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Wu-Tang Clan

Live at Montreux 2007 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I don’t think anyone would ever accuse the Wu-Tang Clan of being “mainstream.” They are unapologetic in their adherence to a full throttle hard edged rap sound. They aren’t likely to serve as a “gateway drug” to those who aren’t into hip hop. That means that outside their group of fans they aren’t extremely big. It also means, though, that their fanbase is devoted. As this DVD shows it’s also international and impressive in size.

I’ve discussed in a number of these “Live at Montreux” reviews how I feel that it seems they should change the name from “Montreux Jazz Festival” to something like “Montreux Music Festival” because the emphasis on jazz seems to be gone. This is just one example of a group that doesn’t fit into that heading and yet is playing the festival. Well, before I sound like a re-run we’ll leave it at that.

This performance from 2007 is sure to please the Wu-Tang fanatics in the world. For those who have a more passing interest it’s still quite cool. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who hasn’t heard this group, though. These guys are the advanced course and you should probably get some of the pre-requisites first. As you can guess from the date of the show this has some quite good video and sound quality. Also, when you are talking about hip hop it just about goes without saying that parents need to check this out before they let their kids view it.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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