Across a Wire: Live in New York

Across a Wire: Live in New York

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by Counting Crows
     
 
It certainly says something about the state of the music industry in the '90s when it has become a common occurrence for bands to release live albums after only two albums of original material. On one hand, it's indicative of how the labels have to fight the proliferation of high-quality live CD bootlegs. On the other, it illustrates that the labels have a difficult

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It certainly says something about the state of the music industry in the '90s when it has become a common occurrence for bands to release live albums after only two albums of original material. On one hand, it's indicative of how the labels have to fight the proliferation of high-quality live CD bootlegs. On the other, it illustrates that the labels have a difficult time receiving new product from their major bands. And that makes the Counting Crows' double-disc set Across a Wire: Live in New York both welcome and odd. Certainly, all of the group's hardcore fans will delight in having two complete live shows on one specially priced double-disc set, but skeptics can't help but wonder if a double-live set is necessary. Actually, Across a Wire may be necessary if you are a dedicated fan, simply because it showcases the group's versatility in a way that neither of their albums have. Although those two records were eclectic, accomplished recordings, these live shows find Counting Crows rearranging familiar tunes and performing cohesive conceptual concerts. The first disc consists of their performance for VH1's Storytellers, the second of MTV Live from the 10 Spot. They share some songs, such as "Angels of the Silences" and "Rain King," yet the versions themselves are different, fitting neatly into the concerts themselves. The end result is two fascinating, entertaining concerts in one package -- a small blessing for the committed, even if it won't be of much interest to the unconverted.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0720642522226
catalogNumber:
25222

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Counting Crows   Primary Artist
David Bryson   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Charlie Gillingham   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Ben Mize   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Adam Duritz   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Dan Vickrey   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Matt Malley   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

David Bryson   Composer
Alex Coletti   Executive Producer
Charlie Gillingham   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Adam Duritz   Composer
Sean Murphy   Executive Producer
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Mary Ann Dibs   Art Direction
Matt Malley   Composer
Bill Merryfield   Art Direction
Wayne Isaak   Contributor
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Terence Lam   Contributor
Nancy McDonald   Producer
Mike Simon   Executive Producer
David Boucher   Engineer
Dave Diomedi   Producer
Jacquelyn French   Liner Note Producer

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Across a Wire: Live in New York 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I'm a huge fan of August and Everything After, this CD made me appreciate the Counting Crows more than ever. The first disc in particular is excellent; live versions of the songs add a depth even beyond their previous incarnations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible. The raw, sweeping emotion, the completely redone songs, the old favorites with new lyrics and entirely new verses. I love this album. I especially love the alternate endings to both Rain Kings, and the extra three minutes or so inserted flawlessly in the middle of Round Here. Counting Crows have always been primarily a live band, and they show their proficiency at rocking a concert hall or a small room equally well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This two disc set is my favorite of all the counting crows pieces. It seems that the music takes on it's own life when performed live...the improv on vocals continues to amaze me every time I hear "round here" on disc 2. Pure music made of pure emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With passionate reworking of electric songs into acoustic versions, Counting Crows put forth some stellar performances. This album falls none short of the quality and emotion of those performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Disk - The "Acoustic" Disk. I just wish that all of the songs were acoustic. It starts with "Round Here" with just Adam and Dan on Guitar. Simple yet powerful. Next is "Have you seen me lately" which wasn't that great to me but it hits close to Adam. The other songs are great. The acoustic version of "Angels of the Silence", "Catapault", and "Mr.Jones" are great adding different instruments such as accordion and banjo and "Ghost Train" was amazing. But some songs such as "Im Not Sleeping" and "Anna Begins" ( with its new arrangements ) I just didn't get. 2nd Disk - More rocking and I farely enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the new louder version of "Murder of One".