Alive 1997

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Alive 1997
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Live album by
Released1 October 2001 (2001-10-01)
Recorded8 November 1997
Venue
GenreHouse
Length45:30
LabelVirgin
Producer
Daft Punk chronology
Discovery
(2001)
Alive 1997
(2001)
Daft Club
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(dud)[2]
Hot Press(positive)[3]
NME(8/10)[5]
Q3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[8]
Uncut3.5/5 stars[6]

Alive 1997 is the first live album by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released on 1 October 2001 by Virgin Records. It contains a 45-minute excerpt of a live performance recorded at Birmingham's Que Club on 8 November 1997.

Background[edit]

The album was initially released online as part of the Daft Club service. Early pressings of the Daft Punk album Discovery contained a card that would allow access to the Daft Club website containing remixes and the live recording. The Daft Club service ended in 2003.[9] The performance at Birmingham's Que Club[10] was selected by Daft Punk themselves for release, as they considered it to be their favorite from their Daftendirektour.[citation needed]

Alive 1997 prominently features elements of "Daftendirekt", "Da Funk", "Rollin' & Scratchin'", "Revolution 909" and "Alive" from their Homework album. There are also prominent elements of Armand Van Helden's "Ten Minutes of Funk" remix of "Da Funk".[citation needed] The live performance also contains elements of what would later become the track "Short Circuit" featured in Discovery.[11] There is also a sample mix heard after "Revolution 909" that influenced music duo Retro/Grade to recreate the segment as their own music track, titled "Pulsar".[citation needed]

Alive 1997 contains the 45-minute excerpt in one continuous track on CD. The CD and vinyl packaging included a set of Daft Punk stickers. The layout for the album was done by Åbäke, and the photography by Serge Paulet.[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[12] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alive 1997 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  3. ^ Hot Press review(subscription required)
  4. ^ Q (11/01, p.118) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...45 minutes of breathless electronic excitement..."
  5. ^ NME review
  6. ^ Uncut (12/01, p.101) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...Pulled straight from the mixing desk, this has a shrill rawness that vividly captures a night of sweat-stained gymnastics..."
  7. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  8. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  9. ^ Santorelli, Dina (2014). Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1783232932.
  10. ^ a b Alove 1997 (liner notes). Daft Punk. Virgin Records, a division of Universal Music Group. 2001.
  11. ^ Cardew, Ben. "Daft Punk Confirmed to Play Glastonbury... in 1997". Cuepoint. Medium. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Daft Punk - Alive 1997". French Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved on May 22, 2012.

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