'Kasabian: Live at the O2' [Blu-ray]
(Kasabian / Blu ray / NR / 2012 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Filmed in high definition at London's renowned O2 Arena on December 15th 2011, this is Kasabian's first stand alone Blu-Ray release. The show came on the back of the band's No.1 album Velociraptor! and the setlist combines tracks from that album with hits and classic album tracks from across their career so far.
Blu ray Verdict: If you were not aware, Kasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members were vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and backing vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, and bassist Chris Edwards. The band's line-up was completed by Jay Mehler in 2006, replacing guitarist Christopher Karloff, and drummer Ian Matthews in 2004 after a string of session drummers.
Since those days Kasabian has released four studio albums – Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), and Velociraptor! (2011).
Kasabian Live! Live At the O2 London (filmed on the 15th of December 2011) is incredible of a spectacle. Presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Columbia Records and Eagle Vision with an AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 2.35:1., the crystal clear viewing is made all the more spectacular by the actual fully-charged performance!
Sadly though, a lot of times the picture is awash in nearly absolute darkness, with a minimum of shadow detail. This is down to the actual stage lights firing off into the crowd, leaving said stage unlit. And then suddenly the strobe lights kick in and start filling the frame with intermittent light flashes! Not the best way to fim a show, but we stil get the artistic point, I guess!
Kasabian are the recipients of numerous awards for Best Live Band and Best British Band in recent years and this new show with its spectacular and innovative staging will be a must have for their huge and dedicated fanbase. It begins with a rosuing 'Days Are Forgotten,' before going into 'Shoot The Runner,' 'Velociraptor!,' 'Underdog,' 'Where Did All The Love Go?,' and both 'I.D.' and 'I Hear Voices.'
Kasabian then keep the middling high definition experience rolling with a vibrant 'Thick As Thieves,' 'Take Aim,' 'Clubfoot,' 'Re-Wired,' 'Empire,' before 'La FĂ©e Verte,' 'Fast Fuse / Pulp Fiction,' 'Goodbye Kiss,' 'L.S.F.,' 'and then the powerhaus trio of 'Switchblade Smiles,' 'Vlad The Impaler,' and an INCREDIBLE 'Fire' (check the closing bars of 'Fire' as Tom absolutely goes manic, slamming the mic down hard!) finally bring the show to a close.
Bonus Features: I Hear Voices documentary following Kasabian on tour around the UK and Ireland in 2011.This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and has been remastered into a crisp Blu ray production.