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Live On Letterman: Music From The Late Show Live

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"Wanna buy a monkey?" It'd be more exciting than this safe collection of musical performances from the Late Show. Although some of the duet pairings are intriguing (including Lyle Lovett with Al Green and Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach), most of the musicians sound like they're well aware they're playing in front of a national TV audience of millions. While performances from Paula Cole and Dave Matthews predate their explosion onto the charts, yesterday's top acts (Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow) sound like musical footnotes here. In truth, old timers Lou Reed and Patti Smith show their forebears how it's done. In the album's defense, it's an eclectic mix--but ultimately an uninspired one. --Greg Emmanuel

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"Wanna buy a monkey?" It'd be more exciting than this safe collection of musical performances from the Late Show. Although some of the duet pairings are intriguing (including Lyle Lovett with Al Green and Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach), most of the musicians sound like they're well aware they're playing in front of a national TV audience of millions. While performances from Paula Cole and Dave Matthews predate their explosion onto the charts, yesterday's top acts (Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow) sound like musical footnotes here. In truth, old timers Lou Reed and Patti Smith show their forebears how it's done. In the album's defense, it's an eclectic mix--but ultimately an uninspired one. --Greg Emmanuel

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Friend Of The Devil - Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
  2. Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow
  3. Sweet Jane - Lou Reed
  4. Too Much - Dave Matthews Band
  5. Think - Aretha Franklin
  6. I Don't Want To Wait - Paula Cole
  7. God Give Me Strength - Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
  8. Funny How Time Slips Away - Lyle Lovett & Al Green
  9. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor & The Chieftans
  10. You Were Meant For Me - Jewel & Flea
  11. Reason To Believe - Rod Stewart
  12. Crush With Eyeliner - R.E.M.
  13. Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
  14. Who Do You Love - Patti Smith


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 18, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002NJD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like many before me I bought this cd because of the show(David) but four months on, I'm very pleased, not only can you have a part of the show in your own home but you can have so fab music as well! From the first track I was impressed. Although there are many great tracks the Lyle Lovett/Al Green track is by far the best. Late Show fans will love it because you can here David introduce some of the acts(listen carefully you can here him clap at the end of some as well) but this cd is for Late Show fans and music lovers alike! Lets all hope there's a follow up! My best wishes to Mr Letterman.
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I've read the other reviews for this incredible CD; and have to admit...many of you are missing the big picture here. This collection of artists and titles are a must for any music buff. I play it regularly and find it endlessly entertaining. I just wish there were others produced and available...with Dave's fame and continued run on late night TV...I'm certain there'd be a dozen by now.
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Dave spent most of the 80s introducing under-the-radar acts on his late, late night show. This collection pretty much shows what you get when you "graduate" to an 11:35pm timeslot: bigger names, star collaborations, and more than a few "hit" singles. What strikes you most is the age of a lot of these acts -- people like Lou Reed, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach, Al Green, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Patti Smith, and the now departed Jerry Garcia. While they're all time-tested veterans, they're also pretty safe choices for a compilation album. And while Franklin's "Think" or Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" are terrific songs, they're also songs we've heard them perform for decades now. Almost as safe are the "hit" singles from the newer acts like Sheryl Crow, Paula Cole, Dave Matthews Band, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, and R.E.M. (who, incidentally, made their TV debut on Letterman's NBC show in 1983, I believe). Again, safe choices. That aside, there are still a number of highlights. My personal favorites include Lou Reed's always great "Sweet Jane," Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's "God Give Me Strength," Lyle Lovett and Al Green's take on Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," R.E.M.'s swaggering "Crush With Eyeliner," and Patti Smith's raging Valentine's Day offering "Who Do You Love." It's not a landmark compilation by any means, but it does its best to appeal to a wide range of music fans. Plus, there's that fantastic cover photo of Dave and a doggie... THREE AND A HALF STARS.
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If you are going to purchase this CD because you love the thought of playing this mix of live solo and duet performances over and over, then you will not be disappointed.
However, if you are going to buy this CD because you love Dave, you want to support Dave, and you will buy anything having to do with Dave, then you may be let down just a little bit.
In case you can't tell, I fall in the latter category, and while I do enjoy this CD, I was expecting it to be more...Dave-like.
I am glad I bought this compilation, but truthfully, I like it more for the picture on the front than the music inside. Would you look at that guy? I wouldn't give his troubles to a monkey on a rock.
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This is a great offering in terms of enjoyable, live performances by some great names in music, and it serves its eclectic purpose by having a little something for everyone.
My favorite track on the disc is the first, the simple yet evocative "Friend of the Devil" by Jerry Garcia featuring David Grisman with a wonderful mandolin accompaniment. I can't say I'm a Grateful Dead fan, but this tune has really grown on me since I first heard it, and its bittersweet words and melody still brings a tear to my eye with each listen.
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An ecelectic mix of old & new, male & female, unique duets, and only a couple of clunkers. Lilith troopers Jewel & Crow add some real heat to their songs, elevating them above the studio versions. I am sure the Paula Cole song is good too but I have heard the Dawson Creek commercial so much that I usually skip through it. The old school really shows how it is done. Lou Reed, Aretha Franklin, & Patti Smith are bound to get you moving. It was also nice to actually hear Jerry Garcia sing the much-covered "Friend of the Devil" for once. The pairing of Al Green & Lyle Lovett is smooth & inspired. The pairing of Van Morrison & Sinead O'Connor probably looked good on paper but is executed with all the finesse of 2 eigth graders on their first date. Dave Matthews, Lenny, & REM all turn in OK workmanlike performances. The only real stinker for me was the Costello tune. Personally, I feel Elvis has turned into the very shambling mockery that he used to rail against. Of course, the other person who reviewed this CD loved this song. I guess that sums up the message of this CD. It takes different strokes for different folks to make the world go round.
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A must for any serious lover of rock, pop, soul, and alternative rock. Lou Reed , Sweet Jane, Paula Cole is awesome. and REM is envigorating.I think that the Elvis Costello , Bert Bachrach song on this album is outstanding . So much that I might go busted buying the old Costello on disc. Dave Mathews is ripe and the Lyle Lovett song is great. A real treat .
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