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Released November 25, 2011 (Australia)

November 28, 2011 (United Kingdom)

November 29, 2011 (United States)
Length 90:00
Label XL Recordings
Adele chronology
iTunes Festival: London 2011 ← Live at → the Royal Albert Hall Third studio album
Singles from Live at the Royal Albert Hall
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Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a DVD/Blu-ray/CD release from English singer-songwriter Adele, which was released November 25 (2011) in Australia, November 28 (2011) in the United Kingdom and November 29 (2011) in the United States. The concert was recorded as part of Adele's Adele Live tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 2013, the live performance of "Set Fire to the Rain" from Live at the Royal Albert Hall received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Background

On the 26th of October 2011, it was announced Adele would be releasing her Royal Albert Hall concert from her Adele Live tour on both DVD and Blu-ray along with an accompanying CD. The release is set to include 90 minutes of concert footage in addition to behind-the-scenes video segments. The tracklist consists of songs taken from Adele's 19 and 21 as well as covers of both Bonnie Raitt’s "I Can't Make You Love Me" and The Steeldrivers' "If It Hadn’t Been For Love".

Music videos

There were two official videos from the DVD released by Adele: the official music video for "Set Fire to the Rain" and an official video of her performance of "Turning Tables". These were both used for official videos for the singles because she was unable to film an official video at the time the singles were released (due to her recovery from her vocal surgery).

Reception

Live at The Royal Albert Hall was well-received by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".

The Boston News labeled the release "Our DVD pick" and said, "the performances are routinely inspired. With the voice of an angel - and the potty mouth of a sailor - she’s a force throughout." In a very positive review, MTV News writes, "I actually had to remind myself not to clap at the conclusion of a couple songs...And in that regard, it is a tremendous success; you definitely get the full experience. Adele is luminous, compelling, funny and profane throughout, and like I said, her voice is in tiptop shape."

However, Maria Schurr of PopMatters was more critical. She gave the DVD a 6/10 and wrote, "Yes, her voice is unbelievable and her everygirl personality is refreshing, but musically and artistically I find her a bit dull."

Allmusic gave the album a positive review and stated that the biggest highlights from the album were the live performances of "Hometown Glory", "Don't You Remember", and "Chasing Pavements". This is odd considering that live performances of some of Adele's other singles (especially "Someone Like You") received high critical acclaim.

It has sold over 1 million copies in the US. In January 2013, it topped the Top Music Video chart for its 25th week at #1, thus making Live at the Royal Albert Hall the longest #1 running music video by a female artist. It currently holds 28 weeks at #1. The last time it was #1 on the charts was in May 2013..

Broadcasts

Live at the Royal Albert Hall made its television debut on SABC3 in South Africa on 31 December 2011. It then aired on BBC1 in the United Kingdom on 1 January 2012 in an abbreviated version.

Abbreviated track listing

The abbreviated version's track listing was as follows:

  1. "Hometown Glory"
  2. "I'll Be Waiting"
  3. "Don't You Remember"
  4. "Turning Tables"
  5. "Set Fire to the Rain"
  6. "My Same"
  7. "Rumour Has It"
  8. "Chasing Pavements"
  9. "Make You Feel My Love"
  10. "Someone Like You"
  11. "Rolling in the Deep"

Therefore, the cut songs were: "If It Hadn't Been for Love", "Take It All", "Right as Rain", "One and Only", "Lovesong" and "I Can't Make You Love Me".

Adele Live in London with Matt Lauer

On 3 June 2012, NBC aired a special titled Adele Live in London with Matt Lauer. The special combined performances from Live at the Royal Albert Hall with an exclusive interview with Adele given by Matt Lauer. The songs featured in the special were:

Copies

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hometown Glory" Adele Adkins 4:17
2. "I'll Be Waiting" Adkins, Paul Epworth 3:55
3. "Don't You Remember" Adkins, Dan Wilson 4:04
4. "Turning Tables" Adkins, Ryan Tedder 4:10
5. "Set Fire to the Rain" Adkins, Fraser T. Smith 4:16
6. "If It Hadn't Been for Love" Michael Henderson, Christopher Stapleton 3:08
7. "My Same" Adkins 2:34
8. "Take It All" Adkins, Francis White 3:56
9. "Rumour Has It" Adkins, Tedder 3:47
10. "Right as Rain" Adkins, Leon Michels, Jeff Silverman, Nick Movshon, Clay Holley 2:43
11. "One and Only" Adkins, Wilson, Greg Wells 5:53
12. "Lovesong"

Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'Donnell, Porl Thompson, Lol Tolhurst, Boris Williams

5:17
13.

"Chasing Pavements"

Adkins, White 3:41
14. "I Can't Make You Love Me" Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin 3:39
15. "Make You Feel My Love" Bob Dylan 3:48
Encore
No. Title Writer(s) Length
16. "Someone Like You" Adkins, Wilson 4:54
17. "Rolling in the Deep" Adkins, Epworth 4:48

Personnel

  • Becky Jones - Viola
  • Sarah Chapman - Viola
  • Hayley Pomfrett - Violin
  • Sally Jackson - Violin
  • Kotono Sato - Violin
  • Jo Allen - Violin
  • Ellie Stamford - Violin
  • Stephanie Cavey - Violin
  • Jenny Sacha - Violin
  • Ana Croad - Violin


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