Ghost Stories Live 2014 is the fourth live album and a concert film by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The album, a live recorded version of the band's sixth studio album Ghost Stories, was released by Parlophone in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2014. A DVD from one of the "Ghost Stories" concerts that was filmed at Sony Studios, Los Angeles in March 2014, is included with the Live CD. The performance was previously shown on NBC, however it differs from the TV special as it only includes the performances of the songs from Ghost Stories and the NBC special only featured 6 songs from Ghost Stories and the previous hits, "Clocks," "Viva la Vida," and "Paradise." According to the band's official website, it was filmed by Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale, in a custom-built amphitheatre at Sony Studios, Los Angeles, the ground-breaking production sets the band’s performance against stunning 360-degree and overhead imagery.
It has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Music Film category.
Following the studio album by a matter of months instead of years, Ghost Stories: Live 2014 preserves Coldplay's supporting tour for their 2014 album, Ghost Stories. Unlike many live albums, this record isn't a stroll through the band's back pages. Instead, this provides live versions of each of the nine songs from Ghost Stories, all cobbled together from performances given in London, Sydney, Paris, New York City, Cologne, and Los Angeles. Ghost Stories isn't an especially kinetic album and its original incarnation emphasizes studio textures, some of which are captured in concert; there are synths and perhaps hints of tapes as well. Overall, Coldplay resist the temptation to give these meditative songs muscle, nor do they rush the tempos, which means Ghost Stories: Live 2014 merely feels bright and open -- a nice distinction for the hardcore fans who are the real audience for this pleasant package.
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