Live Box

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Live Box
Box set by Björk
Released 18 August 2003
Genre Electronica
Length 241:08 (total)
(excluding DVD content)
Label One Little Indian
Producer Various
Björk chronology
Family Tree
(2002)
Live Box
(2003)
Medúlla
(2004)

Live Box is a set of 4 live CDs, a live DVD and a 36-page booklet by Icelandic singer/songwriter/musician Björk, released in August 2003. Each live CD roughly corresponds to one album in her (at the time of release) four album solo discography.

Background[edit]

When Björk was pregnant with her daughter Ísadóra in 2002 she decided to start sorting through the hundreds of hours of live recordings she had collected from her tours.[1] Assisted in the process by the head of Smekkleysa, Ásmundur Jónsson, they decided on the best performances from each of the tours to include on the live albums. This release of live material was initially confirmed by the inclusion of live tracks on the It's in Our Hands single in 2002, credited to the "Forthcoming album Vespertine Live". This was followed by an announcement in 2003 of a distribution-deal with US record company Navarre that would include "both CDs and DVDs".[2] Björk's official website later confirmed the release of a box set containing live recordings, not only from Vespertine but from the past ten years of Björk's solo career.[3] Björk only started to have soundboard recordings of her live shows from the Homogenic tour onwards, so the first two discs (Debut Live and Post Live) are made up primarily of the audio from the corresponding live DVDs. Shortly before the official release, a free download of "Hyperballad" from the Post Live disc was made available on the Abercrombie Vintage website.[4] The originally announced track listing for Post Live included 18 tracks (the final version has 13), and so would have included nearly the full audio from the Live at Shepherds Bush Empire DVD, from which the album takes most of its material.[5]

The box set also includes a 36-page booklet featuring numerous photos and an in-depth conversation with Björk and Ásmundur in Björk's home, discussing her career, her recordings and her live tours. The box set was originally announced as a limited release of 30,000 copies, although it is still available for purchase. The individual live discs were later released separately in May 2004.[6]

Artwork[edit]

The artwork was designed by M/M Paris, whom Björk has worked extensively with since 1999's Volumen release. At the time of release many online stores displayed an incorrect earlier version of the artwork for the box set, which features alternate artwork for the Post Live and Homogenic Live albums. For the album artwork of each live album, Björk herself found a selection of different photos available on the Internet. Because of the small resolution of the images chosen for Homogenic Live and Vespertine Live, these appear pixelated on the actual album covers.[7]

Live Book[edit]

To accompany the release of the Live Box, a separate book was released titled "Live Book". This features the interview with Ásmundur Jónsson that is also included in the 36-page booklet that comes with the Live Box, but also new interviews with Lynn Fox, Zeena Parkins, Matmos and Leila, who were all involved in Björk's 2003 tour.[8] Although now largely out of print, the book is still available for purchase at the official Björk online store.[9]

Track listing[edit]

CD1 - Debut Live[edit]

  1. "Human Behaviour"
  2. "One Day"
  3. "Venus as a Boy"
  4. "Come To Me"
  5. "Big Time Sensuality"
  6. "Aeroplane"
  7. "Like Someone in Love"
  8. "Crying"
  9. "Anchor Song"
  10. "Violently Happy"

Notes

  1. The original versions of all of the tracks can be found on Debut. Two songs from Debut are missing: "There's More To Life Than This" and "Play Dead", although "Play Dead" is strictly speaking not on Debut, but is included as a bonus track on the re-release. Indeed, neither of the two songs were performed on the MTV Unplugged performance from which this disc takes most of its material, but the latter was performed on the Debut Tour after its single release.
  2. All songs except "Venus as a Boy" are from MTV Unplugged in 1994. The original broadcast (and subsequent bootlegs) of the MTV concert featured "Venus as a Boy", so it is unclear why that version could not be included here.

CD2 - Post Live[edit]

  1. "Headphones"
  2. "Army of Me"
  3. "One Day"
  4. "The Modern Things"
  5. "Isobel"
  6. "Possibly Maybe"
  7. "Hyperballad"
  8. "I Go Humble"
  9. "Big Time Sensuality"
  10. "Enjoy"
  11. "I Miss You"
  12. "It's Oh So Quiet"
  13. "Anchor Song"

Notes

  1. Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 & 12: Original versions on Post. "Cover Me" and "You've Been Flirting Again" are missing, although "You've Been Flirting Again" appears on 'Homogenic Live' and "Cover Me" only received its first performances during the 2007-2008 Volta Tour.
    Tracks 3, 9 & 13: Original versions on Debut
    Track 8: Only found the Japan edition of Post and on Isobel single.

CD3 - Homogenic Live[edit]

  1. "Vísur Vatnsenda Rósu"
  2. "Hunter"
  3. "You've Been Flirting Again"
  4. "Isobel"
  5. "All Neon Like"
  6. "Possibly Maybe"
  7. "5 Years"
  8. "Come To Me"
  9. "Immature"
  10. "I Go Humble" (featuring lines from "Wanna Be Startin' Something")
  11. "Bachelorette"
  12. "Human Behaviour"
  13. "Pluto"
  14. "Jóga"
  15. "So Broken"
  16. "Anchor Song"

Notes

  1. Tracks 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 & 14: Original versions on Homogenic. "Unravel", "Alarm Call" and "All Is Full of Love" are missing, although "Unravel" and "All Is Full of Love" appear on 'Vespertine Live'.
    Tracks 3, 4 & 6: Original versions on Post
    Track 10: Bonus track from the Japanese edition of Post
    Tracks 8, 12 & 16: Original versions on Debut.
    Track 1: Original version on Possibly Maybe single (traditional Icelandic song).
    Track 15: Original version on Jóga single.

CD4 - Vespertine Live[edit]

  1. "Frosti"
  2. "Overture"
  3. "All is Full of Love"
  4. "Cocoon"
  5. "Aurora"
  6. "Undo"
  7. "Unravel"
  8. "I've Seen It All"
  9. "An Echo, a Stain" (With Tanya Tagaq)
  10. "Generous Palmstroke"
  11. "Hidden Place"
  12. "Pagan Poetry"
  13. "Harm of Will"
  14. "It's Not Up to You"
  15. "Unison"
  16. "It's in Our Hands"

Notes

  1. Tracks 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15: Original versions on Vespertine. The tracks "Sun in My Mouth" and "Heirloom" are missing, of which "Heirloom" received its first performance on the subsequent 2003 Greatest Hits Tour, and "Sun in My Mouth" was performed live at the Icelandic television in February 2011 in a celesta version of the song, played by Jónas Sen.
    Track 1 is mistitled as "Frosti", which is on the album too, but it is actually the music box version of Pagan Poetry found on the Cocoon single.
    Tracks 3 & 7: Original versions on Homogenic
    Tracks 2 & 8: Original versions on Selmasongs
    Track 16: Original version on the It's in Our Hands single.
    Track 10: Original version found on the "Hidden Place" single and as a bonus track in Japanese pressings of Vespertine.

DVD bonus[edit]

  1. "One Day"
  2. "It's Oh So Quiet"
  3. "Jóga"
  4. "Aurora"
  5. "It's Not Up To You"

Notes

  1. The performance of "It's Oh So Quiet" is previously unreleased.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums 12[10]
France 99[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ grapevine.is (2010). "A Conversation With Björk". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  2. ^ crave2ya.iespana.es (2010). "Live Box - History". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  3. ^ bjork.com (2010). "bjork.com / news". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  4. ^ tonews.com (2010). "BEP-L Digest - 30 Jul 2003 to 31 Jul 2003 (#2003-212)". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  5. ^ bjork.com (2010). "DVD's coming up and Live Box". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  6. ^ bjork.com (2010). "Live albums and mini things". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  7. ^ tonews.com (2010). "BEP-L Digest - 11 Sep 2003 to 12 Sep 2003 (#2003-254)". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  8. ^ bjork.com (2010). "Björk Live Book". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  9. ^ bjork.grapewire.net (2010). "björk.com/unity online music store". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Björk - The Live Box Set". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 

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