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Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival

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  • Audio CD (March 9 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0034JIP2E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Faster Slower Disappear Come Around
2. Number With No Name
3. Shimmer & Shine
4. Lay There & Hate Me
5. Why Must You Always Dress In Black
6. Red House
7. Another Lonely Day
8. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
9. Boots Like These
10. Under Pressure
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Faster Slower Disappear Come Around (DVD)
2. Number With No Name (DVD)
3. Shimmer and Shine (DVD)
4. Lay There & Hate Me (DVD)
5. Why Must You Dress In Black (DVD)
6. Red House (DVD)
7. Another Lonely Day (DVD)
8. Skin Thin (DVD)
9. Fly One Time (DVD)
10. Keep It Together (DVD)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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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I was at that show... standing right next to the sound booth, not too far from the stage. The sound was excellent, the performance was awesome. Just before Ben and R7 hit the stage, they announced that there were 200,000 people attending the concert!!!

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7e67a98) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66ba4f8) out of 5 stars A Relentlessly Rockin' live album March 9 2010
By M. C. Tolen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ben Harper never disappoints and this Live release with his new group Relentless 7 delivers in a BIG way. I'm a long time Harper fan and Last years album "White Lies for Dark Times" with the new group was overall my favorite release last year. The studio version is still in regular rotation on my playlists and in my car and now I now the live disc will probably take its place for the next year. Aside from the EP Live at the Hollywood, this is the only full album live release Harper's done since "Live From Mars" back in about 2001. While that showed Harper's more eclectic and acoustic sides, this is a great time capsule of his current full embrace of his inner rock God. This takes almost every track off of the Relentless 7 album and turns them up to 11!! This sound is great and gives each song even more of a rough rockin edge with some extended jams and solos throughout the band that only round out the songs even more. Even if you don't have the studio version I'd even recommend just cutting straight to the live versions...they're that good! However, the best reason to buy this album is for the first track (previously unreleased). I had heard rough live versions of the songs before the studio album was released and was soooo disappointed it didn't make it on the studio album. It's a great rocker and one of my top 2 or 3 of their songs they've done together so far. Also, as even more of a bonus you get the Hendrix cover "Red House" which does Jimi VERY proud on the Asher lap slide. You also get the Relentless 7 versions of "Another Lonely Day" and "Serve Your Soul" which ends it perfectly since it was the song that brought him together with Relentless 7 back in the "Both Sides of the Gun" days. And if that's not enough you get even more songs with the full DVD in 5.1. Definitely a relentlessly rocking experience from beginning to end...a MUST for any fan of rock!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66ba54c) out of 5 stars White Lies, Live! March 13 2010
By D. A. Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When is Ben Harper going to get the recognition he so richly deserves? Every new Ben Harper release is a cause for celebration. He is such a unique and talented musician, combining elements of rock, folk, soul and blues to create a multicultural sound that appeals across national, racial and generational divides. If you don't believe me, attend one of his concerts!

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Brad K. Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you don't like this, you don't know anything about music. I like everything,except like 99% of rap and 98% of country. I can say, this guy has all kinds of talent. Great guitar tone, vocals and a fantastic cover song. Buy it you wont be sad at all. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66ba96c) out of 5 stars good show, great dvd production Dec 29 2012
By stonewall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just goes to show you never know what you're going to get with a live concert dvd. This one is outstanding for video quality and good for audio. Would have liked the drums a little more prominent and Harper's singing and laptop playing are perfectly reproduced here. Harper's compositions are very different in melody and chord and are very interesting. He does a killer version of Hendrix's Red House. Best of the show I thought and I would have liked to see them jam a bit more with that one. On the same day this dvd came I picked up the Led Zep reunion show Celebration Day. If you compare the two you'll see what poor editing and sloppy sound does to Celebration Day, and how terrific it is for Ben Harper and the Relentless7.
HASH(0xa66bad2c) out of 5 stars Live DVD/CD ten times better than studio record! May 2 2010
By Asgeir Notvik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This live album featuring Ben Harper's new band, Relentless 7, is far more superior than the studio album they released last year. Now the band has evolved musically, and the playing is loose and rough, often featuring long jams.

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!

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