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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Shawn Colvin chose a three-night solo acoustic stand at San Francisco's legendary Yoshi's a jazz club to record her second live offering. Simply titled Live, the set was compiled from songs played on those three nights, and serves as a delightful, intimate overview of her career. Every album, from her Columbia debut Steady On through to her 2006 Nonesuch debut, These Four Walls, is represented here. The 15-song set list is canny and tight; 12 of these selections she either wrote or co-wrote with co-producer John Leventhal. Favorites such as "Diamond in the Rough," "Ricochet in Time," "Polaroids," "Sunny Came Home," and "Trouble" are showcased in versions that, while almost ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Shawn Colvin chose a three-night solo acoustic stand at San Francisco's legendary Yoshi's a jazz club to record her second live offering. Simply titled Live, the set was compiled from songs played on those three nights, and serves as a delightful, intimate overview of her career. Every album, from her Columbia debut Steady On through to her 2006 Nonesuch debut, These Four Walls, is represented here. The 15-song set list is canny and tight; 12 of these selections she either wrote or co-wrote with co-producer John Leventhal. Favorites such as "Diamond in the Rough," "Ricochet in Time," "Polaroids," "Sunny Came Home," and "Trouble" are showcased in versions that, while almost utterly faithful to their original recorded versions, become definitive here in this stripped down, on-a-wire presentation. Other notables include the beautiful "Nothing Like You," the haunted "A Matter of Minutes," the revelatory "Shotgun Down the Avalanche," and "Fill Me Up." There are three covers here, too: reprises of her readings of Robbie Robertson's "Twilite," Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place" from her Cover Girl outing, and a solo blues version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" that was issued as an in-studio single version in 2007 this one is longer and far more beautiful. And while it's true that Colvin has excellent interpretive skills, this set is a almost a forum on her as a songwriter. These songs hold up to repeated listening in either their original studio forms or in this bare showcase because they are simply great songs. They have universal themes no matter how personal, and can be lyrically interpreted in numerous ways. More than this, they can be heard as either slices of a moment in time or as in-the-moment statements of emotion. Colvin fans will be delighted by this collection, and anyone remotely curious would do well to make Live her introduction to the artist's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597996685
  • Catalog Number: 310140
  • Sales rank: 77,818

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Polaroids (5:05)
  2. 2 A Matter of Minutes (4:31)
  3. 3 Shotgun Down the Avalanche (4:01)
  4. 4 Twilight (3:07)
  5. 5 Trouble (3:55)
  6. 6 Tennessee (4:01)
  7. 7 Nothing Like You (3:38)
  8. 8 Sunny Came Home (4:10)
  9. 9 Fill Me Up (3:28)
  10. 10 Wichita Skyline (3:42)
  11. 11 I'm Gone (3:25)
  12. 12 Ricochet in Time (4:10)
  13. 13 Diamond in the Rough (4:04)
  14. 14 Crazy (4:18)
  15. 15 This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shawn Colvin Primary Artist, Guitar
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer
Shawn Colvin Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Harrison Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Chris Frantz Composer
John Leventhal Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Gian Piero Reverberi Composer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson Composer
Tom Littlefield Composer
Gianfranco Reverberi Composer
Eric Moffat Engineer
Keith Yansurak Engineer
Thomas Decarlo Composer
Gian Franco Reverberi Composer
Brian Joseph Burton Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Familiar songs with a nice new, live twist

    Nice to hear a new twist and feel to a number of tried and true classics by Shawn Colvin. This is a nice definitive profile of Shawn. The guitar work and vocals are crisp,clean, original and impressive. It's nice to hear her without all the backup distraction. There's enough of the live audience interaction to give you the feel of a good Shawn Colvin performance. I was able to listen to "Sunny Came Home" from a new perspective. But I especially like Wichita Skyline (5 stars), Shotgun Down the Avalanche (5 stars) and Trouble (4.5 stars). Put this CD in your car player and take a long ride in a rural area, or put it on late at night. In short - this is really good stuff from a gifted artist. Glad to have this collection!

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