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Live Shit: Binge & Purge

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  • Simply put, this is the best box set I’ve ever owned. Granted, I’m a huge Metallica fan and I’m probably inclined to fall in love with anything they release. But Metallica rips it live, and this box set showcases over eight hours of that. On both the CDs and DVDs (a Mexico City show on the CDs, and full Seattle and San Diego shows on the DVDs), you hear a completely different side of the band. While their studio recordings are tight and emotional, their live set conveys the sense that Metallica have fun when they play live. There is a certain leaning toward improvisation that makes listening to these tracks a blast.The sound quality isn’t as good as on S&M, probably because these shows were recorded in the early nineties, and the high-budget production of that era falls short of what you can expect of live recordings from the past few years. But it’s still great to listen to a different interpretation of their songs. When they play live, their tunes sound different than their studio counterparts, but this is actually a positive thing; there are certain moments when they let things hang, and then pummel the tension whenever they feel like it, which gives the sets kind of a jammy feel. Hetfield’s comments to the crowd are left in, which was the only dissapointing thing about S&M; it’s great to hear James interact with the crowd. As he pumps them up, you feel energized as well.The show from the Black Album tour is impressive, but the direction is somewhat choppy. The …And Justice For All show is directed brilliantly, and their set comes across as very epic and powerful.Like I said, best box set I’ve ever owned. And it’s loads cheaper than the VHS version, so I’d recommend this to any hardcore Metallica fan, or anyone who loves hearing quality live albums.

    Posted on December 5, 2009