Live CDs, DVDs and LPs 3

Theatre of Death Promotional CD / DVD (2010, Universal)

This promotional CD / DVD set features a simple paper inlay (blank on one side) plus CD / DVD-R discs containing the same material as the final release (below).

 

My Valuation: £30

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Theatre Of Death CD / DVD,  Jewel Case Version (2010, Universal 2750686)

Theatre Of Death was released in 2010 and was most commonly found in a Jewel CD case (see below for details of an alternative version though).  Presumably this was because it was very much an audio as well as video release (and took up less shelf space).  It features the Theatre Of Death show from 2009 at the London Hammersmith Apollo on DVD with the audio soundtrack also provided on a CD.

 

It is worth noting that while the DVD features the full concert, the CD does not with Welcome To My Nightmare ommited. 

 

Included in this package was the CD, the DVD and a neat poster-style inlay, which featured credits, concert pics and and a flyer for the featured show.

 

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Theatre Of Death CD / DVD,  Amaray Case Version (2010, Universal 2755872)

Theatre Of Death was also released in amaray case format.  I presume this was in order to allow fans to find the release both in the Music and DVD sections of stores due to it's dual format content.  

 

Oddly, and despite being the same CD case size, the inlay is different than the other version.  This one is just a simple piece of paper folded in half with some pictures on the inside and credits on the back.

 

My Valuation: £25

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Theatre Of Death Blu-Ray (2010, Universal 0602527506852)

This version of Theatre Of Death comes in an amaray case and features the high definition Blu-Ray video of the concert and the same poster-style inlay as the jewel case version above.  There is no audio CD provided like either of the above 2 versions.

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Theatre Of Death DVD (2015, Eagle Vision Classics EVDVD519)

This budget version of Theatre Of Death Brutally features the DVD only (there is no audio CD).  The perspex case features a double-sided insert containing the familiar artwork, setlist and credits.

 

My Valuation: £10

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Theatre Of Death USB, Brighton, 05th December 2009 (Concert Online)

This unique product was available at most, if not all, the 2009 UK shows for £20 (plus many of the dates on the USA tour).  

 

Those attending the concerts were able to reserve their USB stick prior to the show.  On the way out, they were then able to collect them with most of the show already added and an opportunity to download the remaining content a few days later from the Concert Online website.  Full versions were also sold on the same website after each gig.

 

This particular example is from the Brighton Centre show and came with songs 1-14 already on it with songs 15-26 added afterwards.  Additionally, you get some software which enables you to play the tracks although you can also just add them to your iTunes library.  Some of the encore downloads also featured bonus content including photos, lyrics and setlist although this didn't appear to happen with the Brighton show. 

 

The quality of the recordings were generally pretty good although the instant nature of these releases meant that you were essentially given an 'uncleaned' product including any technical issues that occured on the night.  

 

Overall, this is an excellent offering and a great personal keepsake to remember the concert that you attended.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Theatre Of Death USB, Sheffield, 28th November 2009 (Concert Online)

As above, only this is for the Sheffield (not 'Sheffiled' as spelt on the sticker) concert held a week before the one in Brighton.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Theatre Of Death USB, London, 06th December 2009 (Concert Online)

As above, only this is for the Hammersmith Apollo show concert held a day after the one in Brighton.  This was also the show professionally filmed for the subsequent 'Theatre Of Death' DVD and Blu-Ray release.  The audio is different though and includes a few on-the-night blunders, an example being the end of Go To Hell where one of the band stops playing early.

 

Unlike the Brighton version, this copy features the promised bonus content and includes photos, lyrics and the setlist.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Theatre Of Death USB, Munich, November 06th 2010 (Simfy Music)

A USB recording of some 2010 Theatre Of Death shows was also made available by Simfy Music.  This time, a neat (and rather chunky) wristband was produced featuring the 'Alice Cooper' logo, which reveals the USB connection when unfastened.  Presumably, very few people ever decided to wear this release as a fashion accessory!

 

This version features the show from Munich in November 2010 and contains all the tracks played that night (it does not appear as though the encore tracks had to be downloaded after purchase).

 

My Valuation: £50

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No More Mr Nice Guy Live CD (Rock In Concert Waldstadion, 17th June 2011)

Following hot on the heels of the Theatre of Death USB releases, Conert Live came up with their own service for the No More Mr Nice Guy Tour.  The concept was essentially the same with the customer collecting a near complete 'uncleaned' version of the show after it had ended but with the encore downloaded and subsequently burned to the 3rd CD a few days later (all 3 CDs were green CD-R-type format).

 

Full versions complete with the encores were also available for a limited period from the Concert Live website (my version being one of these).

 

This is a good version of an outdoor show that was apparently badly impacted by heavy rain.  There were a few issues with the PA system, this is most notable on Clones where you can't hear Alice's voice for part of the first verse.  Also, Elected was not made available despite it being performed during the encore.

 

My Valuation: £50

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No More Mr Nice Guy Live CD (Birmingham National Indoor Arena, 27th October 2011)

As above but this recording is from the show a few months later in Birmingham, England.

 

My Valuation: £50

No More Mr Nice Guy Live CD (London Alexandra Palace, 29th October 2011)

As above but this recording is from the show a few days later in London, England.

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No More Mr Nice Guy Live CD (Lille Zenith Grand Palais, 03rd November 2011)

As above but this recording is from the show a few days later in Lille, France.

 

My Valuation: £50

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No More Mr Nice Guy Live CD (2011, Concert Live CLCD 398)

Concert Live later gave the recording of the London Alexandra Palace show from 29th October 2011 (see above) a 'proper' release on silver disc format.  3 CDs were again included but this time the CD audio of the concert was provided on discs 1 and 2 with disc 3 now containing the whole show on MP3 format.  The packaging is also slightly different with the venue and date printed on the back.

 

I'm not aware of any significant cleaning that was done to this version from the original buy-on-the-night copies, however, a few things were straightened up (the main one being where tracks broke across 2 CD's).

 

My Valuation: £20

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No More Mr Nice Guy Live CD (2012, 4Worlds Media FWUS037CD)

Confusingly, the London Alexandra Palace concert was also released by 4Worlds Media at about the same time as the mainstream Concert Live version.  This version has noticeably different sounding mix though with better overall clarity making it the one to have.

 

The presentation was almost the same as the Concert Live version only this one came in a 2 CD jewel case.  There was no 3rd CD with MP3 versions of the songs.

 

My Valuation: £20

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No More Mr Nice Guy Live Vinyl (2015, Back On Black RCV178LP)

This nice vinyl release features the Concert Live recording mix of the London Alexandra Palace show from 2011.  As well as the fantastic cover art from the tour being blown up to vinyl size you also get 2 nice transparent blue discs to watch revolving on your turntable.

 

My Valuation: £25

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No More Mr Nice Guy Tour, MP3 Badge (2015, Concert Live)

This rather random product was limited to only 100 units and features the Concert Live recording mix of the London Alexandra Palace show from 2011.  The music is stored on a micro USB card, which slots into the badge.  You can then plug in the supplied headphones, switch the device on and enjoy the recording whilst proudly displaying the badge (which lights up blue when playing).

 

My valuation: £25

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The Ultimate Live Collection (2015, Concert Live)

In 2015 Concert Live released this 'Ultimate' collection of the 3 previously released No More Mr Nice Guy shows, recorded in 2011 at Weistadion (Germany), Birmingham (England) and Zenith (Lille).  The packaging of the 3 CD sets is very similar to those shown above although they are a bit more glossy plus this is the first time that the Weistadion and Lille shows have track listings on the back.

 

The choice of the term 'Ultimate' is, however, rather unfortunate as this release is extremely poor.  The reasons for this are as follows:

 

1. While quite nice looking, and initially wrapped in a bow, the box is far too large for the contents.  This leaves them somewhat lost inside, with cheap packing material used in a rather vain attempt to fill the empty void.  It asks the question 'why didn't you make the box smaller?' as it's not easily stored.

 

2. The show labelled as Weistadion is actually the show from London Alexandra Palace.  We know this as the closing track Fire was only performed at this venue (Arthur Brown was a special guest that night and it's his song) plus, during the song Elected, Alice Cooper specifically states that he is in London! 

 

3. The other 2 shows (Lille and Birmingham) are correct (this is confirmed by listening to Elected, as Alice again names the cities) but, really disappointingly they appear to have been recorded at about 2/3 of the actual speed of the original recordings.  This makes them completely unlistenable as they are far slower than they should be.

 

4. The date of the Lille show is incorrect on the case (it was the 03/11/11 not 27/11/11) plus School's Out on the Birmingham disc is criminally listed as Another Brick In The Wall (the version from this concert did include an extract from this Pink Floyd song, but it's very much still School's Out).

 

Many of these errors are schoolboy stuff so Concert Live really should not be very proud of themselves.  That said, it does make this release a bit of a curiosity (even if it probably won't ever become an infamous 'must have').

 

My Valuation: £50

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The Ultimate Live Vinyl Collection (2015, Concert Live)

Following hot on the heals of 'The Ultimate Live Collection' (above) is Concert Live's 'The Ultimate Live Vinyl Collection'.

 

This set comes in an even larger gold box and features 3 previously released Back On Black vinyl albums.  First up is blue vinyl No More Mr Nice Guy Live (see seperate feature above), then we have red vinyl Slicker Than A Weasel (see here).  Last but not list we have, errr, the black vinyl studio version of Dragonton (see here).  These are again gift wrapped but look a little less lost inside the huge box than the CD's did in the previous set.  

 

Quite why Dragontown is included, and therefore why this is claimed as being the 'Ultimate' live vinyl collection is beyond me.  Again though, we have a quirky package which has a certain level of charm.  An added bonus is that because the 3 records are stock releases, there are no stupid mistakes with the contents this time round.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Greatest Live Hits (2015, Concert Live CLCD 043)

This budget CD set from Concert Live features live tracks from the recordings of the shows featured in the above No More Mr Nice Guy shows at Alexandra Palace, Wastadion Weinsmain, Zenith Lille and Birmingham.   

 

Unlike the box set above the tracks all play at the correct speed.  Unfortunately, Elected is still a problem as it is named as being recorded in London but it is actually clearly from the show in Birmingham.

 

An odd feature of this release is that the tracks are not played in the order that they appeared during the live shows.  This means that the opener, Black Widow (including the Vincent Price introduction), is relegated to track 14.  I'm not really sure why this decision was made as it just doesn't work well, especially as they've had to fade some tracks in and out to make the order possible.

 

My Valuation: £10

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Concert Live Warning!

 

Most of the above recordings from the No More Mr Nice Guy Tour of 2011 were released by the company Concert Live.  It is very regrettable that I have had to make the decision to stop buying their products but, enough is enough, and I need to speak up about them.

 

Their initial releases were absolutely fine, reasonable quality raw recordings of concerts which fans could collect just minutes after the show they went to ended.  Their official CD release of the London Alexandra Palace show was also good.

 

Since then, however, they have begun to sell sub-standard, bootleg quality, products and have gone about their business in a highly unprofessional manner.  Examples of this are as follows:

 

1. They will always take payment at the time of order but often do not meet their advised delivery dates.  For some products I have had to wait 6 months when it was originally advised that the wait would be only a few months.

 

2. The quality and design of their 'Ulitmate Live' CD and vinyl box sets are, quite frankly, terrible and are basically just generic boxes with an Alice Cooper logo printed on them.  The CD set also had laughable quality recordings and printing errors (these were by no means exclusive to my copy yet they continued to sell them knowing full well that they were faulty).  Other items, like the MP3 badge, are like cheap promotional items that companies give out at trade shows.

 

3. They regularly advertise items as being part of a '24 hour sale' yet they remain available for purchase at the same price for many weeks.

 

4. They have totally run out of ideas and continue to release the same music over and over again to the same mugs (people like me) and will probably continue to do this until they stop making money (hence why I've now stopped).  Their most reason release is a set of 7" vinyls, which contain a couple of random tracks from their live catalogue.  Why on earth would anyone want to own this when there is a prefectly good vinyl recording of the whole London Alexandra Palace show already available?

 

5. And finally, the thing that really annoyed me was that they emailed their 'top 100 Alice Cooper customers' (see image below) about the 7" box set stating that we would be offered a priority purchase opportunity an hour before they went on general sale.  This was absolute nonsense as the sets were available for anyone to buy several hours before the indicated priority time slot.  There was also no mechanism at all for their top customers to access the priority sale (no login or special code) so this was a total lie.

 

Shame on you Concert Live! 

Concert Live False Advertising Screen Grab