Luna Live

Luna Live

by Luna

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Luna Live

Luna's live shows aren't wildly different than their studio recordings, but as the band's first live release demonstrates, even subtle changes can have a bracing impact. Luna's strength can be subtle anyway -- this New York City quartet know the power of a perfectly assembled phrase and mesmerizing guitar note. While Luna's not necessarily known for cranking their amps up to 11, there are some reminders here that the band can bliss out and rock out, such as the impassioned version of "Anesthesia" and the particularly loud "Sideshow by the Seashore." And, of course, the live setting also gives Luna the freedom to stretch out on the slightly psychedelic jams and spacey grooves of "Pup Tent" and the sublime eight minutes of "23 Minutes in Brussels." In addition to showcasing the band's on-stage energy, Live is also a winner because the song selection is inspired -- the nearly-perfect set draws from all five Luna albums, with concentration on their finest, 1995's Penthouse, plus two choice covers, Serge Gainsbourg's French-pop classic "Bonnie and Clyde" and the gem "4th of July," which Luna frontman Dean Wareham wrote with his former band, Galaxie 500. Yes, die-hard Luna fans will yearn for a live version of "California (All the Way)" and their much-adored cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer," but there are many, many blissful moments on Live that can be savored instead.

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Release Date: 02/06/2001
Label: Arena Rock
UPC: 0639980001723
catalogNumber: 17
Rank: 118597

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