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I'm glad that "Gravel" first appeared here before the version that showed up on LITTLE PLASTIC CASTLE. It's more raw, angry, and even fun than the studio version. "Out of Habit" is a great example of some of the older stuff that she plays live (though not often lately) as they show up in these little half song/half story performances. You can't help but feel that you are standing right in front of the stage with everyone else and laughing about the hookers on the corner that she thought were women.
Although she is a folk singer, you can fully understand her capability to rock when you hear "Shy" and "Napolean" which both take on a new energy when played live. The audience also plays an active role in the raw energy that comes out of a live show. When she delivers some of her lines, they take on this power from the uproar of cheers and hollers from the audience. On "I'm no heroine" you can't help but want to be in the audience when she says "You think I wouldn't have him, unless I could have him by the balls" and the audience explodes, half out of recognition of the song's first line and half out of pure love FOR that line.
If you've never been to one of Ani's shows... I highly suggest you get this CD so you can get the true Ani experience. Actually, no... I changed my mind... if you are going to be seeing Ani in the NEAR FUTURE... then DON'T buy this CD! Go to the show. Get completely and utterly blown away. And THEN, go out and get this CD and relive those wonderful moments over and over.
For my purposes here, I am considering "a band" to be 3 or more people. This band (Ani, Andy on drums, and Sara Lee on bass) is easily my favorite band that Ani has ever put together, so far. First of all, this band is still mainly about Ani, and that isn't the case with her later, larger bands. The larger her bands became, the less that the core of the sound revolved around Ani, and that was almost always disappointing to me. In theory I don't have anything against Ani being in 5 or 6 person bands. It was the specific bands themselves that made me largely dislike their concert sound, not the fact that she was in bands at all. I'm sure Julie and those horn players were great fun, and nice people to be around, but musically they should have been thanking their lucky stars that they were ever able to stand on the same stage as an artist of Ani's caliber, because none of them were even close to her league. Beyond that, the larger her bands became, the worse her concert sound became. Oftentimes being muddy and boomy.
That was the bottomline for me. None of Ani's later, large, electric bands had any musicians in them who were even 25% of the musician that Ani is, so it was disappointing to hear her so often buried in a muddy mix of musicians who were so far beneath her. With those bands, when she'd come out and do a Garden of Simple or Both Hands by herself (or at least with the band playing very slightly behind her), it was the highlight of the night because you could hear HER perfectly.
That is why Living In Clip is such a great live document.Read more ›
After "clip", I would move to "Not a Pretty Girl" and "Out of Range".
P.S. I'm a hetero, white, upper-middle class male.
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Album arrived on time and perfect. This is my favorite Ani album. I'm a firm believer that Ani is best enjoyed live. Album is worth every penny.Published on March 8, 2013 by Colleen Gaither
I had a copy of this album in high school and wore it out. So, I bought a used copy and took a chance. It came in excellent condition - not a scratch on it. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Kindle Customer
Prompt delivery, product was in perfect condition. CD was exactly as it was listed and I am extremely pleased with the product I received. I have only positive things to say. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by steiner45
I've owned this one since 1997 (it's now 2012) and I still play it almost once per week. My most played album ever! Makes me wish I could meet Ani. ;-)Published on July 10, 2012 by James J. Gambucci
Had this cd and was borrowed but never returned to me. Ani is great live and so is this cd.Published on June 28, 2011 by islandgirl74
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