In fact, Manzanera is consistently dazzling every time he steps to the fore, sounding every bit as ferocious and unearthly as he did on their first few albums. Having Paul Thompson back behind the drumkit was vital for the early material, but also adds some needed power to tunes like "My Only Love". Bryan Ferry 's voice has weathered just a bit, but he's still the epitome of crooner cool. The sound quality, as expected, is excellent, allowing the listener to hear every musical detail the band offers.
Audience participation, the bane of many a live album, is largely held in check until the very end of the set when it intrudes slightly on the encore numbers. But this is a very small quibble about a thoroughly wonderful release. This set should impress those unfamiliar with Roxy and will surely thrill longtime fans. It's a fine testament to this band that these songs sound timeless rather than dated nearly 30 years down the line in many cases.
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Omnibus Press. Retrieved 16 August Retrieved 13 October Q : — September In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian eds. Select October Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 August This track alone is worth the price you pay for the CD! But there is more. Side two is perfect: only 3 tracks, but what tracks! A definitive, 10 minute version of their best song ever If There Is Something with some great violin provided by Eddie Jobson.
Conclusion: a very fine live album of their classic period that everyone should have. It is not perfect, it has some flaws as I stated above, but it is still excellent.
A pity that a double album version with some bonus tracks is not available. Yet, essential for any Roxy Music fan. Highly recommended.
With the kraut-drone Bogus Man and the lyrical epic In Every Dream Home A Heartache, the album lists two great performances that excel the studio counterparts. Is an excellent entry point into the more challenging period of this highly influential band.
What we do get is a set-list with a few interesting surprises. The inclusion of The Bogus Man and In Every Dream Home a Heartache really peaked my interest because it was exciting to hear how these compositions would work without Brian Eno's contribution.
The concert opener is the unexpected Out of the Blue which I never considered to be a great song but it actually works slightly better compared to the studio version. The shortened version of The Bogus Man was watered-down for the live setting and missed a lot of the elements that I enjoyed in the minute art rock jam from For Your Pleasure.
In Every Dream Home a Heartache , on the other hand, felt almost as good as the original with the audience sound giving it a bit more edge. The expanded version of If There Is Something felt quite unnecessary since the atmospheric jam had no real purpose and the result felt plain and a bit dull. The biggest highlight comes to us towards the end where the band performs a flawless version of Do the Strand which almost made me change my mind about the rest of this album experience!
I was very surprised to find out the the album was compiled of live performances from three venues over a period of three years because of the smooth flow which the the performance offered. It was equally interesting to know that John Wetton played the bass on many of the tracks and, together with Eddie Jobson, might even have injected the performances with minor doses of prog!
In conclusion it's safe to say that I have mixed feeling towards Viva! Still it's far from fans only type of album. Plain and simply good, but non-essential! Roxy music was a band with some amazing musicians. This live album of proto-prog or related Roxy Music shows some moments of brilliance of these musicians but is plagued by the glamor sound of some of the songs and the vocals of Brian Ferry. The recording of the live album is bad for , the music sounds blurred and the soloists have a hard time coming through.
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