Portishead have released a remastered and expanded edition of their excellent live album, Roseland NYC Live, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Stream it below.
Roseland NYC Live was originally released on November 2nd, 1998, and featured Portishead backed by a 28-piece orchestra. The reissue adds three tracks previously only available in the concert film: “Undenied,” “Numb,” and “Western Eyes.” It also includes the original performances of “Sour Times” and “Roads” at the now-defunct New York City venue Roseland.
“I can’t believe it’s 25 years since Roseland,” vocalist Beth Gibbons wrote on Instagram. “It was such a scary but exciting time for me. It was the first time we had played our new tracks since Dummy and knowing it was being recorded meant I didn’t sleep much in the nights before.”
Guitarist Adrian Utley added, “I have really good memories of this show which we played before our second album was released. It was completely terrifying as it was the first time an audience had heard the new tunes and the first time we’d played live for a while. It was put together to launch that album and great care was taken over the orchestrations and look of the filming.”
Currently, the reissue is only available on streaming, but Gibbons promised that information about vinyl and CD releases “will follow soon.” Stay tuned for updates.
In May 2022, Portishead reunited for their first live show in seven years at a UK benefit concert alongside IDLES.
Roseland NYC Live 25 Artwork:
Roseland NYC Live 25 Tracklist:
01. Humming (Live / Remastered 2023)
02. Cowboys (Live / Remastered 2023)
03. All Mine (Live / Remastered 2023)
04. Mysterons (Live / Remastered 2023)
05. Only You (Live / Remastered 2023)
06. Half Day Closing (Live / Remastered 2023)
07. Over (Live / Remastered 2023)
08. Glory Box (Live / Remastered 2023)
09. Sour Times (Live / Remastered 2023)
10. Roads (Live / Remastered 2023)
11. Strangers (Live / Remastered 2023)
12. Undenied (Live / Remastered 2023)
13. Numb (Live / Remastered 2023)
14. Western Eyes (Live / Remastered 2023)