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Old 16-02-2024, 09:40
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Yeah, they never figured out how to play Lifeblood tracks live. It doesn't work with James' role in the band live. That's also the main reason, I think, why they started viewing it as a dead end creatively. They should have turned into a knob-twiddling extravaganza live (like Radiohead) to follow that path live and that's just not the Manics.
Yea, and there was a discussion here back then about the band using backing tracks live. I think the best solution would be if they stripped down the arrangements to a 4/5-piece and just played the LB songs like that, with a more minimalistic and rockist approach. I mean, between the late 80s and mid 00s they changed their sound like 10 times and they had to accommodate songs from each era into their live setlists, so I honestly see no problem there.
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Old 16-02-2024, 11:42
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I think it's also the fact they lost the backing tracks. SSI sounds like a tinny mess when they pull it out which is disappointing considering I waited 15 years to hear it again.
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Old 16-02-2024, 12:15
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Another page! Have listened to Lifeblood again. All the way through. My stereo unit is a cheap boombox with unfathomable radio channels.
It sounded great. Nothing skipped. Not digging out my CD singles however. I can wait a few more months. Glad Lifeblood still standing up.

EDIT: I thought the festival slots last year were peak form and would love a full Isle of Wight/Glastonbury Letterboxes n'all!
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Old 17-02-2024, 11:35
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Old 18-02-2024, 17:58
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Yeah, they never figured out how to play Lifeblood tracks live. It doesn't work with James' role in the band live.
That would probably explain why I saw them play versions of 1985 and SSI that were a lot more guitar heavy years after the original tour.
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Old 22-02-2024, 08:54
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At 10am today a reedited version of A Song Fo Departure live video. Probably again from last year's set.
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Old 22-02-2024, 10:12
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https://youtu.be/TUGZY-L7e8o?si=qaHLhC_91FHaSQoj

Not watched yet. Just shared link.
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Old 22-02-2024, 10:30
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It's fine I suppose. Not the greatest performance but glad they made the video.

Call me a cork sniffer, but I do think it's missing a bit of something not being played on the Les Paul Custom. The guitar sound is a bit drier and lacks a bit of sheen.

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Old 22-02-2024, 12:32
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Nice solo on that

Always thought the Jools Holland performance of that song back when it came out was good
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Old 22-02-2024, 13:11
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EDIT: IT WOULD (how long did I leave it like that? S'yrsmartphone fingers) be great if video or audio got released on YouTube in the run up to April. I suppose the nonHD video format used by TV in them days appears weird digitally remastered.
It could be 2004 IoW wasn't filmed? Be a good Greek philosopher and link me any professionally shot Isle of Wight 2004 festival footage!
I think we're owed a "Manics Steet Preachers with Jools..." BBC Four compilation.

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Old 22-02-2024, 15:50
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It could be 2004 IoW wasn't filmed? Be a good Greek philosopher and link me any professionally shot Isle of Wight 2004 festival footage!
At least some of it was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwUfMJktU2k
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Old 22-02-2024, 16:20
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Haha id forgotten all about the electric soft parade. Fuck me they were shit.
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Old 22-02-2024, 18:18
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Again, it sounds so different when it's not a Les Paul Custom. In this case, the Les Paul Standard is too round a tone and doesn't cut through right.

The Eastman as a LP Custom substitute is much better.

I'm getting off my tone wanker soapbox now.
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Old 27-02-2024, 10:32
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I wonder why To Repel Ghosts (live session) has been left off CD3. It’s really, really annoying.
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Old 27-02-2024, 20:55
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Am I the only one who thinks it sounds shit?
Of course you are not.

I watched 1985 and ASFD and I must repeat once more again: I still consider James@1993 a great singer. But watching these videos is embarassing. I said some time ago that we were close to the point that I could sing the songs better and I am really afraid that I sang ASFD better a few days ago at home. And I am not a good singer.

And there is no energy in the songs at all. Probably mainly because of playing to a click track.
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