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Karla Bonoff Live
Genres: Pop, Rock
Karla Bonoff has long been a respected artist since emerging in the late 70's as a 'songwriter's songwriter'. Her songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and Wynonna Judd, among many others. Her own criti... more »
Karla Bonoff has long been a respected artist since emerging in the late 70's as a 'songwriter's songwriter'. Her songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and Wynonna Judd, among many others. Her own critically acclaimed recordings have sold over a million copies. She toured extensively in the U.S., sharing the stage with Jackson Browne, James Taylor, J.D. Souther, and more, winning over audiences with her finely crafted songs and purely seductive voice. She has continued to tour and regularly plays sold-out shows all around the world. In an era where singer/songwriters are plentiful, yet often interchangeable, Bonoff remains a singularly skilled, refined, and consistently moving example of the genre. This double live CD - 21 songs in total - includes her classics and two wonderful new songs. Recorded in California and Tokyo with famed musicians Nina Gerber and Kenny Edwards.
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Laura Hubbard | Eugene, OR USA | 11/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a diehard Karla Bonoff fan since her first release over 30 years ago, I admit I was still uncertain how this live CD might differ from Bonoff's 1999 greatest hits release All My Life. I should have known that, as usual, Karla not only does not disappoint but amazes and delights. You will find this live compilation a treasure whether you come to Bonoff's music as a longtime friend or a new acquaintance.
Recorded in an intimate setting that perfectly complements Bonoff's musical and vocal stylings, found here are interpretations of Bonoff's previously released classics that are both familiar and fresh, Bonoff pieces released with Bryndle, and several new releases that are worthy additions to the Bonoff library. Several classics not found on All My Life and included here are Please Be the One, Rose in the Garden, Never Stop Her Heart, New World, and How Long. Please Be the One receives new, more edgy treatments in tempo and instrumentation, including nice guitar riffs from Nina Gerber. How Long's downshift in tempo and Karla's vocals create a more reflective interpretation than the 1980's original. Previously unreleased additions Baja Oklahoma and What About Joanne are delightful musically and lyrically. Someone to Lay Down Beside Me, arguably Bonoff's best known work, seems to be thoughtfully interpreted through the 30 years of life and experience that have elapsed since it first graced our ears.
We can always expect excellent musicianship from Bonoff and her musical companions Kenny Edwards, Gerber, and Scott Babcock, and this CD certainly proves that once again. Karla's vocal expression reflects the personal style that has always made her music truly special, and it also now comes with an added ease and confidence.
If you are already a Bonoff fan, this CD is a must-have addition to your collection. If you are new to Bonoff's music, you will know that you truly have found a "rose in the garden."
Andrew Hudak | 11/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"KARLA BONOFF LIVE is a time capsule of 30 years worth of solo material (only four albums!) and two songs from Karla's three cd's with her group Bryndle. The good news is that it's 1977 all over again-"I Can't Hold On", "If He's Ever Near", and "Home" are just as genuine now as they were then. Karla's teardrop style piano complements Nina Gerber's flowing guitar for a quietly intimate performance. Subtle flourishes are provided by original Stone Poney Kenny Edwards. The surprises here are an up-tempo "Please Be The One" and a sparkling new song, "What About Joanne". LIVE is a warm journey through the past with hints of great things yet to come."
Excellent Live Recording
AH | USA | 11/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Ms. Bonoff since the beginning and I also prefer live recordings to studio versions, so this was a no-brainer for me. I am grateful that she came out with this because the results are first rate. The production is very clear and the band sounds excellent, although I would have loved it even more with Andrew Gold present. After all these years, Karla's lovely voice and touching songs remain the gold standard of beautifully crafted music. Kenny Edwards provides the usual tasteful and perfect backup. Highly recommended."