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Shut Up And Play The Hits
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
Format: DVD
This 3 disc set is Oscilloscope release #45. Inside is the documentary feature about LCDSSs' final performance at MSG. The movie has whole songs from the concert which emphasize the quieter and meditative tone of the interview segments and over the shoulder next morning footage. There are extra extended interview segments with James Murphy if you didn't get enough during the movie. The main feature really is the double disc set of the concert, which features 2.0 stereo and 5.1 mixes both sounding rich and clear. The near 4 hour show is documented in its entirety including backstage breaks. While it can be exhausting to sit through everything this set offers, you will find a greater understanding of yourself and the band if you listen close and loud. My speakers were buzzing by the finale and I was fine with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I have to admit I had heard a few random songs from the band before watching this doc, but I wouldn't even go so far as to call myself a fan. I was told by a friend that this is worth watching. Now that I've seen it probably 5-8 times, I can't help but kick myself for not listening to the band years earlier. I wish I could go back and see this concert live. Short of that, I'm ecstatic that we have this film to rewatch for eternity.

The concert footage is incredible, and the interviews and footage between songs is really fascinating. It's not overdone. A perfect balance between the two. It's really a unique story, of a band choosing to go out on top.

We get to gaze into Murphy's thought process and get front row tickets to one of the best MSG concerts in recent memory. You really should buy this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
I love this and have watched it twice in the week since I bought it. With that said, the DVD comes with the full concert whereas the Amazon Instant video does not, so spend a few more bucks and get the DVD.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 17, 2012
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I've been interested in electronica music and the Amazon computer suggests a lot of things that it thinks I might like. About five years ago it suggested a CD by LCD Soundsystem titled "Sound of Silver." I took the suggestion seriously because I'd read a review in "Rolling Stone" and I'd already decided that this would probably be a disc I'd enjoy. I bought and I indeed liked it very much and followed up later by also purchasing (and reviewing) "This is Happening" and "London Sessions." This was just a very good band and I loved their music and James Murphy was a terrific singer! Excellent recordings!

Well, LCD Soundsystem quickly and easily worked it's way into my list of a half-dozen favorite musical acts (including deadmau5, Daft Punk and Matthew Dear) that were the highest on my playlist. Then the notice came out that they were shutting the band down. Quitting? How can this be? This is one of the freshest and best bands around and they're quitting right as they reach their peak? Say it isn't so! Well, unfortunately, it was so and they gave a final concert at Madison Square Garden (a very large boxing arena) to a near-capacity crowd last April in New York City. The 3 1/2-hour concert is now available on DVD. Well, if you're a LCD fan this package is a must-have! They call it "Shut Up And Play The Hits" and it makes for an outstanding three-disc DVD package. The first DVD presents selections (highlights) from the concert together with assorted scenes and interviews with James Murphy and other band members. It's quite an interesting and well-done DVD. Be sure to look over all the extras. The second and third DVDs present the entire concert. The total package is just overwhelming and is probably the best concert DVD set I own (out of about 25). It's a wonderful addition to my collection.

It's a terrific concert presentation, both the short version (disc one) and the long version (discs two and three). The boxing venue turned out to be a surprisingly good setting. The concert was staged toward the center and the cameras were set both to record the activity on the stage and look out over the large audience in all directions. Well Done! The acoustics and sound quality of the recording were rather good for a live concert. I was surprised at the size of the band. There might have been about 15-20 people on stage, including the singers. I was also surprised that an emphasis was placed on actual musical instruments, in that I had the idea from the LCD CDs that the reliance was more on electronic music.

The band was disbursed all over the stage, seemingly almost at random, rather than a set facing the audience as in a more normal concert-hall setting. Most of te band members had a specific setting, particularly those playing large instruments, but James Murphy wandered about the stage and the scattered musicians carrying his microphone, playing with a few instruments now and then and interacting with the audience. In his wanderings, he was then able to face most of the audience from time to time. Nice arrangement. Murphy put on a terrific performance and demonstrated that he was an excellent multi-instrument musician. He really stood out as a percussionist! Murphy left no doubt that he was the heart and core of the LCD organization. And what a terrific singer he was. Previously, I'd only listened to him on CDs and this guy really put his everything into this concert. All of the other band members were great too and were fun to watch. Evidently there was no dress code at all. Band members were each doing their own thing and you had everything on stage from tank-top undershirts to shorts to some rather formal looking outfits. One fellow looked as if he was in audition for those Sasquatch Jerky commercials you see on TV. Murphy, himself, looked as if his haircut was about a month too old and that, somehow, he had forgotten to shave in the last week, although he was wearing a rather formal jacket (sans tie). No matter. It seemed as if everyone was relaxed and just having a really good time, and the audience responded warmly to it.

The concert was both a joyous and sad experience to watch. The band was obviously having a lot of fun, but as the long concert came down to the final songs you could feel the sadness gradually set in. Very late in the concert, they played New York, I Love You, But You're Getting Me Down. It fit. Most of the songs were newly updated versions of the songs on the "Sound of Silver" and "This Is Happening" CDs, but there were a few new ones (to me, at least), including one 23-minute-long extravagenza. Then it was over.

What's going to happen here? Murphy and his motley collection of musicians (but quite excellent, I would hasten to add) aren't just going to go away, Will Murphy be reincarnated in some other form? Will the other members of the band regroup and form new bands? Stay tuned.

Gary Peterson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I don't really do concert films, but this is an exception. The energy of this show, and the movie goes back and forth between the interview and the concert footage really hold my attention. When I put this on the big screen, crank the stereo and turn the lights out it feels like a party at my house. Great film!
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on February 17, 2015
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
This is for the Blu-ray version. It sounds absolutely fantastic. Looks very nice too. It's a great final concert - if your going to have a funeral then have a great funeral - and worth every penny for just the 2 Disc concert in HD 5.1. I could write a lot of crap, blah blah blah but the highest phrase I can give this is to say it gives Stop Making Sense a run for it's money as far as sound goes and might.. just might be a bit better. It really kicks butt. So if your a fan of LCD Soundsystem and have the ability to play this - blu-ray player and decent 5.1 sound system - I highly recommend you check this out. I consider it essential.... period regardless. The documentary is just cream. I haven't stopped listening to the concert yet, I'm on my second pass...I wanted to view the complete concert before I watched the documentary which is parts of the concert. I NEVER give stuff 5 stars... never but I was pleasantly surprised. Wow! Be careful about cranking this up too much, it gets really loud at parts.
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on April 15, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
That concert seemed like a religious experience! I had never been that into LCD Soundsystem, but I wish I could have been there. The crowd shots were amazing, and the quieter parts with James Murphy seemed very real and moving.
Well done.
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on March 7, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
A wonderful documentation of the final concert of a great band that chose its own end. Great look at the individuals and great music also. Too bad I only discovered them after they were gone.
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on February 3, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I came to this film/set of discs not as a fan of LCD Soundsystem, but as someone wanting to buy a concert film on Blu-Ray (that was not of some new boy band or some has-beens.) This fit the bill in spades. I really enjoy the band and their sound, which seems to be an electronic take on some intersection of soul and punk for grown-ups.

As much as I enjoy Murphy and his band of friends playing like there is no tomorrow, one of the real strengths of this package is simply the quality of the film and the recording. This has a visual clarity that is not present in many bigger budget films and the music has a tactile and immediate quality that exceeds most other CDs. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the audio on the Blu-Ray is a step up from most CDs.

Highly recommended.
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on January 28, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
This is such a well made documentary. I bought this a month ago and have watched it several times already. I love it!
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