Saturday Night Live: 25 Years, Vol. 1

Saturday Night Live: 25 Years, Vol. 1

     
 
Heavy on singer-songwriters and baby-boomer faves, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: 25 YEARS OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, VOL. 1 is music for the Bill Murray generation. Featuring James Taylor, the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton, its highlights include Randy Newman's "I Love L.A

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Heavy on singer-songwriters and baby-boomer faves, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: 25 YEARS OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, VOL. 1 is music for the Bill Murray generation. Featuring James Taylor, the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton, its highlights include Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." and Paul Simon's GRACELAND classic "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes." But most unforgettable is Elvis Costello's legendarily scathing 1977 performance. Apparently infuriated by the arrogance of the cast members, and quite drunk, Elvis shook up the audience by suddenly cutting from the safe "Less Than Zero" to his scathing media indictment, "Radio, Radio." A true punk-rock moment if ever there was one.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since its debut in October 1975, Saturday Night Live has always prominently featured musical acts and during its lengthy history, there have been a number of remarkable performances -- so many, as a matter of fact, that it's hard to believe that a collection of musical highlights wasn't released until the fall of 1999. Two volumes of musical performances containing 15 tracks apiece, were released simultaneously that year, purportedly to celebrate SNL's 25th anniversary (yes, it actually coincided with their 24th birthday, but jumping the gun is part of the show's history -- they celebrated their 20th anniversary on their 19th). Given that so much music has aired on the show, it's inevitable that some favorites are missing -- whether it's the Replacements' legendary drunken appearance or Simon & Garfunkel's reunion. Still, most of the featured tracks on Saturday Night Live: 25 Years, Vol. 1 are pretty great. The most notorious of all is Elvis Costello's "Radio Radio," which he performed after being warned by the network not to sing it, but it's not the only highlight here -- Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," Sting's "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul," Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way," Tom Petty's "Honey Bee," the Grateful Dead's "Casey Jones," Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," David Bowie's "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)," and Randy Newman's "I Love LA" are all worth the price of admission. It is true that the collection leans a little too heavily on '90s material (which makes sense, since it was released in the '90s), but as the start of a (hopefully) long-running series of compilations, it's very good indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2001
Label:
One Way Records Inc
UPC:
0600445020528
catalogNumber:
50205

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Track Performer
Elvis Costello   Track Performer
Grateful Dead   Track Performer
Billy Joel   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Rickie Lee Jones   Track Performer
Lenny Kravitz   Track Performer
Randy Newman   Track Performer
Tom Petty   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Simon   Track Performer
James Taylor   Track Performer
Neil Young   Track Performer
Dave Matthews   Track Performer
Annie Lennox   Track Performer
Joshua Redman   Saxophone
Counting Crows   Track Performer
Eric Clapton   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Michael Kamen   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Bob Liftin   Engineer
Michael Ostin   Executive Producer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Jay Vicari   Engineer
Scott Schachter   Engineer
Steven Baker   Creative Consultant
Ryan Shiraki   Executive Producer
Robert Smith   Creative Consultant

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