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