Doing a 180 (and then some): Daft Punk, Alive 1997 / Alive 2007
Nowadays most music fans know Daft Punk for last yearâs absurdly â but not inappropriately â popular single, âGet Lucky.â Before that, they were predominantly known for their previous #1 hit, 2001âs âOne More Time.â Between those two efforts, however, the helmet-wearing robot rockers released an album that earned them their first two Grammy Awards: one for Best Electronic / Dance Album, one for Best Dance Recording for the albumâs lone single, âHarder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007).â
Yes, the title of the singleâs a bit of a tip-off: the album in question was Alive 2007, a recording of the bandâs June 14, 2007 concert at Bercy in Paris, and if youâve never heard this award-winning effort, youâd be hard pressed to pick a better time to delve into it, since weâve just released a double vinyl edition.
Ah, but wait! We havenât just released a double vinyl edition. Weâve also released a limited edition version as well, andâ¦well, we donât mind telling you: itâs pretty awesome.
Take a sneak peak here:
The limited-edition version of Alive 2007 is packaged in a special box which includes the album on two solid-white vinyl discs, plus a vinyl bonus which features the showâs encore on Side A (âHuman After All,â âTogether,â âOne More Time (Reprise),â and âMusic Sounds Better with Youâ) and an uber-sweet etching of the Alive 2007 pyramid logo on the B-side. But thatâs not all! Youâll also get a 52-page book of photos taken during the shows, a slipmat, and a download card. Oh, and itâs accompanied by a silver vinyl edition of the duoâs first live album, Alive 1997.
Whatâs that? You suddenly started twitching when I mentioned a vinyl reissue of Alive 1997, but then you started freaking out because you didnât want to have to buy Alive 2007 to get it? Well, calm thyself: weâre also reissuing Alive 1997 separately.
If any of these releases sound at all interesting to you and arenât already in your collection, then youâd better go ahead and start getting your turntable geared up. And if youâve already got them on CD? Well, this is Daft Punk, after all: you might as well go ahead and buy them one more time. (Come on, all right?)