I felt the need to give a review
Well, I bought the 2 live sets on March 15- the day they FINALLY became available in the USA. I bought them each for $15.99 which I thought was a great buy. I have played David Live in its entirety 3 times. Sorry DD- I haven't got time to play these sets as much as you unfortunately. I think its a mixed bag that will take some getting used to for me. The guitar is mixed further back as are the backing vocals on most of the songs. I rather like the echo effect on Sweet Thing, but I miss the blaring guitar on Moonage Daydream. There are sounds on the original David Live which have disappeared on the new version though.For instance, on Sweet Thing before the second solo there was a thudding sound before that blaring high pitched note on the original live album.The sound is a vast improvement to me from Suffragette City on to the end though. His vocals are much clearer on the mix.I liked the booklet, but I would love to know what he was doing for choreography on each individual piece. This tour has always fascinated me. It is an album which is such a part of my life that I can't vote against it in a poll. HOWEVER:
Stage is stunning. Disc 1 especially is an essential part of any fans collection. I can't believe how much the spaces between songs on the original Stage detracted from the listening experience. Be My Wife and Stay- the bonus tracks are great and finally hearing this whole concert in its correct order is a huge improvement. I can't say enough how much more I enjoyed hearing Stage over the original album. I wish I could have seen both of these shows. They are excellent live albums of tours which are screaming for DVD's or tour books.