Disclaimer: I am not a Disco Biscuits fan.
I’ve tried – I really have. I’ve even been to a show, w/ Matt, but just couldn’t get into it. Every now and then I hear one of their songs on Sirius XM Jam On and dig it, but I’ve never been able to dive deep. Respect to the band and they are very talented, but they just haven’t hooked me in the way other bands in the scene have.
However – I am a vinyl junkie, and when I heard that they were releasing live record, of covers of classical compositions, only for Record Store Day, I was intrigued. I actually didn’t rush out and get it on Record Store Day itself, but when I saw a copy still hanging around The Soundgarden in Baltimore MD, I decided to give it a whirl.
And… I am so glad I did.
Of all my records, I have probably listened to The Classical Set the most. The Disco Biscuits cover compositions by Mozart, Gutwillig, Rossini, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky note-for-note, while adding their own unique style to the performance. That alone, is amazing! The sheer talent in re-creating these pieces on just guitar, bass, keys, and drums deserve all the praise in the world!
Here is what keyboardist Aaron Magner had to say about the release:
“On behalf of the entire The Disco Biscuits organization, I couldn’t be happier to announce the official release of THE CLASSICAL SET….on vinyl.
This special afternoon show was performed on Aug 16, 2003 at a festival we put together in the mountains of Trade, TN called “TranceMission.” The tracks consist of arrangements of some of the most famous classical pieces of music, mixed with some Biscuits classical-inspired originals. I vividly recall the band tearing through the sheet music of the conductor’s score and crafting our own unique four piece orchestration that still stayed true to the written music.
Roll over Beethoven…we’re rocking in 2 by 2.”
Sides 1-3 are the above mentioned set, while Side 4 is a live version of TDB song “Crickets”, which is awesome.
This is a perfect album to put on in the background while you are multi-tasking, but also can be enjoyed as a deep & complex work – and can be appreciated by anyone who loves Classical & Jam music!
Maybe one day I’ll get “IT” with the Biscuits, but until then – this album will have to do. Might I suggest a Classical Set show in NYC sometime soon?