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Live From The Middle East [Live]

Mighty Mighty Bosstones Audio CD
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1. 1-2-8
2. Do Somethin' Crazy
3. He's Back
4. Devil's Night Out
5. Kinder Words
6. Noise Brigade
7. The Rascal King
8. Hall Of A Hat
9. Holy Smoke
10. Hope I Never Lose My Wallet
11. I'll Drink To That
12. Royal Oil
13. Cowboy Coffee
14. Doves And Civilans
15. Let's Face It
16. Gowwhywuz, Gowwhyam
17. Dr. D
18. Where'd You Go?
19. Seven Thirty Seven/Shoe Glue
20. The Impression That I Get
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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A kind of rabid, party-down performance you rarely hear on live sets these days. -- Entertainment Weekly


Who doesn't love a party? And one thrown by Beantown's ska-bitten sons the Mighty Mighty Bosstones can't be that bad, right? Named for the nightclub that hosts the Bosstones' annual gift to their home crowd, Live finds the frat-boy faves doing exactly what they do best. Frontman Dickie Barrett grunts, bellows, and stomps his way through the walloping, horn-punched skank, his mates swinging merrily along behind him. And if there were ever any doubt, Live makes abundantly clear that Barrett's sure no singer. But the roaring, high-fivin' crowd doesn't seem to mind. After all, you don't go to a Bosstones show expecting to find Pavarotti at the mic. So, as a representative sample of the Mighty live experience, this album is what it is. But if dimension, fidelity, and artistry are more your bag, Live pretty much bites. --Sue VanHecke

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the Essence of the Bosstones Live Nov. 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
Recorded during the Bosstones annual hometown throwdown shows right after their breakthrough album Let's Face It, Live from the Middle East actually does a good job capturing the essence of the Bosstones live. It features classic songs as well as a ton of songs off of Let's Face It, all in all it's a massive 22 song collection and every song sounds great. The set opens with 1-2-8 off of Let's Face It, it then goes into the classics Do Somethin Crazy, He's Back and one of my favorite Bosstones songs Devil's Night Out. With this live album they also breathe new life into songs such as Dr.D, Howwhywuz Howwhyam, Cowboy Coffee, and Where'd You Go. All of which are highlights of the album. Songs such as Kinder Words, Hope I Never Lose My Wallet, and Hell of a Hat also sound just as good live maybe even better than their studio recordings. Other songs from Let's Face It include the title track, Rascal King, Noise Brigade, Royal Oil, and their hit single, The Impression that I Get. The band sounds very tight on the live album, as any band would after touring for months at a time. Honestly the one low point of the album is the song Royal Oil, I'm just not a fan of that song, I actually think it's one of the worst song's they've ever recorded. The album ends on a great note also with The Impression that I Get, the classic Someday I Suppose (also featured in the movie Clueless), and the short Lights Out, which features the band members going back and forth singing to each other, definately a highlight of the live album. Live from the Middle East is definately worth the money, of course nothing will ever capture the essence of the Bosstones live but this cd comes extremely close, you should definately check them out if you get the chance to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I HAVE GOT TO SEE THESE GUYS IN CONCERT! Dec 7 2001
Format:Audio CD
One of the greatest ska bands out there, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones would be awesome to see in concert. The guy's got an amazing voice and the lyrics are great. And contrary to many punk rock and ska bands, these guys can seriously play! The musicianship of The Bosstones is amazing.
A little bit to my disapointment, a ton of these songs were on "Let's Face It." Too many infact. But the CD is still worth it even if you have a couple of their CD's. On the recording the crowd isn't too loud and you can here the band fine.
But when they're not playing, and just talking to the audiance, the crowd is great. The concert was in Boston, and the guys there loved them. Before they played one song they asked the crowd if they wanted it the new way or the old way. First he says "new way" and everyone screams. When he says "shh" everyone is really quiet. It's great, they listen to him like crazy.
I have to see these guys in concert. An amazing CD from one of the most amazing ska bands out there, if not the most amazing. I was hightly impressed with CD.
Enjoy ska.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live albums I've heard Sept. 5 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ahhh yes, the Bosstones. Easily the best ska band on Earth, and also, tons of fun played live. With five albums already under their belt, they had the choice of doing a greatest hits, or a live album. They did both, playing their greatest hits live at a little spot on Boston called The Middle East. Man, can these guys do it all! They played every song to perfection, kept the crowd roaring, and overall put on an excellent show to be recorded and created into a live album. This is one of the better live albums that I've heard, with only Metallica's "S&M" and the like. Yes, lead singer Dicky Barrett's voice is brutal at times, but you will soon learn to forgive him and just listen to the great music. The best songs on this collection are "1-2-8", "Someday I Suppose", "Where'd You Go", "The Impression That I Get", and "Hope I Never Lose My Wallet". Overall, all fans of the Bosstones should buy this. All fans of ska music should buy this. All fans of great live shows go buy this. You will not be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album is a Concert Incarnate Nov. 13 1998
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Format:Audio CD
For those of you who have followed the Bosstones for more than the past year, meaning a hard-core fan of at least three years, owner of all other albums, and a veteran of 2 or more Bosstones concerts, this latest LP is a must. Middle East is a great combination of many tracks from Devil's Night Out through Let's Face It. It is the ultimate, unedited collection of the Bosstones' best. You will be taken back to the 'Pit by this LP. From Dickey's interludes to the inevitable fan interaction, the Bosstones again have proven why they have continued their tours for nearly 10 years. Although, a great album, for a new fan to the Bosstones, particularly one that has not met Dennis, Ben, Joe, or Dickey selling T-Shirts at one of their inner-city venues, More Noise & Other Disturbances and Devil's Night Out are prerequisites. (If you have yet to experience a concert, learn the lyrics, wear something PLAID that will survive the MOSH PIT, and go as many times as possible.) For those of you who share my love of the Bosstones, listen to Royal Oil with Pride and sit back with another MMB masterpiece. TJD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Live Compilation April 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
This live CD by the Bosstones is also a nice pre-Pay Attention "greatest hits" collection. Songs are taken from everything from Devil's Night Out to More Noise... to Don't Know How To Party. Many selections also come from Let's Face It. The recording quality is not as bad as some may say. All the songs do credit to the studio versions, with that touch that can only be felt live. The only song that just plain stinks is "The Impression That I Get" because it does nothing to capture the essence of the original masterpiece. Dicky's voice is in top-form, and he switches from growling to his deep tone very nicely. So there you have it. A live 22-track compilation of some of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones greatest. My only gripes are the bad quality of song 20 and all the unneeded language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty mighty good.
Like the Grateful Dead, the Bosstones are better live than recorded. This is essentially a live greatest hits album. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Times
Yes, its true, live recordings have pretty bad recording quality. Yeah, its also true the lead singer cant sing. Read more
Published on June 25 2001 by Brian P. Hiller
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here
not very impressed....very bad qaulity sound....the bosstones sound much better live
Published on Aug. 27 2000 by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply AWESOME!
I was actually AT this show! I got my shirt signed by Dicky! This is THE best SKA album EVER. I am actually listening as I write this!
Published on March 16 2000 by Chris Lehr
Published on Feb. 6 2000 by dleary
4.0 out of 5 stars probably my favorite Bosstone's album
I'm not really a big fan of the Bosstones, but I bought this album anyways, just for the hell of it. Well, come to find out, this album really isn't that bad. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2000 by Steve Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give the CD 6 stars if I could!
This Bosstones CD rules. It has all the great songs by the Bosstones from old and newer albums. A few tracks come from their 1997 release, Let's Face It. Read more
Published on Dec 26 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN CD
I like live from the middle east and thought it was fun and sometimes intense. The only part I didn't really like was I don't think it was recorded that great and sounds alittle... Read more
Published on July 29 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is the best live CD ever!
Hey, if you loved the BossToneS before, you'll love 'em all over again! Live compiles all of the best and funniest moments of the four Hometown Throwdowns, the latest two i've... Read more
Published on July 27 1999
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