine songs and stuck them all together with masking tape, it would sound like this. songs don't start or end; jarring random cuts happen mid-song.
someone keeps bumping the jukebox, but you don't hear the needle scratch.
which might be cool if this wasn't a LIVE ALBUM. being a live recording, these cuts affect the sound of the audience as well. large crowds of people do not sound like this.
listening to this cd in my car made me mad enough to get off my butt and figure out how to post a review. and i like manu chao. whoever assembled this live package shouldn't be allowed to work with recordings again. this album is easily the most unlistenable thing i've heard in years.
This is the vital energy that the polished studio stuff springs from. When he accepted a major European music award a couple of years ago everyone expected him to come out and play an acoustic ballad or something. Insead he shocked their sensibilities with a series of fast punk tunes.
The key point is that his music is about the street and the energy of the street. Sometimes that means guitar by moonlight, but other times that means banging pots and pans on the top of a barricade. This album has some of the most energetic music you will ever hear, and some of the most thrilling music ever layered together in front of a live audience. It is loud and full and no sonic gap is left unfilled. A wall of sound.
That being said, I would say that the energy in this album does lag in the second half and a lot of the tunes begin to sound the same on this long CD more from exhaustion on the part of the listener than anything else. I suspect Manu still has a few steps to take before he gets to the level of Bob Marley - his idol - in crafting a subtle build to his concerts or compilation CDs. If you accept that this album is about delivering an exciting message to young people and don't expect easy listening gems - not that there aren't delicate and beautiful songs on the album - then you will like it just fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic CD. Fun, energetic, exciting, makes you want to dance and enjoy life!Published 10 months ago by SMP
The recording was clear and it almost feels like the concert if not for the abrupt break between each soundtrack.Published on December 27, 2013 by Andriene
By pure accident, I saw this Band on PBC a few months ago. Loved the music; Loved
the energy. I thought, at first, the group was Manu Chao because that was the title showing... Read more
if you can sit still listening to this cd ...i should wonder about you..handclapping foot tapping sing along energetic . you will want to move.......exciting music... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by veronica
Don't bother buying this album, even if you're a big fan, like me. It starts well, with the great simple mellow rythm that Manu Chao has. Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by Diego Merlo
The iconoclastic French Spaniard Manu Chao delivers a wild live performance, an amalgam of Carribean Ska and Reggae, Latin Salsa, Afro-Cuban polyrhythms & horns,
and frantic... Read more
I saw Radio Bemba Sound System perform with Manu Chao at Bonnaroo 2007, and was absolutely blown away by the quality of the music and the amount of fun I had at that show. Read morePublished on August 8, 2007 by D. Mitchell Hughes