Live - The Olympia Theater, Paris France

August 23, 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Label: Rounder
  • Total Length: 1:11:00
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0010VLJ9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,062 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great selection of songs.
buddybuddy51
The quality of this "live" recording is superb and the selections are such a great depiction of Mr. Redbone's range and talent.
R. F. Benson
Leon Redbone is one of these folks.
That Other Carole

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on October 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Playing Time - 70:59 -- Recorded live at the Olympia Theater in Paris, France on 10/26/92, Leon Redbone "Live" is a splendid treat for fans of the eccentric performer who presents music from the traditions of early jazz, blues, ragtime and folk. Appearing on the music scene in Toronto about 1970, Redbone built himself a strong cult following, and his stage persona is one of odd appearance but swinging music presented without much expression. Antics like the Woody Woodpecker theme make their way into "Ain't Misbehavin." While some of the words are a little hard to make out in a piece like "She's My Gal," Redbone shows he's got a knack for scat. He's also a phenomenal whistler ("The Whistling Colonel"), and that gets the appreciative crowd clapping along.

The album is well-packed with 71 minutes of music featuring twenty-one songs. He dishes up some memorable interpretations of "Polly Wolly Doodle," "Diddy Wah Diddy," "Sugar," "Up the Lazy River," and "Relax." Sadly missing are some of his best and campiess oldies like "Lulu's Back in Town," "Lazybones," as well as some favorites like "Champagne Charlie" that was featured on his 2-CD 1985 live album on the Greene-Stone label. Redbone has also been known to cover country (like "Lovesick Blues" or "Your Cheatin' Heart") and even Dylan ("Living the Blues"). Dylan, along with well-known musicians like Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur, have been huge supporters of Redbone over the years. Of special note on this live project are the Hungarian "Csardas" and Irving Berlin's "Marie." In the former, though, liner notes are unclear as to who the guest female vocalist is.

Guitarist and vocalist Leon Redbone deserves to be remembered as much more than a novelty act.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ken on May 7, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
I've followed Leon for many years but never have heard him live. This CD is great for all the reasons the other reviewer mentioned. The only fault is a less than perfect engineering of the recording. The fidelity is great, the ambience is crisp, but the placement and volume on the various players seems to "wander" a bit, but then maybe the players did. But the "faults" are minor and infrequent. If you want a studio recording ambience then you should stick with those.

Overall, I still give it a 5 star! It has the vitality of a live recording and it really shows in many of the cuts. It is a pleasant alternative to "sterile" studio recordings.

If you're a Leon fan, as I am, I can't see how you would have a problem with this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By romanysoup on February 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Leon Redbone Live-Oct. 26,1992: The Olympia Theater, Paris...This is a great live CD for both longtime fans & those new to Mr.Redbone's music. A great introduction for anyone buying their first Leon Redbone work.

I've been a casual fan of Leon Rebone since seeing him perform as a musical guest a number of times on SNL during the 70's & 80's. I bought this CD for myself & then liked it so much, that I bought another copy as a gift to another fan in my family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack Martin on February 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I been a fan of Leon Redbone for quite some time. I have replaced many of my vinyls with CD's. My daughter gave me an autographed vinyl for Christmas one year. The major problem the "Live - October 26, 1992" is the poor audio mix. The equipment is substandard or the audio engineer is. You only have to listen to the second track to know Leon was not at his best that night. I surprised Leon allowed it to be released.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By That Other Carole on November 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Certain performers are wonderful in-studio, yet even more incredible in-person. Leon Redbone is one of these folks. His live performances have a quirky charm which is thoroughly enjoyable, and difficult to describe for anyone who hasn't experienced it firsthand. Although the audio can be a bit murky, as is the case with most live-concert recordings, the music is wonderful, engaging, and absolutely delightful. For those of us in parts of the country that Leon hasn't visited in a while (Texas!), it's the next best thing to being there. He performs both familiar and unusual material, including some songs I'd not heard before. The cut with his favorite Hungarian coloratura soprano brought back a fond memory of Leon's last Dallas shows over ten years ago. I loved this recording; it's among my favorites.
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