Portishead: Roseland New York
Country of Origin:  United States
Production year: 1998
Directors: Dick Carruthers, Alexander Hemming
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 0-044005-864496
Running time: 1:33 (93 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: [Color status unset], 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: April 29, 2002
Collection type: Owned (#153)
Status: Available
Purchase date: July 23, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
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In support of the group's self-titled second album the band completed a 10-month world tour. Both the tour and second album were christened with a special live engagement on 24 July, 1997 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City dubbed 'PNYC'.

The one-night-only performance was an exclusive reworking of the band's tracks from both 'Dummy' and 'Portishead' and featured a full orchestra and horn section and filmed in front of an intimate audience.

The Roseland performance marked the first time any of the new songs from Portishead were performed live and rather than performing on the ballroom stage, Portishead opted for a more informal and, ultimately, more intimate setting. The band and orchestra assembled in the round directly on the ballroom floor surrounded by the audience. Says Adrian Utley of the setup, 'We wanted to get more people involved in the atmosphere around us. Being in a circle, more people could see what was going on. The musicians could all look at each other and have this intimate thing.'

Featured songs include: 'Humming' / 'Cowboys' / 'All Mine' / 'Half Day Closing' / 'Over' / 'Only You' / 'Seven Months' / 'Numb' / 'Undenied' / 'Mysterons' / 'Sour Times' / 'Elysium' / 'Glory Box' / 'Roads' / 'Strangers' / 'Western Eyes'.

'The whole look of it was inspired by this old Gil Evans and Miles Davis film I have at home,' explains Utley. 'Shots with cameras moving slowly or having to look through cymbals to see Geoff across the room. Not your usual rock n'roll camera work, we wanted it to have a slowed down, drifting across the room feeling.' Interspersed among the Roseland footage are documentary scenes of Portishead filmed during the week-long rehearsal and show.

The video features sixteen tracks taken from 'Dummy' and 'Portishead' and in addition a short film 'Road Trip'. 'Road Trip' directly precedes the Roseland performance and the 10-minute film is accompanied by a soundtrack comprising a mix of Portishead instrumentals spliced together by the group's touring DJ, Andy Smith. 'Road Trip' was shown as the introduction to each of the group's live shows on the world tour.

A Dead Man along with the videos for Numb, Sour Times, All Mine, Over and Only You.
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Dick Carruthers....Director
Alexander Hemming....Director
Geoff Barrow....Decks, Drums
Beth Gibbons....Vocals, Guitar
Adrian Utley....Moog, Guitar, Kabassa
John Baggott....Keyboards, Piano
Jim Barr....Bass
John Cornick....Trombone
Clive Deamer....Drums, Percussion
Dave Ford....Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Will Gregory....Oboe, Baritone Sax
Andy Hague....Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Andy Smith....Decks
Ben Waghorn....Alto Flute, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
Nick Ingman....Orchestra - Conductor
Jeffry Carney....Orchestra - Bass
David Finck....Orchestra - Bass
John Miller....Orchestra - Bass
Stephanie Cummins....Orchestra - Cello
Susie Katayama....Orchestra - Cello
Jesse Levy....Orchestra - Cello
Carol Paisner....Orchestra - Cello
Alfred Brown....Orchestra - Viola
Harold Colette....Orchestra - Viola
Susan Follari....Orchestra - Viola
Olivia Koppell....Orchestra - Viola
Israel Chorberg....Orchestra - Violin
Richard Clark....Orchestra - Violin
Natalie Cummins....Orchestra - Violin
Katsuko Esaki....Orchestra - Violin
Joyce Hammann....Orchestra - Violin
Ashley Horne....Orchestra - Violin
Regis Iandiaro....Orchestra - Violin
Joanna Jenner....Orchestra - Violin
Byung Kwak....Orchestra - Violin
Carmel Malin....Orchestra - Violin
Joel Pitchon....Orchestra - Violin
Carol Pool....Orchestra - Violin
Pamela Porta....Orchestra - Violin
Anthony Posk....Orchestra - Violin
Lenard Rivlin....Orchestra - Violin
Andrew Stein....Orchestra - Violin
Belinda Whitney-Barratt....Orchestra - Violin