Bummed cuz you were out of town and missed experiencing Toronto's (okay, Barrie's) segment of what Bob Geldof claims was "the greatest rock concert in the world"? Have no fear - for under $50 (plus tax), you can have yourself a four-DVD compilation of . Oh, wait. Actually, this bloated box set doesn't actually contain the whole Canadian component of Live 8. For that you'll have to spend another 20 bucks for the Toronto single-disc release. This one has just a few highlights, including Bryan Adams doing All For Love, Neil Young doing Four Strong Winds and, perversely, Jet. Objectively, this package is well put together, featuring the bulk of the key shows in London and Philly (including Bono and the Cute Beatle doing Sgt. Pepper), highlights from elsewhere in the world, the Pink Floyd reunion, Geldof and Bono oozing sanctimony, a useless backstage tour of the Hyde Park show and Ricky Gervais, who seems to be the only dude who doesn't think he's saving the world by showing up, inviting you to "Enjoy the day" in what turns out to be the best part of the whole shebang.
Sadly, it's hard not to be cynical about EMI's Live 8 DVD fiasco, which has cash grab written all over it. Though the label promised to pledge an undisclosed "portion" of royalties from DVD sales to the Band Aid fund to help end African poverty, the fact that the well-intentioned event has become a profit-making venture is reprehensible, as is the awful film set to Travis's Why Does It Always Rain On Me? included as a bonus on Disc 4. It shows African peasants sporting fancy accessories while statistics about how much Westerners spend on looking attractive scroll across the screen. Unless you're a rabid Pink Floyd fan, you'd be better served donating your cash to charity and waiting for this to appear on MuchMoreMusic.