Lay Down & Love It Live

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Live recordings can have a way of separating the men from the boys and the women from the girls. Bands that are short on talent, chops, or substance might be able to hide behind technology when they're in the studio, but when they take it to the stage, their weaknesses become painfully obvious. But if a band is as substantial and as meaty as Sonia Dada, it doesn't need studio gloss to sound great -- and make no mistake, Sonia Dada sounds great on Lay Down & Love It Live, the Chicagoans' first live album and fourth album overall. True, an artist can use studio technology to "improve" an inferior live recording, but Lay Down never sounds artificial. The band's vitality...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Live recordings can have a way of separating the men from the boys and the women from the girls. Bands that are short on talent, chops, or substance might be able to hide behind technology when they're in the studio, but when they take it to the stage, their weaknesses become painfully obvious. But if a band is as substantial and as meaty as Sonia Dada, it doesn't need studio gloss to sound great -- and make no mistake, Sonia Dada sounds great on Lay Down & Love It Live, the Chicagoans' first live album and fourth album overall. True, an artist can use studio technology to "improve" an inferior live recording, but Lay Down never sounds artificial. The band's vitality comes through loud and clear on this CD, which contains mostly post-Sam Hogan recordings from 1998 including a sweaty cover of Sly Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher" but also boasts three 1996 performances that were made before the singer's departure: "Goodnight," "Never See Me Again," and "You Ain't Thinking About Me." Without or without Hogan, Sonia Dada sounds consistently focused and never comes across as superficial. Recalling such soul
ock groups as Ike & Tina Turner, Sly & the Family Stone, and the Neville Brothers, gems like "Anna Lee" and "Amazing Jane" take us back to a time when artists lived for the stage and went that extra mile for audiences. Lay Down & Love It Live may very well be Sonia Dada's most essential release of the '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018501323
  • Catalog Number: 85013

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonia Dada Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Phil Miller Guitar
Shawn Christopher Vocals
Paris Delane Vocals
Hank (Henry Dog) Guaglianone Drums
Sam Hogan Vocals
Dan Pritzker Guitar
David Resnik Guitar
Erik Scott Bass
Larry Beers Drums
Michael Scott Vocals
Ken Partyka Saxophone
Bob Perna Trumpet
Technical Credits
Paul Ebersold Engineer
Dan Pritzker Producer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Erik Scott Producer
James Tuttle Engineer
Steve Kocour House Sound
Scott Steiner Producer, Engineer
Chris Mickle Engineer
Alison Walker Engineer
William Wegman Cover Photo
Scott Peets Engineer
Ken Partyka Horn Arrangements
Bob Perna Horn Arrangements
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