Madonna – Are You Feeling Satisfaction? (Apocalypse Sound AS143)

Are You Feeling Satisfaction? (Apocalypse Sound AS143)

Hard Candy Promo Tour, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, UK – May 10th, 2008:  Candy Shop, Miles Away, 4 Minutes, Satisfaction / Hung Up, Give It 2 Me, Music.  Live Earth, Wembley Stadium, UK – July 7th, 2007:  Hey You, Ray Of Light, La Isla Bonita (w/ Gogol Bordello), Hung Up.  Tsunami Aid, A Concert Of Hope, January 15th, 2005:  Imagine.  MTV Europe Video Music Awards, Pavihao Atlantico, Lisbon, Portugal – November 3rd, 2005:  Hung Up.  MTV Video Music Awards, New York City, Madison Square Garden – March 11th, 2003:  Live A Virgin / Hollywood (w/Britany Spears, Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliot).  Today Show, Los Angeles, CA, NBC Universal Studios – April 22, 2003:  Mother And Father

Are You Feeling Satisfaction? gathers together six Madonna telecasts over the past five years.  All of the clips are in excellent, almost pristine, video quality.  The first clip, and the longest of the group, is Maidstone, Kent on the recent Hard Candy Promo Tour.  This trek was only three dates long with additional shows in New York and Paris.  Kent was broadcast live on BBC Three and later on Madonna Live at Radio One’s Big Weekend on BBC One.  Apocalypse Sound use footage from the former of the two.  The show is thirty minutes long with six songs.  Four are new material and two older songs.  “Hung Up” (with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and an introduction) is recast as a rock song with Madonna playing electric guitar and “Music” remixed using a sample of Fedde Le Grand’s “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit.”

Madonna has been quoted, saying, “Obviously, I want to do new stuff because I’m very excited about it. I feel that’s what people come to hear but I also want to do a few of my oldies but goodies. I chose ‘Hung Up’ because that was the biggest hit from my last record and I chose ‘Music’ because it’s a crowd pleaser, it’s anthemic and it brings people together.”  The music from the new album Hard Candy reflects a more “urban” chic and the stage show reflects that with stylized hip-hop fashion.  At two points she uses profanity and being broadcast live was heard by all who tuned in.  However the BBC received only four complaints about it. 

This is followed by her closing set at Wembley for the Live Earth event on July 7th, 2007.  Recorded off of the telecast, it is in excellent quality.  Mark Sutherland wrote in Billboard:  “Live Earth London has drawn to a close with a spectacular headline set from Madonna. The queen of pop, an adopted Londoner, turned each song into a show-stopper in a vintage performance. She was backed by a choir for ‘Hey You’ (written especially for Live Earth), rocked out on guitar with robotic dancers for ‘Ray of Light’ and was joined by members of gypsy punks Gogol Bordello for a crazed hoedown version of ‘La Isla Bonita.’  She also took time to thank Live Earth organizers Al Gore and Kevin Wall ‘for giving the world the wake-up call it so badly needs.’ The set closed with her U.K. No. 1 ‘Hung Up,’ turning a packed Wembley Stadium into the world’s biggest disco.”

Her one song contribution to the Tsunami relief follows.  Eighteen musical acts have performed in NBC Universal’s “Tsunami Aid” benefit special, which raised money for the American Red Cross’s relief efforts. The show began with Morgan Freeman relating tales of survival and hope from the tsunami, followed by Madonna‘s performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” live from London. Playing with Madonna were Monte Pittman, Stuart Price and Steve Sidelnyk, the musicians who played guitars, keyboards and drums of her Drowned World and Re-Invention tours.  Taped off of the NBC telecast, she gives a very sincere performance of the classic and is one of the highlights on this disc.  This is followed by her performance of “Hung Up” for the MTV Europe Video Music Awards on November 3rd, 2005 in Portugal.  

This is followed by her performance at the MTV Music Video Awards in New York in 2003.  Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, dressed in wedding gowns, sing “Live A Virgin” complete with Madonna’s stage moves from the very first MTV Video Music Awards show in 1984.  Madonna rises out of the cake on stage dressed as the groom and they all sing “Hollywood” as Missy Elliott comes out to join them.  The final clip on this release is her appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show.” With acoustic guitar she sings “Father And Mother” from her then latest album American Life.  Stripped of the hype and cultural baggage and to see Madonna alone singing this song is a powerful way to end the disc.  It is a rare glimpse into Madonna as the artist and turns out to be the highlight of this collection.  

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