Better Off Not Live
schrade at akrobiz.com
Mon Nov 29 17:37:15 CST 2004
> > "Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand"
> Another oldie. I really thought those would stay off the list. But, you're
Well, not exactly a concert staple, but it *was* played on occasion.
Isn't it interesting that "Tattoo," a song that, at first, you might think would
make a terrible live number, turned out to be a great live song?
And I'll make the same argument for "Sister Disco." (Although some
may disagree.) Another decent live number for a song which doesn't
seem like it would transfer easily to the stage. SD was always fast &
pumped up when they played it from '79 - '82. Plus, with the quieter,
slower parts, it created nice juxtaposition.
> > "The Kids Are Alright" (yep-ers)
> How about a shorter, more authentic version? I think the only problem with
> KAA is they carried on with the sappy, extended version too long.
And the vocals were pretty shabby. Difficult song to pull off.
> > "Tommy, Can You Hear Me"
A quick listen to the version on the Amsterdam '69 boot is all the
> > "Pure & Easy"
> If LAFK gets a pass because of the Young Vic version, this gets a double
"Pure & Easy" could do with some editing. It's too long. I'm talking all
versions. Studio & live. If they bust this one out for 2005, they'd better
edit it down like they did "I Don't Even Know Myself" for the 2000 tour.
> > "Long Live Rock"
> Hey, they just put it back in the set. They've got to play *something*
Yeah, you're right. I'd much rather hear this than "Magic Bus."
> And I like the Who's Last version, particularly the reprise.
It's actually one of the highlights of WHO'S LAST. I just listened to that
live album last week. It was my "driving-tunes" choice. More on that later.
> Sally Simpson
OK, but I've heard some pretty rousing live versions from around '69.
Moon used to do this build up & explode on the last verse. And I don't
know if you've ever heard the version on the TOMMY REHEARSALS
boot - that's good, too.
> Boris the Spider (I'm sure I'll take some flak for that one)
Well, are you saying that it didn't always work out on stage? I thought
they usually pulled this one off pretty well. (You'll have to cite more than
the flubbed lyrics on the Fillmore '68 version to convince me.) Or is it just
a song you'd rather not hear live? Because, I don't think this song deserves
to be on the "Better Off Not Live" list. The live version hardly differs from
the studio version!
- SCHRADE in Akron
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