Coldplay's new Live 2012 release is far from a way to cash in on the platinum success of Mylo Xyloto, despite a release date suspiciously close to Christmas. While the more cynical members of the record buying public may not view Coldplay as being 'cool', even they couldn't deny that Live 2012 is somewhat of a triumph.
The overall package is a masterclass in how to entertain millions of people with arena rock at its best. Even the band themselves admit that this is the first time they've toured without worrying about what people think. Both the Blu Ray and accompanying CD demonstrate that, thereby creating a companion piece to Mylo Xyloto that adds context to that record rather than just re-treading the hits in a live setting.
Glastonbury is perhaps the biggest music festival in the UK and this year U2, Coldplay, Beyonce, Dizzee Rascal, Shakira and Florence and the Machine are just some of the acts to play.
Over 300 live bands, plus innumerable DJs and dance sets, split across twenty stages, tents and outdoor performance spaces
Coldplay's excellent live performance last night at the Glastonbury 2011 Festival, in glorious HD. The full concert for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Unlike rock bands, dance acts tend to go for the remix collection over the live album when they want to wring out their back catalogue. And, despite the name, Ame's Live is much more in the former mould. Although comprised of live recordings from the past two years, Live is very much a studio creation, with reworked versions of their own "greatest hits" and remixes for the likes of UNKLE and Underworld compressed into one continuous set. It's also ostensibly a celebration of Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer's first decade together, but while the form might be fresh, you suspect the motives behind putting it out might be more stale.
The practice of performing albums in their entirety gives both artists and their fans the chance to hear the hits and underappreciated deep cuts as well. However, in many cases, most of a classic album is in the set anyway. Styx's 2012 three-disc (two CDs and one DVD) release The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live is a fine example of giving casual fans and diehards the best of both worlds, and there's certainly an audience for this, since both 1977's The Grand Illusion and 1978's Pieces of Eight went triple-platinum in the United States…