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The Worst and The Best LPU CDs


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3 and 7 were the only truly slap-in-the-face, cop-out-so-we-don't-actually-have-to-release-anything-you-didn't-already-have bullshit LPU CDs. 5 was kind of lame and an extremely poor mix, but it's not like there was ever an official release of the full Live 8 performance otherwise (between the LPU 5 CD and the two songs on the Live 8 DVD box set, the only song missing is Crawling). 8 was a cool idea, but the songs were way too short and not really all that funny. Other than those 4, I find every LPU CD to be equally legitimate in one way or another. Obviously the post-LPU 9 era where we get more songs on each CD is pretty cool though.

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Man I always thought that the mixing for LPU3 was kinda different and better than the LIT DVD, am I insane?

Even if the mixing was different, it was shit because it was unfair to be a LPU CD.I felt like they released LPU 3.0 for the sake of releasing.

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Man I always thought that the mixing for LPU3 was kinda different and better than the LIT DVD, am I insane?

It's about the same as the LIT CD, which is noticeably different than the audio mix on the DVD. The CD and DVD also don't always use the same performances for certain songs (or at the very least they mixed the two performances together in different ways - Mike addressing the audience during the bridge of Don't Stay is different on LPU 3 than it is on the DVD for example).

 

Always bugged the hell out of me that they cut most of the APFMH intro on LPU 3 too...

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It's about the same as the LIT CD, which is noticeably different than the audio mix on the DVD. The CD and DVD also don't always use the same performances for certain songs (or at the very least they mixed the two performances together in different ways - Mike addressing the audience during the bridge of Don't Stay is different on LPU 3 than it is on the DVD for example).

 

Always bugged the hell out of me that they cut most of the APFMH intro on LPU 3 too...

 

Yes. Good call. Several slight differences there. I am surprised they used different audio (in sections, at least).

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Yes. Good call. Several slight differences there. I am surprised they used different audio (in sections, at least).

I've always figured the audio on the DVD is the full Dallas performance (the video is a mix of the two shows), while the CD/LPU 3 use portions of both shows. No way of knowing that for sure though. Surprised nobody ever thought to ask Brandon Belsky about LIT during his time in Julien-K/DBS, he'd probably remember stuff like that.

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Whats wrong with 13?

this.

I don't understand hate on 13 and 14. They are such a great lpu albums. One of the best. 13 because of beautiful Primo (one of my favourite LP songs!), 14 because of very important Breaking the Habit demo and heavy stuff like Blanka or Malathion+Tritonus.

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Legendary: LPU 13, LPU 9, LPU 4

 

Really Good: LPU X, LPU 11, LPU 6

 

Good: LPU 12, LPU 8

 

Tolerable: LPU 15, LPU 5, LPU 2

 

Worst: LPU 14, LPU 7, LPU 3

 

 

I love LPU 13 because we got Holding Company, which was a demo that I always wanted to have. Primo is also epic, possibly one of the best LPU tracks to ever be released. I also love Pretty Birdy, I still listen to it often to this day. I also thought it was cool that they gave us all the different UIB demos, those are pretty bad ass. I love LPU 9 because every track on it is awesome, IMO. I don't love ATL or A-Six surprisingly like a lot of fans do, but it's awesome to have ATL because it was one of the most requested demos at the time that it came out. A-Six would have been better with vocals, IMO. I feel like A-Six is one of those demos that the band took the vocals off of for the LPU release, because we know it had vocals according to Brad, and it seems to primed to not have had them. Stuff like the Faint demo, the Figure.09 demo, Drawing, Drum Song, that shit is so epic to me. LPU 4 was the first LPU CD that I ever owned so it holds a special place in my heart, not to mention that the tracks are fucking amazing to me. Wish and One Step Closer with Jonathan Davis are some of the most epic performances of the band's history, IMO.

 

LPU X had some really good stuff on it. A lot of epic demos from the first 10 years of the band. It wasn't legendary status to me, though, but it's probably the closest to being legendary out of the ones that I didn't include in the legendary section. Oh No is like an early seed of POA and I think that's pretty badass to have, way cooler to me than the POA demo on LPU 12. The only track that annoyed me about LPU X was the WID remix because we already had that, even though the mix was very slightly different on LPU X, I feel like it was a complete waste of track space. LPU 11 was pretty epic. I loved finally getting a HQ version of Esaul that was heard on Frat Party as an easter egg that had the ''aztec moon'' bridge. My favorite track on the CD hands down. But it also had a bunch of other cool shit, such as Slip and Blue. Blue was really interesting to me because it's outro ended up becoming the inspiration for Crawling, which the band ended up winning a Grammy for later on, so that's pretty epic. I also love Bang Three. WID has always been my favorite LP song and that was really special to me that they included the original demo for it. I wish there were vocals but I don't mind as much. I love it. LPU 6 was just epic because we got the live versions of Qwerty and RME in HQ, as well as 2 new MTM era studio tracks after such a long wait. Those 2 tracks are somewhat sub par IMO, but it was still cool. Didn't like how much they changed Qwerty from the live version performed on the CD and ASP was just average to me. Both of those tracks also sounded nothing like anything on MTM so that's also probably why they threw them on there, can't blame them for that.

 

LPU 12 was good but not great, IMO. I was super excited when I originally saw the tracklisting because I'm a huge MTM fan but sadly the MTM demos included weren't that good to me. Homecoming, like A-Six, I'm positive had vocals that were taken off for the LPU release. Would have been much better if it had been released with vocals. The POA and Forgotten demos were a waste of space to me, just like the WID remix on LPU X, even if they had slightly minor changes, they were basically the same as versions we had already. Wasn't a big fan of Debris. It annoyed me how the song had vocals throughout but didn't have any for the 2nd verse. I felt like the band purposely didn't want us to have the final version of Debris. It was heard on the Meeting of ATS and yet was labeled as a MTM demo and was unfinished. I'm positive that they completed the vocals at some point but we got an early version of it on the LPU album. LPU 8 was funny but I still feel a bit cheated by the band for it. I hated it at first but have come to appreciate it over the years, I even got it signed by the band at the Darien Summit a few years ago. Haha. I know the band really wanted to put it out so I can't fault them for doing it. It did piss off a lot of fans, though.

 

I listed LPU 15 as tolerable because I don't really love any of the tracks on it. Originally, I thought it was one of the best LPU releases ever. But over time the tracks haven't grown on me at all and I feel bored listening to them. I know we still have one track to be released but unless it's severely epic, it can't save it from being mediocre to me. Animals and Chance Of Rain were cool but they're really not that great, just average songs to me. I can definitely see why they didn't make the cut for their albums. Not a big fan of Pods at all and I don't know why Mike cut it up into 3 tracks, I feel like it was just to waste track space for some reason, but it's not as useless as the M. Shinoda WID remix on LPU X or POA and Forgotten on LPU 12 to me because it's a song we didn't have before. Basil isn't good to me. I was super hyped for TooLegit and Grudgematch but was let down when I discovered they were just short seeds basically. Hurry and Attached don't do much for me, and neither does Grr. Again, the CD isn't bad because it has a bunch of cool stuff on it to have, but I just don't feel any attachment to any of the tracks like I do on other releases. LPU 5 was hated but I kind of like it just because we didn't have an official release of Live 8 and it was the biggest crowd LP has ever played for to this day. The mix isn't great but I surprisingly listen to it sometimes and enjoy it. LPU 2 had some cool shit like A.06 and Pts. (Crystal Method Remix) but I barely listen to those tracks anymore. High Voltage was the coolest track on the CD, IMO, great performance there. My December didn't need to be on there since we already had it on prior releases, so it was a waste of space to me. My Own Summer should have been included instead, maybe from San Diego 2002 since they released other tracks from that show on different releases. Maybe Chino didn't want them to release it at the time, though, because I remember Mike saying in the LPU 4 notes ''Thanks to Trent for allowing us to use it''.

 

Now, for the last part, the worst. LPU 14 was shitty to me. I hate the CD. I don't mean to offend anyone by it, it's just my opinion on it, so sorry if I offend people who enjoyed it. I just didn't like literally anything on the CD. The BTH demo was kind of cool, but the singing was just too poor for me to enjoy. I did like having the demo lyrics for it, though. But the rest of the tracks were just pure garbage to me. I didn't enjoy any of them. Most were instrumentals and I thought Joe's Beat was lame as hell, like a bad mmm...cookies rip off. Just not a fan of the CD. LPU 7 was probably the worst LPU album of all time, IMO. We literally had DSP's for the entire PR 07 Tour except for like 1 show, Wantagh, which wasn't included on the CD anyways. And to make it even worse, the songs were EDITED. Why?? Just a horrible, horrible CD. I hate it. It sucks too because PR 07 was such an epic tour, the CD however did it no justice. Not even the fact that I was at the Hartford and Syracuse shows of that tour and they were included on the CD can save it. LPU 3, I thought that was just lame since we got LIT that had the entire show on it anyways. Not as bad as LPU 7 but still bad.

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