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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0006J2FKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Waifs 2-disc live set documenting The Waifs best and favorite tracks. 31 tracks in all.

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I LOVE it, and I am now a huge Waifs fan.
W. Miller
And that is what this double live album captures - a great live band, singing pretty well all their best material, as if you were seeing them at a festival.
Antony D. O'dowd
The sound quality is terrific...very crisp and clear; very pleasing to this picky ear.
J. Kearney

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Dolman on January 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Waifs fan, you may well be awaiting this album. For the most part, it provides most of the songs the Waifs include on their US tour play lists, taking songs nearly equally from their four previous albums. There are one or two new songs, specifically "Bridal Train" that you may have heard at their concerts. There are two versions, a studio and a live version. The band planned to take some older performances along with newer ones to show how the band's performances have changed or grown over time. If you have become a Waifs fan, you will really enjoy having this set in your collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on March 28, 2005
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From their early days busking outside supermarkets in far north Queensland, gigging in remote pubs and mines to their recent sell out shows around the country, the Waif's career encompasses music that has been forged in the fires of long days and months on the road, crappy day jobs and an honest and admirable desire to make uncompromisingly good music at the expense of an easy living. They have paid their dues and now, it would seem are reaping their just rewards. This double live album is a synopsis of their career to date and, in contrast to it's eulogical title, gives the unacquainted a splendid insight into what has gone before and more importantly what, possibly, is yet to come.

Recorded in venues as diverse as the Athenaeum in Melbourne, the Metro in Sydney, the Belvoir Amphitheatre in Perth and Tilley's in Canberra, one could expect the sound to be a little patchy over its thirty one tracks. These fears however are quickly dispelled by the sparkling clarity of the opening track, right on through the duration of the album whole. Either because of the intimacy of some of these venues or as a testament to the bands selection process these tracks sparkle with crystal clear acoustics and a bright balanced tone. All of those Waifs mainstays are here, London Still, Lighthouse, Crazy Train and the musicianship, groove and interaction they are performed with here is nothing short of sumptuous.

There are moments of musical splendor here that, for me, rise above the others, like Vikki Simpson's jaw-dropping harp solo at the start of Crazy Train (ala Sonny Terry's "Hootin' Blues"), that even after dozens of listens, still gives me goose-bumps.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Kearney on March 10, 2005
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I must preface this by admitting that I have had very poor luck with live albums, in general. Something just usually gets lost in translation, whether it be poor sound quality, crowd noise, etc., and I am usually left disappointed.

This double-album is so very different, thankfully. The only reason that I chanced purchasing it is because The Waifs blew me away when I saw them in concert in May, 2003 in Tampa. Believe me when I tell you that this offering replicates the live experience beautifully!! The sound quality is terrific...very crisp and clear; very pleasing to this picky ear. While all of their songs are represented well, my favorites are "Gillian" (with great crowd interaction) and the beautiful "Bridal Train" (both live and studio versions). Every trip through this CD gives me a greater appreciation for Josh's amazing guitar playing and Vicki's harmonica talent. Truly.

Simply put, if you are one of the thousands who count themselves as musically-blessed after having been exposed to The Waifs in person, you must add "A Brief History" to your collection. If you have never seen them live OR your Waifs exposure is a limited one, THIS is the opportunity for you to get a taste of the Waifs experience and be forever thankful that you did. I know I am.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Miller on March 8, 2007
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I can't remember now how I was introduced to The Waifs in the last few years, but I think I heard one of their songs on a local public radio station. I tried hard to find any Waifs albums, and finally found this one on Amazon. I LOVE it, and I am now a huge Waifs fan. I hope they come back to the US on tour soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJ Mort on February 10, 2006
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This live album of the waif's is a great compilation and really shows their whole range of awesome blues n roots style of music. It also gives you a feel for them when there up on stage, real vibrant live recordings. Great album. Great Aussie band! Defiantly worth the money.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Yeates on February 18, 2005
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If you love these great folk sylists from Down Under, you will love this disc....not too slick or too rough.....just right...and spirited audience response sets it all off.

They win over unsuspecting crowds around the world,...I witnessed this at the New Orleans Jazz Fest a few years ago where I and the curiousity seekers were captured for the whole set! (hope they're back in Louisiana soon!)

If you haven't gotten Waifed yet, this is a great overview ...if you like both touching and rowdy live folk rock.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antony D. O'dowd on March 1, 2005
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The Waifs are an Australian folk institution. They have been touring around Oz for ten years or so, and their momentum just grows and grows. In recent years they have also taken the US by storm, and have become festival favourites. Even Dylan has had them as a regular support act - and he certainly knows a good folk act when he sees it.

And that is what this double live album captures - a great live band, singing pretty well all their best material, as if you were seeing them at a festival. In fact, the album is collated from a number of gigs taken from all types of venues (I was at one of them, in fact) but the show sounds seamless on record. Their charisma and basic charm shines out in the performances captured here, which are all well recorded.

The real frontline of the band are two sisters, with broad Aussie accents, but aided and abetted by a spouse and a floating support band/rhythm section. But it is the songs that tell the story. Try "London Still", "Crazy Train", or "The Haircut". Warm, clever, and funny - but also moving and artistic. I am not sure where the Waifs go from here - this album certainly brings them to a watershed - but this collection stands as their peak so far. One of the year's best.
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