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Quote from: SueC on December 25, 2019, 17:31:34Well, our box set, after being officially delayed, arrived at the very last moment on Christmas Eve, only just getting here by a whisker for the Christmas night viewing we'd planned months ago. We were already discussing alternative plans in case it didn't turn up. At the moment we have peak daylight in Australia, and it's not dark till after 8pm, so we often get in late, and this afternoon we went to a lovely beach called Cosy Corner to make Christmas more memorable. So, to cut a long story short, don't start watching a Cure concert and expect to finish it unless you're prepared to run into the wee hours. which we really aren't well advised to do just now with all the sleep deprivation we had because of that mutated bug that beset our respiratory organs recently, grrrrr. So, we've watched half of the Hyde Park concert so far, before we had to retire for the night. We were both super impressed with the sound quality, both from a sound reproduction perspective, and in terms of the sound being produced by the band. I've watched quite a bit of live Cure, and yet as this concert got underway, I was just struck anew by what a fabulous live band this lot is. They could play bands half their age into the ground. They sound even better than they did on Trilogy nearly 20 years ago. They haven't become caricatures of themselves and show that you can be a person, so far over and above being an age.I enjoy a lot of good live music, but there's something about this band that just hits the stratosphere for me in a way that other contemporary bands usually do not. The Cure live is very like our ACO live - the Australian Chamber Orchestra also, at least when I saw them, was just dead impressive with their musicianship and the chemistry and communication between the players; with the extraordinary sounds they kept coming up with; with how that transferred to the audience.The Cure don't play like most contemporary bands - they play more like chamber orchestras do, cooperatively to make a sound that's a whole, rather than playing bit-parts. They create soundscapes you can immerse yourself in, and conjure up so much with this. It is such a thoroughly enjoyable experience to hear what they do live on stage.It's the first time we've seen a Cure gig that started in actual daylight. You can really understand why once they begin they often go on for long periods of time by peer standards.I'll have to append this tomorrow, eyes falling shut!
Quote from: SueC on December 26, 2019, 00:44:18Hello @jestoon425, welcome to the forum, and Merry Christmas! 🎄 Last night we left off after The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea, and right now I just feel like rewinding and watching again from the start (and having an evening where we start early enough to actually finish the whole concert). It's like when you read a really good book and when you get to the last page, you just want to start all over again. We're looking forward to all of it and it's nice to know the high standard is going to continue.If you do an Intro post in the New Members section, by the way, we could get to know you a little better and then it's easier to treat people on a page like real human beings!
Quote from: SueC on December 26, 2019, 06:32:53By the way, my husband actually curled up like a kitten and fell asleep during The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea last night, and it's one of his favourite songs!
Quote from: SueC on December 28, 2019, 03:40:27Well, we're just about to watch the second half of the Hyde Park concert - having started too late in the night on Christmas night. However, I want to start from the beginning - since we're doing a daytime viewing this time - and it sort of feels wrong to start in the middle, plus the first half was so good I'd like to see it again anyway. I've seen Disintegration from the other disc though and it's very well done. What I don't get is how they actually managed to improve on Trilogy, which itself was fabulous. Brett thinks it's having nearly two decades more practice... hahaha. As a teenager I was not a fan of Just Like Heaven which was all over the radio back then (or The Cure in general- had I heard things like The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea or Fascination Street or Trust or Fear Of Ghosts or other things like that, I would have formed a very different view of this band back then, but I didn't) - but live it's fine, and I appreciate that it's played with more of an edge to it these days and the guitar is less treacly (thankyou Reeves Gabrels). It's interesting how even songs I actually dislike when I hear the studio versions transform live, and then I actually don't dislike them anymore.
Quote from: jestoon425 on December 28, 2019, 03:41:40Quote from: SueC on December 26, 2019, 06:32:53By the way, my husband actually curled up like a kitten and fell asleep during The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea last night, and it's one of his favourite songs! "Kitten as a cat? *meow*"
Quote from: SueC on December 28, 2019, 06:41:34...OK, something I'm noticing about the setlist on starting again from the beginning. Last time we noticed that there was a sandwiching of less generally well-known songs between more well-known songs, and it makes sense to play a concert for the whole mix of fans in this way. It's a Mary Poppins principle, if you're trying to bend the ears of the fans of the more radio-friendly stuff towards the more serious music. But today it struck me that there is also this alternation between no-complications love songs, and love songs dealing with conflict and discord, for at least the first 11 songs. It's one of one, one of the other; and then two of one (Push and In-Between Days) and two of the other (Just Like Heaven, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep which I do see as not beset by particular complications and I'm happy to discuss it, and anything else).Second time around, I'm even more appreciative of how this was filmed, because I'm noticing more - and isn't that stage just gorgeous, with the oaks framing it and making a canopy above!
Quote from: SueC on December 29, 2019, 01:35:23That's a well-written, interesting piece, @jestoon425 - thanks for sharing! Potted history before the next bit: Brett became interested in The Cure when he heard Burn in the soundtrack watching The Crow in the cinema in 1994 and he eventually bought Paris because of it, to dip his toes into their music and see what else they did - he tends to buy a live album when he's trying out a "new" band. He liked that, and went and bought Show, and later on Bloodflowers and a best-of. I became interested when Brett lent me his iPod five years ago for some outdoors work and I was scrolling through artists and surprised (because of the poppy image I had in my head) that he listened to The Cure. I put on Bloodflowers and my jaw just hit the ground... (now making my way through the back catalogue)So that's to say: We have the live recordings of Show and Paris - but not the films; neither of us go that far back historically as fans. Do we have homework?