Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival
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Deluxe CD/DVD live release from the singer/songwriter and his band Relentless7 recorded during the Montreal International Jazz Festival in the summer of 2009. The songs from White Lies For Dark Times sound off with both the vast musical depth and experience of Harper while commanding the pure urgency and intensity of a new band fighting for it's life.
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This turned out to be the best concert I've ever seen in person (and I've been to a bunch)!
The only thing that bugs me about this CD/DVD is that BH&R7 opened the concert with Good Times Bad Times from Led Zeppelin, but it's been edited out on this album. :(
But, the news ain't all bad... Look it up on YouTube, it's there ;)
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Last year, 2009, Harper released his most rocking studio release, the excellent White Lies For Dark Times, a collaboration with his latest backing band, Relentless 7 (Jason Mozersky: guitar; Jesse Ingalls: bass; and Jordan Richardson: drums), excellent musicians all, with whom Harper had previously collaborated on one track (two tracks with Mozersky) on Harper's outstanding 2006 release Both Sides of the Gun. Unlike some of Harper's more mellow offerings, the musical emphasis for the bulk of White Lies, and even more so for this release, is hard driving rock with the sort of insightful lyrics that Harper has always delivered.
This CD/DVD combo, as the title informs, documents the band's July 12, 2009 performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The band here performs virtually the entire White Lies album. The few White Lies songs omitted from this CD were the more mellow ones: "The Word Suicide" was not performed, and the terrific "Skin Deep" and "Fly One Time" are only available on the DVD. In addition to the bulk of White Lies, the band performs their collaboration from Both Sides, "Serve Your Soul," an outtake from White Lies, "Faster Slower Disappear Come Around," from Harper's classic second album Fight For Your Mind, "Another Lonely Day" (a ballad featuring a stinging guitar solo by Mozersky), and a couple of stellar covers, Jimi Hendrix's classic "Red House" (with a ripping slide guitar solo by Harper) and the Bowie/Queen penned "Under Pressure."
The live setting permits the band to turn up the amps, rock out, and stretch out and jam, with Harper playing a great deal of riveting lap-slide guitar, Mozersky adding tasteful guitar leads and Ingalls and Richardson providing powerful rhythm throughout. This band cooks! The performances are for the most part very, very strong. The sound on the CD is decent enough for a concert recording, and the DVD offers 5.1 surround sound in addition to stereo sound. The cinematography on the DVD is unusually good for a concert DVD.
This is simply another terrific Ben Harper release. Highly recommended.
i was a bit reluctant to Ben changing his good ol' band, The Innocent Criminals (why change something that is working so good?), and the first studio album from Ben featuring Relentless 7 only reinforced my concerns.
this live album has renewed my faith in Ben and his ever evolving musical directions.
i recommend this for all good music lovers!