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Live Omaha to Osaka

L7 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Dec 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mans Ruin
  • ASIN: B00000I60Q
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. L7 Overture/Medley
2. Bad Things
3. Must Have More
4. Death Wish
5. Slide
6. Bitterwine
7. Drama
8. Non-Existent Patricia
9. Pattyleah
10. El Wahtusi
11. Shitlist
12. Andres
13. Fast And Frightening
14. Off The Wagon
15. Little One
16. Lorenza, Giada, Allesandra

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Frighteningly Good 10 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although L7 have been around for more than a decade and built up a considerable fanbase by constant touring, they have taken this long to release a live album, for reasons best known to themselves.
This album, as the title suggests, contains recordings from 2 L7 concerts, one in Omaha, USA (tracks 2 to 11) and one in Osaka, Japan (tracks 12 - 16). There is no difference in the quality of the recordings between the two gigs, except the notable difference in the crowds' responses: the Japanese really seem to go crazy.
Track 1 is a great surprise: a L7 medley played by an American high school marching band. It is a crazy idea, but it works! "Fast and Frightening", "Drama", "Pretend We're Dead" and "Shitlist" sound great in their new arrangements.
The rest if the album is a surprise, too, as many of the songs have been rearranged for live performance. "Bitterwine" has become even more abbrassive with more aggressive guitar playing and "Non-Existent Patricia" has been changed into an almost unrecognisable version, with some great soloing.
The choices of songs may disappoint some fans, with the emphasis being on "The Beauty Process" (7 out of 15 tracks), but the band have made sure to include two of their greatest songs (and perennial favourites with fans): "Shitlist" and "Fast and Frightening".
The album is a must-have for any L7 fan, as it includes some of the banter between Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner and Gail Greenwood (who replaced Jennifer Finch on bass for this tour), which is all part of the fun of going to a L7 concert. If you've never had the opportunity to see them live, this record is as close as you can get to the experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent effort 5 Oct 2005
By Eric Brothers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For all potential buyers who may be wondering about some of the criticism concerning this record, let me fill you in. After HUNGRY FOR STINK and THE BEAUTY PROCESS failed to generate the sales of BRICKS ARE HEAVY, L7 was quickly dropped by their label, Slash Records. This led to a period of uncertainity for the band, who were wondering about what label they would end up signing with, or if the band would even survive at all.

While they were considering their options, the band came across two bootleg shows from Omaha and Osaka and decided to release them on CD to keep the band's name alive until their future was certain. This explains the inferior sound. Once you get past that, this is an enjoyable record. The ladies were a hard-rocking outfit and this comes through despite the poor quality.

Since the band was using bootleg tapes, there's no overdubbing or removing any mistakes, such as the out-of-tune guitar parts on "Bitter Wine", which makes this one of the most genuine and realistic live albums ever released.

Aside from being loud, furious,and energetic, L7 was a lot of fun. Part of the fun of any L7 show was the banter between the band members and the crowd, and, occasionally, each other. Midway through the album, Donita Sparks and new bassist Gail Greenwood turn the concert into a comedy act, tossing jokes and wisecracks back and forth until Sparks says "We're a rock band, not a Vegas act. I guess we have to play some songs now."

The album features such classics as "Deathwish", "S---list", several tracks from THE BEAUTY PROCESS(their newest album at the time), including "Drama" and "Off The Wagon", and three new songs, "Pattylean", a swing version of "Non-Existent Patricia", "El Whatusi", a surf-inspired number, and the cowpunk/polka tune "Little One", which also appeared on L7's next studio record, SLAP HAPPY.

As another poster commented, "Pretend We're Dead", the band's hit single and a concert staple, doesn't appear on the record. Ordinarily, it would be unthinkable to put out a live album without your biggest hit, but I've always thought that one possible reason had to do with comments Donita Sparks has made about how it's not their strongest song live and how difficult it is to sing live. No reason was ever given in any interview that I ever read.

I was always hoping that L7 would release a proper live album someday, but that will never happen because they broke up in 2001. It's unfortunate that one of rock's best live acts will never have a proper showcase for what they did best.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How NOT to record a live album 29 Aug 2006
By Esteban Lopez Morata - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
1.-I'm a L7 fan. Let's make that clear

2.-It's a shame such great songs are featured with such poor, terrible sound. Imagine going to a Rock show with the flu, seeing the band in the back of a low-budget club. This is it

3.-Some reviewer wrote "I have heard worse ones". Yeah, me too, but they were not OFFICIAL releases!!! ANY BOOTLEG nowadays sounds light years better!

4.-Such cool intro with the marching band...again, down the drain it goes

5.-Great poster designer Frank Kozik did the design for this one... And he did not do very well either! The photoshop tricking is obvious on the cover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars L7 - 'Live: Omaha To Osaka' (Man's Ruin) 15 Jan 2005
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Never was THAT huge of an L7 fan, but I did get to see them once as support band for Marilyn Manson, as I thought they were decent. 'Live: Omaha To Osaka' documents two (2)live concerts of the group when they played, of course in Omaha, NE and Osaka, Japan. The live CD isn't perfect but the sound is acceptable. Some may call L7's music 'Feminist Punk' or even 'Riot Grrrl' (is that second one even a genre?). Some of the tunes that I liked best were "Bad Things", the punk / metal goodies "Death Wish", "Non-Existent Patricia", "Slide" and "Fast And Frightening". Line-up: Suzi Gardner & Donita Sparks - guitar & vocals, Dee Plakas - drums and Jennifer Finch - bass. Probably will be most appreciated by fans of Seven Year B****, Babes In Toyland, Hole, Pandoras and Luna-chicks.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's 'Pretend your Dead' 28 Aug 2002
By Johny Bottom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'So what's there to do in Ohmaha?'
'Nothing? OK a whole lot of nothing!'
So goes some of the banter on L7's live show in both Omaha and Osaka. I love L7, and really love them live (I've seen them three times), but the fans deserved better than this.
I love Live, raw rock at it's finest and you can tell there was no over-dubbing in the studio, but the recording is so amateur. You would swear someone was taping this in the crowd with a tape recorder ala 80's style.
The song set is great, but L7 always ends their show with 'Pretend we're Dead', which isn't here. I thought also they might sneak in 'I would walk 5000 miles, and I would walk 5000 more'. They do that song as a joke for every show I've seen them at.
Oh well, it's L7 and if you're a fan, you just gotta have it. Rock on.
2.0 out of 5 stars sound sucks 21 Jan 2014
By Tim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love L7 to death, but the sound quality on this disc is s*** ,Donita fire your sound guy,if you want to sit at the very back of the club and listen to what sounds like a crappy boot leg recording this cd is for you ,honestly not worth it
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