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Rock Spectacle [Enhanced, Live]

Barenaked LadiesAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Live
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002NB7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brian Wilson
2. Straw Hat And Old Dirty Hank
3. Break Your Heart
4. Jane
5. When I Fall
6. Hello City
7. What A Good Boy
8. The Old Apartment
9. Life, In A Nutshell
10. These Apples
11. If I Had $1000000

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The band's goofy charm and sure-footed melodic sense is in full flower here, and the singalongs on "Brian Wilson" and "If I Had $1000000" are proof of the bond between band and audience. A hidden rap tribute to Ed Robertson's "Uncle Elwyn" is vintage Bill Cosby. --Jeff Bateman

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Certified Platinum by the RIAA (9/98).

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barenaked Ladies doing what they do best! December 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Barenaked Ladies is an excellent band. It especially shows during their live performances. Wow. So much life and energy and enjoyment that you can't help but dance around. Therefore, if I could I would give this CD a much higher rating than 5 stars because it captures the essence that is BNL during these live performances. If you're wondering whether you should buy this album, just do it. You will not be disappointed, as it is somewhat of a "greatest hits" album as well. Although I consider all the Barenaked Ladies songs to be wonderful, this is an excellent compilation of live material. Plus, the multimedia on the disc is worth the price alone. Classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's raining macaroni! July 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"The bare naked what?" my parents said the first time I mentioned the band. The BNL consists of Tyler Stewart, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Jim Creggan and Kevin Hearn.
In a field of one-hit-wonder alternative bands, the Barenaked Ladies have a unique acoustic style in concert which isn't as apparent in hearing their radio hits.
The Rock spectacle is a LIVE cd consisting of BNL's best-loved classics. If you're a new BNL fan, THIS is the CD with which to start your journey.
Everyone loves "Brian Wilson" and "If I had a million dollars"- which brings raining macaroni from concert-goers when it's done live. But other classics are the tender "Break your Heart" and "Jane", and the creative "Farmer" and Hello City."
"Uncle Elwyn", a spontaneous rap, shows you how BNL loosens up and shows their well-known creativity in concert.
This album is a classic you'll play again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Will Cost You Much More Than The Cost Of The Album February 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
If you haven't yet been baptised in the waters that are BNL, this will be one very expensive CD, because you'll find yourself collecting everything they've ever recorded, enjoying every variation of every theme of this eclectic band's extraordinary portfolio. Sure, this recording of a 1996 concert consists of cuts that can be found on their pre-Stunt studio efforts, but BNL has always been about an exchange between the band and its afficianados, of energy, insight and fun. Steven Page is among the most interesting lyricists writing today, and these guys are tight: Yeah, it's funny, brilliant and catchy, but make no mistake -- it rocks. Brian Wilson, If I Fall, If I Had A Million Dollars, Hello City: Not a second-rate cut to be found. Every once in a while, everything on an album just fits together seamlessly, and you know you've stumbled onto something special. BNL is one of the best things to be found in rock, defying any attempt to pigeonhole their style, flowing effortlessly from one genre or tradtion to another, weaving with subtlety and verve a multiplicity of levels of meaning, and just kicking ***. Buy this one and you will become a believer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Bryan Street Theater... November 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you've only heard Canada's Barenaked Ladies as a result of the more radio friendly hits "One Week" and "Pinch Me," you probably only know them as a bunch of somewhat goofy guys who seem to specialize in pop cultural jokes. Of course, as any Barenaked Ladies fan knows, this is only about 25% of the story. 30% at the most! In fact, the Barenaked Ladies are extremely talented musicians whose songs -- while often humorous -- are also infused with an exhilirating mix of the two lead singer's differing styles of humor (i.e., Steven Page's morbidly cynical worldview balanced with Ed Robertson's goofy sense of fun). No where is this more obvious than in their legendary live shows where, without the technical polish of the recording studio and with the freedom to be totally and completely spontaneous, the Barenaked Ladies often prove themselves to be one of the greatest "garage" bands of all time. That is why it is indeed wonderful to have an oppurtunity to hear their live CD "Rock Spectacle," which I think ranks as, probably, their best release to this date. Along with their more familiar hits (Brian Wilson and If I Had a Million Dollars -- both of which have never sounded better), Rock Spectacle features some of their just-as-good, lesser-known songs like Jane, the jaunty Hello City, When I Fall (which features Page at his best), and my personal favorite -- The Old Apartment (a song which represents the ultimate combination of Page and Robertson's differing styles.) As well, the CD ends with three extra tracks which features a few random bits of stage banter between the band and their audience as well as an impromptu song called "Uncle Elwyn" which shows the strong bond between the Ladies and their audience (a bond that is another invaluable component to any BnL concert). This is, without a doubt, an amazing CD and it'll stand as the ultimate proof that BnL is one of the best bands playing today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Album!! June 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Rock Spectacle" gets played more than just about any other CD in my collection. Even if you don't like the music of Barenaked Ladies, there's no denying that this is an exceptionally well engineered live album that does a first rate job of capturing the energy and fun of a live Bnl performance. The songs were recorded when the band was touring in support of the "Born on a Pirate Ship" CD. In my opinion, the best and most noteworthy tracks on this CD are:
Brian Wilson-Ed Robertson's acoustic guitar style has never been better than in this version of a song that originally appeared on the shamefully underrated "Gordon" CD.
"Break Your Heart"-I think this angst ridden song about ending a relationship one of the best songs Bnl has ever recorded. Steven Page's searing vocal just rips your heart out, and keyboard player Kevin Hearn is in fine form playing minor chords from what sounds like a Hammond B-3. Much better than the studio version on the "Pirate Ship" CD.
"Jane"-Great guitar work by Robertson, along with great drumming from Tyler Stewart. I frequently hit the repeat button when this song is going in my car's CD player. Way better than the original studio version from the "Maybe You Should Drive" CD.
"What a Good Boy"- A favorite of long time Bnl fans and a very good song, done even better live.
As one previous reviewer mentioned, "Rock Spectacle" would make a very good introductory CD to someone who is not familiar with Bnl's music. For the listener who loves the band's live shows, I humbly suggest taking a trip to [...] where for a nominal fee you can download authorized bootlegs of concerts from their "Everything to Everyone" tour. As good as they are, they're still a far cry from the craftsmanship and sonic impact with which "Rock Spectacle" dazzles the lister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic BNL
Possibly the quintessential BNL album. I recommend to to fans and people who enjoy hearing BNL live. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah G
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
This was my husbands favorite CD so the fact that the CD was in perfect shape for such a perfect price was well~perfect!!
Published 4 months ago by Kerrie
5.0 out of 5 stars George K...
Barenaked Ladies.......Good stuff. Ed left the group due to drug problems. This is a great buy because it's live and original
Published 7 months ago by Gerge Klavins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Album!
I originally didnt like Barenaked Ladies that much but after hearing this live album i began to apprciate them as a group. most bands do not perform this well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jack Kiwiet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Live Album I Have Ever Heard
My reference base goes back to the days when the USA was in an uproar because the Beatles were headed this way to perform live!!!! Hooray!!!!!!! Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun listen, over and over!
Great listen from a great era of the band! Not sure what is so enhanced but the quality is great!
Published 19 months ago by WindyCityOddball
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorites From College
This album brings back so many fun memories from college. At one time I had the CD; however, I have moved a few times since college and lost it along the way. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Katrina Gunderson
5.0 out of 5 stars My Childhoood
This CD, born of 90's bliss, can send my mood skyward. What a great mix of up and low-tempo music, lively audience and relatable lyrics.
Published on April 24, 2012 by danieljluebke
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD if you like BNL
Amazing songs sound wonderful live...also some comedy by the bandmembers throughout! Many are past hitsthis is one of the few bands that sound as awesome live as on their CD.
Published on November 1, 2011 by Barbara Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for serious BNL fans.
First, I will be a little callous and say that if you only know BNL from the big hits like "One Week", this might not be a good first album to go to. Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by Cailen Sniker
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