This week we have another mix of DVDs and CDs. And, as with many weeks, I am holding on a review to give one CD a bit more time to grow on me. This release, from a big band which is a favourite of mine, is quite a grower.
Black Label Society: Doom Troopin Live
As this DVD is subtitled the European Invasion, it's no surprise that the live gigs featured on here come from European cities: more specifically, Paris and London. The trouble, as so often happens with these sorts of releases, is there is duplication between the two dates. In fact, all those tracks that appear on the London portion of the CD, have already been heard on the French part. Well one track “Stillborn” is part of an extended jam, but that still seems a bit lame.
There is the requisite 50 minute documentary on the tour, the video for “Suicide Messiah,” and the making of clip. The “In this River” and “Fire it Up” music videos round it out to 228 minutes of material on this Blu-ray. It is quite a good amount, however you have to wonder if it's a value for the money. BLS is in good form at both gigs and deliver it all in grand style.
Does anyone but the most hard-core fan need another live set from Zakk Wylde and company? Then again BLS do deliver the goods in grand scale. This could be seen as too much of a good thing by some, but that would be cynical.
Jane's Addiction: Live Voodoo
Love them or hate them, Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro do put on quite a spectacular show. This live testament to one of their recent reunions, with all original members, was recorded in New Orleans on Halloween night in 2009. The art rock styling of the band seems perfectly apt for Halloween night in the big easy. The crowd seems to think so and lap up what they deliver in droves. There is no doubting the power and majesty of JA in full flow, they deliver a quite spectacular live show.
This is pretty much a greatest hits show with most of the thirteen tracks coming from their first two albums. As you would expect tracks like “Been Caught Stealing”, “Jane Says,” and “Mountain Song” are highlights. Both material includes bonus footage from their LA gig, as well as featurette from England’s New Music Express, plus the requisite photo gallery.