DVD: Live Sh*T - Binge and Purge
Year: 1989 / 1992
If you're a Metallica fan, this is a no-doubt, must-have purchase. First, there is an enormous amount of content here; in addition to two concerts capture on DVD, there's also a complete separate show captured on CD. Second, these shows were recorded during the ...And Justice For All and Black Album tours, meaning the songs come from their five best albums and before the band abandoned their thrash beginnings.
The shows captured on DVD include an AJFA show from 1989, which is a mammoth show that contains most of the band's bet songs. Blackened, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Master of Puppets, Sanitarium, Four Horseman, Fade to Black, Seek and Destroy, Battery and of course the AJFA title masterpiece as well as One.
The band itself is pretty much at the top its game. Hetfield has the audience willingly in his hands, Lars attacks his drums, Hammett does his thing and Jason Newsted is a bass-guitar playing beast. So why the relatively low scores? First, the sound is borderline atrocious. For a DVD recorded during late 80's / early 90's, the sound should just be better. It's muddy throughout, and difficult to hear the individual instruments. Worse, the DVD suffers from fast-edit / overly produced syndrome. Not only do you rarely get a shot lasting more than 3 seconds, whenever things slow down, the editor insists on some kind of visual effect. You can watch the entire show and never really get a sense of what's going on.
The Black album show has equally bad sound and slightly better visuals. However, the set-list pales compared to the '89 show because many of the early-album classics are replaced by the mid-tempo songs from the Black album. I just like thrash Metallica much better than rock band Metallica and find songs like Unforgiven, Sad but True, Wherever I May Roam and Nothing Else Matters to be boring.
If you're a Metallica fan, you really must have this as it's a comprehensive live document of the bands first decade. If you're a casual fan it's probably a bit much, as there's 8 hours worth of material and the S&M show is probably a better DVD product.
Master of Puppets