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Europe Live was recorded in venues across Johnson's tour of the continent, with the majority of the album capturing
his appearance at Amsterdam's Melkweg along with selections from two dates in Germany at Die Kantine in Köln and
Bochum Zeche and the Paris show at New Morning. Each appearance featured a unique set list, offering Johnson the
opportunity to cull this track listing from a wealth of repertoire captured.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Zenland
  3. Austin
  4. Forty Mile Town
  5. Mr. P.C
  6. Manhattan
  7. Zap
  8. Song for Life
  9. Fatdaddy
  10. Last House on the Block
  11. Interlude
  12. Cliffs of Dover
  13. Evinrude Fever
  14. Sun Reprise

Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 22, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: MASCOT
  • Run Time: 33.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Cat VINE VOICE on June 23, 2014
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I have been a devoted EJ fan since 1996--the year Santa put Venus Isle under the tree. I was in 5th grade and became irrevocably entranced by the layers of classical, rock, jazz and blues. I listened studiously, then and now, with my hi-fi headphones and took note of every nuance and diminished scale. Now I'm a grown up (sort of) and my pure fascination and admiration of Eric's work has only amplified. The live album Alien Love Child remains one of my favorite releases and I was elated upon hearing of Europe Lives' release.

One of the most spectacular things about watching Eric play live is his ability to execute these incredibly complex compositions without hint that he's exerting any effort. Unlike watching an orchestra play a fantastically rehearsed symphony, it feels like Eric, with his band, invents a symphony off the cuff.

Europe Live feels more candid than any of his previous live albums. In fact, it feels like you are sitting at a round table in an intimate nightclub setting and soaking in the flavor of every note. It's wonderful.

The set list is comprehensive, spanning from his earlier "Tones" work to include his most recent "Up Close" tracks. Zenland comes up first after a teasing hint of Venus Isle in the introduction. Austin and Forty Mile keep the momentum going before switching gears to the jazzier Mr. P.C. and Manhattan. Zap and Last House are awesome treats. And, the bass player Chris Maresh plays phenomenally on Cliffs of Dover.

New Music? "Evinrude Fever" heads up the encore. Described as "just jamming" by Eric, I sure hope this makes it to a studio release sometime in the near future!

Collectively, the Europe Live release is a wonderful compilation of Eric's work. His three-piece band has truly never sounded better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on June 30, 2014
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I've been holding off on this review until listening to the entire album 15 times. Each time was better than the previous; picking up little nuances and things that made me smile.

That's as good a criteria as any I can think of for determining what is a 'great' album.

Having been an EJ fan for almost 25 years, I'd buy anything he put out; since his releases are few and far between. That said, this has become my favorite of all of them after a few listens.

I'd love to go track-by-track to give you my thoughts, but this would be a longgggg review. Here are the high points:

Eric's playing and tone are better than ever. Zenland just screams Knopfler / Dire Straits - but oh-so-tasty. Manhatten and Forty Mile Town sparkle - that clean tone is just amazing. Zap takes us back to Tones, and is spotless. I could go on... My only critique; and it's a small one; is he starts off on a strong jazz course on the Coltrane tune Mr. P.C., but reverts back to EJ by the end. Still amazing playing, just less jazz-oriented.

The drummer, Wayne Salzmann, is nothing short of spectacular. How have I not heard of this guy outside of Eric's most recent US tour?!? I love Tommy Taylor - very Hendrix-esque drummer. Wayne is much more complex -a first-rate jazz drummer, with some serious chops. He locks into a groove on Forty Mile Town that elevates it to a whole other tune - I mean, and I don't say this lightly, it is Absolutely Amazing. The album is worth the price of admission just for this track alone. The finesse he shows on Mr. P.C. is incredible. Í play drums, and don't think I've heard a better drummer in my life.

Chris Maresh (aka Benicio Del Toro Jr.) is a strong bassist, and dishes up some tasty solos on Mr. P.C. and Zap.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. E. Tracy on June 24, 2014
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First came across Eric Johnson while watching Austin City limits in the mid 1980s. His clear crisp notes and nuance were immediately obvious. I was hooked. A great artist builds over time. Eric has done that. In many ways he's never been better. Treat yourself to this man's offerings. Who knows when his like will come again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crafty12player on September 1, 2014
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Taking Europe by force! This is an excellent LIVE album from Eric Johnson and excellently enjoyably over & over! Once again Eric amazes everyone with his brand of blended rock/jazz/blues progressive sound assault! His live performance again going beyond his studio work which is awesome in it's own right! This album includes cuts from his 2010 UP CLOSE album as well as a number of standards from his earlier albums. Eric Johnson can do a piece that he wrote and recorded years ago and yet make it sound brand new and full of life like the live rendition here from his 1990 AH VIA MUSICOM album cut "Forty Mile Town." Then there's the excellent progressive jazz cover of John Coltrane's "Mr.P.C." featuring great solos by bassist Chris Maresh and drummer Wayne Salzmann II. This is one of the best LIVE albums I've ever heard! It's production and mastering are equal to studio quality obviously due to Eric being the perfectionist producer that he is but that's not a criticism because the quality of this album makes it almost insatiably enjoyable. Also covered here in Johnson's repertoire is the nearly 12 minute jam, R&B/Rock tune "Last House on the Block" from the ERIC JOHNSON & ALIEN LOVE CHILD album "Live and Beyond" and composed by himself and drummer Bill Maddox and in which Eric displays once again his phenomenal virtuoso improvisational playing skills.Then there's the amazing, searing "jam" "Evinrude Fever" which finds Johnson combining his trademark lightning violin sounding rock licks with his more country-ish "Nashville" twangin' guitar sound. Finally ending with "Sun Reprise" a new piece of amazing originality and signature Eric Johnson performance & playing. I was already a huge Eric Johnson fan even before this album but I just can't quit listening to this amazing piece of artistry and performance!
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