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The CD includes 17 songs. I believe 11 of them are from the Ben Folds Five era. Only four of the songs came from Rockin' The Suburbs. The other two are "Tiny Dancer"; which is a cover of the classic Elton John song, and "Rock This Bxtch"; which is only 1:18 long but the most original, impromptu song to seemingly `spark' from being on stage. Of those four songs from his solo CD, the best are "Fred Jones Part 2" and "Not The Same". "Fred Jones", if you may remember, is a sort-of-sequel to Whatever & Ever Amen song "Cigarette". The song was brilliant when I heard it on the album, but is better here. Cake singer John McCrea appears on both versions, and really adds to its excellence; especially live. The chant of the crowd lets you know when he walks out. It may be my favorite song on this CD. "Not The Same" is a good song, one I've enjoyed more thanks to its appearance on Ben Folds Live. As far as "Zak And Sara" and "The Luckiest", live they're pretty average. "The Luckiest" was better in studio, yet still decent. I don't know much about "One Down" or "Emaline"; but both are good tracks.
As I've hinted to, I cannot say enough good things about "Rock This Bxtch" and "Tiny Dancer".Read more ›
I believe that sometimes in order to really, truly appreciate someone's music and musical talent, you need to see them live. Luckily, you don't have to fork out the money for expensive concert tickets in order capture that energy and essence in this case. This inexpensive CD does that for you, and believe me, it's worth every penny!
Some highlights on this CD include:
Track 2 "Zak and Sara;" This song really showcases Ben's piano playing ability, and has really great lyrics. Definitely a song that you will get stuck in your head and find yourself singing all day long!
Track 5 "Not the Same;" A great song that manages to be emotional and funny at the same time. Tells the story of a friend who went on an acid trip that changed his life.
Track 9 "Brick;" Tells the tragic tale of Ben and his high school girlfriend getting an abortion, and what it feels like. A great slow, emotional song.
Track 11 "Army;" Great lyrics that tell a story about Ben Folds getting into music.Read more ›
"Zak and Sara" - Though I miss "oohing" in the background that Ben rythmically hums in the studio version, his piano playing skills are really magnified in the album's second track. A really easy song to get into, it is a definite must on this all-around solid group of his live performances.
"Best Imitation of Myself" - One of my favorites from his days with Ben Folds Five, you can really hear the crowd getting into it in the backround, and there's a reason for that.
"Not the Same" - Though this rendition hit off Ben's solo debut album isn't "the same" as the original, it is still quite powerful. Ben also displays some humor, briefing the audience with the song's history before bangin' out the first cord on his Baldwin. Though it lacks the jammin' drums which really get it going on the CD version, his use of the crowd for the humming between verses is quite effective, and gives it a more "live-feel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible CD except for the "Tiny Dancer" cover. Find a used disc and it may be worth the investment.Published 12 months ago by ericduke1
This disc is mind blowing and puts me in a really good mood. I first discovered Ben when he toured with Tori Amos in 2003 and have been a fan ever since. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by PGH15212
I own every Ben Folds Five / Ben Folds album and this is the best compilation to date. The live version of his songs are powerful!Published on January 9, 2013 by PuckEB425
The CD came in it's original, wrapped factory plastic. No damage what so ever. Perfect mint condition. Good quality audio.Published on November 24, 2012 by Christian Knapp
Thanks for the prompt service!Received it on Christmas Eve. The packaging was great also. Thanks again..Published on January 20, 2008 by recipegal722
This might be my favorite Ben Folds CD of them all!!! I love the extra talking he does between songs. Read morePublished on August 6, 2007 by C. Johnson
On Fold's first live album he takes a stripped down approach with no backing band. It is just Ben and his piano for a solid hour of music from both his Ben Folds Five and solo... Read morePublished on March 22, 2007 by Steven Sly