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Following the critically acclaimed Concert Hall album, Hacken Lee returns with another live recording album, this time produced in Korea. Supported by an elite ensemble of musicians including Harpist K, New York's bandonion expert David Hodges and Korean bass drummer Su Kyeong Jin, Hacken performed songs like "Princess and Prince," "Times Square" and "Kowloon Queen."

This edition includes a DVD with music clips, music videos, making-of and slideshow.

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Product Title: Hacken Lee Seoul Concert Hall II (CD + DVD) (Simply The Best Series) 李克勤演奏廳 II (CD + DVD) (簡約再生系列) 李克勤演奏厅 II (CD + DVD) (简约再生系列) 李克勤演奏廳 II (CD + DVD) (簡約再生系列) - 李克勤 Hacken Lee Seoul Concert Hall II (CD + DVD) (Simply The Best Series)
Singer Name(s): Hacken Lee (Singer) 李克勤 (Singer) 李克勤 (Singer) 李克勤(ハッケン・リー) (Singer) Hacken Lee (Singer)
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2016-04-14
Language: Cantonese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: CD + DVD
Package Weight: 200 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Universal Music Hong Kong
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049530322

Product Information / Track List

Simply The Best「簡約再生」系列 第5回
享譽樂壇10款「銷量保證」專輯以「簡約」直接「再生」面世
雙碟裝厚身膠盒裝潢,完整歌曲內容、錄像、文案、彩照+設計…
特別訂製進口雙碟膠盒size @13x14.2x1.8cm


CD
01. 天水、圍城
02. 公主太子
03. 肉麻
04. 香港仔
05. 粒粒皆幸福
06. 情比紙薄
07. Paris Hilton
08. 時代廣場
09. 九龍皇后
10. 一場兄弟
11. 情非首爾(bonus track)
12. 仍是老地方 (bonus track)

DVD
01. 天水、圍城
02. 公主太子
03. 肉麻
04. 香港仔
05. 粒粒皆幸福
06. 情比紙薄
07. Paris Hilton
08. 時代廣場
09. 九龍皇后
10. 一場兄弟
-Making of製作特輯
-Bonus Track特別收錄:
11. 公主太子(Jeju MV)
12. 粒粒皆幸福(Jeju MV)
13. 情非首爾MV (Jeju MV)
14. 仍是老地方(Jeju MV)
-Slide Show 相片巡禮
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Professional Review of "Hacken Lee Seoul Concert Hall II (CD + DVD) (Simply The Best Series)"

September 28, 2006

This professional review refers to Hacken Lee Seoul Concert Hall II (CD+DVD)
After the phenomenal commercial and critical success of Concert Hall, Hacken Lee and his team are back for another round of one-take wonders in Seoul Concert Hall II. If you haven't caught on, the basic idea behind the Concert Hall series is simple. Hacken Lee, along with a limited slate of musicians, set out to record an entire album in a concert hall using state-of-the-art recording and mastering, with each song done in one uninterrupted take. For their second installment, the team decided to ditch the elementary school hall for South Korea, where a much larger concert hall (three times larger to be exact, according to musical director Tsang Hei Chiu) and a new slate of musicians awaited them. Everything is bigger than ever, but has the Concert Hall series finally found its footing as the premier standard in Hong Kong pop?

Unlike the complex "lyricists duel" in Concert Hall I, Hacken Lee opted out of lyrics duty this time around (with 4 new lyricists on board), and there is only one overall theme for the entire album: Hong Kong. It starts spectacularly with the first track, "Heaven and Water - Fortress" (a rewording of Hong Kong's Tin Shui Wai district), a grand symphonic track on the state of Hong Kong that integrates instruments ranging from a small strings ensemble to a harp to even a Korean big drum. "Heaven and Water" is essentially the epitome of what the Concert Hall series ought to be - Hacken, with his flawless vocals, and a grand symphony of a wide range of instruments playing their hearts out, and it's the perfect opening to Concert Hall II.

Concert Hall II, however, quickly retreats to what Hacken does best - ballads. Fortunately, the ballads this time, in terms of both arrangement and melody, have improved upon those of Concert Hall I. Standouts include the jazzy "Every Bit of Bliss" (Track 5), the Ivana Wong-penned "Love is Thinner Than Paper" (Track 6), and "Times Square" (Track 8) by Silver Bear-winning composer Peter Kam. The biggest improvement this time around, though, actually lies in the faster mid-beat tracks. From the hyper tango of "Disgusting" (Track 3) to Paris Hilton (Track 7) - the hotel, not the person - the new variety in instruments (a bandoneon?!) has brought a new degree of flexibility to music and arrangement choices this time around. Even the controversial track, the Flight of the Bumblebee-inspired "Hong Kong Sons" (Track 4), is an acquired taste that is worth acquiring thanks to the engaging arrangement and its biting lyrics. The only fast track that falls flat is "Queen of Kowloon" (Track 9), a cover of the Japanese reggae-pop hit Pure Love Song. Hacken's polished vocals, even as hard as he tries to emulate the original, still doesn't compare to the seasoned dynamic vocals of the original.

That is not to say that Hacken's vocal performance is lacking in any form this time around. While he's known for perfectly toned vocal performance in both his albums and live performances, he has also been criticized for not showing enough emotions in his songs. However, Hacken has roughed up his vocals this time, most noticeably in "Disgusting", for a more dynamic performance. While he may not always hit the right note, Hacken's performance in Concert Hall II is one of his best in years.

While Concert Hall II remains an exceptional pop/live album that's an immense improvement upon the original, I still can't help but feel slightly disappointed. I had always expected the Concert Hall series to be similar to the concert Hacken had done with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001, at least in arrangement and scale. Instead, both albums have simply been Hacken-style ballads with better arrangements. With the budget and free rein they're given this time around, Concert Hall II feels like it remains a missed opportunity. Personal expectations aside, it seems like the team is expanding what they can do gradually, and if the two bonus tracks of new renditions of old Hacken favorites are any indication of the new direction for the Concert Hall series, then Hacken and his team will have plenty of chances to improve the series for years to come.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Hacken Lee Seoul Concert Hall II (CD + DVD) (Simply The Best Series)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.8 out of 10 (4)

Michael
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December 12, 2006

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4 people found this review helpful

A Must Buy Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The songs are not commercial. They are not K-songs if they are what you are looking for. Compared to Concert Hall I, the songs in this CD are more pleasing. The mixture of Eastern and Western instuments were a little strange in Concert Hall I. They go much better together in Concert Hall II. The recording is simply excellent. The DVD is so good. Hacken's singing is good as usual. I give two thumbs up, for the dedication and quality.
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November 8, 2006

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Respects! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Hacken is one of the few Hong Kong artists that demands respect and continuously place out high quality products. He is truly someone that have worked hard to get to the position he is at. Concert Hall II like Concert Hall I is a terrific album. All the songs correspond with one another. It is expecially good for when you are studying. Just a beautiful album done by a well rounded artist...
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November 2, 2006

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Hacken is the best! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
WOW! Concert Hall II is really attractive!
This album is a MUST BUY!
Concert Hall I was a fantastic album and im sure Concert Hall II would be even better!
Hurry and buy his album! Before it's all out!
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October 29, 2006

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7 people found this review helpful

EVEN better than the first! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Hacken's first Concert Hall CD was already excellent.
This one seems even better! I have heard some songs on this CD, and they sound amazing! Hacken never disappoints! His live singing is perfect. :)
I'm sure this CD will be a best-seller just like the first Concert Hall!
I'm going to pre-order it NOW!
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