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Great idea, poorly executed. Here's why:
on June 22, 2015
Let me start by saying that the music is fantastic.
However...this set offers nothing new for fans, unless you didn't already have the live performance. FYI- this is NOT the complete show- it is presented here in truncated form and in a different running order. (All that is missing to the best of my knowledge is the encore, 3 non-soundtrack tunes: Talisman, J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau, and La Femme D'argent)
I happen to hate picture discs, and this one is no exception. This concert deserved release as a double album in its entirety. Also- just as a side note, I recommend storing the picture disc in a paper sleeve instead of the PVC sleeve it comes in- they are notorious for causing damage over time. If you haven't heard this show, it's a gem. Too bad they screwed up the vinyl release so badly!
Personally I don't like the box itself - it is too big (almost 14"x14") and won't fit on the shelf with standard lp box sets. There was no reason to make it that big, and doing so required an interior cardboard "buffer." The quality of the cardboard material is pretty lame. My box arrived with a bent corner of the interior buffer shell. I'm not sure where mine will live...storage maybe? It won't fit on the shelf with other vinyl boxed sets. When records won't fit on a record shelf, it's a problem.No matter where I put this box it's in the way.
All of the extras are a bit chintzy...the posters are nice, but are folded to fit in the box...they won't look good in frames. The laminate? Who cares....the party was 13 years ago. The cds? Redundant. (although I used the cd to rip a FLAC version of the live show...I would have done a vinyl rip, but frankly the cd sounds better in this case). I don't think the official version sounds different than the "bootleg" version, although I haven't done a real comparison on headphones yet.
I bought this set because I am a completist...I have all of Air's releases on vinyl, and wanted the vinyl edition of the concert. This is the only way to get it. If you already have this soundtrack you definitely don't need this new edition. If you want the live show, I recommend downloading the entire show from a torrent site, or buying the cd edition. Sticking it on a picture disc was a major mistake IMHO.
PROS - It's Air, and there's lots of stuff in the box. They finally officially released the live show. A couple of demos you might not have are included.
CONS - Oversized box is a bit ridiculous, nothing really new for fans, and the vinyl release of the (incomplete) live show was stuck on a picture disc.
VERDICT - Even as a completist collector I am kind of wishing I hadn't ordered this beast...