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Meph1766

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I listened both СD's. Watch a little so far, a couple of songs and the moment where they fixed AMDKJ. Actually, I liked the sound and how they did it. On the one hand, I thought before that it would be better if they did not change anything. But now I'm not sure. Now we have 2 different versions. I think from time to time I will watch, listen the original stream too.



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I wrote a short DVD/BD release article of KFTD Live on J-Generation with an affiliate link for the benefit of our friends who haven't purchased a copy:
https://j-generation.com/2020/10/scandal-releases-kiss-from-the-darkness-live-stream-blu-ray-november-18/

I hope I can get a copy of the Bluray+2CD Edition by January.



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SHAKE IT, BABY! SHAKE IT!

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Meph1766

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Just interesting. Has anyone bought a Regular Edition without a CD and a photobook? Is the packaging different? Is it same cardboard as LE or plastic case?



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Well, that might just be the best SCANDAL live Blu-ray/DVD ever I think. The sound is just awesome, I wish the KFTD studio recordings sounded like this.
I get where people are coming from about fixing up mistakes etc, but I personally don't want to spend over $100 to hear mistakes Happy Bands have been doing this for years, it's just normal. I also really like how they add some kind of synth strings or pre-recorded keyboard backing etc to it, some people probably don't like that either but why not make it sound the best it can? They have backing tapes like this at the actual concerts too, it's all good, it just fills out the sound and makes it better. I'm pretty sure everyone here knows what they are capable of as musicians.
So anyway, imho that version of Flashback No.5 is just insanely brilliant, best version ever. Also the two Tomomi songs really stand out for me, especially Laundry Laundry [I've never really been a huge fan of those Cajon things, but it sounds really good here]
10/10 from me for this release and I haven't even played the 2 CD's yet Happy

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After watching it. Before the girls came on it, made think of Pink Floyd when DVD kick off. While the music was great I can see what few you guys were talking about, the camera was just flashing everywhere for the first ten mins, it could came with a heath warning.


The middle part when they sat down, was highlight for me when girls look relax when Tomomi sang Laundry Laundry.


@Meph1766 I got Regular Edition Blu ray, it came in a plastic case.

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Don Dio wrote:Thank you for the translation of the MCs.  By any chance do you have this text in document form to post for download?  I'd like to keep a copy with my BD for whenever I view it years from now I will know what they're saying.

Here you go:

https://bit.ly/kftdmctext



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2011.7.3 AM2 2012.3.28 SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN 11.3+4 QAT Tour @名古屋 11.10 Happy MUSIC Live 2012 2013.3.3 SCANDAL OSAKA-JO HALL 2013 2014.6.1 HNL Ekiden & Music 2014 6.2 Fan Meeting 2015.4.25 HELLO WORLD @ Paris 4.26 London 4.30 Essen 5.15 Chicago 5.20 MEX 5.22 LA 5.23 Anaheim 2016.1.12+13 PERFECT WORLD 5.21 Welcome Fan Meeting 5.22 HNL Ekiden & Music 2016 5.23 Farewell Fan Meeting 8.21 SCAFes 2017.7.14 47 Prefecture Tour @茨城 7.15 水戸 7.17 東京 2018.9.5 Special Thanks @NY 9.7 SF 9.9 Anaheim 9.12 MTY 9.14 MEX 9.16 TX 2021 KFTD @Paris - London - Berlin 11.11 Toronto 11.13 NY 11.17 Anaheim 11.19 Dallas 11.21 Atlanta
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Just watched mine. I'd previously watched the livestream at the time, though I honestly don't remember how I felt about it other than thinking it was cool that they were doing it and it was better than not seeing them at all. And of course, it was live and I knew it'd be pretty raw. So I don't think I really had any complaints.

I'm probably a little more critical when I spend close to $100 on a disc, though. It's the same show but obviously they've done a lot to it, and they've had time now to make it "perfect", whatever that means to different people.

For me, the disc is very uneven - probably the most uneven live disc they've put out (and I have them all). There are some real highlights that seem a lot better than I remember them on the livestream, and then there are some songs that I feel like are literally unwatchable. I mean I could not make it through the whole song, I had to skip to the next. The quality is very inconsistent, and mostly I think that's due to the production. If there's ever a problem with any Scandal recording, it seems like it's always the production.

I've almost gotten used to their use of pitch correction now, but I just wish they weren't so heavy-handed with it some of the time. I don't mean in the songs where it's used for stylistic effect, I mean in songs where you're not supposed to hear it. "Masterpiece" is an example of a song that I love but couldn't get through on the disc because it sounds like somebody's playing Haruna's voice through a synthesizer. I mean, fine, make it so she doesn't sound quite so sharp or flat on held notes. But there are different settings on these pitch correction plugins! You're supposed to adjust things so it's not so obvious; you don't have to go 100% on all the settings all the time.

A few songs are basically ruined by overlaid graphics. "Take Me Out" is an example of that; you can barely even see what they're doing, and this is one of their highest-energy songs live. I feel like somebody forgot what kind of video they're making; it's a LIVE video, not a promotional music video. We want to see the band performing! Usually these same songs are the ones with the quick cuts other people are talking about, which makes the whole song just feel like a jumbled mess, visually. Not enjoyable.

That said, other songs are great. I love the version of "Spice" on this disc. I know, there's lots of pitch correction there too, but maybe because there's so much processing on the original single, I don't notice it as much. The disc version seems to have less processing overall, since they removed some of the effects they used on the single. And the editors just let the light show itself be the visuals, which is all anybody wants when they watch a concert disc. Same with "Flashback No. 5". They should play that song live more often! And it's shot and edited well on the disc. Maybe a few too many quick cuts, but it's not too bad.

I think that overall they were successful in making this feel like a proper concert, which is an achievement in itself, but somebody just got too ambitious with trying to turn their performance into something more (or just other) than what it was. When I buy a concert disc, I want the experience of having been at that show; that's the whole point. (I also just bought the remaster of Pink Floyd's "Delicate Sound of Thunder" that came out today, and I watched them both the same day... *very* different in the experience they were trying to give viewers!) I don't want a bunch of music videos or overly processed audio. The good songs on this disc are the ones that felt most like really being there, and there are some. I just wish they'd dialed it back a bit on the rest.

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spacecadet wrote: I don't want a bunch of music videos or overly processed audio. The good songs on this disc are the ones that felt most like really being there, and there are some. I just wish they'd dialed it back a bit on the rest.

An interesting take which I suspect I'll agree with a fair amount. I'll know Monday when mine arrives. But I will say, I ordered it 60% just to support the band, and 40% for a live version of Flashback #5. Happy

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The DVD has held at #3 for the week on Oricon!
https://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/dg/w/2020-11-30/
Blu-ray at #5!
https://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/bd/w/2020-11-30/



Note: Since the sales figures may disappear later, they are estimated at 2515 for the DVD, 3422 for the Blu-ray.



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I'm late to the party because mine took its sweet time to get here even though I used to get EMS stuff within a week. But I guess it can't be helped with what's going on in the world. 

I was afraid of heavy use of pitch correction, I still have nightmares from wonderful tonight. But while I notice it here and there it's not terrible in my personal opinion. 
Actually my biggest complaint, is the angle change on the "Haru gun" at the end of Saishuheiki Kimi. I loved the original angle, really cool. Not a fan of the new cut there haha
 And I can't speak for the regular edition, but I'm pretty happy with the packaging on the limited edition.



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I really, really loved this release. The performance was very heartwarming with an intimate feeling of wholesomeness. It makes me happy every time I watch it and therefore I don't feel like digging deep into details hehe

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This April 28 marked one year since I joined SH ! ~
For that "special" day, I'd like to put in form and share a "review" I've made of this release on the SCANDAL Discord server a few months ago :3. This review is in 3 parts, each of them having sub-points. The + and the -, tho the - are points that I "like less" about the release more that points that I dislike haha. The third part is a neutral point, something that I saw as negative at first but realised it was actually totally fine. Enjoy !

The "+"
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1. Very, VERY, good audio mixing. Too loud, but that's a standard of nowadays' releases, so it's okay. Furthermore, I can reduce it myself. But the audio mixing is really good, everything could be perfectly heard, from Rina's kick to Haruna's and Tomomi's harmonies (you could ear the two well, better than usual I'd even say), the guitar parts were well perceptible too. Maybe a bit too much reverb, but it's fine really, it fits the empty venue.

2. Video editing well balanced, to my taste at least. Despite having shots that were too quick during the three first songs, it was well balanced for the rest of the songs imo (at least I could follow it easily). Or maybe is it that I got used to it while watching it ? Haha

3. Same goes for the visual overlays, that is to say that you had for a few songs at some moments, and it was surprising because I don't think they ever did it before ; I like when they try new things. It looked pretty good imo ~ And if you're not a fan of it, it's fine because it's not omnipresent during all the gig nor doesn't come hiding the members, except for Take Me Out (but since it's only one song, it's fine). And if you like it, you have enough overlays to enjoy, without being fed up of it !

4. Nicely chosen shots ! It was definitely different from the raw livestream, and that was appreciated, because I feel like I got more from SCANDAL. By this, I mean that you see more shots, more angles, more of the band enjoying their time, more funny, amusing, cute faces, more interaction between the members, and that feels really good to see ~

5. No songs, nor MCs were cut (except for the CDs, on which the MCs were cut, but that's normal). It may seem usual in the case of SCANDAL, because they've been doing that for every video release after the EVERYBODY SAY YEAH! TOUR DVD. But it's not the case for every band's/artiste's release when we often end up with some moments or even songs cut, stuff that we would've like to see. Here, the only thing that was cut was like 2min30/3min between 月 and Living in the city, so we didn't lose a crumb of it really. That moment was an empty call back on stage, so it made sense to reduce it to leave a few seconds admiring the visuals.

6. A detail maybe, but we had complete credits at the end of the gig, I really enjoyed it ! It felt wholesome, more glorious of what they accomplished, see what I mean ?

The "-"
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1. So as I said, too loud for the audio mixing. For instance, quieter parts of the song were as loud as the rest of the song, which spmetimes gave me an impression of "It doesn't hit me hard enough" when a chorus would start for instance. But as I also stated, it's nowadays' sound standards, so I was expecting it, and I can reduce it for myself, so I don't really count it as a bad point. It's definitely pernickety, especially considering that I've heard worse in terms of loudness.

2. Too much pitch corrector.
- That's the bad point here. I can't say it ruins the gig, but it is too noticeable imo. It just wasn't that much of a good day for Haruna's voice, that happens, but it's not necessary to correct everything. Us fellow fans can totally accept some flaws, no one is perfect, not even artistes who have been working hard on their job for years. Anyway, the pitch corrector point was already brought here, but I'd still like to share my feelings about it.
- I remember playing Take Me Out on guitar with the music plugged in my older amp, and I didn't play dudring the verses and was able to notice that Haruna's literally sounded auto-tuned. It kinda sounded like an exaggeration, because our girls do know how to sing, and they sing well enough for us to enjoy the gig entirely without such a strong pitch corrector application. Pitch corrector is only supposed to be applied on tiny details, not all along the vocal parts.
- Therefore, it was also useless for lots of parts. For instance : Chiisana Honoo's first vocal line was a bit approximative in terms of pitch, so a correction was legit here. But if we take Living in the city, Tomomi sounded completely auto-tuned, while she hardly ever makes a wrong note, which is really good by the way. So correcting her voice was, as a fact, not even needed. Same goes for Haruna ; pitch corrector kind of "destroyed" the interesting nuances that she learnt to develop in her singing... It's a bit frustrating haha. Since I'm not a fan of the auto-tune effect, it disturbed me at some moments, but then again, I wouldn't call it unbearable.
- That said, it kinda matched Kftd. I noticed more auto-tune and pitch corrector were present in this album, but it's probably rather used as an effect in the case of pitch corrector, to make the vocal parts sound "smoother", just like the way the album sounds.

3. Through the shots, it seems to me that all the members had an equal screen time, but I would've preferred just a bit more Tomomi shots during FREEDOM FIGHTERS and Flashback No.5, that would've been perfect ! Seeing her dance and jump is so upbeat :3. Okay, my SCANDAL fan soul screaming "Tomomi's dancing !!" is pernickety, I have to admit haha

"Neutral" point
Spoiler:
- At first I had quoted this as a "bad" point, but in the end, I concluded it wasn't actually bad. It was legit to correct the A.M.D.K.J. opening riff, since, as a fellow Discord member stated, it would have been interesting to leave it as it was if they had restarted the song, as they did for LOVE ME DO during the 10th ANNIVERSARY gig. Here, they just kept playing the song, so editing the opening riff made sense ; It fits the "perfection" that was aimed. Plus, a glimpse of it was still kept : We were able to see a bit of Mami laughing from her mistake haha

Overall mark :
Spoiler:
A strong 7,5/10, maybe even 8/10 actually ! The pitch corrector isn't enjoyable to me but I still had, have and will a great time watching this release :3

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