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Live in La: Death & Raw Live

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DEATH LIVE IN L.A.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro/The Philosopher
  2. Spirit Crusher
  3. Trapped In A Corner
  4. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
  5. Crystal Mountain
  6. Flesh And The Power It Holds
  7. Zero Tolerance
  8. Zombie Ritual
  9. Suicide Machine
  10. Together As One
  11. Empty Words
  12. Symbolic
  13. Pull The Plug


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B00005B82W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There originally weren't plans to release a Death live CD at all. But due to the deterioration of the condition of mainman Chuck Schuldiner (after a mild recovery), and the need for very expensive surgery, it was decided to release the recordings of the TSOP tour to collect some money.
Live in L.A. belongs in every metalhead's collection and will hopefully contribute to Chuck's healing process.
The vanguard in technical death metal, bar none, Death-- setting the original standard for those who can appreciate an odd time signature-- always had the keen insight and ability to make songs listenable as well as complex. And translated live and well, raw, Death sounds just fine, if not admirable in all its intense 'n complex glory. The fact that Live in L.A. comes off as a veritable Best Of package doesn't hurt either, as all of the signature staples ("Pull The Plug", "Empty Words") and fan favorites ("The Philosopher", "Scavenger Of Human Sorrow") are here.
The production is crisp and clear, and thankfully not the murky bass-heavy monitor sound we've been hearing on live records as of late. Word is that not a note was changed from the original L.A. performance, and that this is the last Death album.
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Death is a great band and one of my favorites.This live album is more of a greatist hits album and a live album at the same time which most live albums are not.This album has great sound quality they play every song perfectly and Chuck screams and squeals so well.The songs on here are amazing I mean you have ''Scavenger Of Human Sorrow'', ''Symbolic'', The Philosopher'', ''Pull The Plug'', I mean it doesn't get any better than this I recoomend this for any Death fan or any metal fan because this is truly a great album and a great band that will be miss.Chuck Schuldiner was a brilliant guitarist/songwriter/singer his work and his passion will be missed forever he is truly and inspiration to me with the music he makes.R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner.
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By A Customer on April 26, 2004
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first off, the people who reviewed this below who said the drums sound bad are out of their minds. get rid of your 1980's boombox that has 2 inch tweeters in it. sure, its "raw" but thats the name of the album. its not some over-produced thing that sounds like a studio recording (with faded in "cheers"... woooo!) but it doesnt sound like a bootleg either.
second, richard christy shines when he plays with Death. just flat out beautiful brass work. you can listen to this thing just for the drumwork and be blown away. some of the fills he adds into the older songs like "suicide machine" with the double ride/double bass stuff is flat out disgusting.
third, this is chuck. hes a metal deity basically. all you have to say is "chuck" and everyone knows who youre talking about. if you cant enjoy this guys work, seriously, just stop listening to metal altogether.
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First of all, the production on this album is extremely rough, as many have said. It's very loud, definitely, but the clarity and depth are often lacking. Still, you can readily make out what they're playing the vast majority of the time, though some of the fastest stuff can just degenerate into an ill-defined wall of noise. The mix is off too, as the drums are pushed way out in front. Finally, Chuck's voice doesn't sound nearly as good as it does on the studio versions, but that's about what you'd anticipate on most live albums. The setlist is good and bad. Good in the sense that Death were consistently brilliant enough that everything on here is excellent. Bad in the sense that it's still missing many of my very favorite Death tracks.(Flattening of Emotions, Overactive Imagination, Jealousy, In Human Form, 1000 Eyes, Moment of Clarity, Story to Tell) Still, the tracklisting of a live album is almost never going to be 100% ideal, but for me, anyway, Death & Raw doesn't even come very close. But, there's definitely no denying the excellence of the material that is here, so I can't complain too much

The performances are excellent and filled with passion and intensity. They're not completely flawless, but they're about as good as you could hope considering the complexity of much of the stuff they're playing. Richard Christy absolutely destroys his drumkit, giving one of the most intricate and devastating drum performances I've ever heard. Furthermore, they change up the solos quite a bit, frequently making them more shred oriented. I won't necessarily say I think the changed solos are better than the studio versions, but they're still awesome, and it's interesting to here some different work.
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I don't know what it is about the Halloween theme playing in the background before the real music starts, but to me, it sets the energy and anticipation perfectly for the haughty musicians before the concert comes crashing in with the ever-classic song "The Philosopher." Ahh, what a perfect start for a live show. Chuck is on the ball with his new aged raspy screams and screeches goes above and beyond with an obvious vocally stressful performance (after all, it was singing all those years that transformed his deeper growls into his new demoniac wraith induced screams). A little look at the material: three songs from The Sound of Perseverance, four from Symbolic, one from Scream Bloody Gore, two from Individual Thought Patterns, two from Human, and one from Leprosy. Not a bad choice of material since it can be applied to any fans that find a particular interest in any era of Death.

Once again Chuck shows that if the line up isn't the best, it doesn't fly. Scott Clendenin (although no Steve DiGiorgio) does an excellent job at filling in the bass slots. I'm not sure what kind of equipment Scott was using, but his sound fits perfectly in this live performance. You can hear the click of his bass in the back, filling in the gaps and meshing the guitars with the heavy hitting drums. I'm sure a good amount of people are aware that it can be arduous to hear the bass during a live performance; well, those who are always searching for clear bass, look no further.

For you have found a live performance with stand out bass that actually kicks and amplifies the brinks of the overall tone. Chuck's wailing Stealth takes the stand to deliver the goods and does a fine job.
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