by Portishead

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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By the end of the '90s, artists realized that CD and CD-R bootlegs of live performances were in high demand, which meant that they could profit by officially releasing certain "special" live performances. Portishead's one-night stand at New York City's Roseland Ballroom, released as PNYC, certainly qualifies as one of those "special" occasions. Performing with a 35-piece orchestra, Portishead runs through selections from its two albums, favoring its second slightly. On the surface, it doesn't seem like the orchestra would add much to the performances, especially since the arrangements remain similar, but its presence makes the music tense, dramatic, and breathtaking. This is especially true of the material from Portishead. On album, several of these songs sounded a little flat, but here they soar right alongside such staples as "Mysterons," "Sour Times," and "Glory Box." That alone doesn't necessarily make PNYC revelatory -- instead, it deepens a listener's understanding of the artist, much like the Tindersticks' The Bloomsbury Theatre. Which means, of course, that PNYC is much more compelling and essential than the average live album.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2004
Label: Go Beat
UPC: 0731455942415
catalogNumber: 5594241
Rank: 46594

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Portishead   Primary Artist,Band
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Alfred Brown   Viola
Jeff Carney   Bass
Richard Auldon Clark   Violin
Harold Coletta   Viola
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Clive Deamer   Percussion,Drums
Katsuko Esaki   Violin
David Finck   Bass
Dave Ford   Trumpet
Andy Hague   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Nick Ingman   Bass,Conductor
Olivia Koppell   Viola
Jesse Levy   Cello
Carmel Malin   Violin
Carol Pool   Violin
Pamela Porta   Violin
Andy Stein   Violin
Adrian Utley   Guitar,Moog Synthesizer
Anthony Posk   Violin
Jim Barr   Bass
Israel Chorberg   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Geoff Barrow   Drums,Turntables
Beth Gibbons   Vocals
Joanna Jenner   Violin
Joel Pitchon   Violin
Lenard Rivlin   Violin
Will Gregory   Oboe,Baritone Saxophone
John Baggot   Keyboards
John Cornick   Trombone
Susan Follari   Viola
Byung-Kook Kwak   Violin
DJ Andy Smith   Turntables
Ashley Horne   Violin
B. Waghorn   Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
John Miller   Bass

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Portishead   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Ian Huffam   Engineer
Nick Ingman   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Adrian Utley   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Dave McDonald   Engineer
John Neilson   Engineer
Geoff Barrow   Composer,Director,Producer
Beth Gibbons   Composer
Henry Brooks   Composer
Sean McClintock   Engineer
Phil Gitomer   Engineer
Otis Turner   Composer
Sarah Sherley-Price   Artwork
Rik Simpson   Engineer
Øystein Halvorsen   Engineer

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