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Korn - Live&Rare
As I am a child of the nu-metal generation, I’m of course a big Korn fan. I own all seven studio albums and now I get to review their (practically) live album. It’s kind of weird doing that because I still haven’t seen them yet. I was supposed to, but then Jonathan got ill and the tour was cancelled. So I just have to work with this disc then.
A good thing about it is that it still features the complete line-up on all tracks. The live tracks consist of seven track recorded in New York in 2003, two covers from Pink Floyd and Metallica, two songs from Woodstock 1999 and two rare tracks of which one is the hidden track on Follow The Leader and the other appeared on the soundtrack for I Know What You Did Last Summer. I actually saw that movie in a theatre. Pffff.
Well the live tracks all sound very well mixed, although the bass has a bit too much treble with the quieter parts, but that’s what happens when you use that setting live. It features tracks from all albums, except for of course the last one; See You On The Other Side. It gives a good impression on how they sound live and that’s what it’s meant for. But there is a but. And that but is the fact that some songs are censored. Not by bleeps, but by altered lyrics. Like the end of ‘Right Now’ used to be ‘shut up I’ll fuck you up’, it has now become ‘shut up I’ll bust you up’. And that is very lame if you ask me.

Another thing I really want to criticise is the fact that they covered a Pink Floyd track. How good they may be, you do not desecrate a track like ‘Another Brick In The Wall’. I don’t even like Korn’s version anyway, Jonathan’s voice isn’t suitable for it in my opinion. I do like the cover of Metallica’s ‘One’, although it was already a hidden track on the digipack release of Take A Look In The Mirror. And the thing I like the most is the fact that they stop when the solo is supposed to come. They have never played a metal solo, and I don’t think they ever will. But if you listen closely, you will find that they cover something else. Something that will piss the fans of that band off like hell. Yes, they’ve touched the works of Slayer, although very minimal. The intro for the track ‘My Gift To You’ (what a great track to put on their live album by the way, who would’ve expected that!?!) is alternated into the intro for Slayer’s ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ (the track that is). I like it, Slayer fans will hate it. Ain’t that funny?
That’s about it. A lot of tracks were already available, so it ain’t all that rare. And I did expect more studio tracks, like for instance ‘Jingle Balls’ is one I really want to have. But it is this that they present us, and to be honest I don’t think I would have bought it, I neither bought their greatest hits. But the hardcore fans will be pleased again I suspect.
Korn - Live&Rare
70/1001Details Sony
Released on Tuesday May 9th, 2006

Writer @DemonDust on Friday Jul 28th, 2006

Tags: #Korn
Tracklisting 1. Did My Time
2. Blind
3. Falling Away From Me
4. Right Now
5. Got The Life
6. Here To Stay
7. Freak On A Leash
8. Another Brick In The Wall (parts 1,2,3)
9. One
10. My Gift To You
11. A.D.I.D.A.S.
12. Earache My Eye
13. Proud
Line up Brian \'Head\' Welch - guitars
David Silveria - drums
Fieldy - bass
James \'Munky\' Shaffer - guitars
Jonathan Davis - vocals and bagpipes
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