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Live Baby Live based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
INXS live were always an exciting deal. Fronted by the charismatic Michael Hutchence, they garnered a reputation as one of the best live bands in the world. In 1993, they were described as 'Gods gift to stadium rock'. This album is a chronicle of a stadium band recorded at their commercial peak during their 'X Factor' world tour of 1990-91. This tour saw INXS play to some of the biggest crowds of their lives, culminating in a sell out show at Wembley Stadium. This particular gig is well documented on the album as 'New Sensation', 'Guns In The Sky', 'Mystify', 'By My Side', 'The Stairs', 'Hear That Sound', 'Never Tear Us Apart' and 'What you Need' were all recorded at this show. Older material such as 'One X One', 'Burn For You', 'The One Thing' and 'This Time',(all culled from a Melbourne gig in November 1985) helps to broaden the album as a live document.Throw in a few favourites,'Need You Tonight', 'Suicide Blonde' etc, and you almost have your live INXS experience. The playing is good, the sound is huge and Michael Hutchence's star quality shines like a A-bomb blast. One quibble; why they included a studio track, 'Shining Star', 5 tracks into a live album is a mystery. It breaks up the momentum and also sounds lame compared to the atmosphere emanating from the live tracks. Why not leave it until the end of the album? Live Baby Live will be essential to any INXS fan who never got to see them live. And, considering INXS were once of the best live acts around, it's only natural that this album doesn't lack punch.