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Alive 1997
     

Alive 1997

by Daft Punk
 

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Some folks might mistake Daft Punk's Alive 1997 -- a mixed CD lifted directly from a live set from their first European tour -- for a clever marketing ploy that repackages the same hits from their smash debut, Homework, released earlier that year. But the discerning fan will soon realize it's not how many tracks they used in the

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Some folks might mistake Daft Punk's Alive 1997 -- a mixed CD lifted directly from a live set from their first European tour -- for a clever marketing ploy that repackages the same hits from their smash debut, Homework, released earlier that year. But the discerning fan will soon realize it's not how many tracks they used in the mix, but how few, that makes this limited release a valuable collector's item for diehard dance fiends and dilettantes alike. Discarding the more cautious AOR approach of their latest release, Discovery, Daft Punk seamlessly blend only three hits into a nonstop mix that invokes elements of hard acid house, French funk, '80s classic rock, and souped-up disco. Dipping into a bottomless bag of samples, triggering and tweaking them right on the spot, Daft Punk execute a brilliant one-of-a-kind performance, proving this funky French duo need have no refried associations. Treating the dance-floor hit like taffy, they stretch "Da Funk" over a 16-minute groove, looping prog-rock guitar licks over merciless beats and punchy bass lines until the track crackles like an overheated 909 tossed into a swimming pool. With "Rollin' & Scratchin'," they break down the track's gritty trademark synth line molecule by molecule, mixing in disembodied vocals and a searing high-hat blitzkrieg until the whole thing explodes as a four-to-the-floor meltdown. Like small Gallic blacksmiths reworking quality iron ore, Daft Punk mercilessly pound each nugget until they all gleam anew.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Alive 1997 reveals the French duo Daft Punk as one of the brightest entertainers in the occasionally stale world of album-based electronic dance. True, techno and house DJs can light up a crowd like few others, but the increasing artist slant of electronica often results in push-button programming and straight-from-DAT live performances, with most of the heavy lifting relegated to the lighting supervisor and effects computers. This brief glimpse at Daft Punk's live show circa 1997 (their major breakout year) is a tour de force of high-energy theatrics and flair. Aside from the pair of "WDPK" interludes, Alive 1997 includes only three tracks, but they're so radically different from their album versions that they're only barely familiar. The duo's biggest hit so far, "Da Funk," is stretched out to 16 minutes with a start-and-stop improvisation section that brings the crowd to a peak, while "Rollin' & Scratchin'" never looks back after breaking right on through the red-line. An energizing document, Alive 1997 is one of the few live records to approximate the excitement of the original live show.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/23/2014
Label:
Rhino / Parlophone
UPC:
0724381113912
catalogNumber:
113912
Rank:
27521

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