Label: Sleep it Off Records
Review by: Bill Jones
Despite the rather plain and simple name on the box of Less Than Jake DVD, the Gainesville ska band’s video-centric release contains four discs packed with more than eight hours of footage, effectively earning its other name, Anthology. And with six full album performances, extra live tracks and plenty more from over the years, it’s a collection Less Than Jake fans don’t need to think twice about picking up.
The first three discs contain three shows apiece, featuring the entire album performances of six of the band’s albums from a string of shows in Florida in 2007. Albums performed are Hello Rockview, Pezcore, Anthem, Borders and Boundaries, Losing Streak and In With the Out Crowd. The performances are the same as those seen on the bonus DVDs included with the Sleep It Off album rereleases (including the audio problems with Losing Streak), but they are uncut from start to finish, and each show features “bonus tracks” in this collection not seen on the other versions.
The fourth disc, the “bonus disc,” features videos going all the way back to the band’s first U.S. tour in 1995 through a 2009 show in Japan. The material on this disc clocks in at nearly two hours, and it’s a fantastic addition to the set. Overall, there’s a lot of recycled material, but the set is put together well. And for LTJ fans who never found a need to upgrade from their original copies of the band’s albums, Anthology is a great video supplement to the audio collection.
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Pads & Panels received a copy of the DVD courtesy of the studio for review purposes.