Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Alive at Last
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Louis G. from GRAYLING, MI
Reviewed on 3/21/2017...
I really like that song Meet Virginia by this band and to hear it live is even better. However, I wonder what it sounds like on Train's debut album.
Train has come Alive
Groundskeeper Willie | 11/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Alive at Last" embodies everything Train represents as a band. It's marvelous musically, vocally, has a great crowd, and it's mastered beautifully.
"Alive at Last" (perhaps titled after the song on the band's most recent studio release "I'm About to Come Alive"), was recorded in Birmingham, Alabama, at a relatively small club. The crowd on this disc sounds HUGE. This may annoy some listeners, but for anyone who has had the privilege of seeing this band live, they'll know it is a true representation of the high energy felt through an entire concert.
The disc opens with the recent top-ten single, "Calling All Angels." If you're sick of hearing it on the radio, you're going to love this version. Lead singer Pat Monahan makes his way through the song with wonderful power, and the band (along with the crowd) backs him up all the way. And this is true for all of the tracks. Train infuses new life into every song, and Monahan's varied vocals are a treat to hear.
The band was truly ON the evenings this set was recorded. They sound tight, with nary a missed note. New addition Brandon Bush on the keys is amazing, be listening for his raw talent. This disc is great. I was very pleased with the quality of the sound as well. For a live album, you can really appreciate the band's talent. Train's reputation as a live band shines, as much of their singles perhaps sound better here than on the original discs. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford professed on Train's website (www.trainline.com) that no layers were added to this recording, everything you hear is live. Listen to this disc with that in mind. It's incredible.
The lesser-known "Landmine" is beyond gorgeous, the cd is worth buying if only for this song. "Sweet Rain," an old-time Train track, flows really well, and "Stay With Me," the only cover of the set, sounds great, with Train once again showing off their musicianship. The weakest song is probably "I Wish You Would," but it still sounds great.
The two studio tracks are written by Monahan and Bart Hendrickson. "Ordinary" is the summer song from "Spider-Man 2," and "New Sensation" is a brand-new Train song. No, it's not a cover, it's an original. Though it sounds a tad overproduced at times, it's growing on me, and it's a new step for Train.
In fact, "New Sensation" could be something of an anthem for the band that's been around for ten years: "I ain't no new sensation, no, but I'm better than I've ever been."
If you aren't a Train fan but you've heard "Drops of Jupiter," "Calling All Angels," "When I Look to the Sky," or any of their other singles and you've thought they were pretty good, pick this disc up. It's a great band having a lot of fun with a crowd that is obviously into them.
The disc is wonderful for Trainiacs and non-Trainiacs alike. Buy it. Now."
"I'm in a really good mood tonight!"
John Vester | Indianapolis, Indiana USA | 11/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to tell you, it takes a lot of guts to open your set with the following three songs: "Calling All Angels," "She's On Fire" and "Meet Virginia." I mean, one would think you are setting yourself up for a flat night as the rest of the set unfolds. But Pat and the gang knew exactly what they were doing when they put together this album. It is simply incredible and a MUST BUY for any Train fan.
I enjoy live albums quite a bit and have reviewed several here on Amazon.com over the years. This album is by far the best mixed, most energetic live album I have ever heard. In fact, I have always been scared to see Train live, because of the fear of being let down by the songs sounding stale or empty. That is not the case whatsoever as this album is pure magic.
Even compared to other live Train tracks (sorry for the pun) I've heard, this album was still a big surprise. I had heard several live versions of Meet Virginia and was even thinking about skipping ahead to the next track on this album, but the mix on this album is so incredible and a few things they change near the end of the song is great! So, listen to the whole track and be surprised what you hear the band do.
Even Pat's voice sounds superb on this album! It's classic when he says "I'm in a really good mood tonight!" just before track four.
In my opinion, Pat has to be the best male rock singer in quite a while, if not ever! I mean, find tracks of him singing covers of "Ramble On" or "Dream On" and you will hear a voice that can really do anything. So a guy who can do Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and actually sound just as good - if not better than the original artists is really something - plus he writes his own stuff!
Take a shot at this album and I am certain you will be glad you bought it!!!
Thanks for reading my review!