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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16

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  1. Jun 9, 2014
    8
    A box set that is 100% designed for the vinyl fetishist; part winsome tribute to an era's end, part fulfillment of Murphy's vision of post-modern rock-n-roll--erudite, maximally referential, and supremely reverential. An approach that contains its own self-critique (Losing My Edge is as much personal admonishment as tell off). Included in that reverence are the canonical covers of AlanA box set that is 100% designed for the vinyl fetishist; part winsome tribute to an era's end, part fulfillment of Murphy's vision of post-modern rock-n-roll--erudite, maximally referential, and supremely reverential. An approach that contains its own self-critique (Losing My Edge is as much personal admonishment as tell off). Included in that reverence are the canonical covers of Alan Vega and Nilsson and the quotes from Suicide and Daft Punk featured in the Losing My Edge performance. Guest highlights are frequent, with Reggie Watts' solo being nearly the topmost moment of the show.

    The core of the show rewardingly centers around the 2007 masterwork Sound of Silver, and not too surprisingly, while the promotion of the other 2007 release, the sublime 45:33, lends this particular show enough stature to compile 5xLP records into what is an amazingly cogent presentation.

    Simply put, their last show was the best show that the band ever did, and it is wonderfully captured on both this vinyl box set, but also comes across smashingly on the 24-bit FLAC version(s) now also available (the download that comes with the box disappointingly provides only "lossy" MP3 320 versions, given the price it would've been nice to receive the FLAC files as well). There are reasons the market isn't ready for that just yet, but one hopes that lavish packages will come with all of the best source material, including at least lossless options, if not high-resolution 24-bit media.

    As someone who saw the band live once, in the brief festival format (e.g. an abbreviated headliner set of 90 minutes), this much longer show completes the vibe and forwards the elation gained seeing the band live on that one occasion.
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  2. May 22, 2014
    10
    I don't think there is much to say. LCD Soundsystem the best band in the world when they did split. Best Parts: Dance Yrself Clean, All my Friends (Though I don't like the studio version, this show makes it amazing, Freak Out/Starry Eyes, North American Scum, Tribulations, Losing My Edge (Suicide and Daft Punk covered haha), New York I love you... Worse Parts (If there is any): Bye ByeI don't think there is much to say. LCD Soundsystem the best band in the world when they did split. Best Parts: Dance Yrself Clean, All my Friends (Though I don't like the studio version, this show makes it amazing, Freak Out/Starry Eyes, North American Scum, Tribulations, Losing My Edge (Suicide and Daft Punk covered haha), New York I love you... Worse Parts (If there is any): Bye Bye Bayou, Jump into the fire, Expand
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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    It sags a little mid-show, during the numerous elongated versions of 45:33, but epic, celebratory readings of Losing My Edge and Yeah (Crass Version) are not to be missed. [Jul 2014, p.90]
  2. May 29, 2014
    80
    The music simultaneously remains as era-defining, self-effacing, future-thinking and retro as it ever did.
  3. May 22, 2014
    80
    The Long Goodbye successfully captures the atmosphere, the tears, the laughter, the unbridled joy of that last ever gig, that final blowout, like a time capsule to be preserved forever more and to keep the spirit of LCD Soundsystem alive.