|All Artists: Keller Williams|
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sci Fidelity Records
Release Date: 6/29/2004
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
Genres: Pop, Rock
Finally, beloved one-man-band Keller Williams releases an album that highlights his awe-inspiring live performance. The 2 cd STAGE brings listeners front row at select 2003 concerts to experience Keller's technical virtuos... more »
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Finally, beloved one-man-band Keller Williams releases an album that highlights his awe-inspiring live performance. The 2 cd STAGE brings listeners front row at select 2003 concerts to experience Keller's technical virtuosity and wicked sense of humor. Like his live shows, STAGE doesn't miss a beat of the singular musical style that has critics and the public hailing Keller as a true original and must-see performer.
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Intimimate Explosive Keller
CAH | 07/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was turned onto Keller the first time I heard him. His energy is completely unique and uniquely Keller.
I thought his studio album "Home" truly had an intimate home feel. However, with "Stage" Keller gives it his all and you get his genious, insanity, and humor packaged beautifully in 2 discs for $15.
The recording quality is excellent, but the appeal is in the energy - I still listen to my Keller tapes despite their sound quality. "Stage" is a necessity to any Keller fan, and the best representation of his work for any new comers.
Simply, "Stage" won't dissapoint."
Dance on your indian rug like a Keller fan
Walt Monroe | 04/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I give this album 4.75 stars, unfortunately that's not a choice, and while I realize 5 would most likely suffice, if I did that you wouldn't care to look into why it's NOT a 5 star attempt by Keller.
First off, I'm assuming that 5 stars would be Keller live, as is . . . you just have to see him live to fully get his divine energy. I understand this is the too commonly thrown cliche' of a majority of "jam bands," but while I cannot speak for all, after going to only 2 Keller shows, he is by far the best live performer in my book. His shows have an intimacy and down home good feeling to them and to watch him just groove and laugh his way through a set barefoot is like watching your little brother finally rid himself of those training wheels and fly down the street screaming "I'm doing it!"
THis album is great. I listen to it on each of my 4hr trips to my mom's, dancing and singing the whole way down, but I can't stress the fact that you must, i repeat MUST see him live.
I also own his studio albums Laugh and Home, While Home has great songs from "Above the Thunder" to "You are what you eat," nothing can outweigh the reminicing I find myself in when I put on "Freeker by the Speaker" and all the other top notch songs, including the immaculate intsramentals like "Mental Instra"
So if you can't find a ticket to his next show, do yourself a favor and buy this album, kick off your shoes, and dance like a mad-man on your indian rug"
Pretty Good, But Keller Can Do Better
Jam Man | Chicago, IL | 11/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Upon first hearing Keller, I immediately was drawn to his unique style of jamming and clever sense of humor. I also consider his live shows to be among the best (and most innovative) around -- and am lucky enough to have witnessed several great live performances. Keller's previous live CD release, Loop (which I highly recommend), has been a staple of my CD collection for several years. With that as background, you can understand that I obviously was very excited to receive this two-CD set.
Unfortunately, as much as I appreciate Keller, I was a little disappointed with this release and certainly cannot rate it higher than 4 stars. In fact, I was quite underwhelmed by the song selection, choice of covers, and even some of the jams (which seem to go nowhere). The strong material on Loop (i.e., Vacate, More Than a Little, Stupid Questions, etc.) simply blows this away by comparison.
Perhaps I'm missing something, but I just don't understand why Keller doesn't showcase more of his strong songwriting instead of filling space with novelty covers such as Rapper's Delight and Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. Sadly, other than Bird Song, I find most of the second CD almost unlistenable. Keller, my man, what's happened to the great, strong songwriting evidenced on Loop and Laugh? I'd sure love to see a follow-up to this set (perhaps "Stage 2"?), with a little more discretion in the editing and an emphasis on Keller's unique abilities and songwriting rather than gimmickry.