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|Freddy Jones Band|
Mile High Live
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
The Chicago quartet here serves up its Allmans-lite-style grooves in a consistently pleasing manner, the only difference from past efforts being that they finally show their stuff in a concert setting. Recorded during a 19... more »
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The Chicago quartet here serves up its Allmans-lite-style grooves in a consistently pleasing manner, the only difference from past efforts being that they finally show their stuff in a concert setting. Recorded during a 1998 West Coast tour, FJB's first live effort is loaded with spirited versions of fan favorites such as "In a Daydream," "The Puppet," and "One World." Fun jams and plenty of the usual digital delay on the guitars rule the day. An interesting cover selection would have been nice, but even without it A Mile High Live will surely appeal to fans. Newcomers might even want to start with this one since it's essentially a greatest-hits package with extra flair. --Jason Pascal
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Tony C. from PALATINE, IL
Reviewed on 11/3/2009...
love these guys live
You're better off find a good bootleg.
John Rose | Atlanta, GA | 02/16/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is without a doubt the Freddy Jones Band's worst release. Not even a year after the band had lost two of the original five members, they tour with a replacement bass player, who just could not fill the shoes of their original. This left a huge whole in the backbeat that lead guitarist Wayne Healy tries to hard to fill with his lead guitar, and just can't pull it off.Barring a couple of exceptions, the live versions of their songs on this album lack emotion, creativity, or a powerful drive. It isn't even mixed very well.If you were impressed with the live tracks on the FJB original release (as I very much was) prepare to be sorely dissapointed."
A Good Show
Russell Diederich | Littleton, CO United States | 05/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This recording follows the Freddy Jones Band during their seventeen-stop live tour of the West, starting in Chicago, and ending in, my hometown of, Denver. The songs that appear on this album are a collection from their previous four albums played in several different cities. This is another band that has changed from their start years ago, maybe not for the best, but definitely not for the worse either. The first couple of songs on this album are throwaways. The band sounds lackluster and flat in their tunes of "One World" and "Better Tomorrow". With each song thereafter, the tunes get better as if the band knew what they were doing when they laid out this album. The version of "The Puppet" that appears on this album does not compare to the live version off their first album, but still stands on it's own as a good piece, different, but good. It also marks the turnaround in this album where the songs get better. The last part of the album contains their most energetic songs.Overall, the album is good; especially if you're an FJB fan and enjoy the way the music has changed over their four albums. There is no canned music from the originals as the songs differ from extended soloing to a complete change in sound. "Texas Skies", my favorite FJB, loses its country feel and takes on a rock flavor, while "Take the Time" turns into a nine-minute jam fest.Besides a few flat sounding songs, the only other complaint I have for this album is that the long intros to the songs are gone. Several times during the live show, the band would segue songs with a long intro that touched on their own musical heroes. Unfortunately, this album sounds like it will be the last of the FJB, for at least awhile, if not longer."