Afterlife

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
When Joe Jackson reunited his original band after two decades apart, the potential for nostalgic nirvana was high -- as was the chance the whole thing would fall flatter than a badly timed soufflé. As this snappy 13-song collection -- recorded at four California dates on the band's 2003 world tour -- proves, things worked out just fine, with the principals picking up exactly where they left off way back when. Afterlife, as one might expect, concentrates heavily on songs from the earliest stages of Jackson's career, ranging from an adrenaline-charged "Sunday Papers" to a version of "Look Sharp!" that retains all the crisp edges of the original. Jackson touches on some ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
When Joe Jackson reunited his original band after two decades apart, the potential for nostalgic nirvana was high -- as was the chance the whole thing would fall flatter than a badly timed soufflé. As this snappy 13-song collection -- recorded at four California dates on the band's 2003 world tour -- proves, things worked out just fine, with the principals picking up exactly where they left off way back when. Afterlife, as one might expect, concentrates heavily on songs from the earliest stages of Jackson's career, ranging from an adrenaline-charged "Sunday Papers" to a version of "Look Sharp!" that retains all the crisp edges of the original. Jackson touches on some of his breezier mid-period material to good effect as well, particularly on a sweetly swinging version of "Steppin' Out." Afterlife isn't without its fallow points -- the slick ballad "Love at First Light" lowers the energy level palpably -- but by the time the one-two punch of "Don't Wanna Be Like That" and "Got the Time" hits at disc's end, pleasurable exhaustion is guaranteed to take over.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While Joe Jackson's evolution into a "serious" composer of contemporary art music hasn't been especially smooth at least for his audience, you've got to give the guy credit -- he's a thorough professional, and when he reunited with the original Joe Jackson Band for 2003's Volume 4 and a subsequent world tour, he didn't sound like a guy sucking up to his old fan base as one might have feared, but a sharp pop songwriter who still had plenty to say and was having fun saying it, even if he had been pursuing other angles. That feeling carries through on Afterlife, recorded during four California dates on the Volume 4 tour during the fall of 2003. While the set list features three songs from the reunion album and two from after he parted ways with the band, it's the material from Jackson's first three albums that dominates this album, and after more than two decades apart, this group sounds plenty fresh and enthusiastic even on the oldest numbers. The foursome is in absolutely superb form -- Jackson's keyboard lines are at once sophisticated and concise, and guitarist Gary Sanford, bassist Graham Maby, and drummer Dave Houghton are a peerless rhythm section, with boundless energy and an equal share of imagination and smarts. While Jackson and his cohorts have adjusted their old arrangements a bit, they've managed to maintain the feel of the original versions of these tunes, and the result seems less like a stroll down memory lane than a band tackling their back catalog with a combination of fresh ears and seasoned expertise. In short, Afterlife is just the kind of live album that makes you hope that Jackson will go back on his word and take this band out on the road one more time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431066528
  • Catalog Number: 10665
  • Sales rank: 323,101

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Steppin' Out (4:25)
  2. 2 One More Time (3:05)
  3. 3 Take It Like a Man (4:05)
  4. 4 Awkward Age (3:19)
  5. 5 Look Sharp! (3:39)
  6. 6 Down to London (5:08)
  7. 7 Beat Crazy (4:21)
  8. 8 Fools in Love (7:18)
  9. 9 Love at First Light (4:58)
  10. 10 Fairy Dust (4:05)
  11. 11 Sunday Papers (4:44)
  12. 12 Don't Wanna Be Like That (4:34)
  13. 13 Got the Time (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Jackson Band Primary Artist
Joe Jackson Indexed Contributor, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodica
Graham Maby Bass, Vocals
Gary Sanford Guitar, Vocals
Dave Houghton Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Producer
Julie Gardner Engineer
Ray Staff Mastering
Frank Olinsky Art Direction
George Cowan House Sound, Road Crew
Al King Stage Sound, Road Crew
Brian Coles Tour Manager, Road Crew
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