When the Hyde Park gig was announced I bought tickets immediately. It was billed as the only UK show. Then I bought trains and hotel tickets. Then meltdown was announced and Curaetion happened. Remember it was billed as curaetion and not “the cure” and he was evasive about exactly who would be performing to weasel around the “only UK show” billing for Hyde park. And I was really pissed off as first because I couldn’t afford the time away from family for meltdown once I’d committed to Hyde park. And if I’d done meltdown I’d have seen many of my other fave bands too (soft moon, mogwai, nin, my bloody valentine, etc etc)
So I was mulling on this as Hyde park approached and I expected that the set list would be quite predictable. And then I realised, I could stew about that and ruin my enjoyment or just run with it. And it was quite predictable (although still some deep cuts: burn, if only tonight, disintegration... and I love KAA live) but it was also a really fantastic *performance*.
And to me all the complaints about the set list for the show now it’s out in HD surround are missing the wood for the trees. (Come closer and see...) what it captures is some of their most loved - yes mainstream and predictable - songs in a REALLY strong performance. Don’t pretend that you don’t like those songs even if you’d have preferred something rarer (halo please!)
And as a bonus I get to see the curaetion show too (like cockatoos and at night are highlights for me)
So erm I guess I’m saying enjoy it or don’t but moaning about the set list isn’t going to make your life any more full of joy.
Ps he did the X songs per album thing at the NME big gig performance in around 2009 too
Please guys. Regarding the audio Cd's from the packs is only me or the sound is really bad with lot of distortion?
i just put on the Cureation CD in my computer stereo. Now I have pretty good quality JBL monitors on this thing for when I mix my own music and from the first notes on TIB it's vibrating all over the place. Not good at all. Wow. WTH? So I'm going to rip the CD then put it in my DAW and play with it and see what comes up. Will report later.
Uh yeah, I'm not a professional audio engineer and I've only been mixing for about 2 years now but the Cureation CD waves are crammed right to the top. Whereas you can see the waves from ALL I WANT from the KMKMKM album sit nice just under.
Holy Clippity clip Batman? Who the hell mixed this?
Having watched all the way through, I have to say the Hyde Park filming is exquisite. The Meltdown filming is also good, BUT!! & this is a very big BUT. Nick Wickham, Dax Debice, Tim Woolcot, Tom Knowles & everyone at The Joint need to go & stand in a corner in shame. The post production is a shocker. When TIB started, I genuinely thought I had a faulty disc as the picture suddenly went from a wonderful 1080p image to what looked like one of those old VHS rips you see on youtube complete with the black bars down either side in not-so captivating SD. Sure, it whips back into full screen HD for at Night, but then, without warning, they've decided Other Voices would be better presented in black & white. At this point, I stopped the player & checked all the settings & connections to make sure the cats hadn't chomped through my high speed HDMI cables or I hadn't "boxing-gloved" a crucial settings button. Satisfied all was correctly plugged in & technically sound, I put the disc back on to flick through more songs. When I got to It's Over, I really became concerned. I have a brand new 55" UHD TV & I honestly thought the disc had wrecked the display & envisaged the prospect of having to take it off the wall & send it back for service or replacement. Generally speaking, the visual effects are way over the top. I can handle some pixel manipulation, but this is overkill to the point where it's both distracting & concerning. I had to ask other people if they had the same visual artefacts I was seeing because I genuinely thought I had a defective item It appears they're all the same. Once I got my head around that & accepted that's how it was intended, it's still a brilliant souvenir of an evening where I met many great friends, old & new, & enjoyed a superb show in the best company there is.