I saw the DVD of this (thanks heaps, James!), and I remember liking the show part of it, the concept was cool. But I vaguely recall thinking the final songs were OK but that, after all the work they did, maybe they coulda been stronger. Or something like that. Like I said, my memory of it has faded pretty well.
So. I grabbed this CD at work for cheap because why not, it’ll complete the set with the DVDs! And you know something, with this much separation from watching the show, these songs are strong and my vague memory of my impression of it is just silly. This is a varied work, from full-on rockin’ to beautiful acoustic parts, to solid middle pop like the Foos do it so well… Loved it.
Rather than me type it all out, here’s the relevant info:
Skin and Bones is a live acoustic album by Foo Fighters released on November 7, 2006. The 15-track set was recorded on August 29, 30 and 31, 2006 at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles and spotlights an expanded eight-piece lineup featuring violinist/singer Petra Haden, former Germs/Nirvana/Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear, Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee, and percussionist Drew Hester. Haden and Jaffee had appeared as guest musicians on the band’s previous studio album, In Your Honor. A three-song encore consists of Grohl’s solo performances of “Friend of a Friend”, “Best of You”, and “Everlong”. The album debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200, selling about 49,000 copies in its first week. This was also the album’s peak position on the chart.
Excellent, with that out of the way, it frees me up to write about my gut reaction to the album!
I got this for cheap, at work, and I quite enjoyed it. I’m not the hugest Foos fan, though I own a couple of their records. That said, I do generally like when their songs come on, and then I think I oughta own more, then I wonder why I don’t…
This is a cool set, some hits, and songs you oughta know. Like the Nirvana MTV Unplugged set, songs get reworkings and become new beasts. Honestly, I like some of these versions better, especially the ones that were originally big rockers now turned to strong stripped back tunes.
I’d be interested to see the DVD, and not just for the extra tracks. I get the feeling the power of the show, which comes through well on the CD, would be even more enhanced by seeing them in action.
Right on. Bought on a whim, this was a mighty damn good set.
The Tracks: Razor / Over And Out / Walking After You / Marigold / My Hero / Next Year / Another Round / Big Me / Cold Day In The Sun / Skin And Bones / February Stars / Times Like These / Friend Of A Friend / Best Of You / Everlong
The DVD has a slightly different track order, and several extra tracks: Intro, On The Mend, Still, See You, What If I Do, and Ain’t It The Life.