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  • Audio CD (September 5, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: September 5, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plump Records
  • ASIN: B0000064RP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Diamond In The Rough
2. Shotgun Down The Avalanche
3. I Don't Know Whay
4. Cry Like An Angel
5. Ricochet In Time
6. Another Long One
7. Stranded
8. Something To Believe In
9. Don't You Think I Feel It Too
10. Kathy's Song
11. Knowing What I Know Now

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Product Description

Through a special arrangement with Columbia Records we are able to bring to you Shawn's rare, classic solo live recording, previously available only at Shawn's early gigs. The original has become a genuine collector's item among her many fans. Includes brilliant performances of some of the best songs from her Columbia Records releases Steady On (A Grammy winner)and Fat City, in addition to several never-before-released tracks.

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Recorded prior to her Columbia signing, Colvin once supported herself by selling copies of this superb acoustic collection of material that would emerge on the Steady On and Fat City albums. The stark setting naturally highlights both the artist's gorgeous voice and songs like "Diamond In The Rough" or "I Don't Know Why" in such a pure, heart-rending way that it can never be captured in the studio. A rare and unexpected treat for Colvin devotees. --Jeff Bateman

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Great way to round out a Shawn Colvin collection.
curl girl
Warm, intimate with her beautiful voice and superb guitar accompaniment shining through.
Mike Jesson
This set is polished and very, very similar to the studio recording.
R. Campbell

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"Live '88" was the cassette tape that Shawn Colvin used to sell at her live shows before she landed a recording contract with Sony. It features eight of the ten songs that wound up on her fine debut album "Steady On," and when it finally saw a CD issue in 1995, it all but rendered that album obsolete.
The reason is fairly simple. The presentation on "Live '88" better fits that songs than the studio production of "Steady On." Here Shawn is accompanied by just her remarkable voice and her acoustic guitar. Call it Shawn Unplugged if you will.
As good as "Steady On" is, this is the CD on which you should hear these songs. The lone exception to the above rule is "Another Long One" which does benefit from the "pie tin" sounding production given it on "Steady On."
So, I guess the solution is to get "Live '88" first, and get "Steady On" when you can. Not only does "Live '88" have the superior version of these great songs, but it also has a breathtaking cover of Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song." If it were the only decent cut on the album, "Live '88" would still be worth getting for it alone!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Le Corre on October 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps the best unplugged album ever recorded. Shawn is a fabulous guitar player and a heart breaking singer songwriter. She played alongside the master, Richard Thompson, on a tour early in her career, and held her own. This is one of those recordings that improves the closer you listen. Put on the headphones and listen to every nuance of her voice. As a guitar player I marvel at the perfectly amazing and innovative accompaniment to her singing. If you like singer songwriters, this album is for you. Dito if you like acoustic guitar players or subtle emotive vocalists. If you already know you like this check out Eva Cassidy's "Live at Blues Alley"...a comparably truly great recording.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"Live '88" was the cassette tape that Shawn Colvin used to sell at her live shows before she landed a recording contract with Sony. It features eight of the ten songs that wound up on her fine debut album "Steady On," and when it finally saw a CD issue in 1995, it all but rendered that album obsolete.
The reason is fairly simple. The presentation on "Live '88" better fits that songs than the studio production of "Steady On." Here Shawn is accompanied by just her remarkable voice and her acoustic guitar. Call it Shawn Unplugged if you will.
As good as "Steady On" is, this is the CD on which you should hear these songs. The lone exception to the above rule is "Another Long One" which does benefit from the "pie tin" sounding production given it on "Steady On."
So, I guess the solution is to get "Live '88" first, and get "Steady On" when you can. Not only does "Live '88" have the superior version of these great songs, but it also has a breathtaking cover of Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song." Even if it were the only decent cut on the album, "Live '88" would still be worth getting for it alone!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By moose_of_many_waters VINE VOICE on September 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Most of these songs subsequently appeared on Steady On, but that album's production - too lush and sweet - runs counter to the meaning of these gems. Here we see the other side of the spectrum in terms of production - a woman singing great personal songs accompanied by just her own guitar. These are the best songs that Shawn Colvin ever wrote by far. You'd have to go back to Joni Mitchell in the 1960s before you found anything better than this for this genre of popular music.

Her voice is strong and plaintive, her picking on open tuning gives her a distinctive guitar style, and while I would prefer to have heard these songs done in a studio with a production that matched the mood, this is more than good enough. Very few people can go out on stage accompanied by just themselves and energize an audience. Shawn Colvin is one of those rare birds that can.

It's said that everyone has one good book in them. It may be that similarly most songwriters have one good album's worth of material in them. If so, then this is Shawn Colvin's one good album worth of songs. And it's more than good. It's wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are some artists where hearing them sing their songs with just a guitar is not just a treat, it is the preferred mode of listening. My contention would be that Shawn Colvin is just such a singer. All you have to do to acknowledge the point is to listen to the first two tracks on his album, "Diamond in the Rough" and "Shotgun Down The Avalanche," and compare the "Live '88" versions with the originals on "Steady On." That should prove the case. This album contains a nice mix of songs written by Colvin along, as well as with her songwriting partner and producer, John Leventhal. My only complaint, albiet a minor one, is that there is only one cover song, Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song." Fortunately, Colvin has an album of cover songs.

Even with the publicity of her Grammy award-winning "Sunny Came Home" and her touring with the first summer of Lilith Fair, Shawn Colvin remains more of a cult figure in terms of both her reputation and the affection of her audience for her work. She is one of those artists that you can get people hooked on quite easily. "Live '88" is not the first Shawn Colvin album you would want to listen to, but it will become one of your favorites.
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