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Live [Live]

Built to Spill Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. The Plan
2. Randy Described Eternity
3. Stop The Show
4. Virginia Reel Around The Fountain
5. Cortez The Killer
6. Car
7. Singing Sores Make Perfect Swords
8. I Would Hurt A Fly
9. Broken Chairs

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While additional guitarists Brett Nelson of Caustic Resin and Jim Roth of the Delusions pop up in a couple of tracks on Built to Spill's Live, the person most responsible for the extra-crispy sound is Phil Eck. He produced the Idaho-based trio's last two albums, the critically acclaimed Keep It Like a Secret and Perfect from Now On, and here he mans the soundboard to make sure the band's dynamic combination of the intimate and the explosive comes through just right. Live is one of the shinier sounding in-concert documents in recent memory, sounding (at times) more like a polished studio project rather than a collection of live cuts. This works in the group's favor, especially during psychedelic moments such as "I Would Hurt a Fly." Live won't stem the fanatical bootlegging and tape trading among devout fans, but it's a fine sonic souvenir of alt-rock's quirkiest power-pop-'n'-jam band. --Jason Josephes

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After creating three of the most critically acclaimed albums of the '90s, alternative rock's Built To Spill kicks off the millennium by surprising its fans with a long-awaited live album. The band's fifth album, Live brings together Built to Spill's best performances recorded during touring in 1999 for Keep It Like A Secret. From New York City to Denver to Seattle, Built To Spill leader Doug Martsch proves why he is one of the most influential, independent-minded musicians in rock.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A guitar hero celebrates his craft! April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Doug Martsch is a true guitar hero. While he operates out of the mainstream, he is an accomplished and powerful player, and most "classic" rock fans would enjoy this if given a chance. The songwriting is excellent, as always, and the live setting really makes the sound even more powerful than in studio. Buy it for the people who just listen to the same songs over and over, and they'll be converted!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A guitar masterpiece Dec 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'd give it 4.5 if I could. This was the album that got me started on BTS about 2 years ago, so I agree with the people saying this is a good way to get introduced to the band. This album, more than any other I've heard from BTS (or probably anyone, for that matter) has absolutely amazing guitar work.
The two 19 minute tracks are excellent. The meandering guitar on Cortez the Killer is pretty good (and that's the best Neil Young impression I've heard), but the real jewel is Broken Chairs, with its awesome buildups and creshendos.
The Plan, Randy..., Stop the Show, and Car are all significantly better live, as the guitar is allowed to stand out more. And Virginia Reel is amazing. The guitar on that one soars. Seriously, with that song I put on the headphones, close my eyes, and imagine soaring through the clouds.
So overall, this album is really special. If not for Singing Sores, which lacked the interesting guitar work found everywhere else, and Hurt a Fly, which was the exception by being better in the studio version, this would definitely be a perfect album.
If you love great guitar, you really should own this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is It Live Or Jane's Addiction? July 31 2002
Format:Audio CD
Built to spill sounds a lot like Jane's Addiction, a bit too much, really. They are loud, they are screechy, they are grating. If you like this sort of wailing hard alternative, why not stick with the innovator? Leave the imatator to rot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best live album ever. Oct. 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
Words cannot encapsule the fluidity, depth and finesse that characterise this album.
With two songs that stretch to near 20 minutes each (including a perfect reading of Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer") Built To Spill have fashioned an experience which is at once psychedelic and awash in richness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great live cd Feb. 21 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was a little disappointed with the song selection of this album, as they didn't really choose my favorite songs. However, the covers are what make this album pretty darn cool. In particular, Cortez the Killer is very cool, and Virginia reels around the fountain is pretty roudy as well. Good album for a built to spill fan. If you're just starting though, i'd say get "there's nothing wrong with love," even though Perfect from now on is my favorite album by bts, tnwwl is more accessible. Anyway, this is a pretty rad album. Better than a lot of lousy live albums
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5.0 out of 5 stars Built to Spill at their best Feb. 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
I personally have never seen them live, but this cd is amazing! If you just go by the music itself the cd is near perfect. There is great sound quality and doug and jim combine for some of the greatest guitar counter-melodies I've ever heard. The Neil Young cover of "Cortez the Killer", is utterly stunning. Really all the songs are good, although I would have like to seen TimeTrap or Mr. Crowley, but I am very much content with this cd.
The best songs are "The Plan", "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain", "Car", "Randy Described Eternity", but the best is "Cortez the Killer". It is so amazing, I sometimes just get lost in the solos. I love this cd, and maybee you will too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing Dec 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the few real examples of a good live record. The energy, emotion and just plain badass riffs make this record a joy to have and own. Built to Spill is one of the few bands that have stayed true to their audience, this is a fine example of music at it's best, not just another live album to pay off debts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BTS Sept. 24 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've always wanted to see BTS live, but they never play in my area. I knew they must be awesome live, and now I know. The whole cd is awesome. This is band which is limited when it comes to recording music, as they are much better live, which is one of the defining qualities of a great band. It seems like it'll be perfect from now on, and please keep their greatness like a secret, as it is more enjoyable that way.
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