450My take on the 3 Wide Angles...
- Jun 23, 2000I know nobody asked for this, but after listening to all 3 of my Wide
Angles, I thought I should post something...
For reference, here are the track listings (on both WA2 and WrA, disc
1 is the standard Wide Angle):
WA2, disc 2 (the "Asian Edition", Live@Chemistry Club,
1 Kill City
4 Theme From Wide Angle
5 Finished Symphony
WrA, disc 2 Live Angle
1 Kid 2000
5 High Life
6 Finished Symphony
7 Kill City (Bonus Track)
8 Altitude (Bonus Track)
9 Kid 2000 (12" Original Mix)
(on WA2, tracks 1 through 5 are continuous. On WrA, tracks 1 through
6 are continuously mixed, and tracks 7 through 9 are unmixed).
WA2 is fun to listen to, but it really doesn't hold a candle to
WA2 sounds like Hybrid is playing songs off the album. Not a whole
lot of improvisation or "fun stuff" going on.
WrA, on the other hand, is really quite impressive. Tracks 1 through
6 all are re-interpretations of the original tracks they would
probably be considered dubs. Little twisted beaten-up snippets of
vocals on Kid 2000, Burnin', and High Life, but other than that
all Hybrid sonics and weirdness. If you liked Snyper on the original
(as I did), the Snyper on WrA is much more twisted, funky, and
delicious High Life is also an unexpected treat. The crowd noise
a tad obtrusive on a couple of the tracks, and there's even some
feedback on a couple of the tracks but it all goes into making it
sound "live" and it sounds like everybody in the crowd is
themselves, and more importantly, Hybrid is having fun playing. It
makes WA2 sound very stiff and stodgy. It should also be noted that
the audio quality on WrA is very good.
So, if you have WA1 and want to know what to do, I'd say skip
buy WrA, and give WA1 to somebody you love. If you're a die-hard
Hybrid fan, then you should buy WA2 and WrA, give WA1 to somebody you
love, and turn disc 1 of WA2 into an attractive drink coaster.
Thanks, Hybrid, for putting out quality stuff. :)