The Decemberists: A Practical Handbook
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Tracklisting for the concert portion is as follows:
01 The Infanta
02 The Soldiering Life
03 Leslie Anne Levine
04 We Both Go Down Together
05 The Engine Driver
06 Eli the Barrow Boy
07 The Sporting Life
08 July, July!
09 16 Military Wives
10 The Mariner's Revenge Song
11 The Chimbley Sweep
12 I Was Meant for the Stage
Nice documentary about the band, as well as the almost 42 minutes of music videos.
Did you know that there is an easter egg on this DVD? If you click on the red bar on the airplane on the main menu, you will be prompted to the index of 16 mini footages totalling 23.02.
That being said, if you can't see them live, this DVD makes a solid substitute. The quality of this DVD is amazing. They play all their good songs, and they also have a little brass band playing with them, which greatly enhances the quality of these songs. The whole band is perfect at this concert they chose (Portland OR, 11/4/2005). Petra Haydn did amazing on violin, even if she did look bored for the first half of the concert. Chris Funk is as silly as ever, playing amazing backup instruments. Jenny did amazing on keyboard and amazing, Nate Queury always does solid bass playing. John Moen tore up the drums, especially on Mariners Revenge song adn July, July! My only qualm is that Colin's voice sounds a little off for the first few songs, but by The Engine Driver, he sounds amazing. Stand out songs - Soldiering Life, Engine Driver, 16 Military Wives, and Mariner's Revenge Song.
The extras are amazing. The MIni Documentary, Paris before the War, was amazing. It tells the story of the Decemberists talking about how the band started, but it mostly is about the recording process behind Picaresque. It was an amazing insight to see how the band thinks and interacts in the studio. The music videos were also amazing, just to have them all in one place is good. I had never seen the video for the Tain, so that was good to see.
So in summation, see the Decemberists Live, but this will make an acceptable substitute
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Better than I expected, turns out to be a fun, great sounding concert performance. The videos and doc are quite good as well.Published on January 14, 2014 by M. A. Courtney
this DVD has none of the songs I know this group from- and it is Great. Isnt 1 star enough power for you all?? the sun is one star more stars would kill us all! Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by H. Rogers
The Decemberists seem to be trying to be the American version of Fairport Convention. But this is too much of a solo project for Colin Meloy to really consider them a band. Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by bob turnley
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