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Special Moves (CD + DVD)
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...the black-and-white footage does the talking without standard theatrics...there's atmospheric beauty in the close-ups of hands shredding at guitar strings onstage and applauding in the crowd. --Spin Magazine, August 2010
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Special Moves (the CD) is excellent overall. The quality of the recording is remarkably better than most concert albums. Mogwai's selection of songs here are great too, with works spanning their entire career. The only drawback in my opinion, is the absence of The Sun Smells Too Loud. A live version of that song would have been amazing.
Burning (the DVD) is also exemplary, and unlike most concert films. It has a unique look for sure. Shot all in black and white, with dark shadowy performance footage and street scenes thrown in between songs. It's not unlike the film that was on the Hawk is Howling's bonus DVD. The only extra feature on the DVD is another performance of Mogwai Fear Satan, at another venue. The DVD's content runtime is only a little under an hour.
The CD/DVD package also comes with an access code that allows the download of six bonus songs.
This is a must-own for any Mogwai fan. I'd even say it would be perfect for introducing someone to the band.
The "Burning" DVD is shot entirely in black and white, sometimes grainy, sometimes very clear, showing a Mogwai concert in Brooklyn. There are occasional shots of the city, and some takes of the (entranced) audience, but most of the movie focuses on the band on stage. If you've seen Mogwai live, you know what to expect from their shows - and this movie portrays it in all its beauty. For me the highlight of the DVD is a glorious version of "Hunted by a Freak". There's also a blistering version of "Mogwai Fear Satan" that must have been something like a religious experience for the audience. You'll only get a snipped of "Like Herod" in the DVD, but fear not as the entire 10 minute version can be heard on the CD. If I have one minor complaint about the DVD, it's that it wasn't divided in DVD chapters, so it's impossible to skip forward or back to a specific song. Not a big deal, but it would have been a nice touch.
The "Special Moves" CD contains live versions of songs from almost all of the band's studio albums - there's nothing from the "Zidane" soundtrack or the "Ten Rapid" compilation, but every other album is represented. If you take the DVD, CD and bonus tracks together, you'll find that song selection leans heavily towards the band's latest album "The Hawk is Howling", but since that's an excellent album I have absolutely no problem with this. The audio quality is great.Read more ›
Mogwai is best heard live in person. When that is not possible, the next best thing is a well-made audience recording. Fortunately the band is very permissive when it comes to taping and they have allowed a number of superb audience recordings to be made and posted on archive.org. This is where you should go to find something to listen to.
Support the artist by buying their music and going see them live but when you want to listen, pick the medium that shows them at their best. This release is not it.
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Raw and powerful live album. Live from Brooklyn NY. DVD has too many artistic, grainy shots for my taste. I'd like to have more of a straight concert showing.Published 25 days ago by Ian J. King
LOVE this movie, and the CD. Watched it so many times on Youtube that I decided to buy it and still play it constantly. Can't wait to see these guys live.Published 22 months ago by Alan Burkhart
If you call yourself a fan of this band then you know for a fact that hearing them live is the way to go. That's why this should be the record that any Mogwai fan must have. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Rodrigo Munguia Pinedo
Having seen Mogwai live numerous times--and several times walking out feeling like I was having a stroke due to the extreme volume and lights--I was dubious that a movie could... Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by E
Bought the MP3 so I can't comment on the DVD visuals.
They play damn well and you really capture the atmosphere even with live audio. Read more