Elect the Dead Symphony (W/Dvd) (Dlx) Import, Limited Edition, Special Edition
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With The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at his side, Tankian's epic songs and operatic vocals take on a whole new sense of grandeur when accompanied with a full 70 piece orchestra. This unique meshing of two very different worlds of music was a vision Tankian has long wanted to make a reality.
The show also features two previously unreleased tracks in 'Gate 21' and 'The Charade'. Both tracks are included on all release formats (CD/DVD, CD, and Vinyl).
CD is audio from the live performance
DVD is live performance with some bonus b-roll footage.
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The only guy I could think of was perhaps the lead singer of a band called "System of a Down" who I'd only ever heard one song from (Being "Chop Suey"). (Turned out that's exactly who this was (this time with no band (of any sort) to be seen).
Anyway on to Youtube we went and there it was a video clip of Serj, and the Orchestra doing a song called "Empty Walls", it looked and sounded superb.
A week later and after watching the DVD last nite and listening to the CD this morning, only one word to sum this one up... Outstanding. It is clear from the intro on the DVD that Serj is just so excited about doing his solo album live with an Orchestra (even his mum and dad are at the show!). (Evidently Serj spends a bit of time down here in New Zealand).
The performance is stellar, the Orchestra are in top form, the playing is flawless throughout. Serj's singing is just fantastic, such range, tone and emotion. Can't really recommend this one highly enough. The production (both audio and visuals are crystal clear).
Special mention also to Dan Monti who plays acoustic guitar and sings back up vocals, he is very very good.
Certainly one out of the blue (have to thank my good wife for this).
If this sounds remotely like your sort of stuff check out the Youtube clips and if there's a glimmer of "that actually sounds pretty good" - don't hesitate, it's a winner.
7 years later, I don't know how I haven't come accross this but I am grateful I finally did. Elect the Dead is chilling&beautiful perfection.
I am serious, if your the least bit into symphony's or Serj Tankian, you will not be disapointed.
Even if you own the orginal Elect the Dead album, this purchase includes so much more to be seen and will make you think a little differently about his music even if you already love it or hate it.
The Dvd is great quality, but mainly the audio is just outstanding.
It does come in a card board case which is sort of lame but the artwork and pictures make up for the missing gem case.
I'm glad to report however, that the problems I perceived are largely absent and Serj was fully justified in releasing this symphonic live concert.
As well as songs from the Elect The Dead album, there are two brand new songs `Gate 21,' and `The Charade,' as well as two more non album tracks `Blue,' and `Falling Stars.'
Another reason that this concert works so well is that the songs have been pretty severely rearranged to suit the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, it seems more like an MTV Unplugged version of Elect the Dead was given the symphony treatment than the existing versions. There is no distorted guitar whatsoever, no bass guitar and no drum kit as all percussion is handled by the orchestra.
The concert's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. This concert relies a great deal more on the Orchestra than any other Rock/Orchestra cross over I've ever seen, which while making it unique and impressive may alienate some fans who were expecting a mixture of the band and the orchestra more in line with Kiss's Alive 4 or Metallica's S&M orchestral concerts.
Some songs suit the style more than others, with the chorus of `Money,' for example, seeming clumsy. Songs like `Elect the Dead,' and `Saving Us,' however are amazing and truly feel grand with the powerful backing of the Orchestra.Read more ›
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This version is the unique take on his 2007 album it's a good person and you like Symphony music of an experimental nature percocet listen to itPublished 11 months ago by Robert A. Hansen
Just amazing singer and performance. I bought it for my girlfriend and she loves it.Published 14 months ago by Alexander
Love this, serj is by far one of the best artest of the Century!Published 18 months ago by Eric vincequere
The ensemble is fantastic. Serj has a great melodic voice. This is a one of a kind, first rate live performance.Published on March 30, 2014 by Brian Wolf
This disc set is awesome. The sound quality is amazing and the music simply kicks ass. You must see this video...Published on February 16, 2014 by Derrick Schnur
This is a must have!!! What a voice Serj has. I can't stop listening to this album. Check out DVD sold separately.Published on January 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
WOW LIKE THIS ALBUM WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH SERJ TANKIAN WHEN AHEAD AND SYMPHONY IT MAN HADS DOWN AMAZING I LOVE IT...Published on October 3, 2013 by JUAN M. ORTEGA