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    1. Alison Krauss & Union Station
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    2. Live at 25
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    3. Live in Hawaii (With Bonus DVD)
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    4. Josh Groban Live at The Greek
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    5. Mirrorball
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    6. Movin' Out (Based on the Songs
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    7. A New Day...Live In Las Vegas
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    8. Josh Groban in Concert (with Bonus
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    9. Hot August Night
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    10. Black & White Night
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    11. It's Too Late to Stop Now
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    12. Live Acoustic
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    13. Live! At the Desert Inn
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    14. Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington
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    15. Live 1975-1985
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    16. An Evening with John Denver
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    17. On Stage
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    18. Wings Over America
    19. Majikat
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    20. Back in the U.S. Live 2002

    1. Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live
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    Asin: B00006LLLN
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 105
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    This two-CD, 25-song set, recorded in Louisville on two nights in the spring of 2002, finds bluegrass's most celebrated crossover band at the top of its game. Krauss's warm, feathery vocals, capable of conveying complex emotions in a single note, appear more full-bodied than in studio recordings, yet lose none of their sensual appeal or dramatic tension. She's perfect, for example, as the melancholy temptress on "Let Me Touch You for Awhile," coming across as both savior and seductress, while Jerry Douglas's Dobro echoes the searing strains of passion and pain. With banjoist-guitarist Ron Block, bassist Barry Bales, and guest drummer Larry Atamanuik anchoring the rhythm, the ensemble deftly blends bluegrass with jazz, rock, and folk, combining lightning speed (though rushing through "Forget About It") with sophisticated chops, tangible emotion, and thrilling vocal blends. The crowd, more spellbound with every note, doesn't even breathe on "Ghost in This House" and nearly tears the place down on Dan Tyminski's voice-of-George Clooney showcase, "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow." But who could blame them? It's only one highlight on an album of uncommon artistry, a moving testament to how good live music can be in the hands of world-class players. --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful voice!
    I have ordered the live CD set but have not yet received it. However, what prompted me to order it was seeing Alison and Union Station live on television a couple of weeks ago, performing these very songs. Nothing can compare with music played by true music-lovers. Folk musicians tend to perform, not for the money, but for the sheer love of the music. Alison Krauss and Union Station are definitely in that category. I loved the movie "O, Brother Where Art Thou?" and Alison's "Down to the River to Pray" was my favorite of all the songs on the soundtrack; that was my very first introduction to her lovely voice. I simply cannot wait to receive my CD's! I hope to introduce their wonderful music to my family and friends.

    5-0 out of 5 stars talent and musicianship too great to rate
    Like many other listeners, I first experienced Alison Krauss' ethereal voice in "O Brother, Where Art Thou." I promptly purchased the soundtrack, which incidentally still gets frequent playing time in my home. Honestly, I hadn't intended to purchase Alison Krauss' work until until I caught a clip of this very same LIVE performance on television. I was so impressed with her musicianship (live shows are good at separating 'studio' artists from the real ones), her poise, the immense talent of her band that I went out and ordered this CD shortly thereafter.

    Hands down, it's one of the recordings I've heard EVER. With 99% of the albums I purchase, there are a select number of songs I like, and the rest is sort of filler material. There is NO filler on this album. Alison's simple, expressive, angel-like vocals (but boy can she hollar too, make no bones about that!) are reason enough to buy this album, but there are also very fine performances by her bandmates and one guest artist. All in all, a perfect package.

    Take it from one whose musical collection consists of anything BUT bluegrass or country, and whose musical training is centered primarily around opera, you will wonder why you haven't bought anything of Alison Krauss' before and thank your lucky stars for finding her now.

    If you're still reticent, listen to "Maybe" on Disc 2. Have your credit card ready.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AK and Union Station Live
    Even if you don't like Bluegrass, this two CD set rocks. Alison's voice is so crisp and pure. Couple that with her ability to inject the subtle emotion that makes up bluegrass music and she just rocks!! Finally, Alison allows the musical talent and vocal talent of Union Station to shine!! This CD set is a must!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alison Krauss & Union Station
    I have 6 AKUS CD's & many other Bluegrass CD's & this is the nicest CD/DVD I have.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Alison &Union Station
    This is a great CD. It is a perfect mix of old and new, rock and bluegrass. The only thing that I did not like about the recording was what sounded like one obnoxious person, in the audience,that kept making loud noises and remarks. I still recommend it highly. ... Read more

    2. Live at 25
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    Asin: B0007Z9RAW
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 672
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Huey Lewis and his clan of good-time San Francisco-based pop-rockers had a long run of scaling the charts in the '80s and '90s with unforgettable radio hits. Fusing '60s R&B, U.K. bar band vigor, and classic rock 'n' roll, their spirited sound netted a pair of #1 albums anda slew of signature songs. A quarter century after they formed, they're still going strong, and many of their biggest tracks get the band's always crowd-pleasing send-up on this cookin' live album recorded in concert on their Northern California home turf in December 2004. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars I'm not happy to be stuck with this...
    I'm not ashamed to admit that like most children of the '80s, Huey Lewis was an important part of my life's soundtrack and every time he, Sean, Bill and Johnny (it's not The News without Chris Hayes and Mario Cipollina and I'll never deal with it!) and their backing band put out a new CD, I'm on it like an Ethiopian on a Big Mac (another '80s reference), and when I saw that they were FINALLY putting out a live album, I thought, "FANTASTIC!"

    Then I played it.

    I hoped Huey threw on some unlisted bonus tracks (i.e. the DVD bonus songs) as it's hard to imagine a live CD without "Walkin' on a Thin Line," "Jacob's Ladder," "Couple Days Off," maybe some of the covers off Four Chords like "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" or INSERT SONG FROM BACK CATALOGUE HERE, AS LONG AS IT ISN'T "STUCK WITH YOU"!This should have been as well-endowed songwise as Huey is, allegedly.Why this wasn't a double CD, I guess they figured lack of interest.They are a people's band, though, right up there with NRBQ and The Saw Doctors, and despite there being a slightly reasonable amount of decent tracks on it for a single disc, it's hard not to feel like you got the fries, but the server forgot your burger.

    All I want is a couple more tracks!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Here For A Good Time
    So, what have Huey Lewis & the News been up to since their heyday - the days of their back to back monster albums Sports & Fore? (Sports & Fore! produced many of the band's most recognizable hits, including "Heart & Soul", "The Heart of Rock & Roll", "I Want A New Drug", "Stuck With You", "Jacob's Ladder", and "Hip To Be Square", among others.)

    Huey & company have continued to produce quality music based in the great traditions of American rock and R & B, releasing fine albums like "Hard At Play", "Four Chords & Several Years Ago", and most recently, "Plan B". The News has shifted their style over the years away from great rock with a great hook to great R & B with a great hook. And that shift, along with the passing of time, has pushed the band away from the mainstream, appealing primarily now to a large core of die hards.

    Huey Lewis has said for years that he has always wanted to release a live concert album, and for the first time today, he and the band have come through with a live CD spanning songs from their 25 year career.

    The CD is stuffed with 16 tracks and the set list won't surprise the die-hard NewsHeads. The tracks are a well-chosen sample of the News' albums through the years. Following the band's live performances since 1983, one can tell there are certain songs that Huey likes, despite the fact that they are not commercially popular. Huey included a track from their self-titled debut and three songs from "Plan B", which were never heard by most listeners on commercial radio. And the songs that didn't make the cut include "Stuck With You", Huey's biggest hit ever (3 weeks at number 1) and "Jacob's Ladder", another top 5 smash. Like he has said in concert, so many hits, so little time...

    The disc really captures the pacing and energy of a typical Huey Lewis show. Light on banter with the crowd, he begins with "The Heart of Rock & Roll", and starts to unwind a bit when introducing Johnny Colla's sax solo mid-song. And he really loosens up toward the end of the underappreciated soulful second song, "So Little Kindness", extending the end of the song well beyond the recorded version, begging, pleading for just a little kindness. At this point, he and the band are hitting their groove and the night is still very young.

    After a smooth and soulful "Thank You #19", Huey & the boys kick into a traditional highlight, the guitar-driven "I Want A New Drug". In recent years, Huey has taken to jamming a shorter version of "Drug" and rolling into "Small World", which features some snappy riffs from the News Brothers horn section and nice keyboard work by Sean Hopper. It definitely works here.

    A by-the-books version of "If This Is It" makes way for a rocking "Power of Love", featuring Stef Burns on guitar. A deftly reworked version of their first big hit, "Do You Believe In Love", is a pleasure and could hit the Adult Contemporary charts today if recorded in studio.

    After the traditional accapella break, the band hits the accelerator and doesn't look back. The crowd-pleasing segment kicks off with a News classic, "Heart And Soul", jumps to the foot-stomping "But It's Alright", and spins into the slightly reworked crowd-pleaser "(Too) Hip To Be Square". Huey & the News don't let up here, kicking into their out-of-the-box classic from "Plan B", "We're Not Here For A Long Time", and finishing the hand-clapping set with a long-overlooked staple, "Back In Time". To finish the disc, Huey ends with one of his greatest sing-a-longs, "Doing It All For My Baby".

    Throughout the show, Huey's voice retained it's patented gravelly quality, rough around the edges, for sure, but hasn't it always been that way? The band was tight as ever, the crowd was cheering and dancing, and a great American rock and roll band was captured doing what they do best. This is what they call "feel good" music. My only regret was that the disc had to end at 16 songs. So many hits, so little time, indeed...

    5-0 out of 5 stars So many hits, so little time . . .
    Boom-boom boom-boom boom-boom boom-boom . . . and there you are, in the heart of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Huey Lewis has always been an upbeat force, but live is a separate dimension. Buy this record, crank it up, and experience the News in a whole new and always catchy way.

    Good call on the "Drug/Small World" mix and a special edition of "Do You Believe In Love." And, really, is there any better closer than "Back In Time"? I don't think so. The band is in its usual snappy groove, and Mr. Lewis belts and purrs his sonic trademark straight into your soul. Yes, Huey, we're still with you.

    Rilke wrote, "Music is closer to us, then; it streams toward us; we stand in its way, but then it goes right through us. It is almost like a higher air, we draw it into the lungs of spirit and it gives us a greater blood in the secret circulation." Breathe this record in, and curry favor by buying an extra copy for someone you like.

    Geoff Cronin
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    3. Live in Hawaii (With Bonus DVD)
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    Asin: B0007NFLMW
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 703
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Recorded live at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu on January 28, 2004 and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, Hawaii on January 30, 2004."Live In Hawaii" is a two CD set with 29 tracks as well as a bonus DVD containing 16 minutes of exclusive footage from the shows.Guest artists include Martin Denny, Henry Kopono and an introduction from legend, Don Ho. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT RECIPE
    Now that spring is at long last here, here's my Perfect Recipe for my weekend Bar-B-Qs,

    1. Mix five full blenders of Margaritas. Put a couple of cases of beer in an ice bucket.

    2. Fire up the grill with lots of meat ready to sizzle.

    3. If you've got a five CD disc changer that does "random play" like mine does, get the speakers outside and put on

    1. The first disc of this CD
    2. The second disc of this CD
    3. Jabanoski's "Key West Party CD"
    4. Jabanoski's "Key West/Island Of Dreams"
    5. "Key West Liz" O'Connors "Legacy of Love"


    You and your friends will be in the tropics all day and night even if you are in Maryland like us or some other place where palm trees don't grow.

    I've read alot of the reviews of this CD and eveyone seems to take it all so seriously. I get enough seriousness at work Monday thru Friday. What ever happened to just having FUN with great music made by great musicians?

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Hawaii" is Excellent (But "Key West" is Even Better)
    I disagree with critics on this page who say this fith live album is a ripoff. Yes the song list is almost identical on each of them but the song titles are listed quite clearly on the cd and here on Amazon, so if you didn't want to hear different versions of the same songs then you shouldn't have bought the cd. As for myself, being a Parrothead is like being an alcoholic or a compulsive gambler. You can never get enough. So I enjoyed this as much as I've enjoyed the rest of the live cd packages. I actually think this is the best of them. Jimmy seems to have alot more energy on this one.
    I do agree with the critics who say that "Roadkill" Bill Jabanoski's "Key West, Florida ..Island Of Dreams" is the far superior album if your only going to buy one. Although Jabanoski's style is completely different then Jimmy's, he reminds you of the more wreckless and wild Jimmy from back in the seventies and his songs are as good as anything on "A1A" or "Changes In Latitudes" and that's a major compliment coming from a phanatic Parrothead like me. My advice to anyone is to buy both.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Recent Live Shows - EXCELLENT!
    I have all the live releases and this one is the absolute best one.
    Why are so many people downing Jimmy?
    at least he comes out with new material unlike a lot of "older" artists and even newer ones.
    of course an artist will sing his own songs every night.
    They're his songs! duh...
    I don't think anyone complained when Townes Van Zandt sang the same songs every night.

    thanks for lining my shelves with some awesome Jimmy Buffett shows I would never have if it weren't for a brave Jimmy willing to release them at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Same songs, Same JB, but great DVD . . . .
    Yeah, it's just the same old Jimmy Buffett songs again here, but if you are a true JB fan, you'll love hearing this 2 CD set.However, this time, I bought the CD just for the 16 minute DVD, which was incredible.I just wish it was a little longer.The quality of the DVD is fantastic. It just doesn't get any better, unless they made it longer. Maybe some day he will put together a full DVD with all of his greatest hits.Until then, I'll keep buying his live concerts. If you like JB at all, you will love this "live" CD and special DVD too.

    1-0 out of 5 stars MORE OLD STUFF???????????????
    Dang.....I like JB ok, but how many cds is he going to put out with the same old stuff? It's like the man has a "new" cd out every week. I have his boxed set....that's enough. ... Read more

    4. Josh Groban Live at The Greek (CD/DVD)
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    Asin: B00063LTH4
    Catlog: Music
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    If Josh Groban's unabashedly melodramatic musical fusion inspires grousing on both sides of the classical/pop pundit divide, the screams of the (mostly) young female fans that punctuate these 2004 performances at L.A.'s historic Greek theater better underscore the real point. This set's CD and more expansive DVD complement each other well; if anything, supplemented by a live string ensemble and crack backing band, they're a warmer, more focused showcase for the singer's talents than the studio albums that made his meteoric fame. In peak form, Groban variously delivers forceful renditions of his pop-operatic powerhouses "Canto Alla Vita" and "Anna Luce Del Sole" (the former featuring a drum solo [!] from Groban, the latter a fine guest turn by Bela Fleck on banjo), takes a surprising solo piano break on Paul Simon's "America," waxes Central Asian on Troy's "Remember" and brings the crowd to its feet with the heart-on-his-sleeve dramatics of Closer's "Never Let Go." They're all informed by the singer's insouciant, youthful enthusiasm, arguing that Groban is gifted with more than just a magnificent voice; he's a complete natural as a performer as well. The DVD also includes a tour diary narrated with typical charm by the singer, as well as bonus live performance of "Believe" from the Polar Express soundtrack. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

    5. Mirrorball
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    Asin: B00000IOSU
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    Sales Rank: 1213
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    Grafted from McLachlan's supremely satisfying 1998 performances, Mirrorball is drawn almost equally from the multiplatinum Surfacing and its superior predecessor, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. (Included also is the lovely, hard-to-come-by "I Will Remember You.") Live, a haunting ballad such as "Possession" becomes a fevered, aggressive bit of psychedelia. "Hold On" reveals new depths when performed behind the beat with morphing time signatures and driving piano. McLachlan's warmly expressive voice is still at the epicenter of her performances. She roams through these 14 songs with agile ease, riding the rails between singing for dramatic arena effect--huskily growling, airily trilling--and knowing what to play down with her sensually controlled crooning (witness such gems as Fumbling's title song and "Good Enough"). Overall, McLachlan's vocals match the heavily percussive intensity of her band and the build of her backing vocalists, producing a more spacious sound than the precise pitch rendered on her studio recordings. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Great CD

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Showcase
    At last, Sarah McLachlan has presented fans with a compilation of her (arguably) greatest works. Recorded from a live concert, "Mirrorball," comprises the artist's most well-known and recent songs (practically all of "Surfacing" can be found on the collection). Surprisingly, some songs are better than her former recordings, such is the case with "Building a Mystery," "Hold On," and "Fumbling Towards Ectasy." Another sweet, and obviously heartfelt, addition is Ms. McLachlan's duet with her drummer and husband, Ashwin Sood, on "Ice Cream." However, noticingly missing are some of her more underrated classics, such as the songs from "Touch" and "Solace" - only the latter's "Path of Thorns" appears here. But, if one does happen to be a fan of these tunes, the "Mirrorball" DVD could be for you, as it includes some of these songs, as well as some from the "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" album. But ultimately, from the opening to the end, listeners can join Sarah and her audience, both reminiscing like old friends over her stunning music, while anticipating the future tunes which this talented angel of music will choose to present to us mortals.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great live album from a standout artist
    Sarah McLachlan never ceases to amaze me. She is amazingly consistent and is a one-of-a-kind artist. I wasn't sure if her live album would be as good as her studio albums, but not only does it succeed, it is better than her studio work. There is nothing like hearing thousands of people being silent at a concert because they are so touched and moved by the music. Sarah sings with such force and clarity. She has never sounded better.

    This album does overlook much of her older material (Touch, all but one song off of Solace), but her choice of songs to include on this CD is excellent. All of the songs are outstanding, and are further proof Sarah is an incomparable singer-songwriter.

    I give this album my highest recommendation. Each time I listen to it (which happens to be a lot), I find something new to love about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
    When I heard angel and I will remember you I was a fan of hers. Now that I have this album its still so hard to believe that this is a very very good album. I wish that Sarah wrote happy songs but maybe thats not her thing. Her songs always leave you crying and you never forget the songs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars live is best
    You can tell the real talent of an artist/band based on their live performance. The best thing,for me, about live music is the ENERGY, and this cd has plenty of it. This cd introduced me to Sarah's music and made me a fan for life. It is one of those rare cds that I can play all the way through and love every track. This was my first Sarah cd and I would recommend it as a starter for any new fans. All the good things you have heard about Sarah's music are true. But don't take my word for it...listen to it for yourself. ... Read more

    6. Movin' Out (Based on the Songs and Music of Billy Joel) (2002 Original Broadway Cast)
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    Asin: B00006LWQK
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    Sales Rank: 760
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    A criticism that has long dogged Billy Joel's career involves his songs' direct, heart-on-the-sleeve emotional sentiments and a musical approach that often revels in pop music's past glories instead of reacting against them. Ironically, those are the very strengths of Twyla Tharp's dialog-free pop ballet based on Joel's infectious canon of music, including his recent forays into the classical realm. This live cast recording is fueled by the piano and vocals of Michael Cavanaugh, who, backed by an ensemble handpicked by the songwriter, gooses every last drop of drama from Joel's already theatrical songs with a verve worthy of the legend himself. But divorced from Tharp's always kinetic choreography, and despite angular reworkings of "We Didn't Start the Fire" and other Joel standards, it's a collection that sometimes sounds akin to Joelmania: not really Billy, but an incredible simulation. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    When I first heard of the whole concept of "Movin' Out" - a ballet using the songs of Billy Joel played and sung by someone who is not Billy Joel- I thought it was a pretty stupid idea. I thought it was a cheap way to make money off of a great songwriter, performer, and his masterpieces. However, I listened to the CD, and while it does not take the place of Billy Joel (as nothing ever could), it is excellent in its own right. The songs are all wonderful, and are performed with energy and exceptional musicianship. The songs are so loyal to Billy's own versions (he did orchestrate them) but the performers give a little bit of their own character to the music. (My only complaint is this arrangement of "We Didn't Start the Fire"). Michael Cavanaugh, the pianist/lead singer, is amazing. His voice is incredible and soulful; he puts all of his heart into the music. His pianistic skills are flawless - listen to "Prelude" and you'll know what I mean. The other musicians are fabulous as well, and were handpicked by Billy Joel himself. I saw this musical on Broadway and was very pleased. I think it's better than London's "We Will Rock You" (based on the songs of Queen)and Broadway's "Mamma Mia" (based on the songs of Abba) in that the whole cast does not sing and the arrangements are not for a stage chorus. Rather, the one guy and his piano backed up by the band is as close to Billy Joel as anyone will get.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Still rock and roll to me
    Having seen the show, "Movin Out", twice last summer in Chicago I was very anxious to get my hands on this CD. I was not disappointed...well, ok..maybe a little bit. Compared to the three song promo CD I'd acquired earlier, the sound on this CD seems a little tinny...not as rich as the studio recording I already had. This CD was recorded in Chicago in August- not sure if it was done on stage or not- but it does have a live quality to it that lacks the round richness of the usual studio recording. As I was mainly interested in the show because of the drummer, Chuck Burgi, I was a bit disappointed that the drums don't sound as clear and sharp as what I had before.

    That said, Michael Cavanaugh is fantastic...I wouldn't call him a Billy Joel sound alike as some reviews have...he has a younger voice, perhaps not carrying the miles of Joel, but in keeping with the themes of the dance show- youth, hope, possibilities. His piano playing is quite proficient.

    The band is brilliant! Tommy Byrnes is Joel's regular lead guitarist and Burgi and Greg Smith have very impressive resumes(Rainbow,Meatloaf,Brand X,Hall & Oates,BOC, Alice Cooper). I think Smith and Byrnes sing backup. Wade Preston is on the keyboards, the arrangements for which were done by Joel's own keyboard guy, David Rosenthal. Dennis DelGaudio is the other guitarist- he's been a part of the Long Island band scene for years. These guys have been friends for a long, long time. An awesome four man horn section makes up the rest of this amazing band.

    It is unfortunate that the CD was rushed through and doesn't reflect the exact lineup of the tunes in the show, the worst case being that the finale band-only number of "NY state of mind" is left off the CD entirely. When I saw the show, this number led to standing ovations both times. Leaving it off was a mistake.

    Anyone who sees "Movin Out" will want this CD. Heck, I wanted it just for the Burgi drumming. But if you forgive the choppy edits and instrumental dance bits thrown in for no reason, you can enjoy [this] band. When I saw the show, the dancing was fine but it was the band that brought the audiences to their feet every night. Billy Joel could do worse than to take these guys on the road with him next time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Better than Joel
    I've never been a big Billy Joel fan, but I enjoy this CD, partly because Michael Cavanaugh's lead vocals are much better than Billy Joel's! Cavanaugh brings a fresh and much-needed energy to songs you've heard over and over again for years. The reworking of "We Didn't Start the Fire" flatters the song and bring the life of the show to the CD. A good purchase if you enjoy Billy Joel and would like to hear a new spin on the classics.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
    I have tickets to see the show and already like Billy Joel's songs. I wanted to see if the songs would be any different from what I already knew. Pretty much this is a collection of Billy Joel songs sung by a guy with a really good voice. Unfortunately some of the songs are arranged a bit differently (i.e. "We Didn't Start The Fire"). I still rate it highly overall because they're really great songs and the singer is really good. Even though this is less of a musical than I thought...then again you might as well purchase a Billy Joel CD if you don't care about the show...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
    I saw the Broadway show, and it was fantastic! I had to buy the CD, becasue I just couldn't get the songs out of my head! This is a MUST BUY! ... Read more

    7. A New Day...Live In Las Vegas
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    Asin: B00024GPTY
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 538
    Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful live cd!
    This is a masterpiece! Covering some old songs and performing some of her own repertory, fabulous Celine Dion manages one more time to achieve a true example of her live vocal abilities. A New Day.. Live in Las Vegas is Celine's fifth live album and the first english one for which it's a great oportunity to explore new territories and buy this fresh and always up-to-date record. Celine's voice is as strong as ever and this time with a new personal touch. Look forward to "What a wonderful world" "I wish" and "Nature Boy", my three faves... and also the two new studio tracks: "You and I" and "Ain't gonna look the other way", where the canadian showcases her diva-voice decorated with her usual "vocal stunts" and her late guitar style.

    2-0 out of 5 stars My least favoruite live Celine album
    Of the 6 live Celine cds I own, this is by far and wide my least favoruite. On first listen I find something about them I like, not this time, and that is sad.

    1) The short version of 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now' is blasphemy.
    2) Far too much talking (for my taste) between songs, shut up and sing!
    3) Too short, the total cd time is Sixty one minutes EXACTLY.
    4) No live version of 'A New Day Has Come'

    Now for the good points (which were hard to find):

    1) Live versions of 'I'm Alive', 'At Last', and 'I Drove All Night'
    2) Her version of 'What A Wonderful World'
    3) The DVD is nice, but not enough to save this.

    While not all bad, not one of my favourite live cds. I'll stick with the import 'Live At Olympia' and 'Live In Paris' as well as the two other live cds I have, much better in my opinion. I realize that this is from Vegas and Vegas means big, but after listening to it I hope that when her stay is over she gets back to a real show.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ThisCD is by far Celine's BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like it a ton and it has all of her really great songs on it. DONT DISS THE NEW CELINE CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its awesome...u should definitely get it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Où est Jean-Jacques Goldman??
    Où est Jean-Jacques Goldman?? Je ne comprends pas. Où est Jean-Jacques Goldman sur cet album?? Elle chante et parle en même temps. C'est honteux!!! Tu ne crois pas?? Haha. JUST KIDDING. Je recommande NATASHA ST-PIER AUSSI. Elle est très bon aussi!!! Oui mon nom est québécois, mais mon nom est canadien aussi!!! VIVE LE CANADA et à la prochaine fois...Jean-Francois Jacques Pierre Tremblay

    2-0 out of 5 stars just ok
    Celine Dion at one time could release just about anything&now that has finally caught up to Her because Her Material her just sounds there.vocally She isn't particular Strong on this set. I've heard better from her.this one is kinda dry. ... Read more

    8. Josh Groban in Concert (with Bonus DVD)
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    Josh Groban in Concert has all the ingredients to be a long-running PBS staple: a young (21), good-looking performer with a golden voice; songs in Italian and Spanish for the crossover crowd (i.e., Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman) and pop and movie songs for the mainstream; guest stars galore (David Foster, John Williams, Angie Stone, Andrea Corr, Lili Haydn); a large orchestra; and striking but not obtrusive visual effects. The centerpiece of this DVD-CD combo (also available in a DVD keepcase) is the 80-minute concert DVD, filmed in Pasadena in October 2002 and featuring numerous songs from Groban's debut CD, including "You're Still You," which catapulted him into stardom when he sang it on TV's Ally McBeal. There are also two new songs--the ballad "Broken Vow," with Groban accompanied by Foster, and "For Always," with the orchestra conducted by John Williams, who wrote the song for the Steven Spielberg film A.I..

    The 37-minute CD offers seven songs performed in the concert (including the two not on the previous CD, "Broken Vow" and "For Always"), plus "O Holy Night." The DVD has excellent picture and sound (PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS), interviews, and backstage footage, and the combination with the CD is an excellent value. Groban's fans, of course, will consider it a treasure at any price. --David Horiuchi ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible talent!
    I have both this CD/DVD and his debut album, and I can't say enough about either. In this latest CD, you will hear improvements from his original renditions- and I thought it couldn't get any better! What's always blown me away is not just his incredible voice, but his ability to interpret songs. Not too many singers can do just what he does at age 21! Many of his songs are in Italian, one in Spanish, and the emotion that he puts into it makes you understand what he's singing- all without a translation! In this DVD are guest appearances from John Williams, Lili Hayden, Andrea Coor, David Foster, and Angie Stone. All of pairings are magnificent. One of Josh's most recent attempts- Broken Vow- is heartwrenching. It literally moves you to tears. A few other tearful ones are You're Still You, and To Where You Are. During those, you can't see the screen, you're crying so much. Un Amore Per Sempre, Alejate, and Alla Luce del Sole, are a few other non-English favorites of mine. The guitarist on Alejate is superb! Oy! And I nearly forgot- Vincent, or also known as Starry, Starry Night- written by Don McLean, is performed beautifully by Josh. Three artists are connected in that rendition by Josh- Vincent van Gough, Don McLean, and, of course, Josh Groban. The concert moves very smoothly, the songs seem to transition well. I can't say enough good things about this CD/DVD. It's one of those must-haves! You have to experience it for yourself. So get it, watch/listen to it, and then write about it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD/DVD Package is AMAZING!
    If you have heard Josh Groban's debut CD, then you know this is a kid [only 21!] with a remarkable voice. The CD in this package include 6 previously released songs performed LIVE, one live performance of a new track - Broken Vow - and a studio version of his chart busting Christmas single - O Holy Night. The DVD contains his Great Performances - Josh Groban in Concert video that has been airing on PBS. It was taped in Pasadena on October 3 & 4, 2002. Beautiful staging and lighting enhance all 13 tunes that were on his debut CD, plus a solo performance of For Always from the A.I. Artificial Intelligence soundtrack and Broken Vow. The DVD include guest performances with Andrea Corr of The Corrs, Rhys Fulber and Lili Hayden on Canto Alla Vita, Lili Hayden on Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Angie Stone on The Prayer, and John Williams conducting on For Always. The additional footage provided of backstage and various interviews with the guests is excellent. Josh's brother, Chris, also did a short backstage video with some interesting footage of rehearsals, backstage, and personal impressions.

    I would highly recommend this CD/DVD for your collection!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Breathless Beauty - 100 Stars
    "There is such a place in this world for your voice." ~ David Foster

    Josh's voice is the purest of spiritual ecstasy. His voice is almost timeless in beauty and inspires hope, courage and compassion. "To Where You Are" was my introduction to Josh's voice and yet I didn't fully realize the complexity or the beauty of his voice until I found his "Closer" CD.

    His very existence seems to raise your consciousness and the graciousness he displays on stage only made me respect him more. Josh seems as comfortable on stage as God must feel in heaven. His voice raises your spiritual awareness, drenches you in a tearful romantic high and at times can stun you into silence. At such a young age, he truly owns the stage. He even plays the piano in an impromptu moment amidst a conversation with David Foster.

    I was impressed with how Josh allows the creative process to evolve around him and how he shares the stage with talent from near and far. Angie Stone and Andrea Corr sing duets with Josh in this concert.

    The moment with Lili Haydn is stunning as she seems to appear as an angel and Josh looks on in wonder to where she plays her violin with a backdrop of special lighting/shadow visual effects that takes Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring to entirely new levels. Josh climbs stairs in "Let Me Fall" and then actually "falls." It is all planned and they show the details in the Making of the Special section. Rose petals swirl in the breeze in the background on huge screens as Josh sings Alejate.

    I never felt so much love in my soul
    And no one but you loved me
    I laughed and cried, I was reborn...


    1 Bonus CD - Songs from the concert with the additional selection of O Holy Night.

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    Song Selection - Quickly locate any of the 15 songs from the concert.

    Special Features - Making of the Special, Chris Groban's Backstage Footage and Weblinks.

    Setup Options - The lack of song translations in the subtitles was slightly disappointing. I would have loved to read the words in English, as it would have added an additional layer of depth to the romantic Italian and Spanish ballads. Fortunately song translations for Un Amore Per Sempre and Alejate are readily available online.

    Josh Groban in Concert is a highly collectable and romantic concert that not only displays Josh's breathlessly beautiful voice, it also displays the depth of his commitment to music and his spontaneous comedic side.

    Yes, I'm completely addicted. More! More! :)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Lackluster
    I think I knew about Josh Groban long before most people did, and I know I introduced him (via my website) to hundreds.

    This CD/DVD combination was a major disappointment for me. So much so, that I gave it to a relative instead of keeping it.

    All I can say is, Josh, diversify. All your songs are sounding the same to me, and it's getting boring.

    Gorgeous vocals go only so far when the songs, great as they are, seem uninspired. I found the television special (DVD) to be like this: You see and hear one song, and you've seen and heard them all. "The Prayer" was, in my humble opinion, irritating, as bad as when a singer tries to inject soul into the "Star Spangled Banner."

    It just doesn't work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Next best thing to being there!
    I haven't yet had a chance to see Josh Groban perform live, but this DVD concert is probably the next best thing.

    Josh's voice is amazing; there is so much emotion there, especially during such numbers as "Vincent" and "Let Me Fall". Most of the songs are sung solo, but there are a few duets. "Canto alla vita", with Andrea Corr, is another highlight of this concert.

    All the songs (with the exception of John Williams' "For Always") are on Josh's two CDs, but it's nice to see them performed in a concert setting. All of his original duet partners appear here, with the exception of Charlotte Church for "The Prayer" (Angie Stone was used instead). David Foster even joins in to play piano and banter with Josh.

    As a bonus, the accompanying CD includes a lovely version of "O Holy Night", which is, as far as I'm aware, unavailable anywhere else.

    This product is listed as being a CD with bonus a DVD, but I think it's really the other way around. The DVD is great. Supplementary features (including a "making-of" featurette and brother Chris Groban's backstage footage) are interesting to see, but are really just icing on the cake. The concert itself is enough, and well worth the price. ... Read more

    9. Hot August Night
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hot August Night drips with energy.
    Anyone else looking for real music should look at Neil Diamond. I am a Neil Diamond fan. My admiration for the Man, the Singer and his Music is unconditional. Being a product of the '70s rock culture, I never saw Neil Diamond as a rock artist. His songs came to me as folk, country, pop and some gospel. I guess this is the reason why I was able to adjust to Diamond's transition to musical progressions. I love his ballads and I just go crazy listening to them.

    Hot August Night is probably the best live concert ever recorded. The intensity is sustained all throughout the performance, electrifying his audience and listeners alike, making this record drip with so much energy. The intro, "Prologue", is a killer tune. It is a masterpiece. Just listen to it build up to a climax as it gets layered into an atmosphere of strings, keyboards, acoustics and percussions (the sound is greatly improved on the remaster--crisp sounding). It is a majestic piece. Sure, Neil has those songs with corny titles and lyrics to it (i.e. "Soggy Pretzels", "You're So Sweet Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face", "Crunchy Granola Suite", "Porcupine Pie", and even "Song Sung Blue"), but aren't artist allowed to tease and have fun?

    "I Am... I Said", "Morningside" and "Canta Libre" are some of the more emotional tracks of the set as Neil Diamond takes you to one moving song to another as he connects with his audience through songs and banter. While "Holly Holy" (a definite favorite of mine), and definitely the best version compared to the stale and thin sounding original studio recording off the Touching You, Touching Me album, sets the tone and pace as the show climaxes to a thunderous end to some of Neil's percussive moments on the album. The big climax of "Holly Holy" sees Neil Diamond exploding into dramatic rage and passion (this is repeated on the closer "Brother Love's..."), making this a high point of the album. "Holly Holy" is a very beautiful song and a masterpiece as well. Band and orchestra should be applauded here. This leads into a quieter, almost solemn intro into "I Am... I Said" (the calm before the storm) that builds up into a huge emotional burst, full-orchestra, keys and percussions kicking into the music. The Walk Off as orchestra and band explode to a built up "I Am... I Said" instrumental before everything breaks loose as nonstop percussions rumble into "Soolaimon/Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" medley. What a listening experience this brings on repeated play. As the band and orchestra encores to the tune of "Brother Love's...", I stay glued, still, onto my seat, moved by it all like I where in that concert, wishing that it never ended--it always feels that way with me. Musicianship is topnotch and cohesive, and yes, special mention has to be given to drummer Dennis St. John for his amazing distinct and tireless work all throughout. (The first time I ever heard "Holly Holy" playing on the radio in the early '70s was by Hugo Montenegro. I did not even know Neil Diamond existed, but even when I finally discovered Neil, it was the Hugo Montenegro cover that became my measure of that song's beautiful style. The Touching You, Touching Me original version, despite the strings has a poor and uneven mix, and the Gold (first ND live record) version is raw and simple with only electric guitar, bass and drums as backup instruments.)

    The beauty about Hot August Night is that all of the songs Neil performed are his original compositions. He got to do this again the last time when he recorded Love At The Greek after the Beautiful Noise album. In retrospect, I wish Neil also sang in this concert "High Rolling Man" (I love the piano riffs on this one), "Captain Sunshine" (beautiful lyrics and melody) and "Lordy" (beautiful melody and beat). Incidentally, I read years ago that the string section was used on this particular night only for the recording purposes of this show.

    If you are a Neil Diamond fan but don't own Hot August Night yet, get it. It is worth more than the countless ridiculous ND greatest hits and compilations that are being released faster than you could say "You're So Sweet Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face". If you are not a Neil Diamond fan yet but are contemplating on becoming one, Hot August Night is definitely the best start for you (though In My Lifetime and Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings are also well recommended for their sheer historical overview of Neil Diamond's music), mind you, this concert was recorded in 1972, so you should know what Neil Diamond songs to expect from that era--timeless classics. What were you expecting me to say?

    As for Dave Barry's inclusion of "I Am.. I Said" to the "Worst Songs Ever" list, who cares? That is his opinion and he can keep it. Like most of us, we also have our opinions and "I Am... I Said" is a song with profound lyrical content--a true masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Red Hot Diamond
    The first exposure I ever got of Neil Diamond was to HOT AUGUST NIGHT.It was a certainty on long car trips.The passing 27 years (and some pretty substandard Neil Diamond releases) have only intensified my love for this live document.This release marks the end of Brill Building era Neil and sets the stage for JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL and beyond.From the orchestral intro to the rocking encores,Diamond has this LA crowd jumping out of their Greek Theater seats(and out of the trees) and into his hands. Unlike some of his later live releases,showmanship is replaced by true feeling.It is as if on tracks like HOLLY HOLY,CRACKLIN'ROSIE SOOLAIMON,and MORNINGSIDE Neil has experienced all that he has sung about and wants to share the experiences with the audience. The "theatrical moments"(CANTA LIBRE,BROTHER LOVE'S TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW,SOGGY PRETZELS)are performed with gusto.Neil croons,roars and jokes with abandon.The band is caught up in the moment and provide a magical backup.Special mention must go to his drummer Dennis St John who puts overpowering energy into his playing,which rivals the great Ronnie Tutt(ex-Elvis Presley Band and current Neil Diamond Band member).After this ,Diamond took a three year "retirement" from the concert scene.For pure excellence and energy,put this release on and take a mind trip back to that HOT AUGUST NIGHT at the Greek Theater.Who knows,you too might become one of the "tree people"!

    5-0 out of 5 stars fernominal by Mike Gee
    This guy is fernominal. Take yer cap off to this guy. Well, lets see, I like every song on this album. I have it on vinyl and havent bought the CD yet cos my money is tied up in real estate. I highly recommend this as a feature in your dining room. Eh eh eh...

    Gee, what else can I say about this. Red Red Wine, much more fernominal that the U240 version.(...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A serious lesson in music and sound production
    Folks, no matter what you're musical persuasion and even if you don't have any, you should have this in your collection.
    If you know of a better piece of work by any artist I wanna know!

    Down the years my tastes have drifted to the likes of Vangelis, classical, you name it.. Still I have come back to this album again and again. It's a magnificent blend of energy and beauty and I aggree that it is rare that you find a live performance so good. It will serve music history as "Citizen Kane" has served film history. Well maybe that's an overstatement but I'm not sure..
    Now there's just one thing I am dying to know - when will we ever get to buy this gem on video/DVD? Were those "Hot August Nights" even captured on film at all?

    Finally, if anyone attended these concerts back in '72 I would dearly appreciate if they sent me an email -

    5-0 out of 5 stars His best album...
    This was the second album I ever bought. Considering it is a live album the production qualities are as good as any studio album.

    The highlights on this album are the show stopping rendition of Brother Love, the best version he has done on any album. Song sung blue sung live, Cherry Cherry and it's infectious beat. Red Red wine country style. Soggy pretzels. Girl you'll be a woman soon. There are many more I could mention.

    The arrangements on this album differ from the studio recordings with beautiful acoustic guitar being more prominent here. ... Read more

    10. Black & White Night
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    All-star tribute events can take on a patronizing air as in-the-spotlight performers with shaky staying power prop up legends past their prime, displaying equal parts noble largesse and unseemly smugness. With Black and White Night, however, one gets the sense that the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, and Bonnie Raitt are in total awe of the man of the night, and for good reason. Orbison's vocal range circa 1987 is nearly a match for his 1960s prime, when he was rock's greatest balladeer. This 2000 remastered reissue adds only one track to the original 1989 concert LP ("Claudette"); the program leans almost entirely on Orbison's early hits, adding Costello's "The Comedians," a highlight from his then-new (and winning) comeback effort, Mystery Girl. Meanwhile, music director T Bone Burnett adorns a crack core group (built around Elvis Presley's old combo) with guest stars who know their roles--and are only too happy to enjoy their close proximity to a legendary performer in what would prove to be his twilight. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Get the studio versions instead
    This CD is a reissue of the 1989 release A Black and White Night Live, with an extra song tacked on the end.

    I usually prefer the power and energy of live music of studio music. On the surface, this should be an explosive album with Roy Orbison singing live, backed by some sensational stars, such as Bruce Springsting and Bonnie Raitt.

    Unfortunately, Orbison's voice is weak, with none of the power you would hear on his old recordings. He sings flatter, with none of the emotion and range he used to show. He died shortly after this CD was recorded (it was released after his death).

    None of the guest musicians really add anything to this CD. It could have been any studio band backing him up. In some cases, it probably would have been better, because a studio or touring band would have been better rehearsed.

    I just saw an old black and white Ed Sullivan clip with Roy Orbison singing Pretty Woman. It was amazing. Orbison's voice was so powerful and the band was the prefect back up for the song and his voice. This CD doesn't come anywhere close. If you want to remember Roy Orbison at his best, get his old studio recordings.

    When Elvis Presley stated that Roy Orbison is "The world's greatest singer", he wasn't kidding. This CD is a testament to that. I have heard this performance countless times, and I just cannot hear it enough. On "A Black And White Night", Roy Orbison is in top form, backed by an all-star group of musicians, including members of Elvis' back-up group, and also the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Marshall Crenshaw, T-Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others. My favorite tracks here are "The Comedians", "Ooby Dooby", "Down The Line", "Uptown", "It's Over", and "All I Can Do Is Dream You". Anyone who loves the music of Roy Orbison should not be without this CD. Also worth getting is the video of this concert. You will not be disappointed. In fact, one listen and you will want to hear more and more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Black & White Night
    His songs sends me into dreams. I love his whole group, they are so up-to-date and the whole DVD is just the greatest!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful celebration of the man and his music
    This remarkable recording from September 1987, the only commercially released live album of Roy Orbison's career, is a source of great joy as well as comfort to this Roy Orbison fan. None of us knew that this recording which ushered in the second coming of rock music's most remarkable voice would soon also stand as a powerful tribute to a man who was to be taken from us far too soon. With the success of this remarkable live album and the posthumously released Mystery Girl, Roy Orbison went out on top, restored to the level of popularity and immense musical respect he deserved but had not enjoyed during the preceding couple of decades. Looking back on it now, the last sixteen months of Roy's life could hardly have been scripted any more fittingly.

    Roy was not alone on the stage for these incredible Coconut Grove sessions. Around him were a number of superstars in their own right, each of them more than happy to play even a small part in what truly is a great tribute to one of music's undeniable legends. These included Bruce Springsteen (who once said he wished he could write like Bob Dylan and sing like Roy Orbison), T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, K.D. Lang, and Bonnie Raitt. As for Roy, he was in stellar form. His voice may not have reflected the power of its youth, but every word from his throat came out mellifluously, and he proved he could still nail the high notes in songs such as Crying and Running Scared. His voice, to my ears, was incredible and simply ageless; he had not sounded so good in many, many years. As for the songs, they run the entire gamut of his career, from Move On Down the Line, the first song he ever wrote, to The Comedians and (All I Can Do Is) Dream You, two incredible tracks from the studio album that would turn out to be his last, Mystery Girl. Many of his classics are here. No one touched the human heart the way Roy did with classic ballads such as Only the Lonely, In Dreams, Leah, Crying, and Running Scared. Of course, one can also never forget such rocking classics as Dream Baby, Ooby Dooby, Mean Woman Blues, and Oh Pretty Woman. Then there is It's Over, perhaps the most moving song of Roy's career and easily my favorite.

    A Black and White Night Live is the ultimate tribute album to a legendary performer, and the fact that this is the only legitimate live recording of Orbison's career makes this album special beyond words. I still can't listen to this album without thinking about Roy's passing, but I am comforted at the same time with the knowledge that A Black and White Night Live is really and truly a glorious celebration of this legendary singer's life and career.

    While the CD is OK, you CANNOT appreciate this performance on this media. GET THE VHS OR DVD AND FIND OUT WHAT THIS THING IS REALLY ALL ABOUT !!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

    11. It's Too Late to Stop Now
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    Given his early roots in Irish show bands steeped in American R&B, Van Morrison's power as a live performer is as riveting in his "on" nights as it can be frustrating when he's not in the mood. But his sheer power as a singer, and his long tradition of crack bands, has translated to an awful lot of good nights--enough to spawn three compelling live albums, of which this is the first and best. Recorded during his San Franciscan residency of the early '70s, with his ambitious Caledonia Soul Orchestra, this double album documents Morrison at an early vocal peak and benefits from a set list culled from his early solo masterpieces, including Moondance and Astral Weeks. As such, It's Too Late to Stop Now clicks as both anthology and coherent concert document--a classic live album. --Sam Sutherland ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars SUPERB LIVE ALBUM
    This album is so great because all Morrison's familiar classics gain something by these live performances. The band is tight, the audience appreciative and Van is firing on all cylinders. Old favorites like Into The Mystic and These Dreams Of You take on new rhythmic and vocal dimensions whilst I Believe To My Soul is a breathtaking R&B workout. I honestly prefer this magnificent version of Here Comes The Night with its flowing violins, although the original remains a classic too. Another stunning performance is Gloria, which I first heard in Patti Smith's version, but this one is amazingly gripping and powerful, as demonstrated by the enthusiastic reaction of the audience. I have very few live albums and as a rule I prefer studio sounds, but this grand album is infused with such spirit and warmth that it ranks amongst my favourite Van Morrison albums. It is also an ideal greatest hits album of his early career.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best live album ever recorded.
    I would consider this album the best live album ever recorded. Van Morrison is an artist who has the ability to put on a great live performance. This is him at his best. There are classic performances of Caravan, Cypress Avenue, Domino, St. Dominic's Preview, and Into The Mystic as well as some classic blues covers. I challenge anyone come up with a better live album. If you could only own one Van Morrison album, this should be it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Into the Mystic with Van the Man
    This two c/d set is from the great Van's concerts from the summer of 1973 recorded live in L.A. and London with his 11 emeber Caledonia Soul Orchestra (the string section is featured in the middle of Caravan). Maybe a little more blues in the song selections - two songs by Sonny Boy Williamson and one by Willie Dixon - than you might expect and how this album could completely shun 1972's Tupelo Honey album (at least he could have rocked the crowd with "Wild Night", correct?) is beyond me. The tempo for Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home To Me" does seem to drag a little, but this was probably Van's unique interpretation on that night. These are, however, the only relatively mild criticisms I would offer for a wonderful album. "Domino" really rocks, "Saint Dominic's Preview" is wonderful as is "Listen to the Lion". This is a much better album than the Live at the Belfast Opera House in my opinion. The ending on Cyprus Avenue is a great climax. The band is flawless, Van's vocals were never better. If I had to take just one of Van's albums away on an extended vacation this would be it, second is not even close. Buy this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of ..THE best live record?
    Yes, I dont care what anyone says..THIS IS THE BEST LIVE RECORD..EVER!
    O.K. ABB at Fillmore East and....

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the 3 "must have" Van albums...
    In my opinion, this is one of the three MUST HAVE albums by Van Morrison. Get this, Saint Dominic's Preview and Astral Weeks and enjoy. Some great soul, R&B and just plain rock here. ... Read more

    12. Live Acoustic
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Sarah McLachlan's sixth filler album
    I am one of Sarah McLachlan's biggest non-psycho fans, and I buy everything she puts out. I own 90 Sarah McLachlan CDs. However, I don't love everything she puts out, case in point her "Live Acoustic" EP.

    These songs were from the press launch of iTunes for Windows just around the time "Afterglow" was released. No one knew any of the new material yet, so that could be the reason for re-hashing three of the insanely overplayed hits from 1997's "Surfacing"; Adia, Building a Mystery, and ever-popular Angel. There are only two of the new songs, Fallen and the Angel-esque ballad Answer.

    Sarah's beautiful voice usually makes up for the fact that she plays the same songs over and over again, here it doesn't. You can hear the 6-year absence in her voice. It's downright rusty in parts. This EP is a polar opposite to the over-produced and too-glossy perfection of the live tracks from "Mirrorball".

    I would only reccommend this CD to Sarah fans like myself who want to hear everything; good, bad, and mediocre. This EP definitely falls in the mediocre category. It may be worth it to Canadian fans who can pick this CD up very cheaply at a local music store, but don't pony up the import price unless you REALLY LOVE Sarah McLachlan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah shows her true talent
    Anyone who hasn't had the incredible experience of a live acoustic Sarah McLachlan show cannot possibly realize the true talent she holds. Her music when played with a full band is overwhelming, but stripped down is breathtaking. Her piano and guitar playing complement her voice perfectly. Her song interpretations are true. This recording speaks to her incredible talent of musical artistry and is a joy to listen to. I consider this to be a must-have for any music collection.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
    [YAWN]. As if we haven't heard enough of Angel and Adia! Afterglow is her new album yet there are three songs from Surfacing and only two from Afterglow. Once again Sarah McLachlan is selling her fans short. ... Read more

    13. Live! At the Desert Inn
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    On a cool February night in 1971, entertainer Bobby Darin gathered the friends, associates, and VIPs he'd flown in for the occasion to a sort of summit meeting in the Crystal Room of Las Vegas' Desert Inn. There and then, Darin again staked his claim as one of the most accomplished, versatile, and creatively unpredictable pop singers ever. Despite having traded his early teen idol incarnation for that of mature and ambitious saloon singer a decade earlier, Darin displays his uncanny knack for recasting contemporary rock and pop in his own image repeatedly here. The show may feature a loose, swinging rendition of "Mack the Knife" near the top of the set, and close with the spare, jazzy bonus version of "Beyond the Sea," but they bookend masterful takes on everything from James Taylor (a blues-charged "Fire and Rain") and BS&T's "Hi De Ho" to the Beatles (a medley of "Hey Jude"/"Eleanor Rigby"/"Blackbird"/"A Day in the Life" whose drama shames most contemporary pop covers) and a warm, elegant version of Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight." His hit version of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter" is shrewdly paired here with the poignant, Darin-penned anti-war anthem "Sing a Simple Song of Freedom" (which Hardin covered successfully), underscoring the willful genre-bending that made Darin so intriguing. -- Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
    Sit back, pretend you were in Las Vegas during its glory days, and listen to a master vocalist and his orchestra in total sync. After hearing this album, you'll throw away all your "It's Vegas, Baby" compilations. This album is truly Bobby Darin and Sin City at its best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MustHave
    This is it folks! According to the CD notes, his manager Steve Blauner, who attended this performance, considers it "to be Bobby's most brilliant work and perhaps one of the best performances of his career..." Darin is in absolute top form, the voice ranging from full throttle hard rock in the encore medley of Chain of Fools/Respect/Splish Splash/Johnny B. Goode to throaty tender in Hey Jude and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight to sexy swing in Mack the Knife and Beyond the Sea to plaintive clarity in the folk tunes. And the humor, and the heat! ... Read more

    14. Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 1992
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive Toad album for their long-time fans.
    I don't know how else to put it. This album is amazing. It captures Toad at their best, when it comes to live performances. It's a shame these guys didn't get more recognition.. they much more than deserved it.

    Anyway, as I said, this is the boys at their best. Everything is spot on. Every song sounds just as good as their studio counterparts, and some are even better. The emotion and musicianship put into each song are unparalleled by almost any of today's top bands.

    If you are a bigger fan of Toad's later works (Dulcinea and Coil sessions), you may not enjoy this as much, since this was a performance from 92. Naturally, it encompasses their first 3 albums. You might want give the samples a good listen or 2 before you decide on making this purchase.

    But if you are a long time fan, and/or if you enjoy their early albums, you MUST BUY THIS NOW!! It is that good. I bought it about a month ago, and it is has never left my cd changer since...

    This is the Toad album I have been waiting for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great live show from one of rocks's most overlooked bands
    Finally, a live CD from Toad the Wet Sprocket. It's about time! And it surely doesn't disappoint. This band never got half the credit or recognition they deserved. But this CD is one treat for those of us who were fortunate enough to follow them throughout the years. My only complaint is that "Good Intentions" is not here. But that's all right. The outstanding quality of the album as a whole speaks for itself, and is reason enough to get this. If you're new to Toad the Wet Sprocket, I would recommend getting their studio albums first and then picking up this one. And for the long-time fan, get this NOW. Toad may be no more, but they sure left behind some great music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rare Gem-A MUST buy!!!
    This album offers something for everyone, whether it be the seasoned fan or a newcomer to Toad's music. The versions of All I Want, Fall Down, and I Won't Take These Things for Granted are stellar, and some of the songs, like Know Me, are augmented with some new lyrics and intros. It's a perfect representation of what this band was capable of, and makes me wish they were still together. There are some neat little anecdotes from Glen (Is It for Me?, Brother), and the crowd is supportive, but not overbearing. This has to be one of the finest live recordings I've encountered recently. Even if you just remember Toad the Wet Sprocket from the early 90s, pick up this CD. You won't regret it. I can only hope there will be others. ... Read more

    15. Live 1975-1985
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    To say that Springsteen's live shows with the E Street Band were legendary is the height of understatement. On a good night, the set might extend to three and four hours of exhilarating, pulse-pounding rock & roll. How best to capture that on CD? Or was it possible at all? As it turns out, Live 1975-1985 comes as close to the experience as possible. Culling material from various tours and settings ranging from small rooms to stadiums, the three-CD set emphatically displays Springsteen's charisma as a bandleader and storyteller and makes plain the sheer power of the E Street Band. Some of the many highlights here include covers of Edwin Starr's "War," Tom Waits's "Jersey Girl," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and rare versions of originals such as "Because the Night," "Fire," and "Seeds." And relax--all the hits are here as well. If you never saw Springsteen and the E Streeters back then, you might still get your chance. But this set chronicles a special time in the life of a special performer. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The only Springsteen Album you'll ever need
    Yes, it is the only album you'll ever need, but than again, with over 200 minutes of music, its nearly 5 times longer than the average Springsteen album!

    The Live Box Set is an extremely impressive collection of Springsteen, arranged chronologically (with exception of the last track)

    The First Track, Thunder Road, is the only one taken from the '75 tour (Born To Run). Its missing its Rock and Roll feel, but stripped to the piano and no guitars or drums, it has a much more intimate feel to it that you can really appreciate.

    The Next 8 Tracks are taken from the '78 Tour (Darkness On The Edge Of Town) and interestling enough, only 1 from the album released during that time. Here you'll find many early classics, from Its Hard To Be A Saint In The City, Rosalita and Growin' Up to an previously unreleased "Paradise By The 'C.'" Its also important to note that Bruce covers the song "Fire," a song he wrote, but was never released before, which had become a #1 hit for another group. These are all immaculately recorded, and sound better than their original albums, they are taken from the Roxy, which holds only a few thousand, if even that (some say closer to 1000) so you get that small, intimate feeling

    The next several tracks are from the "River Tour" in '80 and '81 and are mostly tracks from his '78 album (Darkness On the Edge Of Town) Including blistering versions of Badlands, Darkness On The Edge Of Town and Candy's Room. Also included here is an electrifying previously unreleased version of "Because The Night" the song Springsteen co-wrote with Patti Smith. Also included is a cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and a very good cover at that. 3 of his songs from his recent album are also included in Cadillac Ranch, You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) and Independence Day. These tracks are nearly all taken from Arenas.

    The rest of this collection (final 5 Tracks of Disc 2 and All of Disc 3) are taken from Bruce's most recent tour (when this came out) and his record-breaking one, the Born In The USA tour. First, we have 3 songs from his Album "Nebraska," which, while they don't have the feel they have on his album, sound much better because of first rate recording equipment. Than, there is a thunderous organ version of Born In The USA, which, upon first listen, doesn't measure up to the Album's version, but the more you listen to it, the better it sounds to you.

    The highlights of this tour are a version of Born To Run that blows away the album's version, and it is the definitive version of the song. Great recordings of "The River" and "The Promised Land", along with a great cover of the song "War" which makes the original look poor in comparison. An acoustic version of "No Surrender" and a fanstastic horn version of "Tenth Avenue Freezeout."

    Overall, the songs sound much better live than they do in the studio, particularly songs from Darkness On The Edge of Town and The River. Some of the songs from Born In The USA sound exactly the same (Bobby Jean, Working On The Highway, Darlington County) and some a little worse (Cover Me) Some great previously unreleased material (Fire, Because The Night, War, Raise Your Hand, Seeds) also helps. The first disc, as you can see by the picture, is supposed to be from small, intimate settings, holding not much more than 1000 people. The second disc, as seen by its picture, is mostly from Arena shows, and the third disc, is from giant, Stadium concerts.

    In all cases, the recordings are immaculately done, and are as clear as possible. Springsteen's music sounds better here than on album, and considering the amount of stuff here, this is essential for anyone even remotely interested in Springsteen. There is a reason this is the highest selling box-set of all time! Even though its missing a few songs that should be on it (Blinded By The Light, Prove It All Night, Out In The Street, I'm Goin Down, Dancing In The Dark, Glory Days) it doesn't suffer much from not having them. Get this album today, you won't regret it, and will listen to it rather than to the studio albums.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The reason he is called the "Boss"
    This was a long awaited box set. It comes as close to a Bruce Springsteen Concert as possible without buying a ticket. The "Boss" takes you down the thundering road of his musical history of this time frame. If you have never seen the "Boss" live then you don't know what your missing.From the hard core Bruce Springsteen listener to the newly discovered fan this set is a MUST HAVE.The pure sound and feeling I get from this historical recording is unsurpassed. Bruce Springsteen's performance from Thunder Road to Jersey Girl will evoke feelings of joy,sadness and pure outright feeling of having you heart dancing in the aisle. Springsteen's cover of "War" and "This Land is Your Land" are the best I have ever heard. Bruce includes songs such as "Beacuse the Night" and others that have never been included in a studio recording before makes this more of a treat. Owning this set is not an option in the life of a Bruce Springsteen Fan's music collection. This is the live set to rival all others. If you don't own all of the Boss' recordings this will make you want more and more!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
    I have been a long standing fan of Springsteens, and old enough to have bought Born to Run when it was first released. I also had the pleasure of seeing Springsteen live at the Madison Square Garden the year after The River was released, and it was absolutely amazing.

    So I was very diassapointed to hear the collection of lifeless, uninspired performances on this album.

    This album is actually boring, which I didn't think I would ever be able to say about live Springsteen. Who ever chose the material for this album did a very poor job.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Boss
    One Of The Best Live Sets Ever.I Think His Intros Are Just Excellent And Never Out Of Tune.The E Street Band Is Probaly One Of The Best Back-Up Bands In The World Today.I Recommend This Boxed Set To Everybody,You Won't Be Disappointed I Promise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed this recording for about 15 years
    I remember the moment I got the boxed set of vinyl records and put the side one of the first record on the turntable. I was a teenager and it was a magical moment on christmas day.

    I admired everything from the cover of the box to gig pictures on the booklet of the boxed set. But the music - that was unearthly - I guess there wasn't a day when I didn't listen to at least one song from these records.

    Time of the turntables has passed, but I am happy this CD set has turned up. Again I can enjoy those magical moments with deeply touching music and great performances. ... Read more

    16. An Evening with John Denver
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to spend an evening
    When I first heard "An Evening With John Denver" I was a new fan and immediately fell in love with this Album. Therefore my first time hearing songs such as "Rhymes and Reasons," "Today," and "Boy From the Country" were from this recording. Just listen to the heart-felt conviction with which he sings "Boy From the Country." When he soflty pauses at the end and then gently punctuates the piece with a touching high note, I think you'll understand a little more of what John Denver was all about.

    This album captures the essence of what made John Denver a star. It was 1975 when it came out and John was at the pinacle of his career. He was singing great and his personality (another reason he was so well loved) came shining through. John Denver was a person you had to see live. His studio albums are very well done, yet there was something magical and personable when John sang live. He wasn't just a great singer and guitarist, and a magnificant song writer, he was a polished and wonderful performer. This album "An Eveing With John Denver" captures those qualities and demonstrates what a superior performer he really was.

    "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" came out of this recording and went to Number One. Songs like "Matthew" and "Farewell Andromeda" are superior to their studio versions. And as John Denver closes with "This Old Guitar," you can hear the love and compassion he expressed, along with the utter joy he had while performing.

    The bonus songs on this album are a real treat. It is great to have a wonderful live recording of "I'd Rather Be A Cowboy" and the "Follow Me/Leaving on a Jet Plane" medly. Makes me wonder if there are any other earlier live concerts in the vault just waiting to be released?

    In my review of the album "Rocky Mountain High" I stated that I viewed that album as John's artistic masterpiece. But this album is pure pleasure and my all-time favorite to listen to. If you love John Denver then this will be a necessary addition to your collection. But if you're looking for just one album to listen to then this one is your choice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The quintessential John Denver concert, circa 1974
    The first concert I ever went to happened to be a John Denver concert, where he performed in front of giant screens that showed pictures of nature and my girlfriend had to explain to me what that strange smoky smell in the air happened to be. This 1975 "double-album" show cases Denver at his best, with live performances of basically every hit he had up to that time, from "Take Me Home, Country Roads" to "Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." The concert was recorded at the California Universal Amphitheater in August-September of 1974 and is actually a typical performance because Denver is being backed by an orchestra this time around. The boys in the band are Steve Weisberg on guitars, Dick Kniss of bass, Herb Lovell on drums, Hal Blaine doing percussions, and John Sommers filling in on everything from guitar and banjo to fiddle and mandolin.

    There is a sort of thematic arrangement to the songs, which clearly show the various strengths of Denver's music. Beginning the concert with "Farewell Andromeda" seems an obvious choice ("Welcome to my morning, Welcome to my Happiness"), but notice how he uses humorous songs like "Toldeo" and "Grandma's Feather Bed" to set up the pathos of the beautiful "Annie's Song." Ballads are used to set up the more powerful songs, such as "The Eagle and the Hawk." The only thing this live album reaffirms for me is that John Denver's best songs were never his big hits from the pop charts but songs like "Poems, Prayers, and Promises." Two songs, "Today" and "Boy from the Country," are omitted from the CD reissue for time reasons, but since they are a pair of minor covers it is not a painful loss. Even with those losses "An Evening with John Denver" is a superb live album, one of the best of the Seventies and a good addition to your music library regardless of how many John Denver albums you currently have in your possession. For me, there is the added advantage of this being pretty much the concert I remember hearing back then (probably Fall of 1973, maybe the spring of 1974).

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a great recording
    My parents got this on Album in 1975 when I was only 2. They tell me I insisted on their playing it for me before I went to sleep. First words of childhood? You guessed it, John Denver lyrics (kind of). Purchased the CD three years ago and have enjoyed it a great deal. One thing the listener can pick up on is the astonishing sound quality of the recording. The Album sounded just as good (unless you tortured it like I did) and more modern recordings dont have this warmth. Another feature is the beautiful orchestra- it adds atmosphere the other (studio) recordings didn`t capture. Look at the inside of the booklet(pictures of John`s folks and whatnot) and you will see this is a precious gift. I would like to say that my favorite songs are "Matthew","Country Roads",and "Poems,Prayers,and Promises". If you`re not a music fan who insists on having whatever is "Relevant" this week, get a copy of this and love it for all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
    This album is timeless. I used to listen to it endlessly over 20 years ago. I was thrilled to get it on cd and listen to it again. I played it while driving in the car with my 80 year old parents, my 40 year old husband and my 17 year old daughter. (at my daughter's request btw) We all enjoyed listening and singing along. How many singers can do that? The extra songs are great. (The song about the Port of Amsterdam is interesting. It's also on a David Bowie cd my daughter has.) Anyways,this album is wonderful. Every John Denver fan should have it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Why would RCA put this out?
    I'm glad that the original recording is restored, but why repeat a song on the extras? It is that lack of respect for the fans and his legacy that really irks me. The picture reproduction was horrible, they didn't include the poster that came with the original album, and the liner notes are a lie. Denver was already resorting to the same old show; note how the crowd yells far out and thanks grandma and you know that he used the same lines in every show. His music was still strong; it would be so nice if RCA had someone who cared about his music be responsible for compiling it with some integrity. ... Read more

    17. On Stage
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    Even those around for the decade may find it hard to believe that Loggins & Messina were an excellent live act throughout the '70s. Some might argue they were superior to Crosby, Stills & Nash onstage in their ability to leap between introspective singer/songwriter and rock & roll modes. (Lest we forget, Messina was a Buffalo Springfield alumnus who'd agreed to produce the lesser-known Loggins's debut LP). Which is why On Stage--featuring a crack band, the hits from "House at Pooh Corner" to "Your Mama Don't Dance," and extended versions of all the other faves--was not only the duo's highest charting album, but, along with the Sittin' In debut, their best effort. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Live Album
    The chemistry achieved by this duo was never matched by their respective solo ventures. "On Stage" is their classic live album. It features great versions of the standards, such as "Danny's Song" and "House at Pooh Corner." In my opinion, though, the high water mark of this performance is the jam version of "Angry Eyes"--a tune that is usually overlooked when people bother to remember Loggins and Messina. "Golden Ribbons," something of a war protest song, also displays the song-writing sophistication of Jim Messina, in particular.

    The instrumentation here at times bears similarities to the work of the Dave Matthews Band, with its blend of saxophone and fiddle alongside the duo's competent guitar work. Loggins and Messina is a favorite band of my era, but I see that they make the short list (somewhere behind the Allman Brothers Band and their wider genre of jazz/blues) of great musicians for my kids, who are in their twenties, are serious musicians and are, perhaps, even a bit snobby about their music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars On Target!
    On Stage is a fun souvenir of the genial pop duo Loggins and Messina at their artistic and commercial peak. Meaning, this double cd is full of good music, and the audience is most appreciative.

    Messina is the junior partner, but he's far from being the inconsequential Oates to Kenny Loggins' Hall. Messina's pop country background with Poco and his production talents give this material a lot of its texture. His voice is pleasant but rather nondescript; he is really a born harmony singer. He is the perfect complement to Loggins.

    Loggins' big rangy California drawl is easily the star of the show. He has the audience in his hand in the opening solo acoustic numbers. And he could belt, too! If you don't believe it, trying singing along with him in the chorus to "Vahevala." In the same key. At the same volume!

    The hits are here, and the instrumental jamming which could be distracting on the studio versions comes off very well here. The cornerstone of the album is the 20-minute expansion of "Vahevala". Amazingly, it doesn't flag over that marathon length. (You can tell that this jam is commercial, sell-out, AM radio pop instead of authentic, gutsy, genuine R&R, because it has no endless drum solo.) The band runs through the song's normal version and then sets off into a long instrumental. It gradually draws down into guitars, then fiddle, then pipes, then whalesong noises, before the band re-enters for the finale. It's a real joy, seeming shorter than the included version of "Angry Eyes", which is half the length.

    The only lingering question is this: A good time was had by all, so why all the sour faces in the liner photos of the band?

    5-0 out of 5 stars ON STAGE LOGGINS AND MESSINA

    5-0 out of 5 stars They helped keep the '70's sane
    Like the fan in a previous review, I too wore out the vinyl and then the cassette. The cassette would be eligible for some serious frequent flyer miles considering how many miles it's soothing melodies and down-right serious, inspired and intense tunes it provided my '70's core group as we made our uncountable trips to the Colorado river and Mammoth. Nothing better than to
    turn the boat motor off in the middle of Lake Mojave, get another cold beer and turn up Loggins and Messina.
    I guess this is not really a review of Onstage but a short, sincere barrage of words stating that,even to this day, my friends and I cannot go for more than a few days without either a Loggins or a Loggins/Messina fix. It was such a part of our growing up...including how to grow up...that it will remain part of our routine sanity check until we check out.
    Kenny and Jimmy......Thanks!! You saved lives !!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Performance
    This was Loggins and Messina's fourth album. It comes from a tour to support the Full Sail album. The group consists of the original line up. (Most of the original line up left after the fifth album due to internal fighting).

    Loggins and Messina was always a wimpy, soft rock band (House At Pooh Corners) that occasionally ventured into a slightly harder sound (Angry Eyes). Loggins and Messina are moderately good song writers and the band had some good musicians. The original line up always put on a fantastic show.

    The first half of the first CD is mainly solo Kenny Loggins accompanying himself on accoustic guitar. Jim Messina joins in after the fourth song for three more acoustic songs. After that, the rest of the band joins in and everything gets electric. The band plays with a lot of energy and there are numerous leads taken on sax, violin and guitar.

    Angry at 10 minutes is very good with a number of nice solos. It is played harder than the studio version. The real showcase is Vahevala, which is stretched out to 20 minutes. There are great violin and guitar solos and a nice little spacy interlude near the end.

    Before the News is a cute but short violin piece with an apt title. In the old days of FM radio, rock stations were a lot freer in what they played. They didn't have standard play lists or structured formats. Scheduling of songs was fairly loose. One song might end just a minute or two before the news would start. The radio station needed to fill the time, but couldn't use a standard 3 minute song. So they would fill in with a short instrumental that the could cut off at any point once the news came on.

    As a historical note, Loggins and Messina was indirectly responsible for tightened sercurity at Tucson concerts. Loggins and Messina and Jefferson Airplane were playing the same night. The normal concert reviewer went to the Loggins and Messina show. The newspaper sent a regular reporter to the Jefferson Airplane concert. The reporter was shocked at all of the smoking going on. Instead of writing about the concert, he wrote about the drug use, starting a furor in the town. ... Read more

    18. Wings Over America
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    Their #1 1976 double live album for Capitol featuring the top 10 version of 'Maybe I'm Amazed' & 27 other classics, including 'Jet', 'Lady Madonna', 'The Long And Winding Road', 'Live And Let Die', 'Yesterday' and 'Rock Show'. 28 tracks total. Double jewel case. A Capitol release. Deleted in the U.S. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Paul McCartney album ever!
    I think that Wings Over America, is one of the best albums Iv'e heard. Where else would you get such live versions of 'Venus and Mars, Rockshow, and Jet' all together as a medely? You could hear Denny Laine sing such great songs like Paul Simon's 'Richard Cory', and 'Time to Hide'. Paul also belts out 'Silly Love Songs', and the bass in this album is electrifying. Also 'The Long and Winding Road' with a trumpet solo. On this album he also plays with horns. I get to hear my favorite version of 'Lady Madonna'. This album is also the only one of Paul McCartney's albums without a lot of un useful "crap" on it. You can hear the only live version of 'Band on the Run'. Over the entire album, the best part is the acoustic part. Such great hits as 'Picasso's Last Words', 'Richard Cory', a great version of 'Bluebird', and an awsome outstanding version of 'I've Just seen a Face'. The only down part of the album was 'Blackbird", and 'Yesterday'. 'Yesterday' was done with horns and it sounds really bad, and 'Blackbird' has some kind of funky tunning, and it dose'nt sound right. 'Soily' was a great song, and so was 'Medicine Jar' by Jimmy McCulloch. So if you are thinking of buuying this album, I think it is a great idea for any true Paul McCartney, or Beatle fan. This album is exceptional, and is better than any studio, or live one he ever did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Fancy a bit of rock 'n' roll?"
    In 1976, Wings, fronted by the legendary Paul McCartney, played a tour of the U.S. It turned out to be one of the greatest tours ever and resulted in arguably the best live album ever. Wings--at this point consisting of Paul, his wife Linda on keyboards, Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch on guitars, and drummer Joe English--was at the top of their game as shown by the tracks on this two-disc set.

    Disc 1:

    "Venus and Mars"/"Rock Show"/"Jet"--Once in a lifetime medley of the VENUS AND MARS opener and the great song from BAND ON THE RUN.

    "Let Me Roll It"--Another BoTR track, performed grandly.

    "Spirits of Ancient Egypt"--Denny Laine's first lead vocal on this album, taken from VaM, bettering that version.

    "Medicine Jar"--Jimmy McCulloch's sole lead vocal is also from VaM and it really rocks.

    "Maybe I'm Amazed"--taken from McCARTNEY, this also betters that version. This version was a Top Ten single.

    "Call Me Back Again"--Paul sounds bored at the start, but soon goes rockin' in another VaM track.

    "Lady Madonna"--first Beatles song performed on this set is a grand version of the #1 single.

    "The Long and Winding Road"--another Beatles song, taken from LET IT BE, gives us the first ever version without Phil Spector's (over)production.

    "Live and Let Die"--title track to the James Bond film is given an explosive (literally!) treatment here.

    "Picasso's Last Words"--an acoustic set starts with this BoTR track.

    "Richard Cory"--Denny Laine's second lead vocal is a cover of a Simon and Garfunkel song.

    "Bluebird"--BoTR returns in this set with another fine acoustic number.

    "I've Just Seen a Face"--first ever live version of this HELP! track is a great attraction to this set.

    "Blackbird"--not to be confused with two spaces above, this is another Beatles song taken from the "White Album."

    "Yesterday"--last song in this set and last Beatles song, also from HELP!, is this enduring classic. Got the loudest applause of all the songs.

    Disc 2:

    "You Gave Me the Answer"--goofy vaudeville VaM track is performed great here but it left out the spoken words!

    "Magneto and Titanium Man"--goofy comic book VaM track is given a rockin' spin for the concert.

    "Go Now"--Denny Laine lead vocal on one of his hits during his stint with the Moody Blues.

    "My Love"--sole track from RED ROSE SPEEDWAY is this McCartney love song with a fantastic guitar solo.

    "Listen to What the Man Said"--first of three "underappreciated" songs on this album is this VaM track.

    "Let 'Em In"--second of those three is the first off WINGS AT THE SPEED OF SOUND and was Wings' latest single (#3 on the charts).

    "Time to Hide"--Denny Laine's fourth and final lead vocal is his vocal spotlight from WAtSoS.

    "Silly Love Songs"--the last of those three is the most overbashed McCartney song, but their latest #1 and also from WAtSoS.

    "Beware My Love"--last WAtSoS song is this underrated rocker and the other side of "Let 'Em In."

    "Letting Go"--last of VaM tracks is this above average rocker.

    "Band on the Run"--last of the BoTR tracks is this great live version that made me buy this after hearing it on the radio.

    "Hi, Hi, Hi"--hit (and banned) rock single makes an appearance here.

    "Soily"--McCartney concert closer is only avaliable here and is absolutely blistering.

    This is an absolute great piece of live rock. Unfortunately, import only. Capitol, release this album! Well worth the price though. The title, BTW, comes from what Paul said before starting "Hi, Hi, Hi."

    Paul, my answer is an unwavering "YES!"

    4-0 out of 5 stars Rockshow!!
    This CD is awesome. The only track on it that I don't like is My Love, and to be fair I hated that one before I got WOA, so I'm a bit byast.

    But everything else is awesome. One track that I didn't expect to be a highlight was "Medicine Jar" - but it really stands out as a testament to Wings's ablility to rock like no other.

    The live version of Listen to What the Man Said is great too - if you have already cast this song aside as too poppy, hold your judgement until you hear Wings do this live.

    Again, there really isn't a bad track on this album - and it's worth the import price just for "Soily"!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Saw the concert in '76
    I was all of 15 years old when Wings came to San Diego to perform this set. My girlfriend and I had worn the grooves out of every Beatles LP my older brother owned, and we were absolutely awestruck at being in the same building with our hero, Paul. We waited for hours at the entrance ramp for his limo to arrive, and when the entourage of 5 limos rolled in, they backed up on the ramp and just sat there for 5 minutes. Tinted windows prevented our seeing who was in which limo, but Paul and Linda eventually exited right in front of us! It was his birthday, and a fan handed his body guard a birthday cake. Paul took the cake and sincerely thanked the fans for remembering. What a wonderful moment.

    Why do I bore you with this? Because this CD captures Paul's warmth, talent and humanity like no other recording. Sure, the sound quality could be better, but the body of work is stunning in it's diversity and scope. The acoustic set is especially good. Paul's false start on the opening notes of "Yesterday" shows a wonderfully relaxed and poised artist who is completely comfortable with showing a faux paux on permanent record. The opening is absolutely CLASSIC as it builds in intensity.

    Don't miss it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Night With Paul, Linda, Denny, Jimmy, & Joe
    With all due respect to Peter Frampton and Kiss, "Wings Over America" is THE concert CD of the 1970's. I am not generally a fan of live albums since there's absolutely no way to replicate the experience of really being there, but if there's one live album that comes the closest this has got to be it. Paul McCartney's good-vibe rock 'n roll blasts down all the cynical barriers you've built up over the years and plunks you right down in the audience with the rest of us, laughing and clapping and having a great time.
    Opening with a medly of "Venus & Mars/Rock Show/Jet" and closing 2-plus hours later with two hard-to-find classics, "Hi Hi Hi" (a 70's song if ever there was one) and "Soily", this album feels so much like a real concert I'm tempted to try a stage dive...but maybe that's just me. There are way too many highlights to name here, McCartney originals, Beatles tunes, a Paul Simon and a great rocker by Jimmy McCulloch called "Medicine Jar"...the songs flow effortlessly one to the next, and this has always been the secret of McCartney's appeal, that it all seems so effortless. Some criticize him for it, even one or two of his former bandmates, but listen: there's nothing wrong with feeling GOOD when you listen to rock and roll. Take a trip back to 1976 with "Wings Over America" and discover that great music THEN is great music NOW, and always. Thank you, Paul...Linda...Denny...Jimmy...and Joe. ... Read more

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    20. Back in the U.S. Live 2002
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    Critics may quibble over the creative roller coaster that's been Paul McCartney's post-Beatles solo career, but few can deny his status as one of rock's most buoyant live performers and consistent crowd pleasers. That drive to stake his claim onstage (said to be one of the factors that drove the Fabs to dissolution) energizes this otherwise largely backward-looking collection of performances from his 2002 world tour; fully two-thirds of the double-disc's 35 tracks hail from the Beatles catalog, with the rest slanted toward early solo-career standouts like "Jet," "Maybe I'm Amazed," and "My Love." But Mac and his focused backing quartet deliver them with a punchy edge and sense of abandon that's largely MIA on previous McCartney live releases. Other than pausing for tributes to his fallen comrades ("Here Today," a solo acoustic paean to John Lennon followed by a touching, ukulele-backed nod to George Harrison with "Something"), it's largely a rollicking career retrospective from a musician whose restless drive to perform invests this collection with something more than mere nostalgia. The singer who invoked Bach at 22 may still refuse to act his age, but here that's not a bad thing at all. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, yes. Essential, no.
    What separates Back In The U.S. from Paul McCartney's previous live releases? There are a couple of things. First of all, the sound quality is noticably better than it was on 1990's Tripping The Live Fantastic. Of course, he performs some songs that are unique to this live album (in addition to the usuals: "Let It Be," "Let Me Roll It," "Hey Jude," and "Coming Up"...that's my only real gripe here..."Coming Up" is not THAT great a song to merit its inclusion on each and every live album, Paul!) But, what makes the biggest difference is the energy that Paul and his younger band put out. You can really feel it through the music (something that was somewhat missing from Tripping). Anyway, onto the songs...
    First of all, it's great how his band brings new life to the old Beatles songs like "All My Loving," "I Saw Her Standing There," & "Can't Buy Me Love" (not that they needed any). This tour was also the first time that Paul performed "Getting Better" live. The acoustic set is great...Paul does "Here Today" and a cute ukelele version of "Something" as tributes John Lennon & George Harrison, respectively. The funny bit of the album is Paul's piano rendition of "Carry That Weight/You Never Give Me Your Money" where he forgets the words and makes something goofy up. "Band On The Run" & "Eleanor Rigby" have a certain special kind of energy to them not heard on any other versions. "Hey Jude" is magical, as usual...Paul's interaction with the audience on this song is always fun to hear. It's also cool that Paul has devised a new medley: "Sgt. Pepper's reprise/The End" to replace the somewhat dated original Abbey Road medley.
    On the negative side of things, I find it disturbing that Paul didn't include any of his material from between 1983 and 2000. It especially would have been nice to hear something from 1997's Flaming Pie, since he didn't tour after that album. The one thing that Tripping has over Back In The U.S. is the fact that this one doesn't have any extended guitar solos (save for the awesome 3-guitar assault at the end of "The End"). It's also disppointing that Paul's between-song comments to the audience have been cut out, losing some of the real concert feel. Really, though...all that is just nit-picking. :-)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Live Set
    There's lot to like about McCartney's latest live set. There are over 20 Beatle classics as well as some of the best Wings numbers as well. The band is excellent, and the sound quality is good for the most part. Both the CD and DVD are priced to sell, so this is an especially good deal.

    Highlights on Disc One include a blistering version of a somewhat obscure Wings song called "Let Me Roll It," which cuts the 25-year old studio version to shreds. Likewise, it's great to hear McCartney sing "Getting Better." Three songs from his recent "Driving Rain" CD are played back to back: "Lonely Road," the title track, and "Your Loving Flame," which is for his wife Heather and one of McCartney's strongest ballads. This one holds up quite well in comparison to songs like "Maybe I'm Amazed," and it's especially moving to hear him not only hit the high notes on this song, but drive them home. There's also a nice acoustic set, featuring "Blackbird," "We Can Work It Out" and "Mother Nature's Son." Closing the first disc are McCartney's tributes to Lennon ("Here Today") and Harrison ("Something"). McCartney strums a ukelele on "Something," which is interesting. Both are heartfelt and powerful.

    Much of Disc Two are Beatle covers, although the version of "Freedom" is strong. "Live and Let Die" absolutely scorches. The only somewhat inappropriate choice is the obscure Wings song "C Moon," which breaks the momentum a bit, and I'm not sure what McCartney was doing with "Carry That Weight,"--he plays it on electric piano, and he either forgot the lyrics or was fooling becomes a medley with "You Never Give Me Your Money." But he gets back on track immediately after with "Fool On The Hill." "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude," of course, are crowd-pleasers.

    There's one aspect of this CD that may not bother anyone else, but I'm not entirely comfortable with it: There's no banter or between-song comments or introductions at all. None! I just watched the ABC McCartney documentary special and fully expected introductions of the band members as well as McCartney's typical remembrances and kidding around. But the concert performance has been edited carefully so that each song begins a second or two afterward the previous song is complete. As a result, while the recording sounds natural enough, it's missing an element of something (warmth, perhaps?) that's there at McCartney concerts (and on the DVD).

    But that shouldn't be enough to mar your enjoyment, and there are many folks out there who are probably glad that all these great tracks are uninterrupted by chatter. Beatle buffs and McCartney fans over the years will really enjoy the wide variety of songs, as well as the fact that at age 60, Sir Paul has lost very little in concert. Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars McCartney Can Still Rock
    As I have read the numerous reviews for this album, I was struck by the difference in viewpoints between those who like this album and those who did not. The majority who did not like this album complained that it was yet another in a series of live albums for Paul, including his "Wings Over America" album. For those who do not have any of the previous live albums this one has a lot to offer.

    On the plus side, Paul performs very well. The selection of songs is heavily weighted toward The Beatles. However, it may be that Paul has finally come to grips with the early part of his career and, as Paul continues into his sixth decade of life, he may be feeling a lot of nostalgia for the days when he (and we) were younger and created something different and wonderful, and the what-might-have-beens.

    I was impressed by the quality of the music throughout. The range of music is from mellow ("Here, There and Everywhere") to rockers ("Band on the Run"). "Live and Let Die" stands out as particularly good. There were many others that were as good. Paul sounds energetic throughout, and his voice is generally strong. Listening to "Back in the USSR" made me feel like I was back in the 60s once again.

    The only thing about this album I did not care for was the transition between songs. While I am okay with cutting out a lot of the dialogue and clapping between songs, at least they could have done a fade with the volume instead of just cutting the music off and turning it instantly on. Sometimes the ons and offs are a little distracting.

    I am not a big fan of live albums in general. Recently I have been finding that live albums are much better than I remember them, or perhaps I too have become nostalgic and appreciate live albums more. In any case, my collection of live albums is small and so this live album is the first I have from Paul McCartney, and I will be listening to it over and over (actually, I already have, this is a good album).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great
    I like almost every song on this album. There was alot of Beatles stuff on here and alot of his best solo stuff. The best part about this, is that it gives a more rock edge to paul's solo pop songs.
    I do realize that he has done many other live albums much like this one. But this has more meaning to me as a Beatles/Mac fan who was under the age of 20 when he was on this tour. This is the concert I will remember going to for my highschool graduation present. So I can listen to it years down the road and remember how great it was. Any other live album is just another cd to someone who wasn't alive or a fan when it came out. So in my opinion this is more a live album for the younger generation of fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best tours ever!!!
    This 2-disk concert CD is one of the best I have ever heard. The quality is just as good as it was when I was sitting in the crowd of his opening Oaklnd concert. This is a MUST for any McCartney fan! ... Read more

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