It was common knowledge that when Simple Minds were playing their dazzling new hometown venue the Glasgow Hydro on November 27th, that the show that night was to be recorded for a DVD/BluRay home video. That much we’ve knows since September 10th. What dropped on the Simple Minds website today are the details of the limited edition deluxe live DVD set and they are as impressive as the Hydro itself.
- DVD of full concert
- DVD with interview footage/photo gallery
- 2xCDs with full concert
- hard cover book with 3D lenticular cover and liner notes/photos
- autographed photo of the band
This is the limited package available only by pre-order from the Simple Minds web store and it is currently available for pre-order there as of today. The package will ship in May of 2104. It looks like a must for anyone who wants to have the best record of their current “Celebrate – Greatest Hits Tour” that is moving to the UK next week from Europe to wrap up 2013 before heading back to Europe for a second leg in early 2014. Looks like a must-have for a dyed-in-the-wool Simple Minds fan like yours truly. But wait, there’s more!
Order before midnight, December 31st and you will get this free, numbered four track live EP with the new song “Big Music” being premiered on disc here first. The CD is packaged in a gatefold sleeve and ships out to buyers in January of 2014 as a taster of the discs to come in May. Now, how much would you pay? Well, the asking price is £50.00. A tad pricey [$80.00 in today’s dollars], but they have gone out of their way to take the high road. The 3D lenticular cover of the book that houses the discs can’t be too cheap to produce and the production values here look strictly top line.
I particularly like that a full recording of the concert is also provided on CD. The live DVD/CD combo package is something that I’ve enjoyed in the last few years [Ultravox, Claudia Brücken, John Foxx]. While a live DVD will be watched, the live CD will probably get far more listening than the DVD gets viewing. Hot on the heels of the amazing “5×5 Live” album, this may be gilding the lily, but there’s no doubt that the band aren’t white hot right now, so count me in.
The DVD is said to be “worldwide format DVD” but your guess is as good as mine as to the details of that blurb. I’m guessing that they mean “region-free” and only time will tell if the DVD is PAL or NTSC. It’s a coin-toss these days as to whether the package will come in which TV standard. I got the Ultravox in 2010 [UK import] and it was NTSC but the Brücken/Foxx packages more recently were PAL, and thus had to perform a standards conversion before I could watch them on my primitive standard definition CRT television.
It also remains to be seen whether the concert video will be mixed in 5.1 surround sound but given that their “Verona” concert video included in 2006’s “Seen The Lights” 2xDVD set was, I would expect no less this time. One more thing is that when word of this recording first surfaced in September, BluRay format was specifically mentioned. Perhaps the limited edition book package currently being pre-sold will be followed by a general release DVD/BluRay at a later date. So if you are into high-def, you may wish to adopt a wait-and-see posture. My hunch is that any subsequent releases of this concert on DVD or BluRay probably won’t have the CD soundtrack, which is worth the higher cost of buy-in with this package for me. So I’ll be pre-ordering as soon as you readers buy some of my music for sale on the right hand sidebar links.
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