The Verve

The Video 96-98

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Although the Verve had split again by mid-1999, their first domestic home video was issued, titled The Video 96-98. Like the title says, the 90-minute video follows the band for two years, from the recording of their smash album Urban Hymns through their massive homecoming gig at Wigan's Haigh Hall, and includes several promo videos as well. However, the video does not include any footage of the band playing sans guitarist Nick McCabe, who split from the band soon after the Wigan show (The Verve played a series of U.S. and U.K. shows in the summer of 1998 after his departure). Many exceptional performances are included, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with the band and their fans are featured as well. Live highlights include such older favorites as "Stormy Clouds," "Life's an Ocean," and "On Your Own" (the latter performed solo by Richard Ashcroft), plus the Urban Hymns standouts "Sonnet," "Rolling People," and "Come On." Also included is their imaginative video clip for "Bittersweet Symphony," which proved to be the Verve's breakthrough worldwide. The Video 96-98 is a well-done compilation that proves what a shame their breakup was.