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The Definitive OAR Collection
on February 11, 2010
I've been a huge OAR fan for many years now. I've seen them live 5 times and I own all of their cds, both studio and live. If you follow OAR you know a big part of the band's draw is their live performances. The band has 3 other live cds: any time now, 34th and 8th, and live from MSG. While all of these cds capture pieces of the live OAR experience, nothing could possibly compare to how good or how complete Rain or Shine is. First, the facts: 37 tracks over 4 hours. Whether you are a new OAR fan or you've been around for their entire career there is something to enjoy for everyone in this mix of songs. Second, the performance. One of the best things with OAR is these guys are masters at tweaking and improvising. Again, I've seen these guys live many times and I've listened to all of their live cds and not once will you hear the same version of the same song, how many other bands can say that? Rain or Shine was a particularly strong performance and I really enjoyed many of the new takes on classic OAR material. Third and finally, the quality of the live performance. OAR always puts on a good live performance as these guys have toured many times over but I think Rain or Shine raises the performance bar for what a live cd should sound like. From the beginning of "About Mr. Brown" to the second live version of "That was a crazy game of poker" the sound quality is outstanding. Simply put: Rain or Shine is the definitive live OAR experience. If you haven't seen these guys perform, quite frankly you've never seen what live music is all about.