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ALIVE AND WELL... WHO AM I?/LIVE IN KRAKOW

Green Carnation

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.07 | 12 ratings

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evenless
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3 stars Great band, poor DVD

I got the Green Carnation "Alive and well. In Krakow" DVD after "A Night Under The Dam" DVD. Since Green Carnation really impressed me with their acoustic concert "A Night Under The Dam", my expectations for "Alive and Well." were pretty high. Therefore it was probably impossible to meet those expectations.

Not that there's really anything wrong with this DVD. Green Carnation is a great band and there's also nothing wrong with the track list of this DVD, even though I would have liked the one of my favourite CG's songs "Lullaby In Winter" to be on it.

So far, so good you would say. In a way yes, but the DVD quality is kind of poor though. While the music on "A Night Under The Dam" sounded really fresh, clear and sparkling, the music quality on this DVD sounds like there's drapery hanging over my speakers. The production of this DVD definitely could/should have been better. I notice that many bands record their concerts in Poland lately. The lower production costs could be one reason for that, but this may not be a reason for poor quality. Bands like ARENA and PENDRAGON and PORCUPINE TREE have proven to make excellent recordings in Poland, so why didn't GC?

The concert itself consists of 8 tracks with a total running time of approximately one hour. Not too long considering that they also play a piece of their epic "Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness". Needless to say they only play a small part of it. The extra consist out of 3 bootleg videos. Since they already call them bootlegs themselves I don't have to get into the quality aspect again do I? Poor, Poor, Poor.

More interesting extra's are 7 audio tracks. 4 acoustic tracks, the A-HA cover "Stay On These Roads" and the Chris Isaac cover "Wicked Game", and 1 demo track from their forthcoming album. What becomes terribly clear now is that the quality of the bonus audio actually sounds clear and sparkling again. It is also very nice to hear some of the "hard 'n heavy" tracks in an acoustic setting. Simply wonderful!

Conclusion: Great band, poor DVD (quality). The 7 bonus audio tracks are all really worth it though!

evenless | 3/5 |

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