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Live Import, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, May 24, 2004
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Digitally Remastered Expanded Edition of the Classic Live Modern Lovers Album. It was Recorded Recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon in September 1977 at the Height of the Punk Movement.

1. I'm A Little Airplane
2. Hey There Little Insect
3. Egyptian Reggae
4. Ice Cream Man
5. I'm A Dinosaur
6. My Little Kookenhaken
7. South American Folk Song
8. New England
9. Morning Of Our Lives

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B0001WPSFO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Tharp on June 17, 2004
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After "Rock & Roll With...", this is my favorite post Jerry Harrison Modern Lovers album (just ahead of "M.L.s 88"). A few weeks before this new Castle edition was released the Amazon listing for it mentioned something like 33 bonus tracks that were to be included on a two disc set. Apparantly they couldn't clear that extra material in time (hopefully bootlegs will start appearing now of those shows). What is here is the same great album you probably already have, but with rare photos & newsclippings that are actually rare as well as remastering. The best live albums for me are the ones with great new songs to make them worth buying. The four new songs are classics. "I'm a Little Dinosaur", "My Little Kookenhaken" & "I'm a Little Airplane" (which has been featured on "Sesame Street") are his best kiddie songs & "Morning of Our Lives" his best anthem about optimism & self esteem. "Hey There Little Insect" is the only old one they improve on, but the rest are just as infectious as the originals. Jonathan's good natured confrontations with the audience are priceless & even the umpteenth false stop of "Ice Cream Man" has a certain charm. Anyway, it depends how important artwork & remastering are to you. & if you could never find this cd before (or want to pay the collectible price), here it is for you to discover (excavate?).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lanzarotta on October 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
What makes a great live album? A faithful reproduction or superior reinterpretation of a studio classic? Audience rapport? Great guitar solos? Fantastic new songs? All of the above?

Have I got the album for you.

For post-Beserkley Chartbusters Jonathan fans, this is THE album to have. It kicks off with I'm a Little Airplane, which is available nowhere else. Until the applause kicks in at the end of the song, it is as tight as Jonathan's best studio recordings from the era. It's goofy lyrics (yes, he really is a little airplane), joined with fun riffs and a guitar solo so good that Jonathan requested a second one, result in a thoroughly enjoyable two minutes. The song immediately segues into audience banter where a heckler accuses Jonathan of wearing the same shirt for two consecutive nights. Of course, Jonathan objects! Fortunately, he is not thrown off form and counts into a version of "Hey There Little Insect" that is superior in every way to the studio version. If you don't know the song, it's everything its title promises. From there, the band moves on to their biggest hit, the instrumental "Egyptian Reggae." Doesn't this album sound fun already?

And I haven't even gotten to the marathon rendition of "Ice Cream Man" that closes side one of the old album. This is a far superior version to the studio recording that brings out all of the song's promise of waiting for the ice cream man on a hot summer's day when you were six years old. The fake endings of the song as the audience begs for more is the high point of the album and guaranteed to bring a dumb smile to your face.

Side two has a hard time living up to side one, but that's like saying side one of Abbey Road doesn't hold up to side two. Not much to complain about here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ton Verhulst on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It must have been more than 25 years ago I listened to this album for the first time. It's one of these you must have in your collection. Songs like "I'm a little airplane" and "Icecream man" still lingered in my mind and over the years I trapped myself regularly I was humming or singing these songs when I was in a good mood. Now I can make every mood good! I put on this CD and the sun is shining again!
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By Cordelia on December 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I don't review much, but this album deserves my going the extra distance. The Modern Lovers were part of the "punk" scene of the late 70s or early 80s around New York, but you'd never think "punk" hearing this album. Jonathan Richmond's patter between songs is sweet and charming, his vocals are clear, the music is simple yet engaging. The songs appealed to me when I was 12, appeal to me now, and appeal to my children aged 2 and 6. They are about such simple and silly things as pretending to be an airplane or calling for the ice cream man to turn his truck around on a hot and sunny afternoon.

Listening to this album makes for great moments, and great memories. Music well ahead of its time that never gets old.
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