Live on Earth [w/ Limited Edition Bonus DVD] Limited Edition, Live
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The show in Rijssen, Holland, "lifts off", and you're on a nonstop thrillride all the way until the end. Whether the music is loud and the lights are flashing, or it's slowed down and the keyboards are haunting, there's never a dull moment. An amazing array of material is performed, not just Star One. There are about half a dozen Star One songs, and then there are tracks from every Ayreon album. Fans of Into the Electric Castle will really enjoy the spot on (or really, improved) playing of Isis and Osiris, The Amazing Flight in Space (in which Arjen and Joost have a soloing battle/shoving match, truly hilarious), Valley of the Queens (this is a real gem, an accoustic ballad with Floor doing a superb job), The Castle Hall, and in the encore, Two Gates. The rest of the songs are quite flawless as well. Songs like The Dream Sequencer are amazingly improved with the energy of a live setting.
The DVD also includes some bonus features that didn't have to be there, but certainly aren't bad. A humurous set of behind the scenes footage, an additional encore/closing song Space Truckin, which didn't fit on the audio CDs, two songs from the show in Tilburg, and a nice photo gallery. Not shabby.Read more ›
You are really lucky to hear a good live album, especially with the highly overproduced CD's of today. No overdubs and its unlikely that the singer can sing as high or clear as on the CD. But not so here. Arjen surrounds himself with good singers and musicians, and the sound is huge. True, some of the lyrics are cheesy, and Robert doesn't do so well in spots, but the live versions are often better than the studio versions, with a higher energy.
Standout tracks are "Songs on the Ocean", "Dawn of a Million Souls" (my personal favorite), "Into the Black Hole" (Damian is great here), "Valley of the Queens", and "Isis and Osiris". All are much better than the studio tracks and some have different arrangements which make them better live. Russell Allen and Damian are vocally great. Floor and Irene Jansenn mesh together perfectly. Irene compliments Floor's voice very well. Peter Vink's bass and Ed Warby's drums tones are huge. Arjen's guitar tone is also very good.
The DVD is good. According to Arjen's notes he never intended on releasing the DVD. It was recorded with one or two cameras and sound off the board. Then two fans submitted their extra video shots from in the crowd and they mixed them together into the video. It is surprisingly smooth, although a couple of times seems out of sync (hence the previous reviewer's comment on Robert's lip syncing). The stage is really small for so many singers/players. But overall my friend and I liked the DVD.
Arjen's "Human Equation" CD is in my CD player at home and I listen to it all the time. Star One live is my main car CD rotation.
Putting aside petty cash reserved for things like rent, food, utilities, etc, I ordered this DVD/CD set, and days later, it arrived. Before inserting the DVD, I checked out the awesome packaging and the booklet, both of which excited me.
Musically, I was blown away. A mix of Star One and Ayreon material is presented here by a band that isn't used to touring together, but it seems like this is a jam band in their prime. The chemistry between the many, many members is electric. Nothing is stale and tired, this is a band who is as excited to be playing as the fans are to be enjoying. The music is tight, complex, and easy to jam to.
The band itself is insane. I mean this in a good way. A TON of members... 5 vocalists, a drummer, guitarist/synth/vocalist who brings back flashes of Kerry Livgren, bass player, flamboyant keyboardist, and a special flute player for three tracks, as well as a guest vocalist for one of the extras. The vocalists really get into their parts, everyone seems happy to be there.
There are dozens of "moments" here that left me with a big stupid grin on my face. The one that stands out the most at the moment (this changes daily) is when Arjen (guitar) and Joost (keys) have a "war" during Amazing Flight In Space, trying to outdo each other, getting into a shoving match while playing the instruments. It's hilarious, it's amazing, and it's just beautiful.
I really can't express enough how awesome this is.Read more ›
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I recieved this today, bought it because all reviews stated the it was a two disc and dvd set. I have the two cd's but no dvd, the booklet inside even says enjoy this 2 cd and dvd... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by The Giant Viking
There is only one thing wrong with this show, it appears to have been shot on only 2 cameras. One long shot, one close shot. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Ardra
That is assuming this is the same DVD that is sold seperately (Lucassen claims it is). I bought it rather than this because 1) it was cheaper and 2) I can always "Peel" the audio... Read morePublished on July 24, 2009 by JP
Progressive Rock is my favorite genre because it offers great musicianship, texture, complexity, various moods, and provides a sense of hope that music still has a fighting chance. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Evan Jacobson
You will never hear a more perfect Rock voice than Allen. It really shows because he is along side some other very talented singers. Read morePublished on January 24, 2004 by John
This is an excellent CD/DVD package. Musically, this is heavy, progressive and driving, but melodic at the same time. Read morePublished on January 20, 2004
This is a fantastic collaboration of vocalists and Ayreon live. You get the 2 CDs and the show also on DVD. What a bargain! Read morePublished on June 14, 2003
First, it needs to be pointed out that Star One is NOT Ayreon. That's not a knock on Ayreon - I like most of Arjen's work - but Star One is a METAL project, and many fans of... Read morePublished on May 29, 2003 by David M. Sobecki