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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: October 10, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002B7F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Joking
2. Least Complicated
3. Thin Line
4. River
5. Strange Fire
6. Power Of Two
7. Pushing The Needle Too Far
8. Virginia Woolf
9. Jonas And Ezekial
10. Tangled Up In Blue
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Disc: 2
1. I Don't Wanna Know
2. Galileo
3. Down By The River
4. Love's Recovery
5. Land Of Canaan
6. Mystery
7. This Train Revised
8. Back Together Again
9. Language Or The Kiss
10. Chickenman
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Amy and Emily take a page from the Jackson Browne'sRunning on Empty notebook in compiling a fascinating melange of live tracks pulled from 12 different stages, dressing rooms, radio broadcasts, and a Hopi Indian reservation. For fans this is a gift, pure and simple, and even skeptics will be sucker-punched by the emotional power of the songs and performances. --Jeff Bateman

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The songs are so powerful emotionally.
I'm usually disappointed with most performer's live albums- this is one exception.
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Highly recommend for all indigo girl fans.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By burghtenor on September 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, the Southern guitar duo better known as "The Indigo Girls," have been an international sensation for over a decade. 1200 CURFEWS captures a number of their best songs in a format that enhances the emotional impact.
The original concept for 1200 CURFEWS was to record the songs from the Indigo Girls' last CD, SWAMP OPHELIA, live in concert, but the concept expanded to include live recordings of other pieces by Saliers and Ray as well as their covers of songs by other artists. Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue" and James D. Wheatherly's "Midnight Train to Georgia" are my favorite covers on this set. There are also some unusual recording locations: a radio studio, a dressing room, and, most surprisingly, Amy's basement in 1982.
While a few of the songs do not fare as well recorded live as they did recorded in a studio (including their most famous pieces, "Closer to Fine," "Ghost," and "Galileo"), I found myself completely drawn into other pieces I didn't appreciate before. This is due to a number of factors: Saliers and Ray feed off the energy of their fans (as can be heard in "Joking"), they have found deeper meaning to their pieces upon repeated performances (such as in "Power of Two" and "Language or the Kiss"), their easy-going personas shine in their interactions with the audience (exemplified in "Jonas and Ezekiel" and the introduction to "Mystery"), and/or different instrumentation has added new dimensions (most especially the plaintive saxophone in "Love's Recovery").
I'm not a huge fan of contemporary "pop" music, but this 2-CD set is a favorite album of mine.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LisaD on November 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
...if my house was on fire, this would be the CD I'd grab on my way out the door. It's that good.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"1200 Curfews" is one of the best live albums available, a retrospective examination of the Indigo Girls in the style of the definitive collection produced by Bruce Springsteen. Originally the idea was to record two shows on their "Swamp Ophelia" tour, but instead the duo decided to go with recordings from earlier concerts as well as radio broadcasts and summer shed tours, along with impromptu backstage and home performances. The songs are recorded on everything from 48 track digital machines to cheap 2 track recorders. Consequently, with "1200 Curfews" the most memorable songs are not the ones you are going to find on the Indigo Girls' other albums.
On first listening the songs that stand out are probably the cover songs performed by the Indigo Girls. The one that stands out heads and shoulders above the rest is their cover of Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue," yet another reminder that the man's ear for harmony was always vastly superior to his voice, as Peter, Paul and Mary and many others have already proven. Gerard McHugh's "Thin Line" is the song you will not recognize but instantly love, taped in a dressing room before a concert. Personally, I like their cover of Neil Young's "Down by the River," especially the guitar solo, although I recognize this is an acquired taste. "Midnight Train to Georgia," never did anything for me, but it is a nice turn of pace and one of the key things about this album is that they do include a lot of different things. There are studio and live versions of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," which has an awesome bass line and is certainly one of the more political efforts by the duo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard an Indigo Girls song until June 1997, when a friend lent me "1200 Curfews." I quickly bought my own copy and have listened to all or parts of it at least once a week ever since. From the insistent opening chord of the rocker "Joking" to Emily & Amy's matchless harmony in "Power of Two" to the soaring ballad "Mystery," it puts you in the front row of the best concert you'll ever experience. Through their funny, self-deprecating stage banter and ad-libs with the audience, it's clear the Girls truly love performing and sing every note as if it were for the first time. I'm a little outside the IG demographic -- I'm a male 40-something -- but all I can say is this is one hell of an album, certainly in the take-to-desert-island class. If you want to sample IG, dive into the deep end and get this one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miss P on May 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There is no question that the Indigo Girls put on an incredible live show. If you take all the best songs from every live performance they have done and make a 2-disc compilation, you would have 1200 Curfews. This album followed the release of Swamp Ophelia and includes tours from that time period, so fans of Swamp Ophelia are in for quite a treat. The beauty of this album is that just when you think you know the songs inside and out, you listen to them live and it's as if you're hearing them for the first time. There are quite a few Swamp songs included, 2 notables being "Least Complicated" and "Mystery." But the two discs cover the entire spectrum of IG songs, from a dive bar, rock out version of "I Don't Wanna Know" to a tender "Ghost," to a crowd-pleasing "Galileo." They also include an unreleased song by Gerard McHugh, called "Thin Line," which is probably one of my favorite songs on the cds.
There are also some amazing covers on this album. When Emily sings the 'Montague Street' verse of Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue," it takes your breath away. She also shows her dynamic range on Joni Mitchell's "River." (I actually prefer her version to Joni's.) But the gem of this album has got to be "Midnight Train to Georgia." It still blows me away and I've heard it a million times.
Although I don't think it was necessary to include "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" not once, but twice, I can overlook it and still give the album 5 stars. It's that good. I think it's safe to say that almost every Indigo Girls fan already owns this double-cd, but if you're just starting to listen to their music and want a great mix of songs from all the albums, this is the one to buy.
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Her name is Gail Ann Dorsey, if you are referring to the vocalist on the live Indigo Girls "1200 Curfews" CD.
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