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The next best thing to a Live Steve Taylor concert
Ken Johnson | Longview, TX United States | 03/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While it's really a shame to have to listen to Steve Taylor without also getting to watch him on stage - this albumn is about as close as you can come to the live Steve Taylor experience without Steve blessing us with a DVD (we can only dream).Since Steve is harder to catch these days in any concernt venue - no doubt to his continued hard work producing and writing for some of today's top groups including Sixpence None the Richer Guardian, and The Newsboys.I had the good fortune to actually here this tour when it came through Texas and this is albumn is the next best thing to being there again.If you don't have any other ST albumns though - don't stop here. While the earlier stuff is harder to find - it's worth hunting down and really helps you appreciate this almbun all the more.Buy this one today - you won't put it down."
A Superb Live Recording
Brad D. Francis | Bellevue, MI United States | 09/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of my favorite live albums I've ever heard. Steve Taylor does not tend to disappoint, and "Liver" is certainly no exception. It would be difficult to exaggerate the impact that Mr. Taylor has had on the Christian music world in his career. There are many popular bands to day that would not be, could not be, without his groundbreaking music and lyrics paving the way.
This record contains many of Mr. Taylor's hits performed live, and a number of his later career songs from the album "Squint" (as this was the Squint National Tour, after all). Album highlights are numerous: "Jim Morrison's Grave" and "Lament of Desmond R.G. Underwood-Frederick IV" are great rock songs to start the record out with. Following that, Mr. Taylor announces that they will be doing some cover tunes, the first from an album entitled "I Predict a Clone" (which was a tribute album consisting of songs originally performed by Steve Taylor) and the second from a band whose name he couldn't pronounce, which would be Chagall Guevera (which was a band that Mr. Taylor played in for a brief period to release one amazing record). The first "cover song" is one of the disappointments on the album. "I Want to be a Clone" is one of the earliest, signature tunes that Mr. Taylor was ever known for. It's classic. And here it gets a rude, very quick screaming-lyrics treatment.
The rest of the album is simply excellent, however. The all-out rock treatment of old favorite "On the Fritz" works extremely well; so well, in fact, that a rare-for-a-live-track concept video was made for the song. "Jesus is for Losers" and "Finish Line" portray some of the best of the "Squint" record, and the latter especially is really exceptional. Finally, the record ends with another song by Chagall Guevera, a high energy rocker called "Violent Blue."
All in all, this is a great record. On the back of the album, Mr. Taylor promises that this is a *real* live rock album, mistakes and all. It may not be polished, but it doesn't need to be. The excitement even continues on the album after the concert is over: the audience is cheering for an encore, and Mr. Taylor is about to do one when a fire alarm goes off, and he goes from singing to direct the crowd to the nearest exits.
Just how many live albums would include something like that?"