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Live - Live at the Paradiso Amsterdam

2009-01-22 12:58
Live at the Paradiso
Live at the Paradiso Amsterdam is the band's first live release despite having being together for more than 20 years. Perhaps with this album lead singer Ed Kowalcyzk and co just wanted to put up a hand and shout "Hey, we're still here!" to remind listeners of some of their biggest hits, because there are no significant new tunes. What, creative juices all dried up? Still, the number of hits that Live has managed to produce is astounding and are well represented here, making it sound more like a Greatest Hits compilation than anything else.

As far as live recordings go, this one contains plenty of cheering and crowd sing-alongs. Live obviously still has a healthy fan base in Europe. They attempt a cover of Johnny Cash's "I Walk the line", putting a unique 'Live' spin on it, that unfortunately doesn't really work. Most of their own songs also retain their original anthemic sound, without any major re-interpretation. Then again, isn’t that exactly what a live audience wants?

While at high school I had, through some financial miracle, acquired a golden circle ticket to Live’s first show in South Africa and sang my heart out to songs like, "The Dolphin’s cry" and "Lightning Crashes". The band was so popular they had to book two consecutive shows for Cape Town. Since then they have toured South Africa again, but this time I didn’t attend, fearing I would end up with a feeling of déjà vu…

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