This CD features nine live cuts and one studio effort from Third Day. Most of the live performances are of songs from Wire, of course, but I did appreciate them going all the way back to their very first album to get Blackbird, which they give a bluesy rendering. None of the songs here are really improvements on the studio versions at all, but they’re fine. The studio cut is really good. The CD comes with a DVD that’s absolutely packed. The CD is about forty minutes and the DVD features the concert that they pulled from for the CD. The concert is actually around an hour & ten minutes all told; then there’s a thirty minute behind the scenes documentary about the recording of Wire. Frankly, I think this one probably should have been sold as a DVD with a bonus CD instead of the other way around. Not sure why they kept the CD to just forty minutes with so many good cuts they could have pulled from the concert. In particular, there’s a nice version of Consuming Fire, another song from their first album, and a really beautiful version of Offering, the title track to their best album. Anyway, kudos for a packed DVD, but this one’s mainly for completists. 2 ½ stars.
tl;dr – bonus DVD features a lengthier concert than the one reflected on the CD, but this one is still mainly for the super-fan; live versions don’t improve on the studio cuts. 2 ½ stars.