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Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre
     

Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre

by The Weakerthans
 

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With a big sound, solid mix, and minimal crowd patter, it's easy to forget that Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre is actually a live album and not just a best-of from Winnipeg's the Weakerthans. Unlike a lot of live albums, the sound on this one doesn't try to re-create a booming stadium show, but instead captures a more

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With a big sound, solid mix, and minimal crowd patter, it's easy to forget that Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre is actually a live album and not just a best-of from Winnipeg's the Weakerthans. Unlike a lot of live albums, the sound on this one doesn't try to re-create a booming stadium show, but instead captures a more intimate concert experience. The warm guitars and easygoing demeanor of singer John K. Samson create an inviting space for listeners to immerse themselves in. The whole thing ends up feeling more like sitting in on a casual jam session than being packed into a venue with a thousand screaming fans, which works really well with the Weakerthans style of relaxed indie rock. Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre isn't so much about feeling the heat of the crowd or the sweat coming off of the band, as about witnessing a group of musicians who enjoy their craft doing what they do best. To aid in this, the album comes packaged with a DVD (complete with 5.1 mix) of the performance to let fans put themselves in the crowd to see the uncut show. While a live album is normally a bit of fan service to appease the folks who can't make it out to live shows, this album feels like it captures the band well enough to service both longtime fans and anyone unfamiliar with them.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Epitaph / Ada
UPC:
0045778706723
catalogNumber:
87067
Rank:
117308

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Everything Must Go
  2. Tournament of Hearts
  3. Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris in 1969)
  4. Night Windows
  5. Reconstruction Site
  6. Aside
  7. Civil Twilight
  8. Bigfoot
  9. Plea from a Cat Named Virtute
  10. The Reasons
  11. Sun in an Empty Room
  12. Left and Leaving
  13. Wellington's Wednesdays
  14. Benediction
  15. Manifest
  16. One Great City!
  17. This Is a Fire Door Never Leave Open
  18. Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure

Disc 2

  1. Everything Must Go
  2. Tournament of Hearts
  3. Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris In 1969)
  4. Night Windows
  5. Reconstruction Site
  6. Aside
  7. Civil Twilight
  8. Bigfoot
  9. Plea From a Cat Named Virtute
  10. The Reasons
  11. Sun In an Empty Room
  12. Left and Leaving
  13. Wellington's Wednesdays
  14. Benediction
  15. Manifest
  16. One Great City!
  17. This is a Fire Door Never Leave Open
  18. Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weakerthans   Primary Artist
John K. Samson   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Christine Fellows   Vocals
Rusty Matyas   Guitar,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals
Jason Tait   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Loops,Group Member
Julie Penner   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Stephen Carroll   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Smith   Bass,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Weakerthans   Composer
John K. Samson   Composer
Cam Loeppky   Producer,Engineer
Caelum Vatnsdal   Director
Greg Smith   Paintings

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