"This album disappoints. The album is poorly mastered and the songs do not do justice either to Gomez's sound in concert or to that on their albums. Gomez favorites, such as Free to Run or Make No Sound, lack the special licks that made them stand out. No violin, no intricate chord progression; the detail is missing, and the bass overwhelms the composition that you expect from Gomez. Overall, the album sounds flat and lifeless."
Stellar Live Act
K. W. Schreiter | Conshohocken, PA | 11/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've attended multiple Gomez shows and this 2 CD set definitely captures their energy. Three January 2005 concerts in San Francisco were condensed into one show-length setlist for this release. Luckily over half the songs come from the first two Gomez albums, classics that the band has failed to match. "Here Comes The Breeze" and several others clearly eclipse their respective studio treatments."
Fantastic Live album from one of the best bands of the new m
Duke | New Zealand | 07/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Into the new millennium and Gomez together with Muse, Mercury Rev, Elbow, Coldplay and The Flaming Lips (from "Soft Bulletin" (1999) onwards) were the bands that really excited me the most. (Previous to these recent years Kings X and Dream Theater "did it for me" in the 90's, Marillion were "my 80's" band together with Simple Minds, Big Country, Waterboys and U2. My 70's favorites were largely Genesis, Rush and Jethro Tull.
This live album from 2005 is, for me, a summation of what is great about Gomez. Two great and distinctive lead singers, fantastic musicians who play great rock music. The first Gomez album I bought was "Liquid Skin" (their second) in 1999 and shortly after that got their tremendous debut "Bring it on" from 1998. Six tracks from each of these are here live with, for me, the highlight being a stellar performance of "Here comes the breeze" (from Bring It On). Two tracks from "In Our Gun" (2002), three from their 2004 effort "Split the difference", a cover of Tom Wait's "Going Out West" plus Nick Drake's "Black Eyed Dog" (a "combo track with Gomez "Free to Run" from "Bring it on" and a B side track "Do's and Don'ts" round off a tremendous live album.
Certainly one of the great live albums of the new millennium from one of the great bands of these modern times, a tremendous experience in today's age - real musicians playing real instruments and playing with energy and passion in front of a very appreciative audience at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
Certainly one of my favourite live albums over the last 35 years here are some of my other favourites... - "How the West was won" from Led Zeppelin (1972) - "Made in Japan" from Deep Purple (1972) - "Yessongs" from Yes (1973) - "Welcome back my friends" from ELP (1973) - "Too late to stop now" from Van Morrison (1974) - "On your feet or on your knees" from Blue Oyster Cult (1975) - "Live in London" from Bruce Springsteen (1975) - "One more from the Road" from Lynyrd Skynrd (1976) - "Frampton comes alive" from Peter Frampton (1976) - "Live Bullet" from Bob Seger (1976) - "Seconds Out" from Genesis (1977) - "A Live Record" from Camel (1978) - "Bursting Out Live" from Jethro Tull (1978) - "Two for the Show" from Kansas (1978) - "Playing the fool" Gentle Giant (1978) - "Waiting fro Columbus" from Little Feat (1978) - "Strangers in the Night" from UFO (1979) - "Live Rust" from Neil Young (1979). - "Paris" from Supertramp (1980). - "Exit...Stage left" from Rush (1981) - "Under a blood red sky" from U2 (1983) - "Stop making sense" from Talking Heads (1984) - "Live in the city of Light" from Simple Minds (1986) - "Live adventures of the Waterboys" from the Waterboys (1986) - "Operation Livecrime" from Queensryche (1991) - "Without a safety Net" from Big Country (1992) - "Secret World Live" from Peter Gabriel (1994) - "Together in Concert" from Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga (2000) - "Live Scenes from New York" from Dream Theater (2000) - "Hullabaloo" from Muse (2002) - "Out West" from Gomez (2005) - "Instant Delivery" from Flower Kings (2006). - "Okonokos" from My Morning Jacket (2006)
I really enjoy this album (especially up loud when driving), if you do get it I hope you do to. "
Review from the Synthesis
Synthesis_jason | Chico, CA | 08/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Compiled from three nights of material at the Fillmore in San Francisco, the two discs of Out West project an image of a band whose strengths seem only to be bolstered in the midst of a live performance. British five-piece Gomez have always had their share of jam-rock influences, but have managed to tread a cautious line between the infectiousness of `90s Brit-pop and the extended solos of a Bonnaroo Festival, without giving into either side's dangerous excesses. Out West is no exception, finding the band alternating between effectively concise songwriting and long-winded instrumental passages, often in the same song. The twenty tracks here are mostly comprised of Gomez originals, plucked from their four previous albums, with a couple Tom Waits ("Going Out West") and Nick Drake ("Black Eyed Dog") songs thrown in for good measure.