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    1. Live at Fillmore West
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    2. MTV Unplugged in New York
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    3. Live at Earls Court
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    4. Awake: The Best of Live (Deluxe
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    5. Rattle and Hum
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    6. The Name of This Band is Talking
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    7. David Live [Virgin]
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    8. Under a Blood Red Sky
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    9. MTV Unplugged
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    10. Anywhere But Home (w/ bonus DVD)
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    11. Live in Buffalo: July 4th 2004
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    14. Ben Folds Live
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    16. I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
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    17. Stop Making Sense: Special New
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    18. The Tigers Have Spoken
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    19. Unplugged
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    20. Stone Steel & Bright Lights

    1. Live at Fillmore West
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    2. MTV Unplugged in New York
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    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    The last Nirvana collection recorded before the untimely death of Kurt Cobain, Unplugged caught many by surprise with its stripped down, neo-acoustic offerings with a bridled fury. When Cobain sings, "I swear I don't have a gun, I don't have a gun" with clenched teeth (instead of an open howl) and when the haunting strains of "About a Girl"--from their earliest LP--chills even with quieted guitars, you discover a new appreciation for the nuances of one of the greatest bands of recent times. Highlights include covers of three Meat Puppets tracks (featuring special guests Curt and Kris Kirkwood of that influential "college rock" band), the weepy cello on the Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam," and their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World." --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars God, how i wish i could've been there...
    This is one of the weridest albums i own, in a way. Nirvana, a band which set the whole grunge scene going, and arguably one of the best in the genre, decided to make a live unplugged show for MTV. Nirvana, you know. Fat distortions, atonal riffs, raging vocals, powerful shows. Nirvana.

    That they did *THIS* good is a surprise, and should change more than one peoples' mind about the artistic merits of the band (and Kurt Cobain in particular). Forget what you thought of this Nirvana; the way they morphed their songs (and others too) into mellow accoustic tunes is remarkable, and against all odds, worked great. I mean, my dad, who can't stand 99.9% of grunge, loves this record. It's easy to listen, but not because the songs are cheezy, it's just the complete album is incredibly good.

    From start to finish, it transports you first row to this (unique) performance. Like i said, the whole record is excellent, but tracks like "Plateau", "Oh me", "On a plain", "Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam", "Where did you sleep last night?", and "All apologies" are so deeply moving i prefer to listen them by myself, wearing headphones. I can only imagine, closing my eyes, what have it felt to be there.

    This is hands down one of the best albums of the 90's, and easily one of the top 10 live recordings of all history. It's hard to say this things without sounding like a fanboy, but the truth is that it simply is. Whatever your musical cup-of-tea is, you deserve to give this record a listen. People argue about how much they like this album - i dare you find someone who doesn't.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Live albums don't get any better than this!
    It's ironic how a band who is mainly known for rocking hard pulled something like this off- an UNPLUGGED record, to top it off, a live one at that. Kurt showcased his musical capabilities even further, and proved a versatility that changed people's perception of what Nirvana was all about. Listening to this CD or watching the accompanying TV special is most fans' most intimate encounter with the band we'll ever get. Not just the performance of the songs, but the dialogue in between the songs- Kurt may have been depressed in some aspects, but he still had a good heart, modesty, charisma, and a great sense of humour. Sadly, this was the last album recorded before his untimely death. Even people with a strict taste of music who normally wouldn't consider listening to Nirvana should be able to rethink things and make room to enjoy Nirvana Unplugged, because this is simply good music that transcends any genre. Acoustic interpretations of the following songs- a collection of Nirvana originals and covers were performed:

    1. "About A Girl" From their debut record Bleach.
    2. "Come As You Are" From their legendary sophomore release Nevermind. This version is outstanding, I think I may like it even more than the original!
    3. "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam" Nice pop-rock renendition of an old Christian folk song.
    4. "The Man Who Sold The World" Cover of David Bowie song.
    5. "Pennyroyal Tea" Taken from their final studio record "In Utero". This one sounds way less dark and not quite as extended as the studio version.
    6. "Dumb" The studio version from In Utero was already acoustic-sounding so there is not much of a difference here. Still sounds great the second time around.
    7. "Polly" My favourite Nevermind song next to "Come As You Are".
    8. "On A Plain" Taken from Nevermind. What I didn't like about this unplugged version was that it somewhat defeated the purpose of why I love "On A Plain" so much- it rocks! Kurt still pulled it off and it sounded almost as pleasing.
    9. "Something In The Way" A quiet, even darker-sounding version than the already melancholy-toned tune from Nevermind.
    10. "Plateau" I love to sing along to this song; it's penned by another famous Kurt- Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets.
    11. "Oh Me" What do you know, another Meat Puppets cover! And there's more where that came from...
    12. My favourite track on the whole record- a cover of the Meat Puppets' already-awesome hit "Lake Of Fire", which I cannot describe other than dyn-o-MITE! Only Nirvana can make even an acoustic recording ROCK!
    13. "All Apologies" Performance of the In Utero hit, without a doubt the highest-rated song on this CD- it even replaced the original on the Nirvana hits compilation.
    14. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" Huddie Ledbetter-penned song; if I'm not mistaken I think it's an old Kentucky folk song, an unlikely encore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars NIRVANA
    If u love nirvana u should check this band out all their influences include nirvana their name is cannibal garden their site is you should spread the word around about them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!! I wish i could of seen this in person.
    Ok Hi. my name is alyssa and i love nirvana. This is my favorite cd. I love how the acustic guitar is used instead of the normal electric guitar. Kurt Cobain's vocals fall nothing short of amazing. If u do get this or u already have this, then listen to the last song, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night", Kurts voice goes from sad, dreary, weak, then all the way to screaming. I can always feel his emotions every time i hear this album. Dave Grohl.....he is awesome on this cd. The drums are phenominal.Krist bass is sooo good too.well, i hope that u will be open minded when u listen to this. It definetly gives me the chills at how u can imagine yourself sitting in the audience, being captivated by this miraculous group.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kurt Cobain is a musical genius.
    Kurt Cobain is a legend.You know why?Because his lyrics,his music,his everything.This is musical perfection.Enough said just buy it. ... Read more

    3. Live at Earls Court
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    As Morrissey's critically acclaimed world tour ended during the holiday season 2004 in the UK, the audio trucks were there to capture the five sold out dates:London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton and Dublin. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of his best
    Wow - Morrissey sounds like he actually cares about what he's singing.He sounds energized by the crowd and the live setting.Somewhat of a "Greatest Hits" package live.The Smiths numbers are pretty great - they just miss a bit by not having Johnny Marr on guitar, although Morrissey's band acquit themselves rather well.The lyrics are enunciated very clearly and given a delivery that shows Morrissey's growth as a vocalist.A few vocal embellishments here and there are well chosen and add to the interest of what is admittedly a limited range of pitch.Very strong outing by Morrissey, and possibly my favorite of his solo outings.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bigmouth Strikes Again
    Recorded last December with the help of a great backing band, "Live At Earls Court" is Morrissey on the top of his game.

    Of course the albums best track are generally Smiths songs. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" has lost none of it's thuggish appeal (look out for the lyric change - Joan of Arc's Walkman is replaced by iPod). "Shoplifter of the World" has never sounded so good and "There Is A Light That Never Go Out" is still a contender for his greatest song.

    Other highlights include Moz breathing life back into his solo classic "November Spawned A Monster" and a cover of Patti Smith's "Redondo Beach".

    Of course he focuses on plenty of material from his excellent latest album "You Are The Quarry". "First of the Gang" was a standout then and still is. Even B Side "Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice" is impressive, with Morrissey on this kind of form.

    If you've heard or seen Morrissey live before, you pretty much know what to expect. Which in this case is a very good thing. A standout release of the year so far.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who needs Elvis when you have Morrissey?
    After standing up to that pig George Bush, Morrissey releases an awesome live album that proves how brilliant this man is. "I Have Forgiven Jesus," "Irish Blood, English Heart," and "How Soon Is Now" all ROCK! Morrissey has courage, intelligence, and talent. Five stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Morrissey back on top.
    Hey, this is the best live album i've ever heard.Great mix of old and new songs, that flow wonderfully.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ambitious
    Morrissey has had a big year in 2004. He has been on TV and played a lot of shows. He cancelled a few shows too. He is human. A year later we have some of his live shows on CD and DVD. This one is a show recorded in London in December 2004. It was at Earls Court. I have been there. It is a big venue. According to the back cover he played "in front of 17,183 people." This show combines songs from The Smiths, his solo years, and a few tributes. He covers songs by Patti Smith (Redondo Beach) and the New York Dolls (Subway Train). These songs are great. There are songs mixed in from old days and new. Five songs by The Smiths include "How Soon Is Now?" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again." Morrissey's new album is also brilliant and he plays all the singles from that one. Unfortunately he doesn't perform anything from Viva Hate. Morrissey is a charismatic leader and people should like this recording. It has a good sound and conveys the passion of a live performance. You should check it out. It makes me want to see him live. ... Read more

    4. Awake: The Best of Live (Deluxe Version - CD/DVD)
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    "Awake, The Best of LIVE", a deluxe 19-song compilation CD spanning the entire 13-year recording history of the acclaimed rock band from York, Pennsylvania. The package also includes a DVD containing 22 music videos going back to the band's 1991 debut.

    The CD compilation includes, "We Deal in Dreams," a previously-unreleased track from LIVE's 1994 Throwing Copper sessions.Also, includes a spirited cover of the Johnny Cash classic " I Walk The Line."

    The lavish packaging includes a 14-panel four-color fold-out booklet of photos spanning the band’s career, as well as extensive liner notes and commentary on each album by LIVE lead singer Ed Kowalczyk.

    The BONUS DVD boasts a comprehensive representation of LIVE's history on video. It includes 22 videos along with a 30 minute interview commentary from Kowalczyk. Videos included are:"Pain Lies on the Riverside""Pain Lies On The Riverside (live performance)""Operation Spirit""Operation Spirit" (live performance) "Selling the Drama" "I Alone""Lightning Crashes""White, Discussion""Lakini's Juice""Freaks""Turn My Head" (from director Jake Scott) "Turn My Head" (from director Mary Lambert) "The Dolphin's Cry""Run to the Water" "They Stood Up For Love""Overcome""Simple Creed""Like a Soldier""Heaven""Heaven" (concept version)

    The DVD also contains two never-before-seen videos: "Ghost," and "Run Away" (with Shelby Lynne). ... Read more

    5. Rattle and Hum
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    Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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    The ill will that initially greeted Rattle and Hum--the follow-up to the band's massively successful Joshua Tree album--was due in large part to the bloated and self-important feature film that accompanied it, which showed the band as being simultaneously naive and pretentious as it "discovered" America. But as the film mercifully slips from memory, the music has remained, from the furious swirl of "Desire" and a clutch of live hits to insightful musical nods to heroes such as Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Billie Holiday. Songs like "When Love Comes to Town," a supercharged blues duet with B.B. King, suggests the quartet knew more about America from listening to its music than Phil Joanou's unintentional mockumentary suggested. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars U2 with cowboy hats
    Hey, check it out. Rattle and Hum (1988)was U2's (highlights) from the Joshua Tree Tour, new songs and singles. Whop-dee-doo!!!

    Helter Skelter (live)- Uh, well... never been that big of Beatles fan. U2's version is great. 9/10

    Van Diemen's Land- Who sings this, Edge? Does Bono play the guitar? PERFECT LENGTH!!! End is weird, but hey, this is a live album. I wonder if cowboys sing this. 10/10

    Desire- Awesome, but so short. After the first 2 verses, things slooooooow down. 10/10

    Hawkmoon 269- What's with the 269? Too simple and long for me. Ok, but enough with the freaks singing in the background. 8.5/10

    All Along the Watchtower (live)- Bob Dylan wrote it? LAME!!! 4/10

    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Live)- HOLY COW!! Live version with choir is much better than the original (as if that wasn't good enough?) 10/10

    Freedom for my People- Don't bother skipping it, it's only :38 long 1/10

    Sliver and Gold (live)- Good enough for middle song. 7/10

    Pride (live)- HOLY another COW!!! This is the best version ever!!! So shut up! No, you can still talk. 10/10

    Angel of Harlem- 2nd single, the bomb man. Sounds like an angel. 10/10

    Love Rescue Me- The Blues- I don't think so? 4/10

    Whe Love Comes to Town- Whatever happened to U2 music? Who wants to hear BB King and his guitar? 3/10

    Heartland- To slow, never is too good. 6/10

    God Part 2- Good rock I guess. 5/10

    The Star Spangled Banner- JIMMI ROCKS!!! 10/10

    Bullet the Bliue Sky (live)- Best version EVER dude!!! 10/10

    All I Want is You- Good for the first 3 minutes. Edge's great. 10/10

    4-0 out of 5 stars U2 + American music = Great record
    U2 were completely panned by the press and some hardcore U2 fans for 'Rattle & Hum' (1988), which is purported to be U2's ill-fated egocentric exploration into American music. Leaving pretentiousness in the eyes of the beholder, a lot of people liked this record, a mix of studio songs and live tracks from 'The Joshua Tree' tour and for good reason. Here's a song-by-song:

    1. "Helter Skelter" [Live]. OK, the ego does get a bit out of hand here, but this is one of the standout cover tunes.

    2. "Van Diemen's Land". The Edge takes vocals on this nice ode to the working man which is abruptly cut off in mid-verse.

    3. "Desire". The first single, an obvious musical tribute to blues legend Bo Diddley, continues to be one of their most popular and infectious songs.

    4. "Hawkmoon 269". Although there is some lyrical help from Bob Dylan, this is one of the studio tracks that really does not work.

    5. "All Along the Watchtower" [Live]. An uninspired cover which is memorable only if you saw the movie.

    6. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" [Live]. With embellishments by a real gospel choir, the song is performed the way it was meant to be.

    7. "Freedom for My People". This is just a snippet of a street performer.

    8. "Silver and Gold" [Live]. A great live version of a non-LP track, seethingly delivered by Bono toward an apathetic American audience.

    9. "Pride (in the Name of Love)" [Live]. What live record would be complete without the consumate U2 anthem.

    10. "Angel of Harlem". As one of the songs recorded at the historic Sun Studios, complete with a horn section, this lyrical ode to Billie Holiday is a U2 classic.

    11. "Love Rescue Me". With the accompanyment of Bob Dylan, this one never really picks up.

    12. "When Love Comes to Town". Although many U2 fans did not appreciate the prominent vocals and guitar of B.B. King, the lyrics are "fantastic" (as the King puts it in the movie), and if you love the blues . . .

    13. "Heartland". You can almost see the Mississippi going by on this song, a mood piece which works much better than "Love Rescue Me".

    14. "God Part II". A great rocker about contradiction and a lyrical and musical prequel to U2's "reinvention" in the 1990s.

    15. "Bullet the Blue Sky" [Live]. With a recorded intro of Jimi Hendrix doing "Star Spangled Banner", this is the consumate version of this song.

    16. "All I Want Is You". Although it seems a bit out of place on this record, this is simply one of the best U2 ballads ever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More Massive Than It Seems
    During the "Joshua Tree Tour", director Phil Joanou captured a massive amount of footage, to be sorted and used in a documentary about U2 and this tour. To quote Edge: "No one could really remember when it went from being this small project that we all knew what it was and could deal with it, to being this big thing, but at some point that shift occured." Indeed it did, and this documentary morphed into a massive project, resulting in a movie and eventual home video, and a new album, a double album of sorts, a mix of live material from the "Joshua Tree Tour" and brand new studio material.

    As far as the live stuff is concerned, U2 are a phenomenal live band, so the live stuff is great. But some of the best live performances that were in the movie were left off the album(Streets, With Or Without You, Running..., and the powerful Sunday Bloody Sunday on the night of the Enniskillen bombing, featuring his now notorius 'f**k the revolution' speech). The best thing to come out of "Rattle And Hum" is the new material. 'All I Want Is You', 'Angel Of Harlem', and 'Desire' are classics, and are part of the live set to this day. The B.B. King collaberation, 'When Love Comes To Town' is a sore spot among U2 fans...some love it, some hate it, I think it's good but not great. Lesser-known gems from this record are 'Hawkmoon 269', 'Heartland', 'Love Rescue Me', and 'God Part II', and 'Van Dieman's Land', which is one of three songs in the U2 catalog to feature The Edge on lead vocals(the previous one was on "War" and entitled 'Seconds').

    U2 recieved quite a bit of backlash when "Rattle And Hum" was released, labeled as arrogant and presumtious to put themselves in the rock pantheon of the Beatles and Dylan. It was clearly misunderstood by these critics though, as Bono later explained, 'We weren't saying we were up with those guys, we made that record as fans, that's why we put in a picture of us looking at their posters'(something like that). This is a must-have for any U2 fan. This was the last U2 release of the 80s. After this was released, and U2 concluded its "Joshua Tree" and "Lovetown" tours(Lovetown was simply a renamed last two legs of the "Joshua Tree Tour" in Australia and Ireland among other places), U2 found themselves actually bored of playing the same music every night, becoming, as drummer Larry Mullen Jr. put it, "a human jukebox". The band were united in this boredom and fatigue and general disenchantment with where they could possibly be headed, and they knew that had to make big changes, because they didn't have the joy and excitement required to make great music anymore. As Edge put it, much later during the "Elevation" tour, 'When you're on tour, it has to be unpredictable. As soon as it becomes comfortable, it's time to stop. And we learned that lesson on the Lovetown tour'.

    So, at one of the last shows of 1989, in Dublin, Bono made his now famous speech, saying, 'This is just the end of something for, for U2. It's no big deal, we just have to go away for a while...and dream it all up again'. What that led to is for a different review. "Rattle And Hum" is a documentary of U2 on the path that would lead to the end of an era, and it shouldn't be missed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars U2's Energy is truly felt on this album!
    More often than not, you can only tell what kind of band you are listening to by seeing them in concert or by listening to a live recording. Rattle and Hum is a recording of various concerts in the same tour of U2 in the 80's just after the Joshua Tree. the energy is incredable!
    The first track starts out with the cheering of the croud. Then you hear Bono say "This is the song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles...we're stealing it back." And then Edge plays the opening riffs to Helter Skelter. The hole album is an experiance. If you are a new comer looking for a good taste of U2, or an old fan looking for somthing classic, but unique- this is the album you've been praying for! "F*ck the revolution!"~Bono

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mix of good and bad tunes.
    I'm amazed how inconsistent this album is. Here you have one outstanding track (Heartland), some decent tracks (Angel of Harlem, Desire, All I Want Is You), a few mediocre tunes (When Love Comes To Town, Hawkmoon, God Pt. 2), and the rest is...plain crap, including poor live performances (a tuned down version of Pride, with no delay on guitar). Also why does Bono try to sound country in every song? You know what I mean, that frog in throat trick he employs. It sounds TERRIBLE. Two stars for being a double cd and ergo twice as expensive when instead it should have been separated into a live cd and a studio b-sides compilation. ... Read more

    6. The Name of This Band is Talking Heads
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    Formed in NYC in the mid-'70s by David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth, and ex-Modern Lover Jerry Harrison, Talking Heads soared out of their humble CBGB's beginnings to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and one of the most adventurous and influential bands ever. The onstage energy that propelled their rise to fame was documented in the 1982 double-LP set THE NAME OF THIS BAND IS TALKING HEADS, now available on CD for the first time. Following them through several early evolutions from '77-'81, this live gem - a 1982 Top 40 Billboard Album- is a riveting portrait of a stellar band on the rise. For its CD debut it's been expanded with over 30 minutes of rare and mostly previously unreleased bonus material. ... Read more

    7. David Live [Virgin]
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Playing Rock's Greatest Chameleon was a great gig while it lasted, but by the mid-80's, David Bowie found his "Changes" led to an ironic dead-end. Yet this 1974 live album managed to distill his quicksilver nature as few others. Ostensibly mounted in support of Diamond Dogs, but sans Guy Peellaert's Ziggy-as-Great Dane imagery (a trick even the notorious pop changeling couldn't turn onstage), Bowie's image and music quickly evolved on the tour, taking on an American r&b-fueled edge that would seep into very corner its career-retrospective set. Indeed, the musician would pause mid-tour to record Young Americans with the core of the live band here, setting up his Thin White Duke incarnation in the bargain. Culled from shows at Philadelphia's Tower Theatre, this edition has been both remastered and expanded by the inclusion of "Panic in Detroit" and "Space Oddity," marking the first time the complete show has been available. Also includes insightful notes by producer/longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best live rock recording ever made -- and Michael Kamen!
    I can only assume that those reviewers who take exception to the sound recording prefer their music plastic and two-dimensional, like most rock studio recordings. Inspired by this amazing album I rebought on CD favourite Bowie studio albums from my youth, such as Hunky Dory, Young Americans and Station to Station: sadly they are flat and airless recordings, even in their "remastered" versions. David Live, in contrast, gives the full "picture" in all its warmth and resonance, comparable to the sound on, for example, Colossal Head by Los Lobos or Real Gone by Tom Waits. This kind of living, breathing recording is standard in the jazz and classical worlds. What really makes the difference, however, is Michael Kamen's arrangements, which lift the music onto another plane -- compare the far less interesting versions on the original albums and the Ziggy live album. This applies particularly to the songs from the Ziggy studio album and Aladdin Sane, the originals of which are rather juvenile: in Michael Kamen's hands the atom is split and we are witness to a glorious explosion of musical potential, showing Bowie's true greatness (as does his magnificent singing). The incomparable band, too, really allows this music to take flight. I first bought this album when I was 12 years old, and I can see that it had a lasting influence, exposing me at an early age to music's unlimited possibilities: a typical day's listening today (I work at home) is likely to include Mahalia Jackson, Miles Davis, Bach, Weill, Haydn, Funkadelic, Ray Charles, Tom Waits, Ali Farka Toure and Bang on a Can. I feel I owe this freeing of perspectives partly to David Bowie and Michael Kamen. This album was the gateway.

    5-0 out of 5 stars '74. Bowie. Drugs. Good Music.
    1974. Bowie had just finished his brillant "Diamond Dogs" album. He was coked out of his mind almost daily. Then, decides to do a world tour. Somehow it worked.

    This album, recorded from live shows at Philly's Tower Theater, is completely underrated. Brillant musicians (Mike Garson, Herbie Flowers, Earl Slick, David Sanborn), soon-to-be famous backup singers (Luther Vandross) and of course, Bowie.

    The songs are great versions of the then new "Diamond Dogs" material, some R&B covers, Bowie singing "On Broadway" at the end of "Aladdin Sane" plus jazzy recreations of Bowie's classics. This album has plenty of sax but don't let that scare you. The band still plays hard which works great as a comparison to the jazz pianos and saxes.

    Bowie, as I said, was lost in a white powdered daze at the time. As Bowie himself said about the album, "it should be called David is Live but only in theory." He was about 100 pounds at the time and pale as anything but somehow his voice still sounds great. Not as good as it could be but still very powerful. His voice, at his worst, he's still one of the best singers out there.

    To put it best, if you're a hardcore Bowie fan you'll love it. If you're just a casual fan, you still want to check this out.

    P.S. I resent the review on CDNOW saying that "By the mid-80's Bowie's "Changes" came to an ironic dead end." Alright, I'll admit his mid-80's stuff wasn't the best but his career DOES NOT end there. And his "Changes" (a very old and tired cliche pun when talking about Bowie) don't end there. Check out Tin Machine, his 90's experiments or his back to basics rock stuff from this decade.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ziggy Soul-Dust!
    When I first bought this collection on 8-track in '74 I was shocked: gone were the glam trappings and slick production of his studio efforts. Kudos to Bowie then and now for pushing the envelope with regard to his image and musical direction. Sure there are a few missteps, but what you gain in return is a sweaty, live, r & b fueled gig with jazz overtones. Worth the price of admission just to hear David Sanborn's sax riffing and session legend Herbie Flower's amazing bass-lines which evoke aural visions of Jamerson and Jemmott.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not an improvement
    I purchased "David Live" and "Stage" on the same day, and was really hoping that my earlier general distaste for "Live" would be sweetened by the remastering and expansion. Sadly, this is not the case. Despite the interesting notes from Tony Visconti, the sound of "David Live" was crappy in the original album. Digital remastering did nothing to clear up old flaws, if anything, it forces the album's shortcomings into sharp relief.

    David's singing is lackluster. Only on a handful of songs here ("Sweet Thing" and, oddly enough, "Knock On Wood") does he sound like he was paying attention to his performance. Equipment hum makes frequent, distracting appearances, and the instruments themselves are often distorted to an embarrassing level.

    Frankly, get this ONLY if you feel you must own all things La Bowie. The reissues of "Diamond Dogs" and "Ziggy Stardust" made me think this might be worth adding, but I was wrong. As David Bowie's live work goes, both the "A Reality Tour" DVD and newly re-issued "Stage" CD are far superior to this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Bad
    I am stunned that this album receives ANY favorable reviews.I am a Bowie fanatic, having taken in a dozen of his shows stretching back to 1978, and have owned every album of his.This is not just his worst is THE worst live album EVER by ANY performer.The arrangements are sloppily played/plastic soul cum art rock and I am sure his whole band is embarassed at how they sounded on record.As bootleg aficionados know, there ARE good shows from the 1974 tour.This album somehow manages to give them a complete miss.As for David himself, he is in the nadir of his cocaine addiction and simply can NOT sing here.His voice is Awful throughout, making even this hardcore Bowie fan cringe!!Buy "Stage" instead--when he was not coked to the gills croaking out plastic soul in front of a band that could not care less--what a difference a few years makes. ... Read more

    8. Under a Blood Red Sky
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    There seem to be two major camps of U2 fans now: Those who dig the early albums (good and sensible people), and those who only like the ones from the '90s, putting everything previous down as "classic rock." But U2 only became a classic rock sort of band in 1984, with The Unforgettable Fire. The real early stuff, from '80 to '83, still comes off as edgy--and it's comparatively ignored. Here's a sampler: Under a Blood Red Sky is from a U.S. tour (1983's) in which U2 still thought of itself as a hungry little band from Ireland--and draws (fairly wisely) from the band's first three albums. There's nary a misstep on the entire disc, although it could stand a few more tracks. --Gavin McNett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Passion & Energy
    Two of things that make U2 such as special band is their passion and energy. While these traits are present on their studio albums, they come to the front in their live performances. Under A Blood Red Sky perfectly captures all their raw emotions and energy. The album opens with the soaring "Gloria" from their October album and then seiges into "11 O'Clock Tick Tock". Next is a scorching version of their first hit "I Will Follow". "Party Girl" is a great lost U2 song. It was originally issued as a b-side and available on imports only. It starts off with just the Edge strumming his guitar and builds up to a powerful crescendo. Bono states on the record that "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is not a rebel song, but it is definately an anthem. Bono has always had a bit of a preacher in him and as he urges the crowd to chant "no more", the album takes on the feel of an old time revival. After whipping things up to a fever-pitch, "The Electric Co." and "New Year's Day" follow and they mellow things out. The hymn-like "40" is the final track and the album ends on a poignant note with just the crowd singing the chorus. For those of you who may only be familar with the U2 of the 90's and their mammoth Pop Mart and Zooropa concerts, this album is a fine sampler of their earlier efforts. While the approach is simplier in nature, it produces just as big of a sound.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The polemic Under A Blood Red Sky EP
    Despite this EP ( 35 minutes long aprox ) shows an EXCELLENT early U2, this is not actually a "Live" album. Contains songs from 3 different performances ( Boston, Denver and St Goarshausen, 1983 ), most of them from Germany ( 5 songs ). This album includes AWESOME versions of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day" ( both far better than red rocks ). But is a shame the fact this is not a complete live album, as it mean to be. Also contains a few editing ( Bono's speech before Sunday Bloody Sunday and other ones ).
    I remember recently on a GREAT IDEA for an Album release. It's about something like the real Under A Blood Red Sky album, containing the whole concert played in Loreley Festival, Germany August 20, 1983. Since 5 songs were from this concert on the original Ep, that idea would be something really cool, because we would have a real live album for the first time.
    I really waiting for that version instead !!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "This Song Is Not A Rebel Song..."
    The tour accomanying U2's third LP, The War Tour, was their first really big world tour. Towards the end of this tour, a live album and video were released. Please note, the video is the actual 'Live From Red Rocks' show from June 5, 1983, whereas the album has SOME tracks from that show, interspersed with performances from War Tour shows in Boston and what was then West Germany. Nontheless, it's the same songs and the same spirit. Basically a live collection of songs from U2's first three LPS plus b-sides. This is one of the most successful and legendary live albums in the history of recorded music, and there's a reason. Even before U2 had the fiscal resources or the sizable back catalog required to put on huge tours like they would in the future, U2 could put on a hell of a live show, and this thing proves it. I have it on vinyl, cassette, and CD. If for no other reason, buy it for its versions of 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and the b-side 'Party Girl', which are virtually unbeatable.

    This live album also served as a summation of a period for U2, though the fans did not know this at the time. U2 were about to embark on a very different path, and this was the finale of their first, angst-punk, period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Legendary
    First things first - the live performances on this album are outstanding. Why U2 have only ever released one whole live album I will never understand. OK, there are videos/DVD's etc but most hardcore fans had to resort to bootlegs to get concert performances.

    The only thing that lets this album down is the production: 1. the crowd noise is way too loud 2. Edge is not loud enough in the mix and 3. The sound has a lot of distance/space in it (not sure if that makes sense). If you listen to An Cat Dubh and Twilight (taken from Redrocks) on the Sweetest Thing CD single you will notice how much better the sound is. Thats why I think this album should be rereleased remastered.

    Aside from that, this is a brilliant album! All the early staples are here and the best version of I Will Follow you are likely to hear. The rest is history...


    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Live Energy
    This captures of the rebel group U2, in all of its glory. ... Read more

    9. MTV Unplugged
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Mellow Maniacs.
    Since we never got that "Best of" from them, I guess this will have to due. Of course, this is basically an unplugged greatest hits album. And as good as the studio albums are, this actually seems, and sounds, more natural for them. It includes the classics "Like the Weather", "Trouble Me", and "These are Days". Other wonderful songs are "What's the Matter Here?" and "Noah's Dove". The only songs that I really miss, are "Dust Bowl", and "Circle Dream". But you can't have it all. Though "In My Tribe", "Blind Man's Zoo", and "Our Time In Eden" are excellent studio albums, I would still suggest this to the person looking for just one "10,000 Maniacs" disc. It's 14 unplugged tracks that sound as good as "Natalie Merchant" looks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A hauntingly exquisite live album
    This album stands as one of the most impressive MTV Unplugged albums ever recorded. The unique style and sound of the 10,000 Maniacs was captured beautifully in this concert, preserving an unforgettable legacy by the group which was essentially breaking up at the time this was released. Anyone who listened to the radio back then has to know and remember Because the Night. While it is still hard for me to believe this song so wonderfully suited to Natalie Merchant's voice was written by Bruce Springsteen, it served as a most impressive means of introducing Natalie Merchant sans Maniacs to the larger listening audience. Like many fans, I am not that familiar with the 10,000 Maniacs albums predating In My Tribe, but all of the 14 songs on this album (including four from In My Tribe) are just hauntingly exquisite. Each song tells a story, often a serious one touching on important social issues, infusing this modernized folk music with a very human folk music consciousness that speaks to both the head and heart in a number of very effective ways. If the unique sound of 10,000 Maniacs doesn't move you at first, give it a second listen, and I'm sure the power of the music will begin to reveal itself to you. It is unfortunate that Natalie Merchant left the group, but the magic that was 10,000 Maniacs has been wonderfully preserved in this truly incredible live recording.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Love Merchant, Dislike the Maniacs
    Natalie Merchant was truly the force behind this group. Luckily Merchant's voice raises this collection up from the formulaic collections of unplugged that have come before. (Think Eric Clapton etc) Trouble Me, and Because the Night are the two main reasons to buy this cd. If you don't have a love of the 10,000 Maniacs, you would be better to pay to download those two tracks. If you want to enjoy Natalie Merchants voice, please look at her solo debut Tigerlily.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A bit flat, but still a great collection
    I remember watching the original shortened broadcast of MTV Unplugged on TV before the album was released, and my first thought was that Natalie Merchant sounded tired during this performance. It's understandable, as the Maniacs were playing many dates in late '92 and early '93, but her last album with the Maniacs is also probably the worst. However, worse doesn't always mean "bad." This is a nice reworking of some of their back catalog, as well as the surprise hit, a cover of "Because the Night," that was worn out by excessive radio play.

    5-0 out of 5 stars pleasant, incredibly good album
    In my opinion - which of course may not agree with yours although it might- this is the best, and I mean the best light rock album with a female vocalist. If I were to pick the 5 best american female rock composers, Natalie would be among the three best with Tori and who else?... hmmmm that's a difficult one. But anyway, you know what I mean, her music is great, very melodic, inspires lots of different moods and adaptable for a wide variety of tastes. I wonder what is of Ten Thousand Maniacs nowadays now that they are without the marvelous Natalie. ... Read more

    10. Anywhere But Home (w/ bonus DVD)
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    Evanescence’s "Anywhere But Home", captures one night of the magic as cameras entered The Zenith in Paris to capture the phenomenon.The two-disc DVD/CD features Evanescence’s sold-out European tour and is offered in both 5.1 and two-track audio mixes.In addition to the live concert DVD, which was directed by Hamish Hamilton (U2, Peter Gabriel), "Anywhere But Home" also includes a CD of the concert presented in a two-track mix, and the previously unreleased studio recording of the composition "Missing."The DVD features the band's four music videos, an hour-long behind-the-scenes program, and some special surprises in addition to the concert film.The special surprises will be discovered by the viewer as they navigate the menus designed exclusively for this special release. ... Read more

    11. Live in Buffalo: July 4th 2004 (CD & DVD)
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    The Goo Goo Dolls have never issued a concert DVD or a live album. Now they have both. The first concert DVD from the multi-platinum, Grammy nominated band, Live in Buffalo finds the group in its hometown on July 4, 2004, performing all of its biggest hits and favorite songs for an adoring crowd. ... Read more

    12. Stage [Virgin]
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    Playing Rock's Greatest Chameleon was a great gig while it lasted, but by the mid-80's, David Bowie found his "Changes" led to an ironic dead-end. Yet this 1974 live album managed to distill his quicksilver nature as few others. Ostensibly mounted in support of Diamond Dogs, but sans Guy Peellaert's Ziggy-as-Great Dane imagery (a trick even the notorious pop changeling couldn't turn onstage), Bowie's image and music quickly evolved on the tour, taking on an American R&B-fueled edge that would seep into every corner of this career-retrospective set. Indeed, the musician would pause mid-tour to record Young Americans with the core of the live band here, setting up his Thin White Duke incarnation in the bargain. Culled from shows at Philadelphia's Tower Theatre, this edition has been both remastered and expanded by the inclusion of "Panic in Detroit" and "Space Oddity," marking the first time the complete show has been available. Also includes insightful notes by producer/longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great concert.
    This album is a great album of Bowie at his best; his voice in the late seventies was wonderful, and the set list on this album is as good as it would ever get. Not essential for causual fans, but an excellent addition for those who can't get enough of David.

    By the way, the editorial review of this item seems to be for the "David Live" album of 1974, not for this 1978 release.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BERLIN BOWIE - Heroic, Eno-hued,and magnificent.
    After an impossible wait, Bowie's 2nd greatest live recording (after the Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars soundtrack) is finally resurrected.I've been waiting forever for this to be released properly on cd, original concert sequence, superior digital upgrades and packaging, and so on.At long last, he's done it!This performance captures the MainMan and his wicked band at their post-coke, pre-sellout, height-of-punk, best.West Berlin in the 70's provided Bowie with the perfect paranoid backdrop to produce the most personal, ambitious, insular, and creative albums of his entire career, hands down.Some of the best tracks off of them are fleshed out live here, to outrageous effect.For a concert recording, this is as good as it gets!!!From "Station To Station", "Warsawza", "Breaking Glass", and Beauty And The Beast", to "Heroes", "Sense Of Doubt", and "Blackout",this masterpiece nails the bitter end of the 1970's with soaring accuracy and alienated majesty.Get it immediately!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Stage, front and center
    I purchased both "David Live" and "Stage" on the date of their rerelease. The remastering of "Stage" points out why "David Live" was such a disappointment, and why my value judgement of "Stage" is two stars higher than "David Live."

    Vocally, on "Stage," David is in terrific form. His singing sounds effortless and unaffected, even when he bangs his way through Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "Alabama Song." The songs include Bowie at one of his artistic peak periods, with the albums "Low" "Heroes" and "Station to Station" informing the language of his music at the time. He also had two incredible guitarists on this tour, Carlos Alomar and Adrian Belew. Roger Powell (on loan from Todd Rundgren and Utopia) put the life into Bowie/Eno synthesizer epics like "Art Decade" and "Warszawa." Engineer Tony Visconti - as he states in the new disc's liner notes - approached recording "Stage" as if he were miking a studio album. And to that end, the horrific technical glitches that so mar "David Live" are completely absent from this album.

    An additional benefit is the restoration of the concert's running order to include to leftover songs "Stay" and "Be My Wife." These repairs makes "Stage" flow more organically than the original album did. When you think of Bowie in concert from the late seventies, this is probably what you would have imagined. From the ominous opening of "Warszawa" to the sing-along catchiness at the end of "TVC-15," "Stage" is prime David Bowie. Highly recommended, and infinitely better than "David Live."

    4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars..... Excellent reissue of Bowie's best live album
    David Bowie originally issued the live "Stage" double album in late 1978, after a wildly successful world tour. The album was not received very well by either critics or the buying public, but this reissue will hopefully correct that once and for all.

    The reissue of "Stage" (2 CDs, 20 tracks, 84 min.) is vastly different from the original double vinyl album. For one, the sequencing of the tracks follows the actual concert (hence starting off with the somber instrumental "Warszawa"). For another, two tracks have been added ("Be My Wife" and "Stay"). CD1 concentrates on songs from the then-current "Low" and "Heroes" albums, with a great "Speed of Life" and "Breaking Glass" as highlights. CD2 showcases older songs like "Ziggy Stardust", "Station to Station" (this live version also shows up on the "Christiane F." soundtrack), and a truly excellent "Stay" (hard to understand why this was left off the original album, it's one of the best tracks on here). It should also be noted that the remastered sound is a remarkable improvement over the original album.

    The packaging of this reissue is first class all the way. The CD opens up very cleaverly, it's hard to explain until you actually have it in your hands. There are insightful liner notes from producer Tony Visconti, and to top it off there is a listing of all the dates on the 1978 world tour (interesting to see how many of the US concert sites of those days are no longer around). In all, the new-and-improved "Stage" is essential for any serious Bowie fan.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Overlooked
    This is one of Bowie's most criticized albums.I never understood why, considering the quality of the recording and the talent of the band, which included Carlos Alomar, one of the most important figures in Bowie's work, along with King Crimson member Adrian Belew (who seems to have performed with many important groups, the Talking Heads among them), and an incredible rhythm section, which included George Murray hammering the bass.

    Tony Visconti, the producer, made some good points in the liner notes, among them that he wanted the quality of this recording to really shine, so he was very careful with microphone placement, even using four mics for the crowd, initially done for quadraphonic sound, but it now helps today with the surround mix.He also mentioned that there are NO overdubs, and only one edit to make sure "Station to Station" was a good take (he put two performances together).The overall result is a crisp and nearly perfect sounding concert.

    Bowie's vocals are quite good, almost perfect, but that's Bowie.Bowie's vocal on "Heroes" is stunning, arguably better than the original, and the ending of "Ziggy Stardust", where he holds the note, is amazing. As Visconti has put it in the past, he's a one or two take singer.He can't help that he sings well.So I never understood the critics who said his vocals were too precise.Does he need to cough?Sing off key?

    As for the band, they were on fire.Adrian Belew's guitar work was incredible, especially on "Heroes."Another song improved live is "What in the World", which benefits from a slower reggae swing in the beginning.I also love the electric violin on the instrumental "Warszawa".Give Bowie credit for playing his unusual instrumentals live, considering the impatience of American audiences; personally, I think they add to the atmosphere the show.It was a wise decision to re-sequence the tracks in the order of the concert (past versions were chronological).

    One of the gems is the previously unreleased "Stay".The band really shines on this track.I wonder why it wasn't included on past versions.

    No, I'm not a fan of "Alabama Song", "TVC 15" is a bit fast, and I do wish the guitars were a little more up front in the mix, but these are minor criticisms. This is an overlooked album in Bowie's catalog.Check it out.

    (Also, if you can find the three disc version of "Bowie at the Beeb", disc three is from a stunning concert he gave in 2000.) ... Read more

    13. Any Given Thursday
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Essence of John
    Dave Matthews, Dispatch, O.A.R., it all ends up the same. There's only so much of an essence of the band that you can capture with studio albums. The only way to truly experience the band is to see them live. If you can't see them live, the next best thing is to get the live CD, put it in your stereo and kick back. The formula doesn't change for John Mayer and his double CD live release, "Any Given Thursday." Many of the studio versions of songs on his LP "Room for Squares" get a nice extended facelift on this album. The opener, "3x5," gets a nice drum-laced intro. Songs like "Neon," "83" and "Why Georgia" also get that extra special ingredient in a live concert that does not do the songs justice on the studio album. The real gem of the performance is the acoustic set. "Love Song for No One" gets the honors of being the best song of the performance, as John gets a chance to shine alone. He also does an excellent rendition of the Police's "Message in a Bottle," a song I find particularly bland, but that may just be me. Even so, John gives it a laid-back flair and lets the crowd groove along. What prevents this album from getting that fifth star are the basic carbon-copies of the studio versions of "No Such Thing," "Your Body is a Wonderland" and "My Stupid Mouth." Nevertheless, the songs are just as catchy as the originals. If you're new to John Mayer, I suggest getting "Room for Squares" first, but this album suppliments it nicely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT GOOD FABULOUS
    This is not my usual type of music. I don't care for bluesy stuff, and I HATE "live" albums for the oxymoron that they are. Having said that, I saw this on VH1 and was so blown away that I went and bought this live CD because it's so darn good.
    John Mayer's voice has a raw sexiness to it that I haven't heard in awhile. His guitar playing is expressive, emotive, and passionate. The way he goes from total exuberance to kind of being subdued and reflective on "Covered In Rain" is 10 minutes of aural pleasure. "Why Georgia" is fun, as is "Your Body is a Wonderland." I wasn't too thrilled with the sting cover or the covers at the end, but it does show an interesting ability to take one basic beat/melody and pull together an eclectic mix of genres. I don't get the Sting/Dave Matthews references, except that they are similar; I wouldn't call him a wannabe of either of these men. I highly recommend this album. DROP EVERYTHING AND GO BUY IT!!! :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
    I was very pleased when I first listened to this CD. Many live bands do not perform very well on stage, however this is completely wrong for John Mayer. He is an exceptionally great live performer. He really gets up there and blows away the audience. His singing is great and so is his guitar skills. He plays the guitar sensationally. He also changes guitars to best suit the song; its great too. You almost feel as if your at the concert with John with this CD. The sound of the instruments is great, along with John's great singing. It's a great quality. While performing, he really gets into his music; this is shown by his great singing. This CD includes the ever so popular "Comfortable" song which is not on either his first cds, Room for Squares and Heavier things. Some other great songs on this CD include: No Such Thing, City Love, Something's Missing. There are 15 great songs in all. I highly recommend this CD to everybody.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Exptected
    I am not a huge John Mayer fan. I know the radio hits, that's about it. Someone recommended "Any Given Thursday" to me, and much to my surprise I have really come to like this album. Meant as a stop-gap until Mayer would release his second album, and as a quick cash-in to Mayer's quick rise to stardom, this live collection nevertheless delivers.

    "Any Given Thursday" (2 CDs, 101 min.) is the complete recording of a September 2002 concert in Birmingham, AL. The set contains, not surprisingly, the bulk of the "Room for Squares" album (10 of its 13 tracks are here), and Mayer delivers them confidently, at times taking his time to "jam" with his band. My favorite tracks include the sublime "Why Georgia", "83" and "Neon" (all of which are on CD2, clearly the better of CD1). There is also the obligatory "John solo" mini-set, which contains a great cover of Sting's "Message in a Bottle" (I don't miss Sting's whining voice at all!). Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, there is not a single song previewing the "Heavier Things" album.

    In all, I was very pleasantly surprised with this album. OK, John Mayer live invites comparisons to Dave Matthews Band, there's no denying that. But hey, is that such a bad thing? Not in my book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the Mellow Listener
    Excellent album. John Mayer seems to find some way to not bore me with a live album. I usually buy live albums and skip to the songs I like but this is a well put together set and great for long car rides. I recommend anything by John, everything is good. Tracks that stand out on this album include "Lenny/Man on the Side", "Neon", "Why Georgia" and "Your Body is a Wonderland." Whole album is good. Great purchase for the mellow music listener. ... Read more

    14. Ben Folds Live
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    Ben Folds Live is a stellar exception to the rule that live albums are contractually obliged stocking fillers. Folds is at his best on stage with only a grand piano for company. He is a compelling showman who's blessed with an unforced charm that complements the anger and melancholy that informs most of his songs: the self-lacerating "Army" loses nothing by having a hall of people bellowing the saxophone and trumpet parts as Folds conducts them. The material here spans Folds' work with the three-piece Ben Folds Five as well as 2001's excellent solo debut. The readings of "Fred Jones," "The Luckiest," and "Brick" display an immediacy and intimacy that transcend the recorded versions. A couple of worthwhile curiosities--a minor chord rearrangement of "Song for the Dumped" and a faithful, affecting version of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" round out the offerings. This is an impeccable document of a superior performer at work. --Andrew Mueller ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Folds Takes Audience on Solo Outing
    On this album, Ben Folds takes us on a musical journey through some classic Ben Folds Five songs--Solo! This is a live album. It's just Ben, a Baldwin Piano, a stage, and the audience. This disc package also offers a bonus DVD which is especially rewarding, as we can see Ben perform some of the very songs featured on the audio CD.

    After the breakup of the band Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds himself went solo, releasing an album called Rockin the Suburbs on Sept.11, 2001. This album contains live versions of several songs from this album as well as Ben Folds Five standards from their first three studio albums.

    Ben does an amazingly good job keeping the rhythm flowing, even without his band. His playing goes from sincere to aggressive very easily.

    If you are a fan already, buy this album. If you are new, try the album Whatever and Ever Amen first.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Live Performance at its Best
    If nothing else, Ben Folds is a performer. He is a song writer, lyricist and artist, but he revels in live performance more than anything. When Ben Folds Five toured, their shows were exhilirating, and so were Ben Folds' initial solo tours. But when Ben Folds decided to ditch the backup band and go literally solo (with just his baby grand), it took his music to an new level.

    I saw three of the shows from this tour, aptly titled "Ben Folds and a Piano", and the final CD production has done the shows justice. On all the tracks, Folds makes up for the lack of a band with just his piano, altering the songs to take on new forms. The result is a stripped down, more raw version that brings out the intensity in even his lightest, most comical songs. Additionally, the packaged DVD gives you a little idea of the way he involved the crowd in the shows.

    The album is a must for anyone who missed the tour and would like to get a small experience of Ben Folds in his element.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Live Performers Ever!
    I wasn't a huge Ben Folds fan until I saw him live opening on the Lottapiano's tour for Tori Amos. I was only slightly familiar with Ben Folds Five, and wasn't even aware that he had gone solo. Shame on me! I was missing out on some incredible music. Not only is Ben Folds and incredible live performer, but he's an incredible musician, storyteller, and artist. Unlike so many acts out there today, he has plenty of talent aside from merely holding a microphone and looking pretty. His lyrics are definitely amusing and very witty, and his piano playing is unrivalled (with the exception of his 2003 tour partner Tori). In comparison to what I've heard of Ben Folds Five, I like his solo material better by far. He is certainly talented enough to hold his own on stage without any backup.

    I believe that sometimes in order to really, truly appreciate someone's music and musical talent, you need to see them live. Luckily, you don't have to fork out the money for expensive concert tickets in order capture that energy and essence in this case. This inexpensive CD does that for you, and believe me, it's worth every penny!

    Some highlights on this CD include:

    Track 2 "Zak and Sara;" This song really showcases Ben's piano playing ability, and has really great lyrics. Definitely a song that you will get stuck in your head and find yourself singing all day long!

    Track 5 "Not the Same;" A great song that manages to be emotional and funny at the same time. Tells the story of a friend who went on an acid trip that changed his life.

    Track 9 "Brick;" Tells the tragic tale of Ben and his high school girlfriend getting an abortion, and what it feels like. A great slow, emotional song.

    Track 11 "Army;" Great lyrics that tell a story about Ben Folds getting into music. Very funny song, and great piano playing! This one is particularly fun live when Ben has the audience sing the brass parts.

    Track 13 "Tiny Dancer;" Ben does and awesome job covering this Elton John song. I never really liked it before until I heard this version.

    I would recommend this CD to anyone who can appreciate great piano playing and superbly witty lyrics. The only thing this CD doesn't do is capture some of his humorous stories in between songs. If you ever get the opportunity to see Ben Folds live, definitely go see him! You won't regret it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1 word: AMAZING
    Ben Folds is a genius. His music is incredible, and sounds even better live. This is a great 2-disc set, and the DVD of songs is great too! His impression of Elton John in Tiny Dancer on the DVD is priceless. This is a must-have for any true Ben Folds fan!

    5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite BF album
    Although the audience noise can be a bit annoying sometimes, I really like this album the best because of the variety of songs. He plays some Ben Folds Five songs as well as others. It's interesting to hear the stories behind some of the songs, and I enjoy the music with just the piano. ... Read more

    15. Live from Mars
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    With a slate of more than 200 shows a year, Ben Harper has never been an album-tour-album-tour kind of artist; for him and his fans, the stage is the ultimate proving ground. So after four studio albums, Harper has finally released his first official live set, a 25-song double-disc collection that surveys each of his four albums and adds a couple of well-executed, if not terribly inventive, covers. Disc one is electric and finds Harper and the Innocent Criminals tearing through their patented mix of rock, folk, soul, and blues. Yet, the solo-acoustic disc two is the true prize, putting the spotlight squarely on Harper's incredibly agile, versatile, and enormously moving voice. In this pared-down setting, Harper shows an uncanny ability to connect with his audience, offering one spellbinding performance after another. Culled from two years' worth of shows--no two songs are taken from the same concert--Live from Mars provides a welcome overview of Harper's many facets. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Past Due
    Finally Ben Harper has a live album and while it's past due it's well worth the wait. This cd is a perfect compilation highlighting the many aspects of his show with one disc being the band and one being solo acoustic. And because each is taken from a different night, every song is top quality. Especial highlights for me would be "Steal My Kisses" w/Rahzel and the cover of the Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work." The only complaint one could have would be the inevitable and unavoidable one of track selection. There are going to be a few of his songs not on this that you wish were but if anything that just makes all the reason for another live album of similar nature to be released. And that is definitely a good thing so if you buy this and you are not amazed, maybe you are listening to the wrong type of music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I already love this album
    For those who don't about know them, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are going to be a pleasant surprise: their music has this incredibly big sound, but the material is very introspective and personal. Ben Harper as a musician is a study in contrast also: his vocals are kind of reminiscent of Cat Stevens if he was a gospel singer, and he plays these blistering licks and chords, completely without any showmanship at all, dictated by his lap-style playing.

    Live from Mars is a great title, and a great description. It's a two-record set of live recordings; seemingly recorded in a variety of venues and edited together. This gives the entire album a kind of weird disconnected feeling - the recordings are soundboard mixes that eliminate most of the crowd noise, but it actually serves the songs pretty well. The two discs have been organized to be Loud (disc one) and Quiet (disc two) - kind of splitting up the flow of a coherent performance. While this would be my only complaint, it does allow you to listen to an entire record of your preference, however.

    Ben Harper's albums can be a little spotty because the variety of his playing: from bluegrass and zydeco-influenced, to wailing rock guitar, to funky covers of Motown. His live shows are incredible however, and with live recordings like Live From Mars, we'll never need a greatest hits record.

    This album is a complete out-of-body experience, either Loud or Quiet. If you like great songwriting that has a great vibe and a great rhythm, or you just like artists that don't sound like anyone else, get this record.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have
    A classmate always talked about Ben Harper, so I decided to download a couple of his songs to see what he was about. I didnt really like what I heard but when I borrowed Live From Mars it completely changed my mind. Disc 2 is great and I can listen to it over and over for hours. After hearing the studio versions and live versions I realize that I like Ben much better live. If you havent been impressed by Ben yet buy Live From Mars and you will be. Everyone loves DMB but I think that Ben is much better. I cant wait to catch a concert.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointed
    Ben Harper was brought to my attention through his association with Jack Johnson. Then Direct TV showed Ben Harper this month on their free concert. I only saw part of the show and decided to buy Live from Mars as my first (and last) Ben Harper CD. I can't get into his doesn't have any flow. His guitar playing is mediocre at best, and his vocals even worse. At times I thought Tiny Tim had come back from the dead. I'll stick with Jack Johnson. Ben Harper was not what I expected, and I utterly fail to see what all the hype is about.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a good sampling of Harper's work
    The editorial review nails it in describing this release, but what it fails to mention is that the best part of this compilation is the cover of the Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work." Harper's version of this song is beyond spectacular. There are no words to appropriately describe his ability to seemingly connect w/suffering and hardship and portray it w/such grace, sensitivity, and emotion. It's up there w/Elliot Smith's "Between the Bars." Not to mention that the "Whole Lotta Love" cover that's played in the middle of "Faded" makes it my new favorite BH song. The only reason I won't give this release 5 stars is because I would have preferred to hear a different mix of songs, but this album is still highly recommended. ... Read more

    16. I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
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    By now, everyone knows how adventurous Radiohead are, which makes this live record--a hairy rock-band cliché--seem like a strange capper to their decidedly cliché-rejecting records. But throughout the hubbub surrounding Kid A, and its Amnesiac companion piece, Radiohead never embraced the notion that they're reinventing anything. Even while a tempest of critics hailed the band as saviors, pulling rock from the jaws of consumerist self-destruction, the band ignored it all, going into stadiums and working out their twisted angst through angry, direct means."National Anthem"'s fuzzed-out riff rages aggressively behind Thom Yorke's crazed, breath-scat vocal, giving the song a rollicking edge that was nowhere on Kid A. The same effect is heard on "Idioteque," as Yorke, getting backup vocal help from the crowd, sings over an acoustic beat, removing the distant, electronic touch of the studio version. "True Love Waits" aptly ends the record with Yorke and a solo acoustic guitar, which finds just the right touch on a song that Radiohead have played with for years (long-term fans should note the first ever appearance on record of the track). In the end, Radiohead don't really stray too far from the original templates of these songs, they merely play up the highs and milk the lows, just like any good rock band should. -- Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Or They Might Be Right
    An extraordinary live compilation, and as such, one of the best live records you'll hear this year. In this format, the music takes center stage; the songs are good enough to avoid any 'experimental' label the critics might try to bestow on it.

    Standout tracks: Morning Bell, Idioteque, and Everything In Its Right Place morphing into Dollars and Cents. Any other band would kill to have a back catalogue like this. What's more amazing is that all the songs (save the atmospheric True Love Waits) come from just two albums: Kid A and Amnesiac. The casual fan might be disappointed that there's no 'Creep,' the rock fan might bemoan the total lack of Bends material, and the critic might complain about OK Computer's absence, but if you've liked any of their albums, this one belongs on your CD rack.

    Even better, with only 8 songs, this is no 70's type double live album. It's just rock music that rocks you, and then leaves the building. Just like its supposed to.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Album but missing some good songs.
    I just purchased the new Radiohead live album, and let me tell you what this album kicks ass! There are only a few groups that I would even consider buying live albums from, Rush and Radiohead are probably the only two. I did not even know this album was coming out, I just happened to see it listed on Amazon. The track listings are as follows:

    The National Anthem
    I might be wrong
    Morning bell
    Like spinning plates
    Everything in its right place
    Dollars and cents
    True love waits

    The majority of the album is from Kid A and Amnesiac. My favorites included: The National Anthem, Morning Bell, Idioteque, Everything in its right place and True love waits. The majority of my favorite songs are off Kid A. I especially like True love waits; I have never heard that song until I bought this album, the acoustical song is a great ending to the album. The only drawback that I can see from this album is that they don't put anything on from before Kid A. There are a TON of good songs from OK Computer and The Bends that they could have added to this album but did not. A single Live album does not do this group justice a double album would have been awesome! But all in all this was the best ($$$)I ever spent, do yourself a favor and go get this album!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Let Me Be The First To Say...
    Let me be the first to say that this album is a "must own" for any Radiohead fan. I know some fans of their early music were confused or disappointed by the fussy studio electronica of Kid A and Amnesiac but live versions of these songs take on new dimensions and show how powerful and energetic they can be. If you've seen them live you're aware of how great their shows are. I Might Be Wrong captures their energy pretty well and lets you look at the songs in a new way. The one drawback is the disk is only 40 minutes long, that's 40 minutes too short for me!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Radiohead album?
    There are valid criticisms of this album: the abbreviated length, the fact that anyone with a high-speed internet connection can make up their own collection of live tunes. But the availability of complete live shows doesn't negate what this is: a superb little record that chooses quality over quantity, resulting in flawless music all the way through. That's the rarest of all accomplishments, for a live or studio album.

    Radiohead open up on stage in ways they never do in the studio. They manage to convey a range of sound comparable to their albums' production effects, but without the calculated distance. The result is that each of the songs here seems a truer version of itself: noisier, more powerful and more genuine. Like Spinning Plates and Everything in Its Right Place, in particular, crackle with new emotion. And all the songs benefit from what's best about live work: they're energized by the fact that they balance constantly on edge of possible failure (though of course these were selected because they succeed).

    Anyone who has only listened to Radiohead's albums will benefit from hearing how they flourish on stage; and anyone who already knows live Radiohead should cherish these outstanding mixes. In the company of only their fans, Radiohead finally aren't afraid to be a great band.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get This For "Spinning Plates" Alone
    the songs are all executed well.
    my brother enjoys this albums version of "i might be wrong" more than the AMNESIAC's version.

    but, this version of "SPINNING PLATES" is the real reason to get this.
    it's just brilliant.

    i got this as an afterthought, but i'm really glad i have it. ... Read more

    17. Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition (1984 Film)
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    The soundtrack to the Jonathan Demme documentary, Stop Making Sense captures the Talking Heads live in 1984 on what would turn out to be their last major tour. This collection, and the film, is a true gift to the band's fans, a testament to the Heads' extraordinary talent, both in the studio and especially onstage. Frontman David Byrne infuses each song with a jolt of energy and drama that could only have come from a late-'70s art-school student. Now-classic tracks such as "Psycho Killer," "Girlfriend is Better," "Once in a Lifetime," "Take Me to the River," and "Burning Down the House" have never sounded better. This expanded 1999 reissue includes all nine of the original tracks, plus seven previously unheard cuts, including "Heaven," "Found a Job," and "Crosseyed and Painless." --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Talking Heads LIVEs again!
    Talking Heads have revamped the soundtrack to possibly the best post modern concert rock film ever made. This is not you're older brothers soundtrack. In fact, die hard fans needn't worry. This Special Edition is more in tune with the film. Better sound quality and different mixes appear from the start like in "Psycho Killer." Less drum machine and more acoustic guitar. I love this version better than the original one I grew up with because I think this Special Edition fully captures the Talking Heads concert experience. I love the fact that I can finally jam to the definitive version of "Stop Making Sense" in my car. So, if you want to feeling like burning down your house with a killer live show than the Special Edition Stop Making Sense is the CD for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Talking Heads best collection but not true to the movie.
    While this is ceratainly a fantastic album and probabely the Talking Heads best overall collection it is not the exact sound track as advertised. I own a VHS HIFI copy of the actual movie and have played it in the form of an audio cassette at least 100 times. The current new issue does not contain all the songs in the movie and several of the included tracks are not the ones in the movie. For instance, the hypnotic guitar solo during the introduction to Cross Eyed and Painless, perhaps the Talking Heads most energetic song, has been dramatically shortened from the version in the movie. Despite these frustrating shortcomings the newly released Stop Making Sense is far superior to the original release and should be considered an essential for any Talking Heads fan!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "The less we say about it the better...."
    Back when I was a kid, during the 80s, my first love, whom I met at camp, used to write to me long detailed letters of her life, which seemed far more interesting and visceral than my own backwoods existence. She once mentioned that she liked Talking Heads, a group I'd never heard of but I ran straight out and bought the first cassette by them I could find -- "Stop Making Sense."

    I used to go around on my paper route, in the freezing rain, under a hooded sweatshirt, cranking "What a Day That Was" and "Burning Down the House" on my Walkman, chilled to the bone and soaking wet but warmed by the incredibly upbeat rhythms and confusing lyrics.

    By the time I was finally able to get the movie on VHS, I'd listened to the tape a million times and knew most of the songs. But I didn't know what the band looked like or what their stage show involved. Not only was I blown away anew by the Heads, but there were all these other songs I'd never heard. How, I wondered, could they ever have left "Naive Melody" off the initial album?

    Anyway, that old first love is long gone, but she turned me on to the Talking Heads before she split and now the album has been reissued with the set-list intact (except for two songs). This music is caffeine in a bright cold can; it's like waking up and looking out the window and finding snow; it's drier-warmed sheets, and it's also the sound of a Saturday wake and bake, the sound of the first spring-forward Sunday afternoon. Good sounds. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The version I was waiting for
    In 1984, I saw Jonathan Demme's "Stop Making Sense" four separate times--this was not unusual for any Talking Heads fan. So when the soundtrack was released, I rushed to get a copy. It's not hard to imagine my disappointment to find that it only contained nine songs from the film. Nine! Where were "Heaven", "This Must Be the Place" and the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love"? This soundtrack was nothing less than a gyp!

    Now, almost two decades later, is this new edition which contains so many of the tunes that I found unforgiveably left off the original! The sound is crisp and true. Without trying to overemphasize the importance of Talking Heads, this documentary of a truly great tour will reveal why this band had such a following, and why its music is still influencing the music of today.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition (1984 Film) [EXTRA TR
    I can not hide the fact that I think the singer for this group in question has no tallent at all. He sounds like a man trying way to hard and sounding even worst then if his effort was half hearted. This album, i.e., Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition (1984 Film) [EXTRA TRACKS] [SOUNDTRACK] [LIVE]
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    18. The Tigers Have Spoken
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    It might seem a bit of a letdown to have waited 26 months (Case is such a transcendent singer, her fans were waiting the two years between Blacklisted and Tigers) for a brief, live effort that's half cover versions. But this disc is wide-ranging and superb, that rare breed of live album (think At Budokan and Small Town Romance) which ranks amongst an artist's finest, most representative work. Recorded in 2004 in Toronto and Chicago, Case is absolutely on fire for the ballads and the ass-kicking tunes. This is largely due to a ripping backing band composed of the Sadies and Jon Rauhouse, with fellow Corn Sister Carolyn Mark and Kelly Hogan lending their vocal talents (the effect's like Trio, but better). The album's title is discussed in a brief example of Case's between-song banter, an expression of her off-color humor which will not surprise those lucky enough to have seen her perform before. And if you never have yourself, this here’s the next best thing.--Mike McGonigal ... Read more

    19. Unplugged
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Album
    Beggining To End Pure Genius!!!!!!! What a line up, its perfect. I've been a Alice In Chains fan for 3 years now i've heard all of their cds but this one comes out on top. This CD is the best unplugged cd ever hands down.

    1.Nutshell 10/10 awesome song to start the cd off with, unplugged version is 10x better then studio version.

    2.Brother 10/10 Awesome guitar, awesome voice, pure Awesome!!!Catchy Chorus.

    3.No Excuses 10/10 One Of the best songs on the CD!!!

    4.Sludge Factory 9/10 Not a catchy one But still it is still cool.

    5.Down in a Hole 11/10 Best song on the CD I could listen to this song unplugged all day it really forces you to play this song over and over again....Best song ever!!!!

    6.Angry Chair 10/10 Pure Genius!!!!

    7.Rooster 10/10 Everyone Knows This Song!!!

    8.Got Me Wrong 10.5/10 This song is definitly one of the best songs on the CD.

    9.Heaven Beside You 9/10 Never Really got into this song until I Heard it Unplugged.

    10.Would? 10/10 Speechless just listen to it yourself Unplugged.

    11.Frogs 8/10 Least favorite on the CD but it is still a great song...

    12.Over Now 9/10 Great Song!!!

    13.Killer is Me 10/10 Great song to end with!!!

    This CD is completely amazing from track 1 to track 13 don't miss out on such a good CD Buy it Now!!! Alice in Chains Best Band of All Time!!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars This was the wrong band to go completely unplugged.
    Alice in Chains' music has always carried a savage beauty, never compromised by Jerry Cantrell's ferocious guitars or Layne Staley's tortured vocals. Indeed, the majesty and beauty of songs such as "Down in a Hole", "Man in the Box", "No Excuses", "Rotten Apple" and especially the band's best song, "Would?", gained in emotional impact because of the electric guitars and multitracked vocals.

    Which is why Unplugged is hands down the weakest Alice in Chains release.

    The songs are still powerful -- Cantrell's sure sense of melody would take a lot to demolish. But there isn't a single performance on here that beats the original recordings. "Would?", for example, sorely needed that ominous electric-guitar line sneaking through the break section; "Down in the Hole"'s moody grind went missing on the all-acoustic version; "No Excuses" became morose and less intimate (surprising in an unplugged setting) for lack of electric-guitar colouring.

    Now that Alice in Chains has a real greatest-hits album out (with a boxed set on the way), there isn't much point to this unplugged collection. Stay with the studio recordings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best MTV Unplugged Performance Ever.....
    I realize this may offend Nirvana fans but Alice In Chains'dynamic and gut-wrenching "Unplugged" performance is, without a doubt, the finest acoustic show ever recorded. I love Nirvana's unplugged set but nothing in music compares to AIC's tortured set. Witness Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell harmonizing. Even when they slip, and there are times when they do, they are unbelivable. The band was tight and Jerry's guitar playing here is excellent when you consider that he had all kinds of equipment problems and a bad stomach virus. Truly a professional. The band's excellence alone would be enough to back up my opinion in this review but when you add Layne's vocal performance to the package, it becomes insurmountable. There is nothing like listening to the pain, anger, suffering, humor, and sorrow in Layne's voice. Kurt Cobain was depressed his entire life and so the angst in his songs was not suprising or unexpected. Layne, however, was a happy, friendly guy who was destroyed by his heroin addiction. He knew it was killing him and he couldn't stop. Knowing all this, his pain becomes your pain when you listen to Alice in Chains.
    As an experiment, put this CD on in your player at home with no background noise and no distraction. It is probably better to do this at night. You can also play it in your car, at night. If you put on "Down In A Hole" and listen to it in those settings and you don't get goosebumps, I don't know that you are human. Layne's vocals, while powerful and kickass on AIC's studio and live records, are so much more potent here. If you have ever been depressed or addicted, you feel as one with Layne. I can't say enough about his performance. Over the years, you could hear his voice declining as a result of his abuse of heroin. Here, he summons all his strength and almost seems capable of exorcising the demons that haunt him. Alas, it was not to be. Layne was found dead in 2002. So for all of you people out there complaining about the lack of new Alice In Chains material, it is not to be. Layne is gone and I don't think he can record 9 new alblums after death like Sublime or Tupac. Alice In Chains, the greatest Seattle band, the greatest grunge band, and the greatest band of the 90's will forever have it's place in rock's history. Let's hope for a Hall Of Fame induction soon. As for this remarkable album, BUY IT NOW! A gripping performance, perhaps not the best of Alice In Chains' career, but it will still leave you with that powerful feeling. I can't describe it and very few artists can accomplish it but true fans know what I'm talking about. GET THIS CD NOW!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...even if you don't like the band!
    This is an excellent CD, by far one of the best I own. I usually find Alice in Chains to be a little too metal for my taste, but this CD is just great. You have to listen to it, I guarantee you'll love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
    I am a bit biased- as I am a huge AIC fan- but I have probably listened to this album over 100 times. I love it. I defy you to listen to this album and not get the chills. If you are thinking of purchasing only one Alice in Chains album- buy this one. ... Read more

    20. Stone Steel & Bright Lights
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    Recorded throughout September and October of 2003, as Farrar criss-crossed the country with the DC-based 5-piece, Canyon, as his backing band, Stone Steel & Bright Lights offers a diverse collection of Farrar’s solo career.The album features 2 new originals ("Doesn’t Have to Be This Way" and "6 String Belief"), 15 songs from Farrar’s 3 solo releases, as well as 2 well-chosen covers (Syd Barrett’s "Lucifer Sam" and Neil Young’s "Like A Hurricane).As a bonus, the album package also features an 11-song DVD with performance footage from Slim’s in San Francisco. The new originals, "Doesn't Have to Be This Way" and "6 String Belief", prove to be especially timely eventhough they were written and recorded in 2003.According to Farrar, "'Doesn't Have to Be This Way' reflects the headlines in the newspapers during that period," and frames its surging protest against a "new world of shame" with a chiming piano and mournful lap steel."6 String Belief" touches on an issue that seems equally close to the songwriter's heart - the strength of rock and roll to renew and redeem itself in moments when it becomes jaded, corrupted and bankrupt.The song, says Farrar, "deals with the idea of rebellion against the status quo in a music industry context.When corporate blitzes and payola reach a saturation point at the mainstream level, it spawns a reaction of good music - a grassroots, do-it-yourself level." He calls the song "two-thirds idealism and one third reality."

    Stone, Steel & Bright Lights documents the acrobatic swings from quiet intimacy to guitar roar that typify Farrar's approach to live performance.Resisting the urge merely to regurgitate his studio recordings, Farrar, with Canyon's help, reinterprets, reinvents and offers up new material.As Stone, Steel & Bright Lights unfolds, some of the best songs of Farrar's solo career roll out of the speakers in astonishing new guises or with clever new twists in arrangement or instrumentation.This collection proves that the heart of Farrar's last three records lay not in manipulating tape but in his superb songwriting. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey Jay, Cool!
    I've been a little down on old Jay since he cut the Son Volt boys loose. His solo stuff seemed like good songs smothered by too many ideas. How do those somgs sound live? Fantastic! Stripped of the studio noodling, they are allowed to live and breathe. Most are given full band treatments due to the fine backing efforts of Canyon. There are even two new songs, "It Doesn't Have Be This Way" and "6 String Belief". Songs that call for change in both the political and musical worlds. Do I have to mention a way cool cover of Neil Young's "Like A Hurricane" to seal the deal? I wouldn't mind some "Crazy Horse" type tunes on future Jay albums. Finally, the voice. If there's a more distinctive voice in the music business today, I'd be hard pressed to come up with a name. That "high lonesome" sound gets me every time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jay Farrar's best work as a "solo" artist
    While the name just says Jay Farrar on the title, it is the performance of Canyon in a backup role which makes this such a successful album/DVD combo.

    I have been a huge fan of Jay's solo projects, but it seemed as if something was missing from them. In Stone, Steel & Bright Lights Canyon provides a wonderful wall of sound that brings a more vibrant life to the collection of Jay Farrar's songs from his three solo releases. Everyone who was involved with Uncle Tupelo seems more interested in playing with the knobs in the mixing studio than just playing their instruments, the live format prevents Jay from taking that route on his own songs. It is a pleasant diversion for the listeners sake.

    The two new songs on this album, Doesn't Have to Be This Way and Six String Belief are very impressive and I think his best creations since Greenwich Time(which I was pleased to see not just on the album but on the DVD as well). For me the highlights of his previous released material were: Vitamins, Feed Kill Chain, All Your Might, Clear Day Thunder, and Cahokian.

    The two covers, Lucifer Sam and Like a Hurricane, are simply outstanding both on the album and DVD. It gives both Jay and Canyon a chance to get away from the core material and rock out. And in a way it brings up what I think is the one weakness in this album. It would be nice to see Jay take the same kind of turn it up and spit it out attitude to some of his own songs that he eagerly takes to the covers.

    The DVD isn't that flashy, and it has most of the songs that are on the album. However just seeing the on stage antics of one Canyon band member itself is worth several viewings. I prefer the DVD version of the covers to the album versions.

    I would hesitate to call this a Best Of album for Farrar's solo work, the ommission of Barstow and more of the original songs on ThirdShiftGrottoSlack was upsetting to me at least, but it is THE place for anyone interested in Jay's solo career to get started.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Live Solo Effort! with a DVD for visuals
    a great effort from Jay as a solo artist!
    it definitely has a few moments to enjoy.

    good show!

    the DVD bonus adds more beauty

    might as well pick this one up
    it's on the level of early Son Volt, but solo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Farrar at his best
    I was so fortunate to attend the January 23rd show at Slim's in San Francisco that is included, in part, on the bonus DVD of this album (you can see me next to the stage, on the right side, bobbing my head a bit). Slim's club is basically a simple box that holds maybe 400 people at most, but it has excellent acoustics and a great, bluesy atmosphere to it. It's one of those places that looks so simple on the outside but has so much soul to it, and I think the venue fit Farrar perfectly. Truth be told, the bonus DVD was why I bought this album, but when I listened to the accompanying CD, I was amazed. The two new tracks ("6 String Belief" and "Doesn't Have To Be This Way") are energetic and catchy and carry a strong message to them...they really make the CD worth it in and of themselves. And if that wasn't enough, you're also treated to wonderful live versions of his best solo work (my personal favorite being "Cahokian", which is a bit too sleepy for my tastes on the album, but is fantastic live) and his incredible covers of "Like A Hurricane" and "Lucifer Sam", both of which make one wonder (and hope) that Farrar will bring some of that remarkable energy into his third solo album, to be released in the indefinite future. Clear Day Thunder, Damn Shame, and Feel Free deserve similar praise; they got the crowd jumping in SF (the closest thing Farrar will ever see to moshing, I suppose) and will make you want to do so in your living room as well. The whole album is simply infectiously energetic...if I could give 6 stars to this album, I would. It stands heads and shoulders above most anything in my music collection. For anybody who even remotely likes Farrar, you have to have this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MUSTARD CUT
    Live album's from ligit label's don't generally cut the mustard.that being said,this one does.this ranks up there with neil young's live rust,and neil's unplugged,as great live cd's.You get a lot of alternitive takes on jay's song's,giving the song's a different flow to their counterparts on the studio album's.jay's take on lucifer sam is worth the money alone.Great live cd!! ... Read more

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