Live Frogs-Set 1 Live
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The original material are mostly material from the _Highball For The Devil_ solo outing and some of his earlier work with Sausage. Its constantly exciting to hear how the band extends, rearranges and jams over these pieces to accommodate the keyboards and sax. You can tell that everyone involved is quite enthusiastic about the proceedings, as the energy level is high throughout. Guitarists Eenor and Huth rise to the occasion on "Girls For Single Men" and "Thela Hun Gingeet" while I believe "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is simply one of the best Pink Floyd covers I have ever heard - incredibly reverent with a slight funk twist. Wow. Mostly its great just to hear Col. Claypool's awe-inspiring bass, dripping and thwapping relentlessly over everything else, like some kind of demented alien Stanley Clarke hell bent on uniting the planet in one massive booty shake.
Thela Hun Ginjeet- A King Crimson tune, the frogs do a great job of interpreting it on the stage. However, even though this song would be the highpoint of any other record, here its just one of many greats. 4/5
Riddles Are Abound Tonight- This song kicks. It just does. Les plays bass like a madman on this, and just doesn't stop. Eenor and Todd Huth battle it out on guitar, while Jay Lane and Jeff Chimeti hold the groove, and Skerik busts out a fantastic sax solo. 5/5, and well deserved.
Hendershot- Surf's up! Hendershot gives Eenor and Skerik time to stretch out, with extended solos and nice groove development. A fun listen indeed. 5/5
Shattering Song- This song is very iffy with me, as at times I am bored by it, and at other times I am completely blown away. Today is this song's lucky day, as I can't help but love it. 5/5
Running The Gauntlet- The solos in this song save what is quite a simple-structured piece of music. Jeff, Eenor, Todd, Skerik, and finally Les get to stretch out some solos, and although amusing, this song is actually a lower point. Still a very strong piece though. 4/5
Girls For Single Men- The only song that outclasses the bass playing on Riddles is this ripping version of Girls. Les and Skerik own this show, each having a ball on their respective instruments and plain old rocking. Eenor and Todd provide great guitar lines, while Jeff and Jay and Les do what they do best- groove reinforcement. This song is a slap in the face, as good as it gets. 5/5, 10/5 if I could.Read more ›
Of the other five tracks on the album, the three that really shine are �Riddles Are Abound Tonight�, �Hendershot� and �Girls For Single Men�. �Riddles Are Abound Tonight� (title track of the debut album by one of Claypool�s other bands, Sausage) features some agile drumming by Jay Lane, and lots of Claypool�s strange nasal vocals. �Hendershot� (from the album �Highball with the Devil� by yet another of Claypool�s bands, Holy Mackerel) is a brilliantly catchy surf number with silly lyrics from Claypool, twang guitar from Eenor, and a blistering sax solo by Skerik introduced by Claypool saying: �You know, I really can�t get over the beauty of it all � the beauty that is...surf saxophone.� �Girls For Single Men� (also from the Sausage album) is a superb manic number with an ominous mood.
�Shattering Song� and �Running the Gauntlet� are slightly less good. �Shattering Song� (from the Sausage album) features some technically impressive playing, but isn�t particularly appealing, while �Running the Gauntlet� (from the Holy Mackerel album) is a bit too laid back � interspersed by lengthy solos and band introductions by Claypool, it must be fun to see performed live, but it doesn�t come across well on record.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The live mix and recording quality is phenomenal. Les has never had better live tone on a CD. The horns, the drums, everything sounds like you're at the venuePublished 4 months ago by Shawn Osband
Arrived well packaged, on time and exactly as described. Thank YouPublished 16 months ago by Steven Kennedy
A great capture of set 1 of one of Les's shows, it ends on a very good cover of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond!". Who could ask for more? Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
both set 1 & 2 are amazing. i played the shiz out of these albums. dont be swayed by the price its worth every dollar. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Anything by Les is good, and you won't be let down with this, it's les claypool, he jams on anything.Published on May 27, 2013 by plymouth turismo
interesting album with a tight band backing him up. im new to les claypool and enjoyed this alot ..have to find morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Howard Goldberg
The more you play it....the more you appreciate the LIVE sets. The musicians assembled are great, but Les always surrounds himself with greatness. Get both sets.Published on January 9, 2013 by Jeffrey V. Crabtree
Very awesome work here by Les and the crew. It's a live album and everything sound's so good. From the classic Sausage tunes to the surf style Hendershot this CD is quite the... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by TimboSlice
Les Claypool decides to venture out once again from the PRIMUS line-up to offer his fans a taste of what he loves to do best with his friends....JAM!Published on August 18, 2010 by Mark