Royal Albert Hall, October 10, 1997: Live

Royal Albert Hall, October 10, 1997: Live

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by Spiritualized
     
 

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Live albums, by and large, are a dime a dozen -- inconsequential souvenirs designed to placate fans awaiting new studio material, they rarely if ever shed new light on the artist in question; rarer still is their ability to approximate the energy and excitement of the concert setting itself. Spiritualized's transcendent Royal Albert

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Live albums, by and large, are a dime a dozen -- inconsequential souvenirs designed to placate fans awaiting new studio material, they rarely if ever shed new light on the artist in question; rarer still is their ability to approximate the energy and excitement of the concert setting itself. Spiritualized's transcendent Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997 is the proverbial exception that proves the rule, a revelatory two-disc collection which captures the group at the peak of their powers, somehow translating the hypnotic power and epic majesty of their live set onto vinyl. Rejecting the inane between-song stage patter common to most live performers, Jason Pierce instead weaves his music together into an unbroken tapestry of sound, casting a spell which ebbs and flows with narcotic beauty and intensity; even the most familiar selections (like "Shine a Light," "Take Your Time," and "Medication," all frequent inclusions on other Spiritualized live EPs and bootlegs) pulsate with new life, their melodies as likely to set off on a meditative drift as they are to erupt in blasts of white noise. Granted, Royal Albert Hall isn't a substitute for the experience of actually catching the group in the flesh -- what is? -- but like so few other concert LPs, it actually rises above its conceptual limitations, forever capturing a singular moment in time and space when Spiritualized was unquestionably the greatest rock & roll band in the world.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221903226
catalogNumber:
19032

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spiritualized   Primary Artist
Dinah Beamish   Strings
Tony Clarke   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Sean Cook   Bass,Harmonica,Bass Guitar
Sally Herbert   Strings
Jocelyn Pook   Strings
Tony Robinson   Horn
Jason Thompson   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
John Fisher   Choir Director
Jules Singleton   Strings
Jason Pierce   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Bernard   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Damon Reece   Drums
Janice Whyne   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Denise Seally   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Thighpaulsandra   Piano
Rob Charles   Horn
Tony Robinson   Horn
Kevin Brown   Horn
Michael Mooney   Bass,Guitar
Ray Dickaty   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jason Pierce   Producer
Max Bisgrove   Engineer
Guy Massey   Engineer
Philip Doddridge   Composer

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Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This live album is polyphonic, discordant, sonic, "wall of sound". Spiritualized's albums are never the same. "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space" put the band on the map, "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" affirmed their greatness though largely unrecognized (at least here in the US). This album came about before 9/11, in the 90s, when Flaming Lips, Radiohead were popular, and the Grateful Dead and Phish were winding down. Spiritualized is a part of that time. Before the radical shift came about. Get this and then you will want all the albums.