Live in Chicago

Live in Chicago

by Ween


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Live in Chicago

Like all great live bands, Ween has a diverse repertoire and changes set lists nearly every night, and also doesn't stick to the sound of the original recordings, choosing to rearrange, expand, and improvise. They're also reliable, turning in consistently strong live performances (and when they're bad, they're still a lot of fun), so they lend themselves well to live albums, and ever since 1999's live compilation Paintin' the Town Brown: Ween Live 1990-1998, there has been a steady stream of them, most released on their own indie label, Chocodog. Each of those has captured a special concert -- Live in Toronto captured them on their legendary country tour, Live at Stubb's was a rowdy, career-spanning marathon show, Live By Request had a self-explanatory title -- but for Live in Chicago, their second mass-market live CD and first live DVD (packaged as a two-fer, containing both discs), they simply presented a typical show from the supporting tour for 2003's Quebec. Recorded over two nights at the Vic Theatre in November 2003, the CD's track listing is heavy on fan favorites from Chocolate & Cheese and The Mollusk -- including the singles "Voodoo Lady" and "Ocean Man," but also such staples as "Roses Are Free," "Buckingham Green," "Spinal Meningitis Got Me Down," and "I'll Be Your Jonny on th' Spot" -- with only "Pork Roll Egg and Cheese" from the two early albums. There are also a fair number of White Pepper tunes and a healthy dose of Quebec. It's a very strong performance, edited together to make for a tight, fluid live album. As the DVD reveals, certain songs have been shifted around on the CD -- the openers "Buckingham Green" and "Spinal Meningitis" have been moved toward the end of the CD -- which makes for a better-paced album, yet the DVD has the momentum of a true concert, with the band warming up with some slower tunes before tearing into "Take Me Away" and kicking the concert into full gear. The extended length of the DVD -- 26 songs instead of 17 -- showcases the scope and skills of Ween better than the CD, since it has the space for more styles and sounds, including a stronger presence for GodWeenSatan and The Pod, plus an appropriately majestic cover of Led Zeppelin's "All of My Love" and a tremendous finale in "The Blarney Stone." While the extras are minimal -- the alternate angles on three songs aren't particularly interesting, but the animated video for "Transdermal Celebration" is -- the video is sharp and the sound, particularly the powerful 5.1 Surround Sound mix, is terrific. But the thing that counts is that this is a grandly entertaining performance -- perhaps not as transcendent as Live at Stubb's or Live in Toronto, but convincing evidence of Ween's live prowess.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768469327
catalogNumber: 84693


Disc 1

  1. Buckingham Green
  2. Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
  3. Pork Roll Egg and Cheese
  4. Take Me Away
  5. The Grobe
  6. Transdermal Celebration
  7. Even If You Don't
  8. Voodoo Lady
  9. Baby Bitch
  10. The H.I.V. Song
  11. Roses Are Free
  12. Mutilated Lips
  13. Chocolate Town
  14. I'll Be Your Jonny on th' Spot
  15. Touch My Tooter
  16. The Argus
  17. Zoloft
  18. Ocean Man
  19. Don't Laugh (I Love You)
  20. All of My Love
  21. Big Jilm
  22. You F**ked Up
  23. Doctor Rock
  24. She F**kS Me (Encore)
  25. Booze Me Up and Get Me High
  26. The Blarney Stone

Disc 2

  1. Take Me Away
  2. The Grobe
  3. Transdermal Celebration
  4. Even If You Don't
  5. Voodoo Lady
  6. The H.I.V. Song
  7. Baby Bitch
  8. Roses Are Free
  9. Mutilated Lips
  10. Chocolate Town
  11. I'll Be Your Jonny on th' Spot
  12. Buckingham Green
  13. Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
  14. Pork Roll Egg and Cheese
  15. The Argus
  16. Zoloft
  17. Ocean Man

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ween   Primary Artist
Dean Ween   Guitar,Vocals
Gene Ween   Guitar,Vocals
Claude Coleman   Drums,Vocals
Dave Daeiwitz   Bass,Vocals
Glenn McClelland   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Ween   Composer
Mark Miller   Live Sound Engineer
Damon Hennessey   Camera Operator
Dean Ween   Composer
Mick Preston   Guitar Techician
Joe Rice   Authoring
Joe Anderson   Video Engineer
Charlie Watts   Authoring
Misha Antonich   Authoring
Gabe Monago   Stage Technician
Ann Bailz   Producer
Pete Biagi   Camera Operator
Travis Boyle   Producer,Authoring
P.A. Brown   Authoring
Greg Gricus   Camera Operator
Sara Maher   Producer,Authoring
Blair Holmes   Camera Operator

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