Better off not Live

Frate, Chris (EM, PTL) chris.frate at
Sat Nov 20 19:54:18 CST 2004

Well, it depends what era you're in. The Live at Leeds Magic Bus is killer but the Zak era Magic Bus is kind of ordinary, and the Tommy era "I'm Free" is even better than the studio because it has John's amazing bass "zwoops" (Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-ZWOOP-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-ZWOOP). Bargain has always been one that - although great live - I thought was much better in the studio. Scott you can probably relate to my disappointment when the Who's Next Deluxe came out and it seemed that Keith had either forgotten or not yet decided (I don't remember which came first, the show or the studio sessions) to use the crazy double-bass rhythm live that he employed in the studio.

-Chris in Cleveland

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Subject: Better off not Live

----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Schrade"

>> Hey, this could be a good thread.  Who songs that are better on albums
>> than live.
> "Magic Bus" comes instantly to mind.  The live version can be OK, but it's
> like a completely different song, isn't it?  It has none of the coolness 
> of the
> studio version.

That can be OK, though.  Take Drowned, for instance.  When Pete plays it 
accousticly, I think it's great.  But the Quad version's great, too.  In 
essence we've got two songs for the price of one.  What I had in mind was 
more like Love Reign O'er Me.  They attempt to play it more or less as the 
original, but it completely lacks the impact of the Quad version.

The other song that bugs me is I'm Free.  The live versions don't even sound 
like the same guitar riff to me.  Now watch some guitar player tell me I'm 
full of shit. Believe me, I KNOW I'm full of shit.  That's what I'm hear 
for.  Educate me!

Jim M 

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