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That Striped Sunlight Sound (DVD plus audio CD)
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The acoustic singles section is a nice cubist history of the band, told in the quiet of an empty living room with two guitars. The two, showing their years, do some lovely work in tandem in this part, which shines through despite grant's tight voice and dry mouth. A nice valentine to the hardcore, and it's heartening to see the best songs still have the ability to take their breath away. They sometimes sigh in awe and wonder at their own performances. A small section of garbage that follows best would have been left out, what with talk tangentally equating the go-betweens with god, or something like that.Read more ›
First, you have the Tivoli footage, done with their current touring and recording ensemble, featuring (the very evocatively named) Adele Pickvance on bass, and Glenn Thompson on drums - they both sing, as well...They are a quite capable rhythm section and add some great backing vocals. What's more is they add a certain chemistry - you can tell GM and RF are having a blast with them up on stage. As a rhythm section, they handle all the GB's catalog quite well, with the lone exception of "Spring Rain" - they don't quite get the Creedence-y swing of the original, it's a little off...
Highlights of the Tivoli set include "Clouds", done as a simple duet, with the added treat of a verse from Dylan's "Love minus zero" neatly folded in..."Streets of your town", beautiful and heartfelt, with a nifty solo by RF and GM counting down in German (unlike Bono, Grant is able to count correctly in a foreign language)..."Boundary Rider", the best song from "Oceans Apart", simply and lovingly reproduced, with lovely backing vocals from Ms. Pickvance....and, "Surfing Magazines", maybe a slight song, but a real concert highlight - you'll find yourself humming the chorus for days after watching this....An Audio CD reprises all the performances of the DVD - nice to have for the car, etc...
But the biggest treat of all in the package is the "Acoustic Stories" segment, wherein Grant and Robert assay many classics from their catalog in acoustic format, and along the way, provide all kinds of juicy background detail about them. No band, no "voltage enhancement" - just two voices and guitars.
It's all sublimely wonderful, but my favorites from this set are the achingly beautiful, hymn-like "Bachelor Kisses" and the epic, majestic "Dive for Your Memory"...Read more ›
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When this arrived, we played it over & over. I like the first 6 tracks. I love the Go-Betweens & have listened to them since their start. The DVD is also highly recommended. Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by LittleBearLodge
Just the title "That Striped Sunlight Sound" provides a tip-off that this CD/DVD combo from Australia's Go-Betweens is going to cover a lot of ground (as this notion was alluded to... Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by loce_the_wizard