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Alive 2007 (Reissue)

Daft Punk

Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the group Daft Punk pose for a portrait on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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Musically, this deluxe vinyl set is everything Daft Punk’s 2013 triumph, Random Access Memories, wasn’t: primarily electronic beats aimed at dance floors – specifically, Bercy Arena, in the group’s hometown, Paris. Recorded on the duo’s 2006-07 tour, a landmark of stadium-pop showmanship, Alive 2007 proves the music equaled the spectacle. With clever teases (the flickers of “Around the World” in “Television Rules the Nation”), head-exploding mutations and sleight-of-hand segues, this greatest-hits set becomes a labyrinthine journey – tech-house as Grateful Dead bootleg. The box edition adds its brilliantly minimalist predecessor, Alive 1997. Both sound beautiful, with utterly ridiculous bass. They’re live albums you could actually DJ with.

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