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Live in Concert [Live]

Natalie MerchantAudio CD
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It was after Natalie Merchant had completed her debut effort for Nonesuch Records—2010’s ambitious Leave Your Sleep, in which she set to original music other writers’ poetry, nursery rhymes, and lullabies—that she realized the words she really wanted to concentrate on were once again her own.

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  • Audio CD (November 9, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00002MZ2G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Natalie Merchant Live In Concert is her first live album featuring the finest moments from an acclaimed four-night stand at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City. This array of her handpicked favorites, cherished covers and best hits performed live make this an essential album for all Merchant fans.

With just a pair of CDs--Tigerlily and Ophelia--in her solo-career arsenal, Natalie Merchant isn't an artist you'd expect to release a live album. Perhaps Merchant is fond of playing live, which shows throughout these 11 tracks despite her relaxed, unflappable vocal delivery. The former 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman leads an amped "Wonder" and then coos into "San Andreas Fault"; the latter is expansive and dramatic, a direction Merchant is exploring that's alternately off-putting and charming. Merchant's version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" is even more philosophical and meditative. Add to that a languid take on Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" and you have a full-scale portrait of Merchant's mindset. The ever-somber music is limited in its emotional scope, but there are few performers in mainstream pop who excel more in that range. --Andrew Bartlett

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Since her early days with 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant has been an impeccable storyteller. Songs like "Like the Weather," "Trouble Me," and "These are Days" are not only catchy pop tunes, but they also relate to the human condition: the way in which the weather affects one's mood, the importance of the older generation, and the importance of remembering the good times.
After Ms. Merchant left the Maniacs and embarked on a solo career, her songs might not be considered the catchy pop tunes of the late 80s and early 90s, but they still reflect the frail emotional condition of humankind.
On Live in Concert, Merchant's songs are intimate yet powerful. She starts with "Wonder," her most Maniacs-like song, from her 1995 solo debut, Tigerlily. She proceeds to the poetic "San Andreas Fault," a parable about going to Los Angeles to "build a dream and watch it all fall down."
In addition to two Maniacs' songs, there are three new songs, all of which are covers. The most familiar is her cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Though it doesn't vary much from the original, Merchant brings the loneliness and despair of the song to a more human level than Bowie's colder version.
The standout piece is "The Gulf of Araby," a song about inequality and about how cruel man can be to his fellow man. It's a song about "neighbors who are proud of their massacres" and prisoners who are "framed by a dirty judge." At just over seven minutes, it's the longest track on this sixty minute CD. The song's sense of urgency is delivered by Merchant's strong, soaring voice. The lyrics, coupled with Merchant's delivery, are goosebump provoking.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK... I'll admit I was a skeptic, but I was wrong..... December 27, 1999
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After purchasing both Natalie Merchant studio CDs, why bother buying a live disc that just rehashes old stuff -- well, with Natalie what you see is often not what you get.
I find with her live performances a much more nuanced and pronounced vocal -- lyrics which were blurred and fuzzy on the studio disc are now out in front. NEWS FLASH, her songwriting is poetry. Give a listen to the smooth and haunting Ophelia as an example of what I mean...
Her concert versions of these tracks tell you so much more about them. If you like her, you need to buy this, simply so you can turn off the lights, turn up the volume, and pretend like you are sitting in the middle of the auditorium, watching her live in concert, new york city, june 13, 1999...
You won't regret it...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Ground November 28, 1999
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I have never understood how Noatalie Merchant has ended up in the "Love Her"/"Hate Her" category of artists who draw adamant extremes of public and critics opinion (esp. critics). Perhaps its difficulty trying to relate to a strong, intelligent, compassionate woman who is in the business for arts sake. Never one to pander to the audience or critics with overt sexuality or stories about her personal life, Ms. Merchant has dedicated herself to making beautiful music only. All this being said as a preface to her wonderful new "Live in Concert" recording - a relaxed but reverent affair documenting her year long tour promoting 1998's "Ophelia" CD. A wonderful retrospective made primarily from her work as a solo artist (get 10,000 Maniacs "Unplugged" if you want the old stuff)Merchant shows the stellar results of spending the last 17 years on the road. My only criticism is the exclusion of some of her more updeat obscure songs say, "My Sister Rose," or even the rocker "Scorpio Rising" from the brilliant "Wishing Chair" CD. "Gun Shy" was a nice surprise though. All said this a a fine collection for old and new fans to savor until the next tour. Thanks for the early Christmas present Natalie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, moody, and uncompromising... a must buy! :o) November 21, 1999
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This is a must buy if you like Natalie Merchant... Beautiful arrangements with some of the most deeply moving of Merchant's career. Especially notable are Dust Bowl and the Gulf of Araby, evoking a remarkable level of emotion rarely seen in modern "pop" or modern rock. It is something you can listen to over and over without tiring of it, opening up new dimensions with each listening... highly reccommended!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This "Oddity" is Worth It. July 16, 2000
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I wouldn't consider Natalie Merchant to be one of my favorite artists, but I do like her. I own both of her solo albums, as well as this live release, so I guess that says something. I'm not incredibly familiar with her work with 10,000 Maniacs -- just what they play on the radio and whatever songs are on the album with "These Are The Days" (my mom used to have the tape).
"Live in Concert" is a great disc. I bought this disc on a whim. Browsing through CDs, I found this one and was thrilled by the prospect of hearing Natalie cover David Bowie's "Space Oddity." I bought the disc without hearing any of it and wasn't disappointed. "Oddity" is my overall favorite track - she doesn't stray much from the original, but it's a treat to hear her take on the classic tune.
I saw Ms. Merchant live at the 1998 Lilith Fair and thought she was phenomenal. This disc really captures the live performance experience. The passion and intensity in her voice is phenomenal and has a whole different level live.
With only two solo albums under her belt, I initially felt that a live Natalie Merchant album wasn't necessary. The album has eleven tracks - two of which are from her Maniacs days and three of which are other covers ("Oddity" being one of them). The remaining six tracks are from her two albums. These live versions take her songs to a different level - "Wonder" and "Carnival," her biggest hits off of "Tigerlily," really take off here and refreshingly transcend above the overplayed limbo they've been sentenced to, thanks to VH1, radio, and your neighborhood supermarket. I would have liked to have seen a few more tracks - notably absent were "Kind and Generous" and "Life is Sweet." It would have been a dream to have her cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall" on this album. Overall, the album is worth it and compliments her solo work well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love This Cd, she was great with 10,000 Maniacs
Published 24 days ago by marta Hannaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concert and excellent recording.
I am never keen on Live or The best of>>>>> in the past. For 2 obvious reason. The first the recording is usually not as good as the originals and second is the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure soul
This DVD is great if you are a fan of NM; wished the DVD was longer with more material; it shows the talent of NM and the amount of energy and pure soul that she gives at one of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeff Sartain
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Natalie Merchant
Love Natalie Merchant - wanted the CD instead of electronic version. I am glad that a new product was available for so reasonable a price
Published 11 months ago by Salesman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
Five star rating because it filled out my friend's Merchant collection. He's got most of her other CDs and needed this to complete his collection.
Published 13 months ago by deweyc
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Everthing went well! Great product as described. Will do business again. Awesome company to do business with. The product was exactly what we wanted. Thanks.
Published 21 months ago by Johanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Merchant Is A Special Recording Artist Who Makes Her...
December 7, 2007

Natalie Merchant cut her teeth in the big time many years ago as front vocalist for a quirky. Read more
Published on December 7, 2008 by Jay R. Adler
2.0 out of 5 stars We need a live release from the Jennifer Turner era!
For those of us who got introduced to Natalie thru Tigerlily, this live album comes up, regrettably, way short. The guitar playing is just weak. Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by AlexBooksAndCDs
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit One Dimensional
Having travelled in reverse through Natalie's catalogue, I rate this as mediocre, somewhat lacking in vibe. Read more
Published on January 2, 2007 by R. J MOSS
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, wonderful showcase for her voice
I bought this disc as a fan of Natalie Merchant,thinking it would be a nice addition to my collection. I was surprised - this recording is a collection by itself. Read more
Published on November 10, 2006 by CatinAhat
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