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Erasure Live! The Tank, the Swan, and the Balloon (Mute)

This fanciful concert, shot at Manchester's Apollo in 1992, weds Erasure's lush, disco-based synth-pop to elaborate staging akin to PBS' Great Performances and Andrew Lloyd Webber; especially amusing is programming genius Vince Clarke in a kiosklike structure that's a technophile's wet dream. Strapping vocalist Andy Bell owns the stage, whether on the four-song ABBA tribute – Clarke trying to keep up with the choreography is unintentionally hilarious – or the duo's standards "Oh L'Amour," "Chorus," and "Blue Savannah." A doc on bringing The Tank, the Swan, and the Balloon to life carries disc two.

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