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2-01 DVD: Brennio Pio Vitar (live in Paris)
2-02 DVD: Earth Intruders (live in Paris)
2-03 DVD: Hunter (live in Paris)
2-04 DVD: Immature (live in Paris)
2-05 DVD: Joga (live in Paris)
2-06 DVD: Pleasure Is All Mine (live in Paris)
2-07 DVD: Vertebrae by Vertebrae (live in Paris)
2-08 DVD: Where Is the Line (live in Paris)
2-09 DVD: Who Is It (live in Paris)
2-10 DVD: Desired Constellation (live in Paris)
2-11 DVD: Army of Me (live in Paris)
2-12 DVD: Bachelorette (live in Paris)
2-13 DVD: Wanderlust (live in Paris)
2-14 DVD: Hyperballad (live in Paris)
2-15 DVD: Pluto (live in Paris)
2-16 DVD: Declare Independence (live in Paris)
2-17 DVD: Pneumonia (live in Reykjavik)
2-18 DVD: My Juvenile (live in Reykjavik)
2-19 DVD: Vokuro (live in Reykjavik)
2-20 DVD: Sonnets / Unrealities XI (live in Reykjavik)
2-21 DVD: Mouths Cradle (live in Reykjavik)
3-01 DVD (Videos): Earth Intruders (dir. Michel Ocelot)
3-02 DVD (Videos): Declare Independence (dir. Michel Gondry)
3-04 DVD (Videos): Wanderlust (dir. encyclopediapictura.com)
3-05 DVD (Videos): The Dull Flame of Desire (dir. masahiro mogari / marcal cuberta junca / christoph dominik jantos)
3-06 DVD (Videos): The Making of "Declare Indepedence" (dir. Johnny Moreno)
3-07 DVD (Videos): The Making of "Wanderlust" (dir. Eli Stonberg)
3-03 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.1 (dir. competition winners Fred & Annabelle)
3-08 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.2 (dir. Davood Saghiri)
3-09 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.3 (dir. Dimitri Stankowicz)
3-10 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.4 (dir. Étienne Strubbe)
3-11 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.5 (dir. Julien Himmer)
3-12 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.6 (dir. Laurent Labouille)
3-13 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.7 (dir. Mario Caporali)
3-14 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.8 (dir. Mik o_o Armellino)
3-15 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.9 (dir. Renato Klieger & Terracotta)
3-16 DVD (Videos): Innocence v.10 (dir. Roland Matusek)
1-01 Wanderlust (live) 5:46
1-02 Hunter (live) 4:18
1-03 Pleasure Is All Mine (live) 3:20
1-04 Innocence (live) 3:57
1-05 Army of Me (live) 4:19
1-06 I Miss You (live) 3:30
1-07 Earth Intruders (live) 3:50
1-08 All Is Full of Love (live) 4:03
1-09 Pagan Poetry (live) 5:13
1-10 Vertebrae by Vertebrae (live) 5:08
1-11 Declare Independence (live) 4:16
4-01 Remix: Earth Intruders (XXXchange) 4:38
4-02 Remix: Innocence (Simian Mobile Disco) 7:47
4-03 Remix: Declare Independence (Matthew Herbert) 5:23
4-04 Remix: Wanderlust (Ratatat) 5:26
4-05 Remix: The Dull Flame of Desire (Modeselektor’s RMX for Girls) 6:19
4-06 Remix: Earth Intruders (Lexx) 6:41
4-07 Remix: Innocence (Sinden) 4:32
4-09 Remix: The Dull Flame of Desire (Modeselektor’s RMX for Boys) 5:24
4-10 Remix: Innocence (Alva Noto Unitxt Remodel) 6:16
4-11 Remix: Declare Independence (Black Plus) 8:47
4-12 Remix: Innocence (Simian Mobile Disco Dub) 7:46
4-08 Remix: Declare Independence (Ghostigital in Deep End Dance) 2:51

Voltaic: Songs from the Volta Tour [Deluxe]

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    “This relentless restlessness liberates me,” Björk declares on the song “Wanderlust,” from her 2007 studio album, Volta, and which is also the dramatic concluding track of her new Voltaic live album, released in the US by Nonesuch Records on June 30, 2009. “I feel at home whenever the unknown surrounds me.”

    Volta had been designed, Björk has said, as a journey, with the sound of fog horns and clanging bells linking individual tracks and artists from around the world making guest appearances, including Congolese band Konono No. 1, Malian kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté, pipa player Wu Man, beat-master Timbaland, Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale, and sublime chanteur Antony Hegarty. The New York Times called it “a 21st-century assemblage of the computerized and the handmade, the personal and the global.”

    Voltaic, then, is a multimedia document, available in five different physical configurations, of what happened after the record was completed, a journey of a different sort as the ever-evolving singer assembled her live band, made a collection of typically amazing videos and one-step-ahead remixes, and toured the world for two years, making headline appearances at diverse venues and large festivals, including Glastonbury, Coachella, and even Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

    She recorded the Voltaic live album—to be available on vinyl, CD, and CD+DVD, as well as on MP3—in one take at Olympic Studio in London with her new band, prior to her 2007 Glastonbury appearance, presenting the set she would play on tour: songs from Volta and new arrangements of older material like “Pagan Poetry,” “All Is Full of Love,” and a thunderous version of “Army of Me.” It’s a stunning performance, featuring cutting-edge computer technology, an old-school horn section and a female, flag-toting Icelandic choir, all “bursting with raw life,” to paraphrase The Independent’s description of Volta. As the Guardian (UK) said in its five-star concert review, “Björk delivers a performance as visually spectacular as it is musically innovative. Fifteen years into her solo career Björk remains the least compromising and most fantastical pop superstar talent.”

    This deluxe version contains the live Voltaic album on CD and/or vinyl; a DVD with highlights of Björk’s visually dazzling Volta tour, full of on-your-feet moments, filmed in Paris and Reykjavik; a CD of remixes of Volta album tracks by such fellow travelers as Spank Rock, Simian Mobile Disco, Ratatat, and Modeselektor; and a DVD of Volta video clips, including Michel Gondry’s take on “Declare Independence,” set in a drab factory, that manages to reach a colorful, hopeful conclusion—a revolution meant to be televised.

    Voltaic serves as a coda to Volta, an album about which NME said “Volta is a thunderous return as enchanting as Debut,’’ while Q described it as “the best album that Björk has done in a decade—a reminder of what a vital force she is.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Björk Gudmundsdóttir, vocals; creative musical director (on DVD)
    Mark Bell, beats, electronics
    Damian Taylor, electronics, synthesizers, reactable; executive musical director (on DVD)
    Jónas Sen, keyboards; on DVD: piano, harpsichord, church organ
    Chris Corsano, drums, percussion
    Særún Ósk Pálmadóttir, Bergún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Erla Axelsdóttir, French horn
    Sylvía Hlynsdóttir, Björk Níelsdóttir, Valdís Orkelsdóttir, trumpet
    Harpa Jóhannsdóttir, Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir, Sigrún Jónsdóttir, trombone
    Brynja Gumundsdóttir, tuba

    Choir on DVD, tracks 17–21, live in Reykjavik:
    Brynja Gumundsdóttir, Inga Harardóttir, Heia Árnadóttir, Margrét Sigurardóttir, Jónína Kristinsdóttir, sopranos
    Gurún Edda Gunnarsdóttir, Gurún Finnbjarnardóttir, Sólveig Samúelsdóttir, Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir, Aalheiur Orsteinsdóttir, altos
    Gumundur Vignir Karlsson, Björn Thorarensen, Magnús Ragnarsson, Orbjörn Sigursson, tenor
    Benedikt Ingólfsson, Hugi Jónsson, Orvaldur Orvaldsson, bass

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Album recorded live at Olympic Studios, June 25, 2007
    Engineered by Simon Changer
    Mixed by Paul "p-dub" Walton
    Additional engineering and mix on "Declare Independence" by Mo.Hausler
    Additional work by Damian Taylor

    DVD directed by Russell Thomas
    Produced by Andy Derbyshire/Spin

    DVD, tracks 17–21, recorded live at Langholtskirkja, Reykjavik, August 26, 2008
    Recorded by Sveinn Kjartansson at Syrland Mobile
    Mixed by Sveinn Kjartansson at Studio Syrland
    Mastered by Axel Arnason, Sveinn Kjartansson at Syrland Mastering

    Format availability

    All formats of this album are available from Nonesuch in the United States only.

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on April 27, 2009 - 2:26pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 (All day)
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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

519647

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
Artist Name: 
Björk
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597982114BUN
Price: 
43.00
Label: 
CD+DVD
UPC: 
075597981902
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
3LP+2CD+2DVD+MP3
Description: 

“This relentless restlessness liberates me,” Björk declares on the song “Wanderlust,” from her 2007 studio album, Volta, and which is also the dramatic concluding track of her new Voltaic live album, released in the US by Nonesuch Records on June 30, 2009. “I feel at home whenever the unknown surrounds me.”

Volta had been designed, Björk has said, as a journey, with the sound of fog horns and clanging bells linking individual tracks and artists from around the world making guest appearances, including Congolese band Konono No. 1, Malian kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté, pipa player Wu Man, beat-master Timbaland, Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale, and sublime chanteur Antony Hegarty. The New York Times called it “a 21st-century assemblage of the computerized and the handmade, the personal and the global.”

Voltaic, then, is a multimedia document, available in five different physical configurations, of what happened after the record was completed, a journey of a different sort as the ever-evolving singer assembled her live band, made a collection of typically amazing videos and one-step-ahead remixes, and toured the world for two years, making headline appearances at diverse venues and large festivals, including Glastonbury, Coachella, and even Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

She recorded the Voltaic live album—to be available on vinyl, CD, and CD+DVD, as well as on MP3—in one take at Olympic Studio in London with her new band, prior to her 2007 Glastonbury appearance, presenting the set she would play on tour: songs from Volta and new arrangements of older material like “Pagan Poetry,” “All Is Full of Love,” and a thunderous version of “Army of Me.” It’s a stunning performance, featuring cutting-edge computer technology, an old-school horn section and a female, flag-toting Icelandic choir, all “bursting with raw life,” to paraphrase The Independent’s description of Volta. As the Guardian (UK) said in its five-star concert review, “Björk delivers a performance as visually spectacular as it is musically innovative. Fifteen years into her solo career Björk remains the least compromising and most fantastical pop superstar talent.”

This deluxe version contains the live Voltaic album on CD and/or vinyl; a DVD with highlights of Björk’s visually dazzling Volta tour, full of on-your-feet moments, filmed in Paris and Reykjavik; a CD of remixes of Volta album tracks by such fellow travelers as Spank Rock, Simian Mobile Disco, Ratatat, and Modeselektor; and a DVD of Volta video clips, including Michel Gondry’s take on “Declare Independence,” set in a drab factory, that manages to reach a colorful, hopeful conclusion—a revolution meant to be televised.

Voltaic serves as a coda to Volta, an album about which NME said “Volta is a thunderous return as enchanting as Debut,’’ while Q described it as “the best album that Björk has done in a decade—a reminder of what a vital force she is.”

DescriptionExcerpt: 

"The brilliant performances on Voltaic make it clear that Björk isn't just a visionary," NPR exclaims, "but also an artist who inspires those around her to create equal parts music and magic." The project documents and celebrates Björk's ambitious world tour following the 2007 release of Volta. This deluxe version includes the thrilling, one-take result of a studio set she made with her touring band; tour DVD, filmed in Paris and Reykjavik; remixes of Volta tracks; DVD of Volta video clips.

FormatRestrictions: 

All formats of this album are available from Nonesuch in the United States only.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Björk Gudmundsdóttir, vocals; creative musical director (on DVD)
Mark Bell, beats, electronics
Damian Taylor, electronics, synthesizers, reactable; executive musical director (on DVD)
Jónas Sen, keyboards; on DVD: piano, harpsichord, church organ
Chris Corsano, drums, percussion
Særún Ósk Pálmadóttir, Bergún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Erla Axelsdóttir, French horn
Sylvía Hlynsdóttir, Björk Níelsdóttir, Valdís Orkelsdóttir, trumpet
Harpa Jóhannsdóttir, Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir, Sigrún Jónsdóttir, trombone
Brynja Gumundsdóttir, tuba

Choir on DVD, tracks 17–21, live in Reykjavik:
Brynja Gumundsdóttir, Inga Harardóttir, Heia Árnadóttir, Margrét Sigurardóttir, Jónína Kristinsdóttir, sopranos
Gurún Edda Gunnarsdóttir, Gurún Finnbjarnardóttir, Sólveig Samúelsdóttir, Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir, Aalheiur Orsteinsdóttir, altos
Gumundur Vignir Karlsson, Björn Thorarensen, Magnús Ragnarsson, Orbjörn Sigursson, tenor
Benedikt Ingólfsson, Hugi Jónsson, Orvaldur Orvaldsson, bass

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Album recorded live at Olympic Studios, June 25, 2007
Engineered by Simon Changer
Mixed by Paul "p-dub" Walton
Additional engineering and mix on "Declare Independence" by Mo.Hausler
Additional work by Damian Taylor

DVD directed by Russell Thomas
Produced by Andy Derbyshire/Spin

DVD, tracks 17–21, recorded live at Langholtskirkja, Reykjavik, August 26, 2008
Recorded by Sveinn Kjartansson at Syrland Mobile
Mixed by Sveinn Kjartansson at Studio Syrland
Mastered by Axel Arnason, Sveinn Kjartansson at Syrland Mastering