Music Review: LIVE – LIVE at the Paradiso – Amsterdam

Hi all!

In the early 1990s, alternative rock band LIVE began an amazing career as they hit the airwaves with a series of singles that still resonate with listeners around the world. Their hits “All Over You”, “The Dolphin’s Cry”, “Lightning Crashes”, and “I Alone” still score airplay on radio stations worldwide. With four platinum selling records (Mental Jewelry, Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi, and The Distance to Here) in the last 20+ years, their fans are still rabid for new music and live concerts.

The band LIVE consists of four musicians – Ed Kowlczyk (lead singer/guitarist), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass guitar), and Chad Gracey (drums). When they started playing together in 1985 as Public Affection and later as LIVE, they gained millions of fans in the process of making 8 albums together and touring the world.

On November 11, 2008, LIVE will do something they’ve never done – release a live album. LIVE at the Paradiso – Amsterdam provides a recording of two nights of concerts at the Paradiso venue in Amsterdam. The live tracks were recorded just a few months earlier – June 30th and July 1st, 2008. The album will be released on DVD and CD in high definition surround sound.

The 16 track CD includes their biggest hits, including “I Alone”, “Lightning Crashes”, “The Dolphin’s Cry” and many more. It also includes two new studio tracks – “Forever” and “Purifier”.

Lead singer/frontman/guitarist Ed Kowlczyk comments, “The filming and recording of LIVE at the Paradiso was a magical process from start to finish. Considering our namesake, we took it pretty seriously! The Paradiso in Amsterdam is a sensational venue and was inspirational in so many ways. Dutch LIVE fans are some of our most devoted on the globe, and they practically steal the show from us. Whether you’re watching the DVD or listening to the album, the intense and mutual love between the fans and the band is unmistakable. It is truly a celebration of almost 20 years of LIVE touring and recording. We are thrilled to be able to share this incredible DVD and album with our fans all over the world.”

I have to say that it’s a tribute to a live album that makes you jealous that you weren’t at the concert(s) where the tracks were recorded. LIVE at the Paradiso – Amsterdam is definitely one of those. Each track not only shows the passion of the members of the band, but the passion of their fans as well – singing in the background at the top of their lungs.

Among the best tracks (and it’s tough to choose among them) have to be “The Dolphin’s Cry”, “Lightning Crashes” and “I Alone”. But honestly, the two new tracks, “Forever” and “Purifier” seemed almost anti-climactic after the passion of the live tracks before them. You can hear “Forever” on LIVE’s MySpace page. I felt that “Purifier” had more energy than “Forever”, but it’s great to know that the band is together and still recording new tracks!

For LIVE fans all over the world, LIVE at the Paradiso – Amsterdam is an early gift for the holidays. Enjoy it!

Track Listing for the CD:

  • Simple Creed
  • All Over You
  • The River
  • The Dolphin’s Cry
  • I Walk The Line
  • Selling The Drama
  • Lightning Crashes
  • Turn My Head
  • I Alone
  • Heaven
  • Lakini’s Juice
  • Overcome
  • Operation Spirit
  • Dance With You
  • Forever
  • Purifier

Definitely check this album out!

–Fitz

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