Enough of the critisism of this DVD. In a word it is exemplary. My favorite track is the “The Last Sucker”. The DVD gave me the chance to catch up on an era of Ministry that I missed when it actually was happening. I like their new fresh material to the utmost. I like the new line-up – the new lead guitarist is cool. The encore has 4 older tracks – So What – New World Order – Just One Fix – Thieves. The production is excellent, sound great, great editing. Great live show w/rear screen projector and light show. My two disc set came with a Message from Uncle Al – claiming that my edition was one of the first 4000 and qualified as a collector’s item because of a mistake in the printing somewhere on the discs. Can’t find the error – only your’s truly could have sprung from the mind of Al Jourgensen. Would like to interview Al for a reissue 20th Anniversary of Biomutant Magazine. Interviews w/Front Line Assembly, Front 242, A Split Second, Nitzer Ebb concert photos from late 80s.
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Utter crap. Which is not surprising, since the final tour was pretty much crap too.
The tracklisting focuses only on the last 3 (substandard) albums, which makes listening to this album about as enjoyable as shoving a powerdrill into your head. Mind you, the tour was similar, featuring only 3-4 other/older tracks which seems to have been relegated to the DVD-set.
I’ll admit, the sound production on this disc is fantastic, but then it should be – the vocals on this last tour were all pre-records. Not much room for error when Al is pulling a Britney on us (last) suckers.
I’am just a bit disappointed about this CD. I think I was expecting a bit more from this CD. I do agree that there are alot of good songs that are missing from it. I feel that this CD should’ve been released as a double disc.
Okay first the good. The show sounds great. The best live Ministry cd release as far as production is concerned. Now the not so good. If you happened to catch Ministry live during the c-u-latour you will remember that all songs performed during the regular set was from the George Bush trilogy which dissapointed many fans (including me I saw them in Orlando.) I thought before the tour kicked off Uncle Al stated on his website that Ministry would be performing songs of all of Ministry’s different incarnations throughout the years possibly performing stuff from Twitch even. I dont know what happened. Basically if you dig the bush trilogy you will love this album. And I will say Houses of the Mole and Rio Grande Blood are good albums, as far as the setlist is concerned it is what it is.
I have been a diehard Ministry/Al Jourgensen fan since Everyday is Halloween. I have stuck by Old Uncle Al in the good times like Land of Rape & Honey, Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, Psalm 69, Rio Grande Blood and I have stuck by in the bad times like Dark Side of the Spoon and The Last Sucker. This is their third official live album and supposedly the last Ministry album to be released. (They will be releasing a 2 disc DVD from this tour in May of 2009) This album was recorded in 2008 during their CU-LaTour. It does a pretty good job of capturing the Ministry Live feeling. The Line up on the tour & this album is awesome. Uncle Al, Tommy Victor from Prong, Sin from Revco, Tony Campos from Static-X and Burton Bell from Fear Factory. All in all it’s a pretty good album that shows their raw power live in almost every track. But it does have some downsides.
First off, it only features songs from the last 3 regular albums: House of the Mole – Rio Grande Blood and The Last Sucker or The Anti George W. Bush trilogy. There are no “Classic” tracks on here. That’s a bummer because they played some great older songs on this CU-LaTour. (I saw them in Denver in April of 2008). The selection of songs on here is the biggest drawback.
It opens with “Let’s Go” and it just rocks. It is just powerful like having your teeth kicked in by a wall of Guitars. But then the next 4 tracks are all boring ones from the Last Sucker. I didn’t like that album all that much and I don’t like the live version of these 4 songs either.
Track 6 is where it gets back to kicking a55. “No W” sounds awesome and wicked fast. “Waiting” is spot on and the vocals sound so evil. “Worthless” drags a little bit but again the vocals sound awesome. “Wrong” is Track 9 and it is OK but slows up the fast feel that was going with tracks 6-8.
They get it back though with “Rio Grande Blood”. It sounds good, the Bush samples sound frickin’ great and the guitars sound tight. “Senor Peligro” sounds balls to the wall awesome, fast, heavy and gritty.
“LiesLiesLies” is up next and it is my favorite track on here. It’s so powerful and musically perfect. It is hard to believe that it is a live song. The extended ending makes for a nice little treat.
The last track is “Khyber Pass”. An OK album track but the live version is just boring and it drags out for 8:46. It gets olds too fast.
Not a perfect record, but still a pretty kick a55 album. Certainly worth the purchase. Or at least download the good tracks. For a Live album, the quality is incredible.
I think this really is the “Last” Ministry album. I felt The Last Sucker was a letdown and Cover Up was OK. I just hope that Uncle Al doesn’t release another greatest hits/fits or some B-Side album or something like that. Having been a Ministry fan for over 20 years now, I can say (even though it pains me to admit this) that Ministry has run its course. Let it end here, go out on top and don’t drag it out. Adios Ministry, we’ll miss you but we will continue to enjoy every album you’ve made.
One more thing, Old Uncle Al is still keeping busy. A new Revco album just came out, the Live Adios DVD should be out in May and rumor has it that a New LARD album will also be out in May of this year. Hells Yeah Al, what other new projects do you have up your sleeve?