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“NYC: Live In NYC” by Blackfield

Artist: Blackfield
Title: “NYC (Blackfield Live In NYC)”
Label: Kscope Records
Release Date: 9/15/2009
Genre: Melodic Progressive Pop
Rating: 4.5/5

The show that this release originally hails from happened on a snowy night in NYC back in early 2007 and it was a fantastic night that I am happy to be able to tell people that I attended as well. The music of the key players Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen were expanded upon by the incredible band that was backing them up and while those in the crowd knew full well that the set was being recorded for future use, the anticipation was extremely high for this to be released sooner rather than later. Lucky for all of the bands fans the official DVD release of the show came out later in the year and was a great way for all who attended to have a special memento and for those who did not to be reminded about what they missed again and again. Interestingly enough, we never saw a CD version of the concert until the special edition that we are discussing in this article and all I can say is “it’s about time”. The idea that no one was able to load this release onto their music players for all this time must seem rather absurd when one takes into account about all the myriads concert films that come out and have the audio version follow it by a month or two later while the Blackfield fanatics were forced to wait and wait, until now. I had to say that the audio CD sounds great and when played at the proper volume sounds like the band is right there in the room with you and I must admit that I enjoyed being able to have this music travel around with me on my music player and in the car stereo. The DVD that comes with the release is the same one that came out a couple of years ago and if you don’t already own this then you no longer have an excuse about waiting and must add this to your music purchasing list. There is a booklet inside that presents some candid images of the band as well as some professionally staged shots and a handful of photos from the performance itself. All in all, a very satisfying release that I was happy/impressed/relieved to find being given a special edition treatment. Below is our original review of the DVD release.
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“NYC (Blackfield Live In NYC)” [DVD] by Blackfield

Artist: Blackfield
Title: “NYC (Blackfield Live In NYC)”
Label: Snapper UK
Release Date: 11/6/2007
Genre: Melodic Progressive Pop
Rating: 4.5/5

If you weren’t already aware of this – the band Blackfield is the result of the creative energies from Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson and Israeli Alt-Rock star Aviv Geffen who joined forces to create material back around the year 2000. Their original plan was to do a simple EP but it ended up resulting in a full release in 2004 that even led to a follow up in 2007. The music that’s to be found on “Blackfield” and “Blackfield II” make these albums truly worthy additions to any fine CD collection. The reason for this is based on the group sounding entirely different from that of its members’ primary groups. With Blackfield you don’t merely get a side project that holds a ton of reference to that of Porcupine Tree and the work that Aviv does and instead the listener finds a breath of fresh air in the musical sense. While it’s Melodic Pop to some degree of the word it also has that Progressive and Alternative element to it and as result offers up some truly inspirational and thought provoking lyrical content. The bottom line is that it’s really enjoyable stuff and this DVD film “Blackfield Live in NYC” captures the group on a stormy winter’s night at the Bowery Ballroom. This is an intimate venue on the Lower East Side that holds just over 500 people and was truly the perfect room for this show to be filmed at. Having attended the performance I can confirm that the snow outside made travel difficult for everyone, it didn’t stop anyone and here we were at a performance that was sold out for many weeks in advance.
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