24. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live

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24. Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked For The Holidays Tour Live (2004)

Disc 1
1. I Saw Three Ships
2. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
3. Be My Yoko Ono
4. Blame It On Me
5. Adlib
6. Maybe Katie
7. Pinch Me
8. Elf’s Lament
9. Hanukkah Blessings
10. The Old Apartment
11. Falling For The First Time
12. Adlib 2
13. Christmas Pics
14. Jingle Bells

Disc 2
1. Snowman
2. Alcohol (Feliz Navidad)
3. Shopping
4. It’s All Been Done
5. One Week (Dreidel)
6. Green Christmas
7. I I Had $1000000
8. Brian Wilson
9. Call and Answer

Who is/are Barenaked Ladies?

If you don’t know by now, you’re not really keeping up with this blog…

Why did you buy this album?

Ah ha. Something special here. This album is a recording of the first Barenaked Ladies gig I saw, in Liverpool. We enjoyed the gig so much, we downloaded it from their website almost as soon as we got back, and burnt it to CD so we could listen to it in the car.

I think it’s been on every Christmastime car journey ever since…

What’s it like?

Live! Unlike the earlier ‘Rock Spectacle‘, ‘Barenaked For The Holidays…‘ is a complete concert, with the only edit being where to separate the concert to go across two CDs.

This means it includes the interaction with the audience, the camaraderie between the band, slightly iffy moments (such as singer Steven Page singing the wrong line in ‘If I Had $1000000‘), and some brilliant improvised moments, including a song/rap about a particularly violent Liverpudlian man singer/guitarist Ed Robertson saw in the city…

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

I do. Not only is it a fantastic live album in its own right, it’s made all the better by the fact that we were there! Each time I hear it, I’m taken back to Liverpool, watching Steven Page run around the stage during ‘Shopping‘, and take over from Tyler Stewart on drums for ‘Feliz Navidad‘ without dropping a beat, or all five of them playing ‘Roundabout‘ by Yes even though two of them weren’t on their principal instruments, or… or…

Any stand-out tracks?

The usual suspects ‘Brian Wilson‘ and ‘The Old Apartment‘, obviously, with honourable mentions going to ‘Jingle Bells‘, ‘I Saw Three Ships‘, and ‘Call and Answer‘.

Rating out of 10?

10/10.

Next up: Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me

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