Nearly 16 years after its initial release, Kanye West’s 2006 live album Late Orchestration is now available on streaming platforms.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England in front of an audience of 300 in September 2005, the album was initially released on CD and DVD, before finding its way onto streaming services late Tuesday night. The 13-track project includes a medley of songs from Kanye’s first two albums, 2004’s The College Dropout and 2005’s Late Registration.
Backed by a 17-piece all-female string orchestra, Ye performed four songs from his debut (“Through the Wire,” “Jesus Walks,” “All Falls Down,” and “The New Workout Plan”), as well as nine songs from his sophomore LP, including the No. 1 hit “Gold Digger” and the fan-favorite “Gone” featuring Cam’ron and Consequence.
The release arrives as Kanye is busy putting the finishing touches on Donda 2, which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 22. To ensure the forthcoming album has his complete focus, Ye revealed that he’s ditched his phone until the Donda sequel is finished.
“I don’t have a phone until two, twenty-two, twenty-two,” he said in an Instagram video last month. “My focus is taking my kids to school and finishing the album.”
Stream Late Orchestration below.