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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Ben Harper is no stranger to live albums. This is his sixth. That said, it is the first with the Relentless 7, an Austin TX-based trio Harper hooked up with to record the stellar White Lies for Dark Times. Basically, this CD/DVD package is a support gig for the White Lies album. The songs from it -- and a few others -- have been lived in for a while, and the band's internal communication language has developed to the instinctual level. The interplay between between Harper and Relentless 7 is nothing short of explosive. Having Jason Mozersky as a guitar foil adds to the sheer rock quotient of this performance -- check the opener, a new track, "Faster Slower Disappear Come ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Ben Harper is no stranger to live albums. This is his sixth. That said, it is the first with the Relentless 7, an Austin TX-based trio Harper hooked up with to record the stellar White Lies for Dark Times. Basically, this CD/DVD package is a support gig for the White Lies album. The songs from it -- and a few others -- have been lived in for a while, and the band's internal communication language has developed to the instinctual level. The interplay between between Harper and Relentless 7 is nothing short of explosive. Having Jason Mozersky as a guitar foil adds to the sheer rock quotient of this performance -- check the opener, a new track, "Faster Slower Disappear Come Around," for initial evidence of how fluidly the pair works together. Bassist Jesse Ingalls is a monster; his work walks a knife's edge between classic Billy Cox rhythm-centric groove and the funkiness of Bernard Odum, adding an entirely different dimension to Harper's live sound. Jordan Richardson's drumming is deeply influenced by more power-driven classic rock drummers like John Bonham and Keith Moon, though he doesn't use as much flash -- and doesn't need to. The entire gig is loud as hell and credit goes to Harper and Danny Kalb for not dressing it up. It struts and swaggers with orgiastic guitar heroics -- check "Why Must You Always Wear Black" and the cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Red House." There are wah-wah-driven power anthems such as "Keep It Together So I Can Fall Apart," and "Shimmer & Shine," as well. Nonetheless, it does contain some spacious, soulful interludes like "Faithfully Remain," but his nugget, "Serve Your Soul," is reinvented as a slide guitar romp here. There's also a quirky cover of David Bowie's "Under Pressure" that's a crowd-pleaser, and the band takes it to the limit then breaks it wide open. The DVD contains the entire show and adds two more White Lies titles to the middle of the mix in "Skin Thin" and "Fly One Time." This is the loudest, rawest, most unhinged Ben Harper live to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099962623827
  • Catalog Number: 26238
  • Sales rank: 80,242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Faster Slower Disappear Come Around (4:36)
  2. 2 Number With No Name (3:50)
  3. 3 Shimmer & Shine (3:20)
  4. 4 Lay There & Hate Me (6:24)
  5. 5 Why Must You Always Dress in Black (6:50)
  6. 6 Red House (3:49)
  7. 7 Another Lonely Day (4:18)
  8. 8 Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart) (11:56)
  9. 9 Boots Like These (7:57)
  10. 10 Under Pressure (4:27)
  11. 11 Up to You Now (6:05)
  12. 12 Faithfully Remain (4:13)
  13. 13 Serve Your Soul (11:47)
  14. 14 Up To You Now - Ben Harper
  15. 15 Faithfully Remain - Ben Harper
  16. 16 Serve Your Soul - Ben Harper
Disc 2
  1. 1 Faster Slower Disappear Come Around
  2. 2 Number With No Name
  3. 3 Shimmer & Shine
  4. 4 Lay There & Hate Me
  5. 5 Why Must You Always Dress in Black
  6. 6 Red House
  7. 7 Another Lonely Day
  8. 8 Skin Thin
  9. 9 Fly One Time
  10. 10 Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
  11. 11 Boots Like These
  12. 12 Under Pressure
  13. 13 Up To You Now
  14. 14 Faithfully Remain
  15. 15 Serve Your Soul
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Harper and Relentless7 Primary Artist
Ben Harper Indexed Contributor, Group Member
Jesse Ingalls Group Member
Jason Mozersky Group Member
Jordan Richardson Group Member
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Freddie Mercury Composer
Ben Harper Composer, Producer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Danny Kalb Producer
Will Botwin Management
André Ménard Co-Founder
Lindsay Brown Assistant Management
Stephen Marsh Mastering
Coran Capshaw Management
Luc Châtelain Producer, Executive Producer
Laurent Saulnier Programming
Ben Harper and Relentless7 Producer
J. Deacon Composer
J. Richardson Composer
Alain Simard Producer
Pierre Séguin Director
Patrick Jordan Management
Kenny Deranleau Road Crew
Aron Mandelbaum Road Crew
Simeon Grossley Road Crew
James Shaw Road Crew
Dave Holman Road Crew
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Ben and the boys present a record and perfromance that many others in the "rock" genre should watch and study for years to come. The album is great, and the DVD is so much sweeter. You can tell the guys are having fun and giving it their all during this show. Ben and Jason sync so well together playing live, and are backed by one of the tightest rhythm sections in the game. Ben has always been a well respected musician, best known for his acoustic slide work, but here he lets his Asher guitar scream pure rock. From his searing cover of "Red House", to a show stopping take on "Keep it Together", to an absolutely ear melting rendition of "Serve Your Soul", Ben and Relentless7 declare they are hear to save rock music from overproduced, overdubbed, overstylized, major lable drivel.

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