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Live in Galway
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2004
The Saw Doctors are one of the best and most underrated bands in business today, one of the few remaining practitioners of the mainstream pop/rock tradition that goes back to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but with a distinctively Irish sound and varied influences ranging from Irish folk music (most obvious here on Joyce Country Ceili Band and Hay Wrap) to reggae (on display here with I'll Be On My Way). There's really no good reason why these guys aren't international superstars, and if anything, they're even better live.
That being said, while this CD is a fun listen if you've already got their studio CDs and have heard them in concert, I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction to the band or its live sound. The sound quality is very raw and muffled, so nearly nothing sounds as good as either the studio versions or hearing them live. Davy Carton's voice definitely sounds better in the studio.
I'd also quibble a bit with the song selections; the album is heavy on selections from their classic compilation "Sing a Powerful Song," but it leaves off the hip-hop-flavored hard-rocker Villains, which is the one Saw Doctors song that sounds most improved in concert, as well as Galway and Mayo, the live uptempo version of which (with Leo's 'football' monologue) is quite different from the original and thus should have had priority on a live CD. (You can also debate the exclusion of the chills-inspiring World of Good and the rollicking live favorites Tommy K - also much more upbeat than the studio version - and Do Ya Wanna Play My Guitar).
Live in Galway is a good, fun listen; it does capture the band's gleeful rapport with the crowd, the revised, guitar-heavy versions of Green and Red of Mayo and I Useta Lover, and the bedlam of the set-closing Hay Wrap. But if you're just starting off with the Saw Doctors, I'd recommend Sing a Powerful Song, with Songs from Sun Street and Play it Again Sham! also essential.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Finally, we get to hear the Saw Doctors the way they need to be experienced....LIVE! A great collection of Saw Doc songs, all done with the rough edge that makes this group so great. We have been asking for a Live CD for a long time, and boy have they delivered! Note: You also should get the "Live in Galway" DVD to SEE the lads.And the fact that they recorded this show on 7/30/03 ,(my birthday) makes it more special to me.
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on May 2, 2012
Hello! Thank you SO MUCH Amazon! This cd was intended as a birthday gift for someone special; and it arrived well ahead of time! People I know went to the Saw Doctor's concert in Connecticut, and this was just a great way to let them hear and LEARN the songs (from the concert in Galway.) And they had a great time learning them, playing the cd again (...and again!) Fabulous way to re-live an unforgettable evening! This is why I choose AMAZON for all of my gifts: AMAZON is dependable, punctual, and reasonable in price. A good thing just keeps getting better! Keep up the good work!
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on October 29, 2010
I bought the Sawdoctors Live in Galway,mainly for the lyrics and the drive,and the drive is definitely there,and what a night,but I cant really hear the lyrics which is what this band is about, other than the hellraisin good time!
I cant wait to see them in Port Fairy Victoria Australia in March (or April) 2011 and hear the punchy good time sound of this band.I play the thing anyway because it lifts my spirits and anyway,I can get the words off the internet!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2006
The Saw Doctors are a wonderful mix of rock and celtic tradition. This album truly catches their live performance. While they will never be as polished as U2, their shows are just as entertaining, and can be described by one word FUN.
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on April 17, 2011
Irish rock. Irish folk, Irish ballads, Irish love songs...one of the great Irish bands give a stirring live performance with many of their claasics all beautifully performed. A must have for all Doctors fans.
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on February 28, 2013
If you like Irish music with a modern touch you will love The Saw Doctors. This CD puts you in a good mood and you can't help singing along.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2009
Wonderful cd. Brings back memories of our trip to Ireland -especially the N17, Galway and Mayo.
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on February 8, 2015
Great!
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