Over The Years And Through The Woods [DVD] review by Queens of the Stone Age

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  • Released: Nov 22, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.1 (73 votes)
Queens of the Stone Age: Over The Years And Through The Woods [DVD]

Sound — 10
Queens of the Stone Age always seem to be able to deliver whether in the studio or on the stage and this DVD/CD combo is no exception. Recorded at London's Brixton Academy in 2005, QOTSA manage to play some of their greatest tracks as well as a number of fan favourites. The thing with Live QOTSA is that Homme and co. always try and find a new way to make some of their older songs more interesting, for example, You Can't Quit Me, Baby, has been extended by another 2 or 3 minutes over it's counterpart on their self-titled album. Avon features an extended drum solo performed by Joey Castillo, Song For The Dead and No One Knows from Songs for the Deaf have also been changed and extended. This testifies to QOTSA's nature as a live band.

Content — 10
I was rather impressed with the content on this DVD, not only is it the usual standard concert footage, but there's also a tonne of footage from over the years, as well as bonus (hidden) commentary provided by Homme & co. The commentary is probably one of the most interesting parts of the DVD, providing insight on changes to QOTSA over the years, the different elements which make up their live show with some humour chucked in for good measure. The set itself is roughly 1 hour and 44 minutes in length, with short intermissions with interviews with the band members, footage of other shows and from the studio. The set list is a good mix of old and new, as well as some fan favourites, tracks from the Desert Sessions and a previously unreleased song, The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died.

Production Quality — 10
The camera angles and various shots have been well cut and placed to create a nice flow which works with the music. This alone, however, is not enough to give the Production Quality a 9, what did was the various effects and filters which had been placed on the shots, contributing more to the atmosphere and sound of QOTSA, creating a great looking Live DVD to complement their always astounding live sound.

Overall Impression — 10
Compared to other Live Concert DVDs I've purchased, this would rank very close to, if not at the top. The amazing and experimental effects and filters used in post production added another layer of atmosphere to the show, the extensions onto already great songs and a plethora of bonus content is enough for it to earn it's place among the top. This DVD is always finding itself in a DVD player around me, and quite often accompanies me on trips to other peoples' houses too. If it were stolen, I'd be replacing it as soon as possible, it is well worth the money.

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    I saw them live a couple years ago opening up for NIN. It kicked azz. I need to pick this DVD up.
    Gnomestar wrote: gtr-boy wrote: i have this DVD and i did not enjoy it at all queens of the stone age's songs sound all teh same execpt for there few hits wot the hell r u smoking?
    Smoke more weed, then you'll get it. =D
    Amazing DVD. Close to being just as amazing as seeing them live, and thats saying somethng! In my opinion, you don't even have to be a major fan of QOTSA to enjoy this DVD. Really good review by the way.
    this cd is awesome.. i just bought it.. and i really liked the playlist on the audio cd.. and the dvd is also great ..
    gtr-boy wrote: i have this DVD and i did not enjoy it at all queens of the stone age's songs sound all teh same execpt for there few hits
    this dude needs to hit a joint and go for cruise with any of there cds playing with a good sound system pumpin.. obviously your listening to queens on a shitty stereo system..