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Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheater, Halloween 1995 Live

4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: April 16, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tad Ramspott on September 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I used to listen exclusively to studio albums. A pre-recorded song, I argued, sounds more polished -- it can be redone to iron out the imperfections; the sound quality is more even; you don't have to deal with annoying band in-jokes or audience noise. This recording changed my mind almost single-handedly.
I own a handful of other Boingo albums; I've got "the hit songs" in all their orchestral glory. All I can say is, thank goodness they didn't cover "the hits" in their farewell concert. Instead, what Danny Elfman & co. give us is *their* favorites. The popular songs, the B-sides, the hard-to-find classics from their very early days.
What you very quickly notice when you listen to this album is this familiarity and love for the songs: how the band can wrap their voices and instruments around the tunes, and let them loose in an exuberant display of modern balladry. Boingo rocks with such intensity, the CD nearly jumps out of the player. This energy just wouldn't be there in a "greatest hits" album. There has to be a certain measure of self-indulgence in order to polish up songs until they shine.
One of my former roommates has commented that the beauty of live albums is that songs which weren't very good in the original can gain new life. Take "Reptiles and Samurai." The original (over two decades old) had interesting lyrics, but was flat and sparse-sounding. Boingo's remake on "Farewell" is brilliant. I feel much more rewarded having heard such a song transformed than I would have been if they'd used the space for, say, "Just Another Day" -- a great song to start off with.
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Greetings to fellow underground Oingo Boingo fanatics, the few and undying. Unfortunately I stumbled only lately upon the Treasure Chest Of Lust And Mortal Sin and Farewell was my first real exposure to Oingo Boingo. I knew they had a few catchy songs on the radio but I had no idea what I was in for when I ordered this CD from Columbia House. The first songs that hooked me were "Insanity" and "No One Lives Forever", and from there nearly all of the songs have found their own unique appeal for me. I've listened to other CD's since, and while I'm sorry many of my favorite songs (Flesh And Blood and Not My Slave to name just two) were left off of Farewell, I must still say that it's one of the best CDs I've ever heard. The roaring passion of Elfman and the entire musical cast stirs the embers of my soul into ecstatic madness every time I listen to it, and my life has never been the same since the obsession began. It really bugs me when I hear someone (no one in particular, of course) complain that it was a self-indulgent romp as opposed to some sort of homage to their fans. Popularity doesn't make a song good, and I happen to enjoy Water and No One Lives Forever far more than the songs you hear on the radio.
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Two discs actually. This set is so much fun. I was not fortunate enough to make it to one of their final performances, but these cd's almost make me feel like I was there. I'm thrilled that most of the old songs are pretty faithful to the originals...that makes for better sing-a-longs. But some are jazzed up a tad, and that's ok. The version of Insanity that's on here is pretty cool, and the slightly extended version of Grey Matter...bring it on! Get the video or dvd of this and watch Danny play on that song, it's worth it. I'm disappointed with some of the lower class songs included, like Piggies. And what's up with I Am the Walrus?? Did they really have to do that one at their farewell shows? Oh well, minor flaws. You'll love this set if you're a big fan.
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This isn't just a "best-of" collection or "useless compilation" like the person below me says, it's the final show EVER of the almighty Oingo Boingo, making this more of a historical artifact. If that seems a bit extreme to say it's because I really believe Elfman and company to be musical geniuses who were never really given their due or much respect at all. Why? Just because they were quirky and (God forbid) FUN?! Get this cd and the DVD of the show as well to get the full experience of what these guys were like live. I would give almost anything to have been there for this show, but at least I have this great sounding cd to listen to for all time. Boingo STILL rule!
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I'll start by mentioning the only thing wrong with this album - Danny Elfman's voice seems to have been a bit strained on the two nights this was recorded and lacked his usual vocal depth and range.
That being said, this is a fantastic album. It would serve as a fine intro for anyone who just wants a best-of album but. But it's also for the most hard-core Boingo fans: it includes a few tracks heard nowhere else and the remakes of Only a Lad, Little Girls, and Who Do You Want To Be... it's like Elfman went back to these songs and wiped away their early-80s quirkiness, stripped them down to the pure Whoop Ass underneath, and let them run wild.
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