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05-01-09 Footnotes
Show 179: Favorite Live Albums, Review of Leonard Cohen

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1 After much controversy, Oklahoma has finally declared a new state song: “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips. The native sons have always been proud Sooners, but their politics often go against the state’s grain. After the people and the Senate approved this choice, conservatives in the House rejected the song. Despite this, Governor Brad Henry has signed an executive order naming “Do You Realize?” the official state rock song. Sometimes democracy does pay off.

2 It’s easy to assume that rock stars are immune to the current economic crisis, but a recent UK survey shows that artists there have taken some big hits. Elton John’s personal wealth fell by more than 25%. So the “Rocket Man” is going to have to get by on merely $256.8 million. Paul McCartney’s wealth fell 12% bringing his fortune to only $88 million. And Mick Jagger fared even worse. He took a 16% hit and now only has $278 million to live off of. Jim and Greg hope these musicians know how to make Ramen.

3 The concept of a Live Album is a controversial one for many rock fans. Some see these releases as merely filler between proper new albums. And some see these records as a way to experience a specific musical moment again. For Jim and Greg, the following are great albums because they either bring something new to an artist’s work, or capture a time worth remembering. As you gear up for the summer concert season, enjoy the following live albums:

Bill Withers, Live at Carnegie Hall
Ani DiFranco, Living in Clip
Velvet Underground, Velvet Underground Live: 1969
Nirvana, Unplugged

James Brown, Live at the Apollo
X-Ray Spex, Live at the Roxy
MC5, Kick Out the Jams
Jethro Tull, Bursting Out

Listeners John from Chicago, IL and Dave from Clarendon Hills, IL also nominate these live albums:
The Who, Live at Leeds
Bob Dylan, Live 66

4 74 year-old rock poet Leonard Cohen has gone out on his first tour in 15 years. He’s also released a concert album Live in London. Jim thinks the record is one of those rare live gems that’s more than just a souvenir. He found most of his studio albums overdone and really appreciates hearing this authentic performance. Jim gives this live album an enthusiastic Buy It rating. Greg has a few reservations about this record, including some of the instrumentation and backing vocals. But, for one stop Leonard Cohen shopping, this is a great pick. He also gives Live in London a Buy It.

Songs Featured in Show #179
The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??” Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, 2002
Elton John, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973
Peter Frampton, “Do You Feel Like We Do,” Frampton Comes Alive, 1976
Bill Withers, “Use Me,” Live at Carnegie Hall, 1972
James Brown, “Medley: I Found Someone, Why Do You Do Me, I Want You So Bad,” Live at the Apollo, 1963
Ani DiFranco, “Every State Line,” Living in Clip, 1997
Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues," At Folsom Prison, 1968
MC5, "Rocket Reducer No 62," Kick Out The Jams, 1969
The Who, "Young Man Blues," Live at Leeds, 1970
Bob Dylan, "Like A Rolling Stone," The Royal Albert Hall Concert, 1966
The Velvet Underground, "What Goes On," 1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1, 1969
X-Ray Spex, "Oh Bondage, up Yours!," Live at the Roxy, 1991
Radiohead, "Idioteque," I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings, 2001
Nirvana, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," MTV Unplugged in New York, 1994
Jethro Tull, "Too Old to Rock N' Roll," Bursting Out: Jethro Tull Live, 1978
Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah," Live in London, 2009
Leonard Cohen, "Bird On The Wire," Live in London, 2009
Sean Kingston, "Fire Burning Down Below," Fire Burning Down Below, 2009
Abba, "Ring Ring," Ring Ring, 1973
Aphex Twin, "Crying In Your Face," Analord 04, 2005
The Cure, "Killing An Arab," Boys Don't Cry, 1980
Bob Dylan, "Highway 61 Revisted," Highway 61 Revisted, 1965

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