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A New Beginning\Great Live Albums for Your Ears Pt. 1

Posted on: June 13, 2009

I have seen in the last couple of days that my blog was missing an apeall. I tried finding what was the problem and found many things wrong with it: First, the posts themsef are missing some dedication, when I first opened this blog I promised myself that every post will be thought out and not just a run through in 10 minuts post. Secondly, I haven’t put my full attention to the design of the blog, which in my oppinion is quite important for people to want to stay. Third and last, I don’t have an About page! I noticed that latley when someone asked me what the hell is the blog supposed to be about and who the hell am I. So I decided to make a new start, a new oppening to the blog. I won’t erase my old posts because it’s quite funny to see how this blog and myself evolved in manners of age, language, taste of music and personality. You people said a teen goes through a period of change and self understanding, then here you have some proof.

I will start saying that I personally love live albums. There aren’t a lot of live performances here in Israel that apeals to me.Yes, there are good Israeli artists playing once in a while but I’ve seen them all. The last live shows I’ve seen were of Al Di Meola, Fred Wesley & The JBs, and the Al Foster Quartet, so now you will understand why I love live albums. Live albums are the alternative to being in the show, giving you the feel and taste of what a real live performance is supposed to be like, no mastering involved. Live albums are the only albums I can just lie down on the bed and listen to them without doing anything else. They are magical in everyway (the good ones of course). So I decided to start posting live albums, so you will have the pleasure of experiencing great live performances.


C’Etait Ici – Yann Tiersen (2002)

bought this album a year ago when I was visiting my family in France. This album is another live album from the legendary composer Yann Tiersen. He has 2 other live albums, one of which sucks and the other I will post in a nother time. It is quite a long show, including 29 tracks, and everyone of them is just beautiful. Every track has it’s own charm. The beauty of this live show is that it’s not played so you will dance and jump and sing along with the artist but just experience another kind of music, enjoyig the sounds made by the performers. It’s quite an exceptional album, you won’t hear it anywhere else.

Download Part 1!

Download Part 2!


Life On Planet Groove – Maceo Parker (1992)

I posted this album a while back but it deserves it’s place in this new beginning. It is my favorite live album, really my favorite. It has been introduced to me by my uncle. The album cover says it all “2% Jazz, 98% Funk”, it’s so groovy! This album features Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Elis, Candy Dulfer and a lot more! You can only shake you’re body when playing this album, it’s impossible to lay quitly and do nothing when the sounds of this album are coming through you’re speakers. I can only wish I was there (well I was close enough, at the Fred Wesley show). The beauty of this album is that it demonstrates the abilty to put order where chaos is presented. To be able to to play Funk is this manner and not go crazy is something very hard to do, I know i wouldn’t handle the pressure and let myself  loose right on stage, the music has so much power! Maceo delivers one of the best shows I ever listened to, along with his past James Brown band members Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Elise, they all did a wonderful job. I will never get enough of this album, and I will always think of it as a very special album, and I will always keep it close to my heart. Long live Funky music!

Download Part 1!

Download Part 2!

Expect some changes to the look and feel of this blog in this upcoming week, I have some work to do.


5 Responses to "A New Beginning\Great Live Albums for Your Ears Pt. 1"

hi ariel, funny – I don´t like live records very much because for my ears the almost never manage to catch the magic of a real concert, but maybe I am just to lucky to live in a region where a lot of artists from all type of genres make a stop for some live gigs, when not in my town I just have to hop on the train and ride 30min or so, awesome 🙂

I also have another question, I read a lot about israeli hiphop/beatnick artists in the last weeks and there seem to be a lot of great artists
I found a lot of fine remixes at
but maybe you are in it too and may present some israeli stuff here at your blog? would be great, if not, never mind, I will find more and more stuff over the time by myself

all the best, urbanology

Ahhhh you lucky bastard!! Where do you live anyway? I don’t seem to remember if you ever told me.

Live albums are my alternative to real shows, I can’t complain and can only try and enjoy them as much as I can. They make me jelous of everyone that is able to attend those shows, but one day I will be able to.

I myself am not familiar with Israeli music to be honest. I do not know why but I was never really attached to it, even though I’m sure there are many good artists such as Asaf Avidan, Shlomo Artzi, Shalom Hanoch and many more (If you know them) but was never been able to dig deeper than the great Israeli artists so I can’t really help you with that, sorry.

hi ariel, at the moment I am living in the north of brazil, but my headquarter is in Cologne, Germany. a fine place for a lot of good concerts and many other cities are very near, so the chances for a gig are really high, I am really privileged as to that

Good work buddy, keep it up.

Lawl I just noticed, you have the same name as I do. We both think the same way. Anyway, I’ve been visiting your site lately especially when I’m bored and have nothing to do .

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