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Music On Vinyl

Portishead - Roseland NYC Live

$45.00

Music On Vinyl

Portishead - Roseland NYC Live

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A TAV Curator's Pick.

"Along with Massive Attack and Tricky, Portishead was part of the Bristol triumvirate that popularized Triphop in the early nineties, especially in America. But what made them stand out was their added elements of Cool Jazz, Acid House and soundtrack samples to their slow, elastic beats, creating an at-mospheric and seductive sound that appealed to a broad audience.

In 1998, when they realized that fans were swapping bootlegs of their live shows like crazy, Portishead decided to capture a unique performance. Roseland NYC was a one night stand of sorts at the New York City Roseland Ballroom, where Geoff Barrow, Adrian Utley and Beth Gibbons were joined by the 35-piece New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

These new arrangements gave a new sense of dramatic tension, and in the process they created one of the most breathtaking albums of the genre."  – Music On Vinyl

Usually, groups wait until they've released at least three or four records before putting out a live album, but PNYC was too good an idea for Portishead to turn down. Recorded with a full orchestra on a cold, rainy day shortly after the release of their second record, Portishead, the project doubled as a live album and the soundtrack for a BBC documentary. In addition to being economical and perhaps lucrative, the disc demonstrates how sampled and sequenced music can be re-created in concert without losing any of the charm or dynamics of the original recordings. All it takes is a 22-piece string section, some horns, and a band whose tightness is exceeded only by its creativity. 

At times the performances on PNYC sound even more breathtaking and cinematic than Portishead's original recordings, as humming theremin, skittery scratching, and gliding strings mingle with stealthy guitar lines and sultry vocals. For Portishead, sour times seem like a distant memory. - Jon Wiederhorn

Item description:

Artist:

Portishead

Title:

Roseland NYC Live

Label:

Music On Vinyl

Format:

2x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g

Pressing:

Europe

Release Date:

This reissue: 2012 | Original - 1998

Genre:

Electronica

Style:

Trip Hop, Downtempo, Leftfield, Live

Catalog No:

MOVLP480

Condition:

New