Continuing the excitement of last fall’s “REMEDY Club Tour” and full-length CD release, which produced the Top 5 Christian single “Everything Glorious,” and garnered three 2008 Dove Awards, fans will soon be able to pick up David Crowder*Band’s first ever live DVD & CD. The REMEDY Club Tour Edition DVD & CD will include more than 85 minutes of live music shot in high definition from the “REMEDY Club Tour,” which boasted 19 sold-out dates in historic venues nationwide and whose “Surely We Can Change Something” campaign collected thousands of towels and socks for local shelters, while encouraging attendees to “be the Remedy” in their local communities.
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David Crowder*Band [Remedy Club Tour Edition]| Posted October 07, 2008 [MAIN REVIEW]
When I was looking over the press-release for David Crowder*Band’s new release, Remedy Club Live, I came across the sentence that read, ‘First ever concert DVD’. I was surprised. I thought after all the success and as much as the name David Crowder has been synonymous with praise and worship music, that he had to have released a live concert DVD prior. Well, I guess I was wrong! J
Those who were able to attend a date of the Remedy Club Tour late last year and early this year appear to have enjoyed a good show if this release is any indication of a typical show. I have seen the David Crowder*Band a few times and have even gotten the opportunity to meet David both times and after doing so, I can tell you his demeanor and aura came across to me as humble. This guy’s sole motivation is celebrate what God has done in his life and how he returns the favor by putting his all in his music, which in my opinion is among the most God-honoring found out there.
Remedy Club Live might as well be a Greatest Hits album live in concert. It has all of Crowder’s hits along with cuts from his most recent release, Remedy, which hit stores last September. The only song that was missing that I absolutely love and is among my favorite Crowder hits was “Open Skies”. I was kind of surprised with this being his first concert DVD, that that song would have been a shoo-in for this release. But, I was impressed with the track listing nonetheless.
As the band careens through its energetic set, I noticed some parts between (and in the middle of) songs that took me back to my younger days. Not that twenty-seven years old is old, but when my back-in-the-day is the 80’s, then you’ll understand what I mean. Crowder brought back some memories during his little speech during the track, “Neverending”. The very mention of GI Joe, Rubics’ Cube and New Kids on the Block brought back memories of those days you could find me wearing the He-Man t-shirts with my over-sized colored tube socks. It was all good.
Oh and the sound effects are all here too. You know those little 8-bit Nintendo-like sounds found throughout Crowder’s releases. They’re here.
One of the show-stopping songs on the set in my opinion would have to be the band’s cover of the Hank Williams’ tune, “I Saw the Light”. Wow! David even goes as far as asking the crowd is they would like to join (where down home they call) a hoedown. I was dancing in my chair as I was listening. But, couldn’t find a banjo within reach to start picking at. “O Praise Him (All This for a King)” is probably the highlight of the CD in my opinion. I absolutely love this song and was glad to see that they included it on the live set list. The song is a constant reminder of God’s greatness and the praise and adoration that we owe Him for all He has done for us.
Remedy Club Live closes with the moving live version of “Surely We Can Change”.
Remedy Club Live also features a killer DVD to accompany the CD as well. Not only does it include the entire live concert, but there’s so much more. While most concert DVD’s have behind-the-scenes footage and stuff, which this one has as well, the Remedy Club Live DVD even has lyric and chord subtitles. One of the coolest features I noticed on the DVD is the demonstration of how to play the music, by the musicians themselves. This proved to be to me, one of the most beneficial extras on the DVD. If you wanted to learn how to play any of the songs on the record, it was shown to you, with even some close-ups of finger positions on the fret board.
I wish more artists would put out releases like this. A concert CD, a concert DVD, behind-the-scenes footage and even teaching materials for fans to learn the songs on the record. Simply amazing.
Although live concert CD/DVD’s are definitely cool, and fans often flock to buy the live offerings of their favorite artists, not all concert CD/DVD sets are worth going out and buying. In the case of David Crowder*Band’s Remedy Club Live, this is definitely not the case. Like I mentioned in my review, the CD is basically a greatest hits live, offering fans a glimpse into the musical world of David Crowder*Band, in this writers opinion, being one of the greatest praise & worship artists out there.
Sitting through and watching this concert was not only an entertaining experience, but also as if you are sitting in the pews during church service, lifting your voice to the Lord in worship. Remedy Club Live delivers on a level that not all live albums have achieved. Both entertaining and ministering, this album is sure to be among some of the best live albums ever released.
VISUAL VITALITY WITH A SUPERB SOUNDTRACK| Posted September 29, 2008
Last year the David Crowder Band blazed a new crossover trail for Christian music as its Remedy club outing sold out 19 shows along the way. Already worshipful modern rock innovators, the alternative act earned another notch in its belt with this impressive feat, but most importantly, expanded its audience beyond the church’s walls. Now, those wanting to relive the experience (or anyone absent on the first round hoping to catch up) can do so in both audio and visual formats.
The CD portion is one of the spiritual scene’s most energetic live projects in recent memory, taking listeners on an artistically satisfying vertical journey and surging with several epic swells along the way. “Trying To Make You Sing” is an apt introduction as it slowly fades into aggression before the prayerful “The Glory of It All” and the electronica-spiked “Can You Feel It?” Though an old-time spiritual standard, “I Saw the Light” also possesses the Crowder Band’s unmistakable aura. Still, the group’s celebratory “No One Like You” and the mantra-filled praise of “O Praise Him (All This For a King”) earns the most rapturous response, which is even more evident throughout the DVD.
Aside from those latter two cuts, “Foreverandever Etc.” is a vibrant visual example of Crowder’s sheer joy in performing and ability to playfully interact with the audience. Yet, the finale, “Surely We Can Change,” gives off a much more humble vibe that carries the crowd in renewing their commitment to Christ. Additional points of excitement come from a generous helping of special features, such as an “On the Road” documentary and the especially inventive “Leaning the Songs” section, where members teach musical hopefuls the tricks behind their licks. –Andy Argyrakis
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David Crowder Band's "Remedy Club Tour Edition": A Review| Posted September 10, 2008
by Camaren Stebila
Some music is slick. Polished and produced to a point that it sounds best on an official studio recording. Some music is best experienced live. Worship music falls into the latter category. It can only reach its full potential in such an environment; where the atmosphere, others partaking, and sense of vulnerability create an experience that is unlike any other. The “Remedy Club Tour Edition” offers just that.
What may be the curveball of “Remedy Club” is that it doesn’t bare similarities to worship giant Hillsong, who have seemingly mastered the art of mixing production with live music. In fact, “Remedy Club” although live worship, feels entirely “Crowder.” The music remains true to that of the official recordings, the live element contributing just the slightest “raw” feel. From the electronic beats, to Crowder’s signature vocals, it’s all here.
The set is comprised of sixteen songs from their latest two ventures with the exception of “O Praise Him.” As far as performance goes, there is no disappointment, and as far as something “different” the crowd adds a great element of corporate worship, shining bright on the beautifully intense “You Are My Joy” and the hopeful “Never Let Go.” It’s also fun to hear Crowder interact with the audience, adding a slight personal vibe to the disc. These live elements are welcomed additions, especially for those who have played the songs to the point that they comprise sixteen of their iTunes top 25 playlist.
The “Remedy Club Tour Edition” will make a great addition to any worship enthusiasts library, and is bound to sell. Is it a must have? Not necessarily. However if you’re an advent Crowder fan, be sure to pick it up.
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MY FAVORITE CD| Posted August 04, 2009
This is the best live CD/DVD combo! If you had to buy one CD this year- I would pick this one. The band gets you singing out loud from the beginning with Try to Make You Sing. The whole band just rocks throughout the entire CD. Some of my favorite songs are No One Like You- my favorite worship song, I Saw the Light- a true Crowder classic, Forever and Ever etc. The energy on this CD will get you pumped up to worship our Lord. The drummer B-wack is awesome. Hogan is amazing. David plays a guitarhero that they teched out to have his chords on it. Buy this CD today!!!!
Hmmm| Posted May 27, 2009
I would have to say that this DVD/CD was not my favorite one I've bought this year. Although prior to buying it I didn't really know any of his stuff, it was on sale so I decided to give it a try. I found that I am not that big of a fan of DCB, The DVD was well done, and it was a good looking concert, but his style of music just doesn't make me want to continously want to listen to it.
Amazing| Posted May 26, 2009
This is the best live CD in christian music since DC talk's welcome to the freak show. It is inovative, fresh, and unlike anything I have heard live. The DVD also teaches you the songs on the guitar which rocks.
WOW WOW WOW| Posted September 05, 2008
David Crowder is one of my favorite artist to see live This CD has all his greatest songs and then some. Ihe hoe down I saw the light is a hoot. I haven't watched the DVD yet but looking forward to the special features "On the road with DCB" and "learning the songs"
Just Awesome!| Posted August 19, 2008
Being a big fan of the DCB made this CD worth the wait. I felt as if I was at the concert (s) that this CD was recorded at. If you can't amke it to one of their concerts, this is the next best thing. Has all the great DCB song, including my favorite "A Beautiful Collision". Kick back, relax and blast this CD away!