First and foremost, I am a huge fan of Live, so you may very well think this would be a bias review. However more than anything I am huge conoseur of live recordings. I have been to some incredible concerts and some you'd love to forget- so I am extremely picky about concert recordings that I purchase.
There are no other words to describe this album except to say "electrifyingly stunning." The quality of the sounds is utterly amazing- so distinct and clear that you would think that they were in the studio if it were not for the thunderous response from the crowd. Few bands can reach out and connect with an audience like these guys; if you've been to a concert then you know what I mean, and if you haven't, no worries- because it comes across on this album.
Live takes the audience and the listeners on a spiritual journey through each and every song: from the powerful songs like Lakini's Juice to the softer and emotional sides of Overcome (Which was released as a singe on September 11th - quite fitting). You want to weep when you hear the emotion coming through on The River, and you want to drive a hundred miles an hour to All Over You. Lightning Crashes... well, I approached this with honest skepticism. This song came out over a decade ago, and you'd think that after countless concerts and performances you'd hear the weariness when they play it. Thank God I was wrong and chills ran through me in the ending chorus.
The only downside is that there isn't any conversation between songs; Ed has great points of view and thoughts to share with audiences- he always makes me laugh; perhaps the record company wanted his thoughts off the record- literally.
Though I have not seen Live in a few years, it's nice to know that they are still rocking houses from West Coast to East Cost to Europe. You will not be disappointed whatsoever with this album, and unlike concerts, where you are blessed with that connection once every time they tour- now you can share that experience every day. In Ed's closing words "God Bless... Goodnight."