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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Prawn Song
  • ASIN: B00005AVRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thela Hun Ginjeet
2. Riddles Are Abound Tonight
3. Hendershot
4. Shattering Song
5. Running For the Gauntlet
6. Girls For Single Men
7. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Jack Irons version)

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Fans grieved when Les Claypool put his funk-metal band Primus on ice, after he declared that he had reached an aesthetic dead end. It seems the bass-wrangling frontman has worked himself out of his creative despondency. Claypool's band of collaborators, including original Primus guitarist Todd Huth, Critters Buggin' saxophonist Skerik, Rat Dog's Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti, Pearl Jam/Chili Pepper's skinbeater Jack Irons, and newcomer Eenor, turn out 70 minutes of live alchemy with the sum so much greater than its seemingly disparate parts. The rag-tag band take obscure diamonds in the rough and transform them into extended, edgy soundscapes that tickle the ears and intrigue the mind. They breathe new spectral light into King Crimson's "Thela Hun Ginjeet" and Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" while striking such a heady funk groove in "Girls for Single Men" and "Riddles Are Abound Tonight," that you'd swear Bootsy Collins was on board. Just when you think you're beginning to understand where this eccentric outfit is headed, they switch gears and you find yourself on an island paradise swaying with the palm trees on the surf-o-delic "Hendershot." Live Frogs is jam rock of the first order. --Jaan Uhelszki

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Worgelm on October 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
What's terrifying to me is that this most excellent and generous live document isn't a band playing at the peak of its powers. Saw the band (minus Huth and Skerik ) perform live at "Gathering of The Vibes" 2001 with essentially the same setlist and it was one of the best and tightest performances I have ever seen. Nothing can really prepare a prog-rock dork for the sight of thousands of hippies dancing ecstatically to King Crimson.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fats on September 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The title says it all folks. I will do a song by song review, and note: this album gets a five, but i am grading the songs based on the others in the album; they all get 5/5 otherwise, but in the context, some are better than others:

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Franklin Hobbs on September 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm listening to LIVE FROGS as I write this, and it's difficult to keep my focus. This is jamming with a severe and dark attitude, the kind of spiraling compositions that confirm the fact that you have to search hard to find good music. Claypool's Brigade takes you for a rollercoaster ride of eerie grooves, wet-slapping bass lines, and if you're not careful you may find yourself jumping and croaking at the moon. Thela Hun Ginjeet is just one several highlights (anyone who can successfully cover King Crimson demands to be taken seriously), but every tune earns the repeat function on your player. It's hard to pull off dark, comic, and complex at the same time--The Frog Brigade acheives it effortlessly, and even work in a kickin' saxophone. LIVE FROGS is one of those rare finds that you'll proudly display at the top of your CD rack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Starr on March 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This debut album by Les Claypool�s Frog Brigade, which captures the band playing live just a couple of months after it was formed, is brilliant. The two cover versions that bookend the album � King Crimson�s �Thela Hun Ginjeet� and Pink Floyd's �Shine On You Crazy Diamond� � are a great homage to the bands that inspired the Frog Brigade. These tracks are stretched out to accommodate some lengthy jamming, but still succeed in retaining whatever it was that made the original versions special.
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.
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