- Audio CD (13 December 2019)
- Original Release Date: 13 December 2019
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT (UK) LTD
- Run Time: 239 minutes
- ASIN: B07Z7531RV
- Customer Reviews: 118 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
When The Sky Came Down (Live At The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester)
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A 3 disc album consisting of 2 audio CDs and concert DVD of Gary’s sold out show with The Skaparis Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The setlist includes songs from his highly successful ‘Savage’ album and classic tracks including the No.1 single ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’, with the DVD capturing the full breathtaking concert for fans to relive again.
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There have been some reviews that have said they expected blu ray. First off,it state 2 CDs and DVD. We live in the age of digital technology which changes at lightening speeds. Some people choose the route of blu ray home cinema to play CDs on. Others choose the new ways that enhances vinyl to play their music. We all know the digital revolution in downloads be they mp3,m4a,ogg vorbis and others. If you wish to go further afield, you may have noticed what is starting to come out of Japan. From Japan you will see what is described as "hybrid ",which they charge a premium for. My point is, is that music should be available to all not just the few select people that have money to burn.
This one is different and have already watched it 5 or 6 times. One of the best performances in years. The orchestra works so well, because as a rule I'm kind of against all of the orchestra nonsense that everyone seems to be doing nowadays, perhaps I'm biased but the Skaparis Orchestra seem to be that little bit different.
Only 2 negative points.
The vocals have been overdubbed back in the studio so it's not 100% live on the vocal side, but it does clean it up so that's only a minor niggle..
A major niggle for me is why on earth is this only available in DVD format?
It's almost 2020,the majority of houses have Blu Ray at least, many have 4k players and 4k TV. I wouldn't expect it to be released on 4k but c'mon Gary a Blu Ray release for such an epic performance. The DVD is very good quality, but getting the ultimate quality with today's technology should be standard.
Yes its a live (with an orchestra) concert and having watched and heard many "goth" bands all jumping on the orchestral band wagon I was not going to buy this at all as I am a genuine synth nerd and anything else won't cut it for me. (and some of those efforts where just awful)
However, a few YouTube videos made it clear that the orchestra was more of an "add-on" as opposed to a replacement for the keyboards and its all the better for that.
The audio reproduction on the CD's is outstanding, I have a 15 year old Lexus saloon with the factory sound system in it and this disk is now my new in car audio demonstrator - its really that good. Maybe its just the car but it's clear, punchy and really one of the best sounding CD's I have heard in a long time. Track 2 on the first disk the sub bass gets a work out that just has to be heard (and felt!) to be believed. First class and top marks to Gary for the music and the team that produced it.
If like me you are a Numan fan and were not sure about buying "just another live concert" with songs you already have trust me the addition of the orchestra (while admittedly sometimes a little weird) and the superb quality make this one stand out by a mile.
I think it is possibly the best thing he has ever done, (Cars was the first record I bought, the week it went to #1, I've been a fan ever since and been to dozens of his concerts).
If you like his recent albums (some of the best of his career) you'll love this.
It is well recorded and filmed, a nice clean picture and excellent sound. The sound on the DVD is actually PCM (like CD, not compressed like most DVD sound) and 48KHz 24 bit which is better than CD (CD is only 44.1/16).
I do actually like a fair amount of Numan’s work particularly his later stuff. ‘Pure’ is a genius work in my opinion. Yes there is much sameness evident between many tracks he’s produced in his career but there are often such beautiful melodies and structure in his songs to compensate for this.
The most unforgivable issue with this show however is that it is not ‘live’. Numan’s vocals are certainly not. I’ve seen him perform a couple of times in the last decade and I have always questioned whether he was miming to re-recorded vocals. This release confirms it for me. There is no doubt he’s miming. I suspect some of the musicians are overdubbed too. Really quite shameful.
I wouldn’t bother with this at all unless of course you belong to one of the blinkered hundreds in the numanoid army who believe the man can do no wrong!
There are lots of favourites here: Replicas, Cars Down in the Park and of course Are Friends Electric, mixed in with the newer stuff like Ghost Nation, Pray for the Pain you Serve, all (apart from one track) redone for orchestra and choir. Just listen to the first track "Replicas" is beautifully evocative with a superb violin solo and belting choral section (and listen to the crowd as they suddenly realise which song it is).
Get this, put your earphones on and make sure you're not disturbed for an hour and fall into When the Sky Came Down.
Well…it would appear not!
Back in 2017, after the release of his 20th studio album Savage (Songs From A Broken World), Numan embarked on a sell-out 18 month tour (the longest of his 40 year career) covering the UK, Europe & the US (and then back again for a second part). During the tour he announced that Part 3 would consist of seven orchestral shows ending at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. This CD/DVD was recorded at the Manchester show and from the sublime "Replicas" intro to the orchestral-less finale of "It Will End Here", this proves that Gary Numan is still at the top of his game. Hats off to Simon Robertshaw, The Skaparis Orchestra, The Kantos Choir, Tristan Noon, Gary Numan and the band...sit back, put your headphones on, turn it up and listen to the epic-ness they created.
And one last thing...remember that huge hit?, that classic?...he didn’t play it ! He doesn’t need to !
Out of all the rock bands to have played alongside an orchestra, I've found only three that are worth listening to, they are Deep Purple (the original, with concerto for group and orchestra) , the Moody Blues and the Scorpions, with Moment of Glory, which they rewrote their songs to include the orchestra.
A wonderful performance with the songs deepened and expanded with the addition of a full orchestra. Are friends electric with the full orchestra is just magnificent.