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5.0 out of 5 stars Early 90's Gem
It seems like such a long time ago, but it's true. There was a time when the top of the charts was dominated by the likes of Hootie and the Blowfish, and Live. Kids today don't know Live, but they sure know some of these songs: "I Alone", "Lightning Crashes", "All Over Me" which are still popular on satellite radio and some rock stations, not to mention movie...
Published on April 29 2010 by LeBrain
3.0 out of 5 stars One of those classic mid-90's albums.
This is one of several albums that for me define, musically, my last two years of high school. Maybe the songs on Throwing Copper don't mean so much to me anymore(except in a nostalgic sort of way), but this is good music to make you feel a bit more powerful when you're feeling angsty . . . in other words, good teen music -- and something you have to have if you're...
Published on Oct 1 1999
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early 90's Gem,
This review is from: Throwing Copper (Audio CD)It seems like such a long time ago, but it's true. There was a time when the top of the charts was dominated by the likes of Hootie and the Blowfish, and Live. Kids today don't know Live, but they sure know some of these songs: "I Alone", "Lightning Crashes", "All Over Me" which are still popular on satellite radio and some rock stations, not to mention movie soundtracks.
I began working at a record store in 1994, and I used to tell my customers, "You'll probably know all these songs." I said that for a few albums back then, such as Purple by Stone Temple Pilots and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. Not only did Throwing Copper have 5 hit singles, but virtually every album track was getting played somewhere. That's how strong this album is.
The legacy of this album is its influence. I will maintain that without Throwing Copper, there would be no Nickelback today and certainly no Daughtry. Unfortunately all those bands learned from Live was bombast, and they turned it up to 11. They learned nothing about song craft, nothing about expression, nothing about restraint.
Throwing Copper has bombast in spades. It's there in Ed's vocals, but it's also there in the rhythm guitar parts and the noisy Neil Young-esque solos. It's there in the rolling bass lines and the thundering drums. But Ed Kowalczyk also knew how to use his voice quietly ("Lightning Crashes"), which amazingly was still as expressive. He names Michael Stipe as a huge influence, and you can hear R.E.M. and even U2 between the grooves.
Production by Jerry Harrison is stunning. The drums are some of the best, most natural sounding drums recorded in the 90's and the bass is strong without dominating. This CD is in no need of a remastering, it sounds just fine as it is.
It's kind of a shame that Live never did anything this good again, or with this kind of impact. While I have listened to every Live album since, I never bought any of them. This is the only one I bothered buying, and I liked it so much I bought some of the singles when I could find them. The domestic single for "White, Discussion" has a great acoustic version of "I Alone".
If you need some 90's nostalgia, and don't have this album, you absolutely need it. If you're too young to remember the 90's but love bands like Theory of a NickelCreed, then you need to find out what real music sounds like. Throw out your Daughtry discs and pick up Throwing Copper.
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel This,
5.0 out of 5 stars just a great cd,
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Classic Rock Albums of All Time,
This album is nothing like their more recent albums ("V" and "Birds of Pray"). "Throwing Copper" has more unique melodies and styles and, although recorded in 1994, has catchy up-tempo songs to which you can still rock out to today and not feel stupid! Kowalczyk's lyrics are moving and sometimes cryptic, but always poetic, and this combined with Live's unique and original melodies makes for a must-have album for any rock fan. This will surely become one of the classic rock albums of all time.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark in Rock music,
This album is one of those rarities you really don't find much of anymore, an album you want to listen to all the way straight through and only repeat once it's over. Other albums of this nature include (for me anyway) "Blackwater Park" by Opeth, and "Master of Puppets" by Metallica.
The album kicks off great with Dam at Otter Creek, it's a slow and creepy song that works great as a lead-in to the rock and roll mayhem about to be ensued in the next few tracks. "Iris," and "Top" are my favorites off the album, as they are both deeply melodic and hypnotizing. Then again, every song on this one is very hypnotizing in it's flawless mixture of semi-progressive rock music and folk influence (I don't think you'll really find any traces of metal in here though). The hits just keep on hitting all the way through till the end. If there was any complaint I'd have about this album it's only that some of the songs are just too short. For example, "Waitress" I think is a great song, unfortunately, it only goes for about 2 and a half minutes. I think Live would do great with 6 and 7 plus minute songs.
That's about it though, otherwise there are no complaints at all, just applauds. This is the only album by Live I've heard though, as most of my money goes towards Metal CD's, but I'll have to pick up more from these guys soon. The bottom line is, BUY THIS.
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best album ever,
I did buy Mental Jewlery before Throwing Copper, but no album ever amazed me like Throwing Copper did(Secret Samadhi was close, and Crash by DMB), I can still say the album has been in my cd players more often than any other album, I've had to buy the album 3 times over cause of scratching or doing something stupid like giving it to a girlfriend. I can't think of a single song on Throwing Copper that sounded like it was a filler, and what amazed me more was how all the songs are so different but they all fit together perfectly on the album. not to mention amazing lyrics in every single song. from songs like TBD that stay a whisper until the last 15 seconds of the song when it just explodes, to Stage, a balls to the wall rock song from start to finish, to truly epic songs like Pillar of Davidson, and the mega hit Lightning Crashes, this is the album i compare all other albums to.
If youre new to Live, I would highly suggest buying this album. chances are youve heard many of the hits this album sprung without realizing it, lightning crashes, i alone, selling the drama, and all over you are still played on a regular basis on most rock stations, and iris and white discussion were more minor hits from the album. after Live released V i havent listened to the band as much as i used to, although that album did have some real gems, it had some real dissapointments for me too, and Ed's lyrics of late don't seem to hold the same power they did in albums like TC, Secret Samadhi and even The Distance to Here. Birds of Prey is a valliant effort to regain the strength of their old albums and it's definitely a step up from V, but i still don't think it's up to par with their other work. i really hope they can recapture the magic they had in the past.
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest performance.,
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Classics,
"Throwing Copper" is one of those classic rock albums where every song is a gem. It's got a flow to it; one song seems to pass naturally into the next. Despite the radio-hit nature of the songs we all know like "Lightning Crashes" and "All Over You", after you give the whole album a few run-throughs it seems amiss to listen to the songs individually anymore. The transition from fast, anthemic rockers to brooding tales of melancholy is seamless.
Singer Ed Kowalcyk's lyrics slalom gracefully between the spiritual, the thoughtful and the mundane. His "love thy neighbor" themes of brotherhood carry over from Live's excellent first album, "Mental Jewelry", but he doesn't beat you over the head with them this time. That album was a subdued yet interesting piece with a much more acoustic feel, while "Throwing Copper" adds a hard rock crunch into the recipe.
In the context of Live's own work, "Throwing Copper" (the name comes from a street slang term for firing a gun which one of the band members jokingly used one day) is unquestionably their finest, and while they have their high points on "The Distance to Here" and "Birds of Pray" (and their low points...namely the abortive experiment "V"), "Throwing Copper" is likely to survive as their masterpiece. Outside the context of their work, it's among the best albums of the 1990s period.
5.0 out of 5 stars OH WOW,
This review is from: Throwing Copper (Audio CD)Live is the best band of the 20th and (hopefully)21st Centuary. And Throwing Copper is my favorite of their albums. Not only does Ed's voice melt your heart or rock your seat but their musical talent is awsome. This album is a balance between Music and voice. "Selling the Drama" is testement to that as every Live fan will sing it to you by starting with "duw-na-nuw-na-na and to love..." the music sticks in your head. all i can say is OH WOW.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best LIVE CD..no question,
This review is from: Throwing Copper (Audio CD)There is so little to say about this CD. Pick it up. Go to the store now and get it. Because once you do, you won't stop rocking to it. This is as good as it gets. Still lyrically sound (but not as much as Mental Jewelry) and the guitar riffs pick up 1000% from Mental Jewelry. This puts LIVE on the front stage for good. Plain and simple.
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Throwing Copper by Live (Audio CD - 1994)
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