The World Is Ours - Vol. 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else


UDR, 2011

REVIEW BY: Christopher Thelen


Any time that a band releases a DVD or Blu-Ray of a live show along with the CD, the video tends to be what is the memorable portion of the purchase, and the CDs become something you probably leave in the car just to have something to listen to.

Now, why even the most diehard Motörhead fan needed two releases based off the The World Is Yours tour is beyond me, but one thing is certain after watching the DVD of The World Is Ours - Vol. 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else (hereafter called The World Is Ours – Vol. 1) – I'd rather have just had the CDs in this particular case.

With the main portion of the release being the full show recorded in Santiago, Chile, Lemmy Kilmister and crew plow through what turns out to be just an average set list. It's not that it's a terrible show, but some classics like “Bomber” and “Orgasmatron” don't make the cut this time around, and one has to wonder why.

If this had just been an audio release, it would have been passable. But the home video portion (and one other landmine – which we'll get to shortly) really sink this release. The Chile concert, as recorded by Banger Films (the same people who gave us my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Metal: A Headbanger's Journey), is inexplicably shot in only black-and-white. I know this isn't a first for Motörhead; their 1992 home video Everything Louder Than Everything Else was also filmed sans color. But this time around, the stark video doesn't really do the show any justice; I'd have rather seen it filmed in full color.

What is really irritating is that whoever synced up the audio with the film seemed to leave two cameras – one trained on Mikkey Dee and one on Phil Campbell – slightly out of alignment. So, Dee is hitting his snare when the audio follows a split second later. Yeah, maybe it's a minor point, but when one is paying attention to the show, it's fucking annoying.

Speaking of annoying… whoever was responsible for the added content of Motörhead recorded in Manchester in November 2010 needs to be put up against the wall and shot. Seriously – did no one who was involved in quality-checking this release notice that the audio for this show was too slow? I've been a fan of Motörhead for 30 years, and I think I know how Lemmy's voice sounds. Trust me: it's not as low as this show suggests. I don't care what excuse they have to offer, it's a travesty. Christ, even the bonus interview with Lemmy suffers from the same fate!

It almost makes me wish the entire release of The World Is Ours – Vol. 1 had been culled from the concert at Best Buy Theater in February 2011. The three songs featured from this show are the most exciting of the entire batch – and, thank Jah, they were recorded on color film.

Common sense tells you that wherever there is a “volume one” of something, more than likely there is a “volume two” and this live series is no exception. As I'm writing this, I haven't popped that video into the Blu-Ray player yet… but, in all honesty, seeing it's from the same people who did this show and has nearly the same set list, I'm hesitant to do so. Am I going to be staring at more black-and-white footage of a band who all but demands to be seen in color, warts and all? Am I going to be subjected to more out-of-sync film and audio – or worse yet, audio that sounds too damned low? Am I going to find other ways to fuck up the experience of seeing one of my all-time favorite bands?

Guess there's only one way to find out...

Rating: D+

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