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Alive at Last
     

Alive at Last

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by Train
 

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Long before they entered the mainstream consciousness, San Francisco rockers Train busied themselves carving out a reputation for uplifting, galvanizing live shows. And as this concert set -- recorded in the summer of 2004 in Atlanta -- proves, they haven't lost a step when it comes to captivating an audience. Naturally, Alive at Last offers up renditions of

Overview

Long before they entered the mainstream consciousness, San Francisco rockers Train busied themselves carving out a reputation for uplifting, galvanizing live shows. And as this concert set -- recorded in the summer of 2004 in Atlanta -- proves, they haven't lost a step when it comes to captivating an audience. Naturally, Alive at Last offers up renditions of Train's best-known hits, including a soaring "Calling All Angels" and a subtly shaded reading of "Meet Virginia," both of which spotlight the fluidity of frontman Pat Monahan's voice. There are some surprises tucked away in the disc's grooves as well, such as a sinewy take on the previously unreleased live staple "Landmine" and a rousing version of the Faces' classic "Stay with Me," on which Monahan's throaty rasp is buoyed by sweetly stinging guitar lines. In addition to the live material, the disc boasts a pair of new studio offerings, most notably "New Sensation," a chiming piece that reflects Monahan's open-armed worldview in a glitteringly upbeat melody.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
A truly refreshing thing about Train's Alive at Last is its sound; it feels like a bootleg recording, where the microphones were all located in the audience, capturing the performance as it happened -- flaws and all. For those seeking pristinely edited mobile unit sound, this isn't for you. This one is for the legions of fanatics that Train inspire. All of the hits are here, and the set opens with (what else?) "Calling All Angels" as the crowd loses it right away and sings along. Listeners can hear the beer bottles tinkling in "Meet Virgina" just before the band erupts on the refrain. Of course, "Drops of Jupiter" is here as is "Sweet Rain," "All American Girl," "Get to Me," and "Stay With Me," which closes it out. Train are on throughout; they don't sound as if they're going through the motions. It's the thing that people love and hate about them the most: they mean it, every word, every beat, every crunchy guitar fill that bleeds into the verse. The singalong parts are irritating, but if you've ever seen the band live, this will pull you in the same way it forces others to flee from them. In fact, this document is the perfect evidence for both sides. It's easy to understand why people hate them; their sincerity is pervasive and it bleeds all over everything. Conversely, this is also precisely why they inspire such devotion in a fan base that is utterly sick of "cool," "hip," "smart," and so on. They only enjoy themselves and affirm who they are with their peers. There are two new studio tracks here, but they needn't have bothered to include them. Not because they're bad or substandard, but because the live set is the story, the whole thing. Coming as they do at the end -- which is the only place they could -- feels like an afterthought and anticlimactic, which of course they are in comparison to this garrulous, excessive performance that gets at the heart of what Train are about for their fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969283028
catalogNumber:
92830

Tracks

  1. Calling All Angels
  2. She's On Fire
  3. Meet Virginia
  4. Save The Day
  5. Get To Me
  6. Landmine
  7. All American Girl
  8. When I Look To The Sky
  9. Latin Interlude
  10. I Wish You Would
  11. Sweet Rain
  12. Free
  13. Drops Of Jupiter
  14. Stay With Me
  15. Ordinary
  16. New Sensation

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Train   Primary Artist
Johnny Colt   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Brandon Bush   Keyboards
Tony Lopacinski   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Scott Underwood   Drums
Pat Monahan   Vocals
Jimmy Stafford   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rod Stewart   Composer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Brett Eliason   Engineer
Don Gilmore   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Scott Underwood   Composer,Art Direction
Charlie Colin   Composer
Rob Hotchkiss   Composer
Pat Monahan   Composer
Jimmy Stafford   Composer
Daniel Mendez   Engineer
J.R. Stafford   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
James Stafford   Composer

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because this album is a "LIVE" concert, it destroyed all the music, especially "Calling all Angels." All the screeming in the background is anoying and disruptive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago