Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Live’s live set is just a confusing thing to talk about. So for clarification purposes, the band Live just put out a live album called “Live at the Paradiso Amsterdam” featuring 14 live songs including some of the band’s biggest songs and two new studio tracks that were written towards the end of finalizing the record process. The live tracks are decent. There’s a DVD with more to it than this CD, but the 14 songs on this CD were well chosen. They included the ones they had to include and only a few great Live tracks were left out. As far a song that made this set that shouldn’t have made this set; Live’s cover of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”, it’s been a popular cover for awhile but the band has better songs that could have been included on this set, and lets face it- the only reason it was included was because of it’s ties with Chris Daughtry. The two studio songs are the best part of this album. Ed Kowalczyk talked about both of these songs having some desperation to them and you can hear that predominantly on both. While the two songs are great, “Forever” is the better of the two and it would have been understandable for the band to keep the track for their next formal studio set. With 16 total songs, 14 live songs, and 2 new studio tracks “Live at the Paradiso Amsterdam” becomes a necessary purchase for all fans of the band Live. The two studio songs are appetizers for another full album, and more than anything the album gets you prepared for a new set, what it was meant to do all along.