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2fer: Live – Birds Of Pray, and Songs From Black Mountain

I’m putting these two together because I am completist enough to want to hear the Live albums in order, as I go along. I did not buy Birds Of Pray in Taranna with Mike, but it’s next in the discography, so here we go!

Live – Birds Of Pray (CD/DVD)

In 2003, Live sounds the same, and this is a strong Live record. I found upset people online (including a band member), saying the songs weren’t memorable, the lyrics were too strident and/or obtuse, that this album was Live settling down and giving up.

I don’t get nearly that much bad out of it. There are lots of excellent tunes here.

This copy also had a DVD with live videos of four songs from Pinkpop 2002. Sweet.

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And now here’s another one that I found at Sonic Boom in Taranna with Mike, and again I paid $0.99…

The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 26 (CD)

This was Ed’s last album with Live (so far – rumours are they may reunite soon). By this point, people may have written them off, but the songs here are still uplifting and rousing. They are a bit formulaic, perhaps, but this is probably because (happily) I’ve heard four Live albums in the past few days…

It’s typical Live, which means that this is a solid outing all around, and as strong as the albums directly preceeding it.

Live – V

Here’s another one I got for $0.99 at Sonic Boom!

The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 25 (CD)

Never intended to be an album (the band planned to release it free to fans), the label got hold of the tracks and forced release anyway.

These are more great Live tracks. They have a unique sound that works well. As singles, Simple Creed and Overcome (big after 9/11) are deserving. I heard many others here that could also have been singles. Guest vocals from Adam Duritz and Tricky make things even more interesting.

I really liked this record.

Live – The Distance To Here

I got this one for $0.99 in Sonic Boom!

The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 24 (CD)

I loved Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi, and had this one too. It got sold (dummy!) so here’s a replacement. What a record! It’s a natural extension of what came before, while still exploring new things. On a fourth record, that’s what you want in a band this strong!

I was shocked to find many detractors online, saying it’s too bombastic and cheesy. Silly people who just want retread Throwing Copper. I really liked this album.

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