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Roseland NYC Live [Live]

PortisheadAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Portishead are a band from Bristol, England, named after the nearby town of the same name, 12 miles (19 km) west of Bristol.
The band was formed in Bristol, UK in 1991, by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley. After releasing a short film (To Kill a Dead Man) and its accompanying music, Portishead signed a record deal with Go! Beat Records.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Go Beat/London
  • ASIN: B00000DLV1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Usually, groups wait until they've released at least three or four records before putting out a live album, but PNYC was too good an idea for Portishead to turn down. Recorded with a full orchestra on a cold, rainy day shortly after the release of their second record, Portishead, the project doubled as a live album and the soundtrack for a BBC documentary. In addition to being economical and perhaps lucrative, the disc demonstrates how sampled and sequenced music can be re-created in concert without losing any of the charm or dynamics of the original recordings. All it takes is a 22-piece string section, some horns, and a band whose tightness is exceeded only by its creativity. At times the performances on PNYC sound even more breathtaking and cinematic than Portishead's original recordings, as humming theremin, skittery scratching, and gliding strings mingle with stealthy guitar lines and sultry vocals. For Portishead, sour times seem like a distant memory. --Jon Wiederhorn

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portishead, unfiltered July 12, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Normally I wouldn't post a review for an album that has over twenty perfectly credible reviews already, but I'm afraid something must be clarified: the songs on the PNYC live album are not "as good as" the album versions, as so many reviewers have said, but are in fact 30-70% BETTER than their studio counterparts (percentage varies for specific tracks). This mainly has to do with the intensity of the vocals. Maybe it's a natural side-effect of the live performance, maybe it's only a difference in volume, but to put it bluntly, it's hard to believe Beth Gibbons isn't singing with a sock over her face on "Dummy" and "Portishead" after hearing the insane amount of overtone, undertone, and just plain tone that come through on this recording. Whatever was sacrificed of Portishead's usual spooky, distant atmosphere by removing the muffler from Gibbons' voice is more than made up for by the emotion and clarity here. If you buy only one Portishead album this year (though i'd recommend two or three), this *is* the one to get.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge a Song Until You've Heard it Live December 18, 1999
By Corky
Format:Audio CD
Some people like this CD, some people didn't. I, personally thought it was one of the best albums I've ever heard. It doesn't really sound live at all, except when the audience cheers,(And when they messed up Roads by clapping all through it.) All of the songs sound as if something has been added to give them more depth. Beth's voice sounds even more beautiful than on the original recordings. If you're new to Portishead and you can't decide on what album to get, buy this one. It has songs from both Dummy and Portishead on it and they sound fabulous. This CD remains my favorite even though I've listened to it thousands of times.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The coolest trip-hop group live with an orchestra August 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
It seems like it might not work at first, but Portishead's "Live: Roseland NYC" album is probably the most stunning and most original live electronica album. And the string orchestra enhances their songs in unexpected ways.

If Portishead's second album sounded like a creepy soundtrack to a Halloween horror movie, the string ensemble take the scary crescendos to a whole new level. Beth Gibbons sings a crooning alto similar to the James Bond singer Shirley Bassey. In the song "Cowboys," the orchestra resounds with a wave of dissonance that escalates to a frightening peak with the electric guitars amplifying the dark tension. Combine that with the squeeky turntable scratches, and the band sounds like a deadly mix of James Bond mystery with electric mayhem.

And believe it or not, there are plenty of smooth and sassy James Bond-style orchestrations. The blaring trumpets and strings in "All Mine" turns the copa cabana song into a smoky, jazzy scene, with guitars to electrify the atmosphere.

Even though the live set begins with songs from their less popular second album, there are still plenty of fantastic mixes of songs from their debut album to spare. The high-pitched screeches of the violins in "Mysterons" transform the electronica song into a soundtrack from an Alfred Hitchcock horror film. "Glory Box" sounds even sassier and sexier with actual strings to back up Gibbons' voice and the funky DJ scratcher. And if Portishead fans thought "Sour Times" sounded cool, just wait until they hear the adrenaline-filled crescendo of strings, organs, drums, guitars and DJ scratches, combined with Gibbons' wailing at the end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're going to own one live album make it this one.. November 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
You probably know the score with live albums. If the sound is bearable without needing to be under the influence of mind-bending substances, if the recording is decent, if the group was up to par without resorting to peculiar versions of their own songs without making them better, if the audience isn't screaming stuff reminiscent of the Jerry Springer show, and if the Hell's Angels arent involved in a brawl during the show (see Iggy Pop's classic 70s live album) then you might (emphasis on 'might') have a half decent album in your hands.
This is totally, undisputably and unquestionanly NOT the case here. Because, this live album is so good it actually comes across better than Portihead's studio albums!
Stunning as this might sound for a live recording it is nevertheless the truth. The reasons why this is true are intriguing. To start with, this the blending of a live classical orchestra and an electronic band. Which, of course, could've been another recipe for disaster (has been in countless of cases before with other more 'organic' bands) but it didnt. What in fact happened was that this concert demonstrated that the mix of classic and electronic music is one that can work wonderfully without harming the charm of the overall atmosphere.
Furthermore, Portishead actually perform versions of their now well-known songs that are actually trippier than the originals. There's tons of psychedelia here to be had, and come to think of it, i wouldnt be able to name another album where a classical orchestra is involved where i could mention 'psychedelia'in the same sentence.
This is of course extra-rewarding. Portishead's songs when they are good they are brilliant.
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Published 13 days ago by Charles Samuelson
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
smooth and chill music!!!! love it!
Published 1 month ago by Carla
1.0 out of 5 stars Product is in a very poor condition, is not like new that products...
Product is in a very poor condition, is not like new that products mentioned in the description!!!!A lot of scratches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite album from my senior year at Art and Design
This is an old favorite. Brings back memories of some old friends from Art and Design hanging out at Central Park and pot and rocks.
Published 9 months ago by Julia Elizabeth Sloan
5.0 out of 5 stars beg borrow but get this//////////
as i expected classy and professional re; the band marvelous production for a live album great value i will have to aquire the dvd
Published 13 months ago by robert nash
1.0 out of 5 stars Sour Times indeed
This one star rating is no reflection on the band or quality of the music generally, rather it is a rating of the product that includes its marketing and product placement and the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marten K
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality of performance is great; poor quality manufacturing, damaged...
I purchased this on vinyl, brand new. However, upon receiving the album I examined both records and all four sides were severely scratched. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BK
5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album I have ever heard
Absolutely stunning. I get chills every time I listen through this album. If you are a fan of Portishead or Massive Attack, this album is a must.
Published 20 months ago by Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars First Portishead Album
Bought this album after being exposed to a few tracks on Pandora. I have to be in the right mood to listen to it though, just my opinion. Its a good addition to my library.
Published 20 months ago by Chris F
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