Over The Years And Through The Woods Review

artist: Queens of the Stone Age date: 01/10/2008 category: dvd

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Queens of the Stone Age: Over The Years And Through The Woods
Release Date: November 22, 2005
The centerpiece of the DVD, and all of the CD, is their London shows at the Brixton Academy and Kokos from the summer of 2005, but the DVD's bonus footage includes a wealth of performances shot at the time of each album's release. an excellent DVD, and while the CD isn't nearly as an immersing experience, it is a lean, hard live album that thrives on its casual virtuosity.
 Sound: 9.4
 Content: 9.6
 Production Quality: 8.8
 Overall Impression: 9.6
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overall: 9.3
Over The Years And Through The Woods Reviewed by: drevil814, on december 28, 2005
10 of 13 people found this review helpful

Sound: Queens Of The Stone Age have finally released a concert DVD/CD. I am a huge QOTSA fan and I am not disappointed at all by this DVD. It's great, the sound quality is magnificent and the visual is good. It switches between 2 concerts and the video on one isn't the greatest, because it's very grainy. This is made up by the pure awesome of the songs. You will hear Homme make refrences to the times he couldn't do the show because of a sickness he had. This caused one of the shows to be cancelled, but he returns and rocks the place out, so it's all good. QOTSA's music style is very hard to classify because they cover so many genres. It's great to hear some of your favorites songs with a new twist on them. // 9

Content: This DVD has a ton of songs. It clocks in at about 2 hours for the main concert and has special features showcasing some songs from all of their albums. The set list covers all of your favorites: No One Knows, Mexicola, Song For The Dead, and some songs from the Desert Sessions such as I Wanna Make It Wit Chu. These songs are all preformed wonderfully, with a few mistakes, but nothing major. I'm fully satisfied. // 10

Production Quality: The production quality on it is good, except for the afore mentioned grainy picture. I don't know anything about production tricks so I couldn't tell you if they were used or if they were trendy. // 8

Overall Impression: This is a must own for any QotSA fan. If you don't buy it, you're doing a great injustice to QOTSA. The most impressive thing about this DVD is the way they put new spins on your favorite songs. Take No One Knows for example, they throw in an orgasmic solo in the middle of it, and then build upon it, it's great. I love this DVD and if it were stolen, I'd buy it again. I'd probably buy an extra one in case someone decids they want to steal my new copy. I really can't get enough of this DVD. // 10

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overall: 9
Over The Years And Through The Woods Reviewed by: americanmovie23, on december 22, 2005
3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound on this album shows just how full of a sound the new line up has. On their self titled debut in 1998 and with 2000's "Rate R" there seems to be no bottom to the music. They didn't reach their full sound until 2002's "Songs For The Deaf." However Queens Of The Stone Age has changed alot. Its gone to being Josh Homme as the only remaining original member of Queens. Now it is Josh Homme, Alain Johannes, Troy Van Luewan, Joey Castillo, and Natasha Schneider. And this is the way that Queens should have been all along. They revamp garage rock songs like "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" and "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" into walls of sound and harmonies. The guitars are such a cool sound. Its like a beautiful rose found in the dumpster. It's ugly but so beautiful and catchy. // 9

Content: The content on this DVD is great. It was recorded in London at the Brixton Academy. It has 20 songs on it spanning their entire career. "Over The Years" is a live greatest hits album. It has a great ballance of all songs from their debut to their new one "Lullabies To Paralyze." They even put the B-Side "The Fun Machine Took A Shit And Died" in the middle for a surpise. They could've had more songs on it though just because they edited some songs out to cut the length. I think that hardcore fans would've liked it though. What's the difference between an 1:45 and 2:10? Oh well still it's a good choice of songs. // 9

Production Quality: The productions quality is great. The picture is really great. And they filmed another concert too where the cameras are more blury in their color to add to the whole stoner feel. However the main stage scenes look more like a movie/concert. It really makes it more easy to sit down and watch all the way through. // 9

Overall Impression: This is one of the best DVD/CD sets I've ever bought. I'm addicted to this DVD I watch it all the time. Whenever I get a chance of free time I go in my room and watch it. I'll flip to my favorite song and just get lost in the awesome of this DVD. It is a must have for all Queens Of The Stone Age fans. And even if you aren't the most hardcore of fans you'll still enjoy it. Great DVD gift for fans. // 9

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overall: 9
Over The Years And Through The Woods Reviewed by: smb, on december 27, 2005
3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Sound: Despite complaints of muddy sound at the venue this was filmed at, the sound quality on the main feature of this DVD is really very good. Since this is Queens Of The Stone Age, they can't play any of the songs as they are on the albums, No One Knows for example has a lengthy addition between verses. This kind of thing makes their live shows fantastic. // 9

Content: Besides playing all the classics, this concert was the first public outing of The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died, a track that harkens back to classic Queens and Desert Sessions and is a real treat for the QOTSA faithful. There's tons of old Queens present too, we see clips of a naked Nick Oliveri destroying his bass at a festival along with Dave Grohl in the studio and on tour. There's appearences from ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons and ex. Screaming Tree Mark Lanegan. All in all there's plenty of content on offer here from all four QOTSA albums and rarer non album songs. // 10

Production Quality: I would have preferred to see the concert without all the scenes of the Queens messing around in different cities on tour or clips in between songs but that's purely a matter of taste and doesn't detract from the music. The production is fairly slick. // 8

Overall Impression: This is the only QOTSA DVD available, and it compares favourably to the countless bootlegs available. That said, if you're after a specific (non London 2005) gig then you would probably prefer to trawl the internet to try and find a video of that one than this particular gig. Given the lineup changes, concerts from another QOTSA era might be more to your taste, but this DVD does contain plenty of older material in the bonus section. All in all a great buy for a fan, and a good reminder of how great they were live this year! // 9

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overall: 9.5
Over The Years And Through The Woods Reviewed by: Uber-rocker, on april 12, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: 'Over The Years And Through The Woods' is a live DVD/CD package, recorded while the Queens were on tour in London in 2005. This was in the period straight after the release of their album 'Lullabies To Paralyse'. Q.O.T.S.A's sound at this stage therefore is very similar to their 'Lullabies' album. 'Over The Years...' may not please everyone, especially the people that prefer to listen only to studio recordings. Personally, I prefer listening to live recordings or going to gigs myself because that's where you get an idea of just how good a band really is - whether they can back up what they do in the studio on stage, in front of ten thousand people or so. The Queens do this brilliantly, putting on an excellent performance that keeps you listening from start to finish. // 10

Content: Being a live DVD/CD package as mentioned previously, it contains most of the Queens' major hits, and a few other songs that really carry over excellently from the studio to the stage. Here's the tracklist: 01. This Lullaby 02. Go With The Flow 03. Feel Good Hit Of The Summer 04. Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret 05. Regular John 06. Song For The Deaf 07. Avon 08. Little Sister 09. You Can't Quit Me Baby 10. I Wanna Make It Wit Chu 11. Monsters In The Parasol 12. The Fun Machine Took A Shit And Died 13. Mexicola 14. Burn The Witch 15. Covered In Punk's Blood 16. I Think I Lost My Headache 17. Song For The Dead 18. I Never Came 19. No One Knows 20. Long Slow Goodbye Also, the special features option has live versions of other Queens songs that weren't recorded in London. These are: 01. The Bronze 02. Mexicola 03. Better Living Through Chemistry 04. Auto Pilot 05. How To Handle A Rope 06. Quick And To The Pointless 07. You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire 08. God Is In The Radio 09. Hanging Tree 10. Song For The Dead 11. Regular John 12. Precious And Grace 13. Burn The Witch Not sure if you could ask for a much better track listing. // 9

Production Quality: The production of this DVD was brilliant. It's a lot more than just a live concert that's been put on DVD, it's a concert that features footage of the Queens when they were recording the albums that the songs came off, and also has footage of other live performances interspersed with footage from the London gig. This makes it not only good to listen to, but makes it interesting to sit down and watch as well. // 9

Overall Impression: This is one of my favourite live DVDs or CDs, that says a lot, because I've got plenty. Probably the most impressive thing about this DVD/CD combo would have to be the content and the track list, and it's versatility. You could put this on at home to listen to, or you could stick it on at a party or whatever and it'd keep the place rockin' (just like any other Queens album would). Over The Years And Through The Woods captures the Queens if not at their best, then pretty damn close to it. I'd definitely replace it without thinking twice if I lost it or it got stolen. For an impulsive buy at the time, I'm certainly not regretting spending 30 AUD on it. // 10

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overall: 10
Over The Years And Through The Woods Reviewed by: Krushr`, on january 10, 2008
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: 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. // 10

Content: 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. // 10

Production Quality: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 10

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