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From the vaults of the award-winning PBS Austin City Limits TV show, this is the latest release in the acclaimed Live From Austin, TX series.

Through all the years of Austin City Limits, there probably has never been a night quite like this. From the opening processional through the crowd, through the harp solos, cymbal crashes and rousing choruses, the many members of Polyphonic Spree, all wearing their floor-length choir robes of every color in the rainbow, lifted the show to new heights on that sultry night in August, 2004. It all began four years earlier inside the head of Dallas punk rocker Tim DeLaughter, but not even he knew where his imagination would take him.

From the very beginning, my idea of this band was a vision of sound, and what s come out of it is so much more spectacular and dramatic, he said at the time. When Tim was leading his Dallas-based rock band Tripping Daisy, he was working in the studio and thinking, Gosh, I wish I had a flute at this part, or Man, this would be really cool if we could have a harp in this section, and then, gosh, wouldn t it be nice to have ten people singing as one for this particular line instead of me doubling and tripling vocals. One thing leads to another, as they say, and in this case Tim s wishful thinking led to a 24-member ensemble combining great musicianship with improvisation.

Their live shows are a visual spectacle that project an infectious joy, majesty and optimism. Where it goes from here is anybody s guess. I think anything is possible , says Tim. I m just trying my best to stay out of the way of what s going to happen and hang on for the ride.

TRACK LISTING:
1 Bizarre Prayer
2 Section 11: Long Day Continues / We Sound Amazed
3 Section 2: It s The Sun
4 Section 12: Hold Me Now
5 Section 6 & 7: Hanging Around The Day, Part 1 & 2
6 Section: 14:Two Thousand Places
7 Section 16: One Man Show
8 Section 18: Everything Starts At The Seam
9 Section 19: When The Fool Becomes A King

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Product Details

  • Actors: The Polyphonic Spree
  • Directors: Gary Menotti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New West Records
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UDLA4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl Ryan on September 24, 2007
Format: DVD
Wow...can't believe there aren't any other reviews here yet! I have been waiting for a DVD of these guys live and finally we have it...and released at the same time as The Flaming Lips live DVD...someone upstairs must really be liking me!! Anyway, I have seen the Spree live and I must say it is an event that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime...and now they can. This is a great DVD and one that captures the true essence of a Spree show. You will find it hard not to smile and will be fighting the urge to get up and dance or jump around as these guys do constantly. They are such a class act and Tim is a fantastic musician and the consumate front man and the rest of the Spree offer equal entertainment value. Spine tingling moments amongst beautiful melodic noise fests. Not one dud moment here...One Man Show is stunning...Two Thousand Places is brilliant...and the closure of When the Fool Becomes the King is uplifting.

They are all having a ball..a party on stage and we're all invited!!

Essential..buy this now.(Only gripe is the omission of a few tracks such as Soldier Girl and Suitcase Calling however this is always the way).

Oh, and buy The Fragile Army too...absolute GOLD!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bellocq on October 6, 2007
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I have been a fan of Polyphonic Spree ever since I saw them open for David Bowie in early 2004. I am fortunate enough to have the DVD of their Japanese performance that was included with Together We're Heavy. This one from Austin only adds to my memories, but nothing can top my memory from The Fragile Army tour. Catch them soon on tour!!!

As usual, their music makes one want to leap up out of their chair and dance with happy tears in their eyes. The Austin show is no exception. However, Austin was at the top of my list for possible relocation until viewing this mostly stodgy audience on this DVD. Are most of them dead? Were they expecting country music and no one told them? Only a few fans in the front show any emotion! What is the matter with the rest of the fans? How on earth can Austin call itself the live music capital of the world?

Actually, this all inspires me. If someone appears to have just died, don't call the coroner! Just play some Polyphonic Spree for them and hopefully their eyes will flutter just before a big smile appears on their face. If not, then they are truly dead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Casey on February 27, 2013
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I saw a clip on YouTube and just had to get this DVD. Huge band, tons of instruments - sounds just like a 45 from the sixties (I mean that in a good way).

But, boy, was it tough getting through a whole hour of this. There were no dynamics to the show - no quiet time, no smaller ensemble pieces - just full-on bombast for an hour. The first song lasted 17 minutes, but I got the point after 3 minutes.

I know everyone else has given the Polyphonic Spree great reviews because they certainly create a spectacle, but I prefer more variety in a concert. And they should either shorten their songs or add bridges in the middle to break the monotony.
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From a 2004 tour promoting Together We're Heavy, the DVD of the legendary Austin City Limits TV broadcast. The Spree were clearly in unstoppable mode and quite determined that no amount of studio-bound audience snoozing was going to stop them 'going for it'.

And, following a lovely extended harp intro, go for it they do - all 24 of them - right from the opening 'Long Day Continues/We Sound Amazed' (I'm skipping the section numbers) off the LP and, pausing long enough for a hypnotic acapella outro, explode into 'It's The Sun' and by now they're already hitting heights most bands can barely dream of.

And then - they actually take it up! 'Hold Me Now' a jet-propelled C21 nursery rhyme, 'Hanging Around' a whirl of united voices, 'Two Thousand Places' takes the already 'up' LP version and sends it stratospheric. Heck, even the deliberately-barbed arty bits in the middle of 'One Man Show' don't detract from the song's pastoral beauty. And then it's the gigantic closer 'Everything Starts.../When The Fool...' and it glistens and builds and builds and then drops to a whisper and then glistens again and then builds and builds one more time until it can't take it anymore and we're flinging our arms up to The Sun and you're now an emotionally drained heap...

Make no mistake, this is musical ecstasy on a truly grand scale. In the quietest moments it can be achingly tender, but these merely heighten the peaks of every (Sun)burst crescendo that follows.
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