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Live on the Double Planet [Live]

Michael HedgesAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NGZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Michael Hedges hardly needed to prove that he was an astonishing performer in person as well as in the studio, but Live on the Double Planet does the job nonetheless. Hedges features a number of songs from his brilliant Breakfast in the Fields release, including that album's title track and the acrobatic "Silent Anticipation." He throws a few vocal numbers into the mix as well, including standard-issue covers like Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," the Beatles' "Come Together," and one from far out in left field, Sheila E's (courtesy of Prince) "A Love Bizarre." The album shows off Hedges's sense of humor as well, as he interpolates a vocal riff from the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" into "The Funky Avocado." --Daniel Durchholz

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12 songs,1987

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the "New Age" label... January 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
...this man is no bong artist. And this disc is anything but aural wallpaper. Michael Hedges was easily the most exciting and entertaining performer in the Windham Hill stable. I saw him a couple of times, once on Halloween. He came out in a wig, pumps and miniskirt.
For those who are new to his music, he is an acoustic guitarist. But, that's something of a misnomer, as his "acoustic" instrument is miked-up, flanged, and reverbed enough to swallow the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His axe probably has more electronics in it than Jimi's Strat did. His songs featured him using both hands to play double lead lines, or fast and furious strumming, or swooping portamentoes, or smacking the guitar's body with his ring. Usually a combination of these. He wrung more tenderness, power, good cheer, and even majesty out of this instrument than anyone else I ever heard, thanks to the electronics AND his talent.
His originals here, other than the novelty "Funky Avocado", are rather stately ballads or tone poems. Of the latter, "Breakfast in the Fields" is a standout. At one of his concerts, he took a couple of minutes to explain how this tune came to him from his studies of Bartok. It's too bad "Rickover's Dream" is not included here, though.
A highlight of his act was his "super"-acoustic cover versions, and this disc doesn't stint with those. There's an impressive "All Along the Watchtower," a sexy "A Love Bizarre", and a hilarious sing-along version of "Come Together."
His early death was tragedy, of course. Buy this disc, and you'll see why someone you don't hear on the radio can still be considered a legend.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate for the Era September 2, 2003
By Mad Dog
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate to see many of Michael's shows around the time this was recorded and also got to sit down a few times and talk with him about what he was trying to accomplish with the live recordings. His previous studio album (Watching My Life Go By) had been the first to include vocals, which had not overly impressed the bosses at Windham Hill. So they sent him on the road to do some live recordings, hopeing it would be a learning experience that would eventually yield better studio vocal performances.
For those of you that didn't listen to Michael at the time, many fans seriously disliked Watching My Life Go By, much in the way ardent Dylan fans revolted when he went electric at Newport. Hedges fans just wanted to hear Michael play his Savage Myth Guitar and keep the vocal parts trimmed down to the introductions. But Michael had a vision for his future and a big part of it included singing to compliment his Heavy Mental approach.
I guess I wasn't the typical Hedges fan - I enjoyed his singing, mostly because of the spirit of joy that he experienced while singing. Some of the songs on this set are not my favorites, but they were staples for his concerts in this era. To me, this disc is like sitting through the first half of one of Michael's shows, complete with the crowd energy he was capable of generating with ease.
Also included here are two cover tunes (Love Bizarre and Come together). His live shows often included three or so cover tunes such as the above or possibly Pinball Wizard, Emminence Front, Let's Get It Up, She Drives Me Crazy or Sofa, among others. I always got a kick out of hearing him cover tunes - I mean, think about how many solo acoustic acts have successfully covered AC/DC, Prince, the Who and Frank Zappa?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An authentic original. Sadly missed. November 25, 2003
By NJC
Format:Audio CD
You ever had that feeling after deciding to be adventurous and plunking down $17, that you wished you'd played it safer? I had this feeling with this CD--for a day or two at most. It grew on me like few CDs have, until it became THE CD of the summer in which I bought it, and one of my very favorites of all time. It's original without being self-indulgent, technically astounding without losing the music, full of different moods, a great live ambience, and even humor. I adore it. I missed hearing Michael Hedges in person, and now I'll never get the chance (it was one black morning indeed when I heard he'd died). Don't you miss this CD.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raising the standard for guitarists November 13, 2000
By Penname
Format:Audio CD
I only saw Michael Hedges once before he died. I was 20, and had just finished a summer during which I worked the graveyard shift at the local gas station. There were no customers between 11pm & 7am, thus I had time to practice every night for hours on end. When I returned to school I bathed in a stream of compliments on how much my playing had improved (in retrospect that was more of a reflection on how bad I was *before* the summer's practice). Then I went to see Michael Hedges, and left the concert with a whole new world of possibilities and the knowledge that I had a long way to go.
I don't play much anymore, but I still have this CD at home to remind me of how it can, and should, be done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TRAILBLAZING GUITARIST September 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful cd but just hearing him does not fully depict how amazing of an artist he was.

If you are here, then you must be a guitar nut. Go all the way and get the dvd "WIndham Hill Live" where Hedges plays 3 or 4 songs.

He is not only phenomenal but also you can see the physicality of his playing. It puts his music in a totally different light! That dvd is the absolutely best work by this tremendous musical visionary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live on the Double Planet
The cd arrived on time and was in excellent condition. I'm a happy listener.
Ive been playing it a lot since I got it. My expectations are satisfied.
Published 7 months ago by Terilynn Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I've been a fan of Michael Hedges a long time. I always wanted to pick this CD up and finally got it for a fair price. well worth the wait.
Published 7 months ago by SalsCREW
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
Riveting live performances from the man that shook the acoustical guitar world. Wish this guy was still around. If you haven't heard him live yet I highly recommend this.
Published 10 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Michael Hedges is a very innovative guitarist. Some of his music requires listening in depth and other music is just a little "strange" for the average listener. Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Hedges Live on the Double Planet
This was music I had on an LP, but wanted on CD as I no longer have a turntable. The seller had it delivered in a timely manner and in exactly the condition stated on Amazon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dave Brinkley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Hedges!
Here is the true Michael Hedges -- where you can see him at his best. He was an absolute and serious master of the guitar -- but he was also wickedly funny, and you won't know that... Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by Elen Pass Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
Live on the Double Planet is by far my favorite Hedges CD. The record quality is above average for a live disc and it captures every bit of both his gifted guitar playing and... Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by Hi-Fi Guy77
5.0 out of 5 stars A great live album by the great & sadly late Michael Hedges
I want to set the record straight here about a few things. One I hate when you mention the harp guitar or tapping on the acoustic guitar and immediately somebody mentions Andy... Read more
Published on July 19, 2009 by Jonathan Guarriello
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike will be missed.
This was the first Mike Hedges album I ever owned on cassette. Now it is the last that I have bought on CD. I own most all of his collection and love his music. Read more
Published on September 27, 2007 by Astronomer_T
5.0 out of 5 stars bizzare and beautiful
this being the only Micheal Hedges album that i own and the only one that i have heard, i cannot comment in much detail about how this compares to his other recordings; but Live On... Read more
Published on February 10, 2006 by J. Holmes
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