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A welcome, but unspectacular live release
on November 15, 2010
This, though the GB's first "official" live album, was rather unceremoniously released (I consider myself a pretty big Gin Blossoms follower, and this was out for several months before I even caught wind of it). The whole thing comes across as very "basic" and even sort of bootleg-ish - it's a recording of one show, warts 'n all, with no liner notes aside from the date and location of the show, and that it was mixed by guitarist Jesse Valenzuela (was it even mastered?). The cover itself is just a photo of the band that had been around for a while with "Live in Concert" slapped on it, and there are no additional photos to be found. The show itself is decent, and there's a nice mix of tunes from each of the band's three albums (at the time). Still, you can't help but wonder why more effort wasn't put into this - perhaps recording several shows and cherry-picking the best performances. As for the sound itself, it kind of sounds like a top-quality bootleg - the mix is relatively clear, but the whole thing lacks punch and doesn't really leap out of your speakers.