Festival season fully underway then and more to come of course.
Live albums were always a feature of these going back to the days of the original Woodstock in 1969 made famous by the global success of the movie. Perhaps it’s the licencing prohibitions that makes these a rarity these days or perhaps it’s just the media saturation of the content at the time means no one would bother or would have stored the visuals at least on a home device. BBC spent a reported £2 million to infiltrate Glastonbury so it was hard to avoid on radio and TV even with Wimbledon competing. It’s easy to miss performances though with multi stages and numerous festivals so it’s a welcome release to see New Order Live At Bestival 2012 (Sunday Best). Picked by organiser Rob Da Bank for a charity project this represents the best of their collective output. ‘Regret’, ‘The Perfect Kiss’ and ‘True Faith’ all sound fresh while the full eight minute version of ‘Blue Monday’ would always get the crowd on their feet. Authentic yet raw enough to be different live as is a full 10 minutes of ‘Temptation’. Festival favourite The Magnets have just completed some dates hot on the back of their album All This Time (Wrasse). Their vocal harmonies have taken them from Glee to the Choir and their arrangements bring new life to old familiars. ‘Town Called Malice’, ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and Dire Straits’ ‘Romeo And Juliet’ become completely new songs. Highly anticipated comes the Editors album The Weight Of Your Love (Play It Again Sam). With new personnel a lot hangs on this album following two chart toppers. ‘A Ton Of Love’ is a great example of the signature anthemic sounds.