Guster on Ice: Live from Portland, Maine

Guster on Ice: Live from Portland, Maine

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This New England–bred trio have often been filed in the "you've gotta see 'em live to really get it" category -- a theorem that gets put to the test on this, their first official live package. The 13-song audio CD component captures both the band's engaging goofiness -- in full effect on the jokey "Red Oyster Cult" -- and their offhandedly cleverSee more details below

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This New England–bred trio have often been filed in the "you've gotta see 'em live to really get it" category -- a theorem that gets put to the test on this, their first official live package. The 13-song audio CD component captures both the band's engaging goofiness -- in full effect on the jokey "Red Oyster Cult" -- and their offhandedly clever instrumental interplay, which comes into sharp focus on an extended "Come Downstairs and Say Hello." They spent enough time playing parties to know how to uncork an unexpected cover, such as an ebullient take on Talking Heads' "Nothing but Flowers," and enough time honing their arrangements to bring new life to older tunes like "Airport Song." The crispness of the recording lets Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller's harmonies soar sweetly, emphasizing the overall sunniness of the Guster universe. The package is rounded out by a DVD that contains performances of all the CD's material, plus live renditions of such concert staples as "What You Wish For" and "Jesus on the Radio." More to the point for fans, it also tenders full immersion into the wacky world of Guster with a documentary about life on the road and in-joke-ridden skits such as "Adam Gets a Kugel" and "Come Downstairs Mulligan."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The reason why Guster have been able to sell records all these years is because they continue to sell out shows. Since their 1992 inception, Guster have maintained a loyal following, and by the time their fourth record, Keep It Together, was released in summer 2003, the band's live setting was still gaining momentum. Guster on Ice: Live From Portland Maine captures their undeniable playfulness and everlasting spirit. This CD/DVD set is Guster's first ever live album and it's a crispy clear arrangement. There once were three -- Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, and Brian Rosenworcel -- and now there are four. Fans should be used to multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia's place among the Guster gang by now. His work on banjo, bass, and keyboards fleshes out Guster's usual sound of earnest harmonies, acoustic guitars, and their signature bum rush of percussion, especially in a live setting. Fan favorites such as "Barrel of a Gun," "Happier," and "Fa Fa" are included here as well as the band's cover of Talking Heads' "(Nothing But) Flowers." That set list alone is soaked in Guster goodness, for their energy never stops. "Amsterdam," the band's radio hit from Keep It Together, is proof that honest songwriting and the love of performing for an audience has to be real. Guster never let up on their intoxicating groove of rock & roll. Even the more moody tracks such as the classic acoustic guitar storm, and in this case electric thunder, "Airport Song" and the near seven-minute somber build up of "Come Downstairs and Say Hello" are equally full of feeling. As much as they are funny and endearing, Guster's rare sensitivity allows their work to come full circle. Guster on Ice: Live From Portland gives fans the chance to celebrate that. The DVD alone is worthy of applause. Extra live cuts such as "What You Wish" and the Pisapia-penned track "Jesus on the Radio" are nicely woven in during the concert portion. Videos for "Careful" and "Amsterdam" and special behind-the-scenes snippets exhibit how accessible Guster are. You'll want to bring them home to Mom.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624871026
catalogNumber:
48710

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guster   Primary Artist
Adam Gardner   Group Member
Ryan Miller   Group Member
Brian Rosenworcel   Group Member
Joe Pisapia   Group Member
Sean Lynde   Percussion,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
Ron Aniello   Composer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Terry Fryer   Engineer
Steve Lindsey   Composer
Hank Neuberger   Engineer
Phil Roy   Composer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Devin Sarno   Video Producer
Guster   Composer
Adam Gardner   Composer
Ryan Miller   Composer
Brian Rosenworcel   Composer,Illustrations
Danny Clinch   Director
Joe Pisapia   Composer
Tony Goddess   Composer
Michael Corcoran   Lighting Director,Tour Manager
Steve Castro   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Jon Sulkow   Art Direction,Illustrations
Sean Lynde   Drum Technician
Lindha Narvaez   Producer

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