Japanese edition includes one bonus track, 'I See the Door' which was previously available as a UK B-Side. This Is Music is a collection of all The Verve's singles including two unreleased tracks, This Could Be My Moment and Monte Carlo, taken from the Urban Hymns sessions. The Verve, from Wigan, were formed in 1990, releasing their debut album A Storm in Heaven three years later. It was followed by the hugely acclaimed A Northen Soul in 1995. Three years later, in the summer of 1997, The Verve established themselves as one of the most crucial English rock bands of all time with the Urban Hymns album which, with its landmark singles Bitter Sweet Symphony and The Drugs Don't Work, dominated the chart for over a year. EMI. 2004.
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It's said their internal bickering and various addictions got in the way, which is really unfortunate. Up until now, it was very difficult to see the videos for their songs, especially if you live outside the UK. The videos are beautiful to watch, if mostly to stare in morbid fascination at skeletal Richard Ashcroft. He looks like a being from a far away and fascinating otherworld.
This DVD collection is worth having just for the Bittersweet Symphony video, which so perfectly captures the song. Watch Richard amble zombie-like down the avenue while absently bumping into people and ignoring others completely. Their reactions to him are amusing, disturbing, or both. I also like the Lucky Man videos (UK and US versions both included here). The two video versions of the Lucky Man song are completely different and unique in their own way. See which video from this collection becomes your favorite. It may be hard to choose just one.
One particularly jarring example was the video for "Slide Away" from A Storm in Heaven, one of my favorites. Like seeing a terrible movie version of your favorite book, I now fear that I may forever have terrible grainy images of the band frolicking with. . .I'll spare you.
Later videos are of better quality technically, but it would seem that it was really not until Urban Hymns that the visuals could hold their own with the music. Too bad.
A MUCH better bet is the the Verve 96-98 video. As far as I know, only available on VHS. Live concert footage, fantastic videography, a few videos that also appear here, plus the backstage/tourbus stuff. The Verve 96-98 is on a level with Radiohead's "Making Friends is Easy" movie. This recent release is much too much rubbish. COME ON GUYS! COME ON! COME ON!
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