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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Karla Bonoff
  • ASIN: B000WCBR7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Can't Hold On
2. Home
3. If He's Ever Near
4. Isn't It Always Love
5. Like A Compass
6. Please Be the One
7. New World
8. How Long
9. Falling Star
10. Rose In The Garden
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. All My Life
2. Baja Oklahoma
3. What About Joanne
4. Lose Again
5. Never Stop Her Heart
6. Wild Heart of the Young
7. Tell Me Why
8. Goodbye My Friend
9. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me
10. The Water is Wide

Editorial Reviews

Karla Bonoff has long been a respected artist since emerging in the late 70's as a 'songwriter's songwriter'. Her songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and Wynonna Judd, among many others. Her own critically acclaimed recordings have sold over a million copies. She toured extensively in the U.S., sharing the stage with Jackson Browne, James Taylor, J.D. Souther, and more, winning over audiences with her finely crafted songs and purely seductive voice. She has continued to tour and regularly plays sold-out shows all around the world. In an era where singer/songwriters are plentiful, yet often interchangeable, Bonoff remains a singularly skilled, refined, and consistently moving example of the genre. This double live CD - 21 songs in total - includes her classics and two wonderful new songs. Recorded in California and Tokyo with famed musicians Nina Gerber and Kenny Edwards.

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Highly recommended if you like Karla's music.
Lyle Takahashi
After all these years, Karla's lovely voice and touching songs remain the gold standard of beautifully crafted music.
AH
I look forward to the next time she comes to Atlanta to perform.
Larry Peck

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hubbard on November 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As a diehard Karla Bonoff fan since her first release over 30 years ago, I admit I was still uncertain how this live CD might differ from Bonoff's 1999 greatest hits release All My Life. I should have known that, as usual, Karla not only does not disappoint but amazes and delights. You will find this live compilation a treasure whether you come to Bonoff's music as a longtime friend or a new acquaintance.

Recorded in an intimate setting that perfectly complements Bonoff's musical and vocal stylings, found here are interpretations of Bonoff's previously released classics that are both familiar and fresh, Bonoff pieces released with Bryndle, and several new releases that are worthy additions to the Bonoff library. Several classics not found on All My Life and included here are Please Be the One, Rose in the Garden, Never Stop Her Heart, New World, and How Long. Please Be the One receives new, more edgy treatments in tempo and instrumentation, including nice guitar riffs from Nina Gerber. How Long's downshift in tempo and Karla's vocals create a more reflective interpretation than the 1980's original. Previously unreleased additions Baja Oklahoma and What About Joanne are delightful musically and lyrically. Someone to Lay Down Beside Me, arguably Bonoff's best known work, seems to be thoughtfully interpreted through the 30 years of life and experience that have elapsed since it first graced our ears.

We can always expect excellent musicianship from Bonoff and her musical companions Kenny Edwards, Gerber, and Scott Babcock, and this CD certainly proves that once again. Karla's vocal expression reflects the personal style that has always made her music truly special, and it also now comes with an added ease and confidence.

If you are already a Bonoff fan, this CD is a must-have addition to your collection. If you are new to Bonoff's music, you will know that you truly have found a "rose in the garden."
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hudak on November 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
KARLA BONOFF LIVE is a time capsule of 30 years worth of solo material (only four albums!) and two songs from Karla's three cd's with her group Bryndle. The good news is that it's 1977 all over again-"I Can't Hold On", "If He's Ever Near", and "Home" are just as genuine now as they were then. Karla's teardrop style piano complements Nina Gerber's flowing guitar for a quietly intimate performance. Subtle flourishes are provided by original Stone Poney Kenny Edwards. The surprises here are an up-tempo "Please Be The One" and a sparkling new song, "What About Joanne". LIVE is a warm journey through the past with hints of great things yet to come.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AH on November 17, 2007
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I've been a fan of Ms. Bonoff since the beginning and I also prefer live recordings to studio versions, so this was a no-brainer for me. I am grateful that she came out with this because the results are first rate. The production is very clear and the band sounds excellent, although I would have loved it even more with Andrew Gold present. After all these years, Karla's lovely voice and touching songs remain the gold standard of beautifully crafted music. Kenny Edwards provides the usual tasteful and perfect backup. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom Wray on January 6, 2008
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My first experience with Karla Bonoff's music was in 1980 when she opened for Jackson Browne at a show in Albuquerque. Although many of us went to hear Jackson, David Lindley, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar and the rest play Browne's great original songs, Karla really stole the show that night. Even Jackson remarked that she was an amazing song writing talent and performer. He was right then and I'm right now saying, that in terms of original music that touches your soul, she ranks with Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. LIVE masterfully showcases some of Karla's best ballads with great backup musicians (including Kenny Edwards and the incomparable guitar work of Nina Gerber). This is a MUST HAVE CD for anyone smart enough to want to both hear and listen to a ballad music master with a soft but firm mellow voice that you will never forget.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stapes-man on January 11, 2008
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Like other reviewers, have followed Karla and her musicians since the beginning, certainly the first release in the '70's. Karla's autographed my albums, cassettes and CDs! Guess you could say I'm a fan forever. Have attended multiple shows and look forward to the next ones!

What an artist! We've fortunate to have her in 'our time'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Peck on September 9, 2008
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This "live" CD was everything I expected. Karla's voice is just as strong as it was years ago and her lyrics are just as poignant. I look forward to the next time she comes to Atlanta to perform.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sims L. Watson on December 6, 2008
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Since the 70's, I have loved Karla Bonoff. I saw her open for someone I can't even remember now, I was so taken by her voice. Then I found out she wrote her own songs, which to me is a sign of a great artist. Later when I was stationed in Korea and Turkey (in my military career) her songs helped me thru bouts of loneliness from being a apart from my wife and family for years. Her songs like Home, Falling Star, Wild Heart of the Young and my all time favorite, The Water is Wide are just a few of her songs that are filled with emotion and give you peace. Plus, an artist that can sound so good live, again the mark a great artist. This album is wonderful. I don't know how artists like Karla Bonoff and Jackson Browne continue to sing/write/sound better and better. You may have all these songs, but live is great and you need this album!
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An ageless beauty, KARLA BONOFF is an incredibly talented and timeless artist! I got to see her headlining RESTLESS NIGHTS Tour Show Jan.20,1980 at Cullen Auditorium on the University of Houston campus to a very packed/sold out mixed audience and she electrified and tantalized us to mesmerizing... Read More
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