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Guster on Ice: Live from Portland, Maine [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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."
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: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624871026
  • Catalog Number: 48710

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Careful (Acoustic Intro)
  2. 2 Fa Fa
  3. 3 I Spy
  4. 4 (Nothing) But Flowers
  5. 5 Ramona
  6. 6 Red Oyster Cult
  7. 7 So Long
  8. 8 Airport Song
  9. 9 Backyard
  10. 10 Happier
  11. 11 Barrel of a Gun
  12. 12 Come Downstairs and Say Hello
  13. 13 Homecoming King
  14. 14 Mona Lisa
  15. 15 What You Wish For
  16. 16 Amsterdam
  17. 17 Demons
  18. 18 Careful
  19. 19 Jesus on the Radio
Disc 2
  1. 1 Careful (3:43)
  2. 2 Happier (4:40)
  3. 3 Red Oyster Cult (3:54)
  4. 4 Ramona (3:02)
  5. 5 Barrel of a Gun (4:22)
  6. 6 (Nothing But) Flowers (4:56)
  7. 7 Come Downstairs and Say Hello (6:46)
  8. 8 Demons (4:15)
  9. 9 Amsterdam (3:46)
  10. 10 I Spy (4:27)
  11. 11 Airport Song (3:23)
  12. 12 Homecoming King (3:39)
  13. 13 Fa Fa (5:33)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Didn't Know Them, Now I Love Them

    I had originally only heard the song "Careful" off of a live performance I saw on MTV2. When it would not leave my head for a couple of days I decided to buy this album because I figured it would be a good cross section of all of their albums. This has turned out to be one of the best suprises in a long time. When you buy an album for one song and find out that it is not even the best one, that tells you something. I definitely suggest watching the DVD with it first so that you can see how much fun they have, and you can join in that fun as you are singing in your car. In the likes of Barenaked Ladies or Simon & Garfunkel, Guster harmonizes beautifully while still singing about something relavent. This isn't bubblegum pop which assures that it will still be in your CD player long after you have lost that Jessica Simpson CD.

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