INXS – Live Baby Live

I used to own this, years ago. It was a cassette, of course. No idea what happened to it. So when this came in at work and no one else bought it, nostalgia washed over me and I grabbed it up right quick.

INXS was a big part of our childhood listening, especially Kick and, for myself more than my sister, X. Honestly, I imagine it was the same for a lot of people. This live album (from 1991), is their “…first live album. It was released on 11 November 1991 and features tracks recorded during their Summer XS Tour in Paris, New York, Chicago, London, Dublin, Glasgow, Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Spain, Switzerland, Melbourne, Sydney, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas.” (Wiki)

Interestingly, “The title’s two uses of ‘live’, indistinguishable by spelling alone, are pronounced differently – according to The Greatest Hits album’s accompanying booklet – the first is pronounced to rhyme with ‘give’, whereas the second is pronounced as in ‘five’.” Why? Because they could, that’s why!

Myself, I had a blast listening to this. If I could zap myself back in time and go to an INXS concert, this could be a setlist I’d wanna be there to hear (sure there are a ton of songs missing, but whatever). Still, not everyone liked it: “Allmusic gave the album one star out of five. AllMusic‘s reviewer, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, was unimpressed with Live Baby Live, “[it] is a lifeless live album … All of the performances sound like the studio versions, stripped of their excitement and savvy productions”. Well I disgaree, Mr. Erlewine of Allmusic, but you’re entitled to your opinion, as am I!

If you have a nostalgia for this band, and you see a copy of this in your travels, get it. It’s fun!

CD Tracks:
New Sensation
Guns In The Sky
Mystify
By My Side
Shining Star* (the album’s only single)
Need You Tonight
Mediate
One X One
Burn For You
One Thing
This Time
Stairs
Suicide Blonde
Hear That Sound
Never Tear Us Apart
What You Need

* not a live track!

PS: This was also released as a DVD, recorded at Wembley Stadium during the Summer XS tour on July 13, 1991. The DVD has a different track listing from the CD, not just in order, but in the tracks appearing:

Guns In The Sky
New Sensation
I Send A Message^
The Stairs^
Know The Difference^
Disappear^
By My Side
Hear That Sound
Original Sin^
The Loved One^
Wildlife^
Mystify
Bitter Tears^
Suicide Blonde
What You Need
Kick^
Need You Tonight
Mediate
Never Tear Us Apart
Who Pays The Price^
Devil Inside^

^ denotes DVD-only tracks from the Wembley gig. I count 11 of them!

29 thoughts on “INXS – Live Baby Live

  1. J. says:

    I’ve never actually owned a copy of this. I did buy the CD one time, but it wasn’t Live Baby Live inside (it was Del Amitri). Shop didn’t have the album when I went back with it (perhaps in the Del Amitri case) and that was that.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Now that’s quite a shock! Nothing wrong with Del Amitri either, but if you want INXS it ain’t gonna cut it.

      Who was it bought Run DMC’s hits set and there was a Leonard Cohen CD instead? Was that one of our crew, or my buddy Brian in CT?

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      1. J. says:

        I’m of the opinion that there’s plenty wrong with Del Amitri, I’m afraid… so it was quite a blow.

        Leonard Cohen in place of Run DMC, eh? That’s a winner (as much as I think that DMC set would be great).

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Haha fair enough, not a Del Amitri fan, eh? They’re not Where It’s At for you!

          I would never argue with a surprise Leonard CD (I am a bit of a fan), but when you’re jonesing for It’s Tricky, it’s a bit of a switch!

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  2. mikeladano says:

    I remember this and I remember it being good! My sister had the cassette. Hers came in really different packaging…but I’m struggling to remember it. A larger tape case maybe?

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              1. mikeladano says:

                She had one 7″ where it unfolded into a poster. She hung it up on her wall! I told her she’d regret that and she didn’t listen. Well she bought a replacement copy because she did regret it 🙂

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      1. boppinsblog says:

        The cases made them 12″s tall so that the cd’s could fit in the same cases as vinyl records. That made it an easier transition for record stores to display them.

        They were in turn also harder to steal.

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    1. J. says:

      Revisit them. I reckon you won’t regret it.

      I’ve always had a spot for Kick, but I picked up Listen Like Thieves not too long ago cause it was cheap and it sounds great. Vinyl particularly gritty compared to my old CD.

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