Acoustic [CD & DVD]

Acoustic [CD & DVD]

by Bayside

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Acoustic [CD & DVD]

Bayside released their second full-length album in August 2005 and jumped on the road feeling stronger as a unit than ever before. Then on Halloween, their world was shattered. A van accident on the way to a show left their bassist, Nick Ghanbarian, severely injured with a broken back and their drummer, John "Beatz" Holohan, dead. Not surprisingly, the remaining grief-stricken members -- Anthony Raneri and Jack O'Shea -- dropped off the tour. However, amidst an overwhelming display of support from family, friends, and fans, they decided their bandmates would want them to continue on. Banding together as an acoustic duo for the tour's completion, Raneri and O'Shea returned to the stage to pay tribute to their fallen friends. Their acoustic sets were so well received that fans wanted to hear more -- hence, the release of their Acoustic CD/DVD. The CD is based on their live set, comprised of studio acoustic versions of many of the songs from the show. "Winter" is the poignant, heartfelt tribute to Holohan that pulls at your heartstrings with its chorus, "An angel got his wings and we'll hold our heads up knowing that he's fine." Smoking Popes' "Megan" is made especially memorable with guest vocals from none other than Josh Caterer (only on the studio version), and bonus plugged-in tracks include the previously unreleased "Paternal Reversal" and the Elliott Smith cover "Baby Britain." The only live cut of the album also appears in the form of "Don't Call Me Peanut." Some songs actually sound better unplugged, as Raneri's voice is especially compelling set to acoustic guitars, thus making the audio CD worth fans' money on its own. The highlight of this release, however, is definitely the DVD, which captures Bayside's set from the final tour date at Chicago's House of Blues on December 11, 2005. After all, it's one thing to hear a song and know the unfortunate circumstances under which it was recorded, but an entirely different dynamic to be looking at people playing and reflecting on what must be going through their minds at that moment. And considering the tragic situation, many of their songs, like "They Looked Like Strong Hands" from their self-titled effort, take on a further, deeper meaning. In addition to the DVD's live set, bonus features include the recording of the audio album and a tribute to John Beatz. Together, the CD and DVD make Bayside's Acoustic

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Release Date: 02/28/2006
Label: Victory
UPC: 0746105029323
catalogNumber: 293
Rank: 135838

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