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I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings Live
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What is on the cd is great, but I docked it a star for the compact length of the album, only 8 songs. They could have EASILY added another 3-4 songs from Kid A/Amnesiac that were mesmerizing live, namely You and Whose Army, Pyramid Song, Packt Like Sardines, or How To Disappear Completely. The only reason I can think of that they kept it this short is that they will release a dvd next year of an entire show, and they didn't want to let too much out of the bag at this point.
What is on the album is excellent though:
1. National Anthem: this song truly transcends the studio version. Colin Greenwood rules on the bass, providing the twangy foundation for the song, and the keyboard and echo effects make one wonder if they are listening to Dark Side of the Moon. Thom is his usual great self.
2. I Might Be Wrong: the song on the album that most closely matches the studio version, though there is some cool jamming at the end of it.
3. Morning Bell: this performance of the song is based on the Kid A version. The song starts out slow and erupts with emotion about 2 minutes in.
4. Like Spinning Plates: Most people will buy this album for two songs, this one and True Love Waits. I am not a big fan of LSP on Amnesiac, but this song is SO GOOD live. The piano brings a tenderness to the song, and Thom's voice bleeds with melancholy. Truly amazing.
5. Idioteque: an interesting change in tempo, following the slow and somber LSP.Read more ›
On the whole, the album is very successful. In many cases I prefer the more straight forward or energetic versions performed live to the studio versions. Highlights include the gorgeous "Like Spinning Plates," the frenetic "Idioteque," and the warped and spiraling "Everything in its Right Place."
"True Love Waits" is a beautiful and haunting song, and the version on this album is the best recording of it available, but Thom's vocals sound a little thin compared to bootlegged versions available online. Still, it's great to finally have a CD version of one of my favorite Radiohead songs.
The only disappointing track, for me, is the title track. The dissonance Radiohead has successfully embraced over the last two years just doesn't work here. The album version is clearly superior. Still and all, a nice sampling of Radiohead's tour-de-force live show that will whet my appetite until the next tour, when Radiohead better return the Baltimore/Washington area!
The National Anthem and I Might be Wrong kick proceedings off. Wired, buzzing, electrified and raw, these songs take on whole new dimensions when performed live.
Morning Bell has now popped up on 3 different albums within 2 years. Bridging the gap between the Kid A original and the more organic, funeral-like take on it during Amnesiac, the song is driven by a gorgeous patter of drums by Phil Selway and a lonely keyboard, or treated piano, motif. Mid-way through, the song suddenly takes off, fuelled by a buzzing electrified *noise* presumably from one or other of Johnny Greenwood's instruments, before all but the drums cut out as Yorke demands "Cut the kids in half, cut the kids in half". The song appears to be about divorce before any of you start getting worried out there. Yorke mutters in deep paranoia, and then an almost religious trance as Greenwood picks out ugly notes on his guitar.
And then comes the most startling track. Like Spinning Plates was one of Amnesiac's more horrible pieces. Eventually the backwards, slightly sickening, swirling track did grow, and take on a spectral landscape feel. Here, however, Yorke is backed only by himself on piano.Read more ›
Despite the fact that there are some AMAZING (repeat, AMAZING) songs on "I Might Be Wrong", I feel a slight bit cheated: I expect more from Radiohead than a 40 minute, 16 second CD. Come on, I've seen opening bands play this long, if not longer... there's a full thirty-four minutes left on the CD that could have been used for extra tracks, and I KNOW they played on stage for longer than 40 minutes.
It's nice to see an album devoted to live songs, instead of getting the occasional live track on one of their numerous b-sides, but when I'm buying a full album, that's what I'd like: a FULL album. Despite the small track listing, the song quality more than makes up for this fact, making it an album no Radiohead fan should be without.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My cd was defected and not able to listen to it properly. Is there a way i can replace it please.....???Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Terrific live versions! Sure it could be longer as others have noted, but for what it is, it's fantastic.Published 27 days ago by SueF
No scratches, case in good condition, and was extremely affordable.Published 21 months ago by E Ventricle
Live album from 2001 when Kid A and Amnesiac were the current cuts. Great live music courtesy of the incredibly talented 5 gentlemen from England.
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