I saw Coldplay perform in a venue near Capitol Hill in Denver in 2001. With a capacity of 3,700, The Fillmore Auditorium was maybe one-third full.
This was nearly a year after the release of “Parachutes,” when “Yellow” was the only thing resembling a hit the Londoners had stateside.
Having seen them in that era, the exponential growth and sheer magnitude of the group’s scope is almost unfathomable. The Chris Martin who joked and cajoled The Fillmore Auditorium crowd on that June 2001 date seems to bear only slight resemblance to the Martin on “LeftRightLeftRightLeft,” a free live album distributed at their shows and on the Internet.
On “LeftRight,” Martin and company have stepped onto a much bigger stage. When Martin allows the crowd to sing the chorus of “Fix You,” he has thousands of vocalists who know every word.
“LeftRight” covers nearly every era in Coldplay’s history, leaving out material from “Parachutes.” Maybe the band needed bigger songs to fill bigger venues.
As a live document, it’s hard to quibble with a free item, but it does run behind “Live 2003,” the CD/DVD combo package covering the group’s early years.
“LeftRightLeftRightLeft” is for the converted – the ones singing along in large numbers.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.