The Cult - Live Cult (Music Without Fear)
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While I'll agree that Ian mails in some songs throught the concert, and wimps out on some tough notes, he certainly delivers some power vocals for his newer stuff. Rain was quite stellar too, but how could he wimp out on Love removal machine like that?? grrrr:)
Although I'd rather he put a better effort singing some of my classic favs, I can understand why he'd want to change them up after playing them so many damn times. I really liked Peace Dog, despite its differences. He is a bit older but can still put together a great albumn in the studio and belt out the notes when he wants to.
His voice isn't shot!
The intro to this concert is just incredible (Rise), it gives me chills every time I play it. The sound quality is outstanding, and Billy Duffy has never sounded better. Too bad Matt is in Velvet Revolver, I'd like to hear Ian and Billy record another albumn with him.
This concert is a must own for anyone claiming to be rock fans, and anyone even remotely a fan of the greatest rock band of all time, The Cult!:)
I've seen Ian "mail it in" in live concerts before, and either wuss out and not sing a difficult part, or do it haphazardly, dissapointing the loyal fan base who comes to hear his leather lunged howl. Maybe he knew he was being recorded for the DVD, but the effort to do a good job was there.
I am pleased to report, he doesn't mail it in too often in this particualr show! "Rain" is excellent, he even does the "Yeah, Yeaayyyyah yeah" at the end of "She Sells Sanctuary." The crowd is a bit subdued, but let's face it, the Cult's fan base are 30 and 40 somethings now, not exactly the kind of crowd that 'moshes.'
The mix of old and new is quite good and the majority of their classics are present. It is a little disappointing that "Nirvana" was not on the DVD, but then again, I am never satisfied.
The video quality is excellent. The only downside is the special imaging effects the producer included on a few songs. Some songs appear to have an old time "showreel" look with a dull bronze coloring to it. Some of the detail and "live" effect is lost. However, this is not a major distraction.
The audio quality is excellent on 2.0 Dolby Digital and 5.1 Dolby Digital. The separation of instruments is very clear and really makes you feel like you were there. The most notable are the bass and guitars. The imaging and sound is phenomenal. The drums could have been a little more polished in the mix, but still sound great! The downside to the audio is two-fold; (1) Ian's voice is mixed too high on the center channel requiring the end user to turn the center channel down anywhere between 7-10 db and (2) the DTS mix is very clear. In fact, its clarity is moreso than 5.1 Dolby Digital. However, ".1" or the bass is mixed extremely low to where on my system (I utilize a Revel B15 1000W subwoofer) I have to increase the level by 12db to get good output.
Lastly, the "behind-the-scenes" footage is average. I would have rather seen on-the-road footage rather than a CD signing event and watching fans coming into the stadium making outrageous faces and stupid generic remarks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ian is horrible in this concert video, he talks, mumbles or screams his way through the songs. He rarely "sings" and forgets the lyrics..... Read morePublished 4 months ago by RonJar63
good sound and production make this a concert to watch.
good honest hard rock from a very underrated band.
PLAY IT LOUD!!!
Don't bother to read the bad reviews. The Cult plays their heart out to the music and their fans. Plain and simple.Published on October 26, 2012 by FELINHO
The Cult live dvd is awesome, I just recently missed getting to see them in concert, so I purchased this instead. The sound quality is great and the visuals. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Brando W. Rea
The song Edie (Ciao Baby), lacked the musical fade out and just ended abruptly. Ian's headband was down over his eyebrows like some punk, and he had negative things to say about... Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Mike at the solar home
I tried to give this DVD a better review, I love The Cult but the drive seems to be long gone from this band. Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by M. Crisafulli