As Heiko “Hesh” Schramm recalls, “The whole HVH record is played live at Helicopter Tonstudio in Dresden together at the same time, including Chris’s vocals. Nothing added, no overdubs and no pre-recordings. In a way it’s a live album. On Insurrection M* (Matthias Macht) played a cymbal ON his snare – how hurried Chris was, anxious to get back to NYC. Thus, most of the songs were FIRST takes, no time to experiment or fool around with different versions. It’s so incredible how laid back, perfectly timed and breathing these songs sound, which in my eyes is a testimony to the excellence of each of the three as individuals and of course as a band, smoothly and organically interlinking. WOW. Pure magic.”
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CD 102.5 Big Room 2003-05-20 No clue where I got this and not sure if the date (2003-05-20) is correct (can’t find on Metter’s tour guide), but it’s a great sounding show in which Chris plays spot-on LWTL and To Joy solo and then HVH with band. Decent interview segments as well.
Hotel Vast Horizon on RTL2 in Paris:
Hotel Vast Horizon at Hugh’s Room in Toronto:
Breaking Your Fall at Musiques en Stock (Cluses, FR) 2002:
New Lost World at Musiques en Stock (Cluses, FR) 2002: