A Tribute To Michael Been Feat. Robert Levon Been Of B.R.M.C.
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DELUXE EDITION CD+DVD - Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club pays tribute to his late father's music with an unforgettable live performance leading his father, Michael Been's, legendary band The Call. This deluxe edition includes a full length DVD of the stunning concert film with special behind the scenes bonus footage.
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Are all of The Call’s LPs given some love over the course of this tribute? Let’s see. From their 1982 self-titled debut album we have: nothing. From their sophomore follow up “Modern Romans” we have: “Turn A Blind Eye”; “Modern Romans”; “The Walls Came Down”. From the underrated “Scene Beyond Dreams” we have: nada. From their tight “Reconciled” release we get: “Everywhere I Go”; “I Still Believe”; “Oklahoma”; “The Morning”. From the critically acclaimed “Into the Woods” we receive: “I Don’t Wanna”; “Into the Woods”. They broke big momentarily with their “Let the Day Begin” release so from this we get: “Let the Day Begin”; “You Run”; “Uncovered”; “Same Old Story”. From the lauded “Red Moon” we get: “Floating Back”; “You Were There”; “Red Moon”; “What’s Happened To You”; “Swim In the Ocean”. And from their final studio release “To Heaven and Back” we are graced with: “Think It Over” and on the DVD a looped bit of “Love Is Everywhere” on the main menu. [With all the wonderful songs we’re given I can live with what we’ve missed out on but wouldn’t it be great if they got together and recorded another live album that contained a few of their other greats like “There’s A Heart”, “Doubt”, and “Flesh and Steel” off of their debut, and “Tremble” or “Delivered” or “One Life Leads To Another” off of SBD, and “Even Now” off “Reconciled”, and “The River” or “It Could Have Been Me” off of ITW, and “Watch” off of LTDB, and “What A Day” off of RM, and “Soaring Bird” or “World On Fire” or “Love Is Everywhere” off of THAB? I suppose I’m dreaming but it’s great to dream, isn’t it?]
All of the songs are faithful to the original versions. Licenses aren’t shredded and liberties are not taken with the source material. It’s very respectful. But there is one moment, a standout moment, where the concert stands still in a moment of arrested time. Robert stands front and center and sings with warmth and compassion and sadness, just his voice and acoustic guitar, on one of The Call’s most spiritual songs—“You Run”. Robert inhabits the song, and haunts it. He is singing to himself as well as all of us, and remembering…”You can’t escape the reach of love.”