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Live: The Storyteller [CD]

Todd Snider Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Aimless Records
  • ASIN: B004GA6PFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Greencastle Blues
2. Is This Thing Working?
3. Just Like Old Times
4. Eighteen Minutes Speech
5. Tension
6. Doll Face
7. Rose City
8. Stuck On The Corner
9. Sunshine
10. Bill Elliot Story
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 45 Miles
2. Looking For A Job
3. Play A Train Song
4. KK Rider Story
5. Don't It Make You Wanna Dance
6. East Nashville Skyline
7. The Devil You Know
8. The Ballad Of The Kingsmen
9. America's Favorite Pasttime
10. The Mushroom Story
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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"As comically sure footed as Snider is on his recordings, even he can't compete with his stage persona, where he digresses between songs, sometimes at great length, always with great humor." The New Yorker In 2009, Todd released 'The Excitement Plan', called the "finest album of his career" by the Associated Press and "Brilliant" by the New Yorker. So what's next for East Nashville's wisecracking, troublemaking troubadour? A live album like you've never heard before. Part Dylan and Kristofferson, part Mitch Hedberg and Bill Hicks, the outspoken Snider has long established his concerts are more than just a set list. 'The Storyteller,' a new double-disc live album captures Snider in his true element: Onstage before a rapt audience. Double CD for the price of a single... Advertising in Word, CMP and Maverick

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"..The Ballad Of The Kingsmen is just about the best distilation of free speech and the delusion of democracy ever recorded.." -- Q ****

"..a great polemical songwriter blessed with the gift of making issues entertaining.." -- The Independent ****

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snider live, is there any other way! 21 Feb 2011
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Although Todd Snider's made albums since the mid-1990s, he must be experienced in person to fully appreciate his talents. This double-disc set does a magnificent job of capturing the onetime San Marcos scenester's genius, a heady combo of post-folk punk and stoned comedian not witnessed since the passing of Mitch Hedberg. At times he's backed by Americana standouts Great American Taxi, featuring guitarist Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, with a few tracks picked on by Snider alone with just his trusty acoustic guitar. Throughout he reveals why he's the best singer-songwriter of his generation, whether tackling the Kingsmen of "Louie Louie" or, as with "America's Favorite Pastime," spinning the tale of Dock Ellis pitching a major league no-hitter on LSD. There are several extended monologues where he exposes a twisted yet endearing view of the crazed side of life, the best of which leads into a frenzied rendition of the late Rusty Wier's trademark "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance." If you're a fan, The Storyteller is something you'll treasure. If you're not, it's sure to make you one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE TO HIS WORD 15 Mar 2011
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TODD SNIDER IS A BIT OF AN ENIGMA. THE TITLE OF THIS 2CD SET EXPLAINS WHAT TODD SNIDER REALLY IS. A STORYTELLER WITH TRACES OF KRISTOFFERSON,DYLAN AND PHIL OCHS AND A TOUCH OF JIM MORRISON AS WELL. THIS IS A GREWAT DOUBLE CD WHICH COVERS SNIDERS CAREER TOTALLY. THIS IS HIS BEST MEDIUM WITH A MOSTLY ACOUSTIC SET FILLED WITH ANGER DISPAIR IRRITATION AND A LONGING FOR THINGS OVERTLY POLITICAL AND RADICAL. HE HAS A TENDENCY TO OVER DO HIS RAMBLINGS THAT HE HAS CONCERNS ABOUT. COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT THE STORY OF KK RIDER THOUGH A BAND MEMBER HE TRIED TO COPY. THE STAND OUT IS THE COUNTRYFIED "PLAY A TRAIN SONG" FROM HIS BEST CD EAST NASHVILLE SKYLINE BLUES. ALSO THE BALLAD OF THE KINGMEN IS OUTSTANDING WITH HIS EXPLANATION OF THE SONG LOUIE LOUIE. ALL IN ALL AN EXCELLENT CD FOR FANS OF THE SINGER/SONGWRITER GENRE WITH IDENTITY AND PASSION. TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the band Todd? 16 Aug 2011
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Brilliant album let down only by having a backing band. Todd Snider is best heard live and solo, just him, a mike and a guitar. The stories are great and very funny, although a few of these have been heard before on the way better Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live solo album.
Musn't grumble though, I love the guy and this is a very worthy addition and still worthy of 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album 17 Sep 2013
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This album is excellent from start to finish. Have listened to it now hundreds of times and love every song. Very entertaining with stories from Todd all the way through. Reminds me of an American Billy Connolly!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CONTENT 5 STARS PACKAGING ZERO 14 Feb 2011
By DiscConnected - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything the other reviewers say about Todd Snider's songwriting genius is spot-on. He's up there in the company of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and those three are in a class all their own.

His storytelling is as funny as a stand up comic's act, making this album a must-have.

And it would get five stars if the packing was not so unacceptable. The cardboard sleeve is so tight around the CD that one of the discs came out looking like a used air hockey puck and skips so bad to be unplayable.

The other disc was covered in some kind of adhesive, I imagine from the packaging. That cleaned off okay, but the disc, too was scratched.

Can we please go back to jewel cases?

ADDENDUM TO REVIEW: I e-mailed everyone (Amazon, Todd's online contact and the label) and all offered to make good. Exceptional customer service from all, but I made sure I was only sent the one replacement! Please do not let the packaging steer you away (although when I got my replacement copy I put the discs in a jewel case just to be safe). This album is a must own!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider: American Hero 3 Mar 2011
By MuddyG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This 2 CD live album features Todd backed by Colorado jam band, Great American Taxi. A different experience than Snider's typical solo acoustic set, the backing musicians really allow Todd to, in the words of legendary producer Bruce Dickinson, "explore the space." You will, however, discern very little cowbell on this record. You get so much bang for your buck with this phenomenal release, I actually gave it ten stars, then boiled them down to a highly concentrated five star count for you here on Amazon. Please buy this record, then proceed to rock out with your rooster out.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars--Played With Guts 19 Feb 2011
By Jeremy - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't think Todd Snider could put together a better live album than Near Truths & Hotel Rooms, but I've listened to Storyteller a couple times through and I think he might have done just that. The stories are unbelievable...the hilarious KK Rider tale, his clever rambling story about hallucinagentic drugs and high school football, his ridiculous encounter with Bill Elliot which leads masterfully into "Sideshow Blues"...but the album also contains some of his best musical work. It was a refreshing change to hear him with a backing band (unlike Near Truths, which is all solo). "Play A Train Song" really stood out--it's a chilling version, very different from the studio one. Also can't go wrong with "America's Favorite Pastime" and all the other classics. A great album, start to finish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider Rules 9 Mar 2012
By Walter Heugatter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Todd Snider is just a plain old folk-singing, story-telling, word-crafting,wise-cracking, guitar-playing American Original. He's Steve Earle with a comedy routine. He's a song-writing, left-wing protest singer in an era when you don't see many of those anymore, I guess. This just might be a classic album. I'm not sure yet, but I do know that I have almost worn it out after listening to it for a couple of months, and I will get another one when I do wear it out. I keep hearing new things on it the more that I listen to it, and it really helps me a lot when I need a laugh. "The Story of KK Rider is hysterical, and so is "The Mushroom Story", but then I started liking "The Bill Elliot Story". Snider's word phrasing is unique, and his pace, inflection, and timing are just great. On top of that, he's one very fine song-writer and singer. I hope you enjoy this album as much as I have. If you don't, you must be a "Conservative Christian, Right-Wing..."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider Rules...again, and again...and again 18 Feb 2011
By Max Frost - Published on Amazon.com
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Hey, we all love Todd Snider. For me, he is right there with John Prine, and that is high praise indeed. And this is a damn good album, and for anyone not familiar with Todd, you can't go wrong here. But I'm guessing that most people buying this are familiar with Todd--we've seen his shows (more than a few times), we have his albums, and maybe even spoken to him a few times. So I'm wondering who this album is for. We've heard all the songs, and we've heard all the stories before--and as great as the songs are, the stories are a big part of the show. This is his third (official) live album, and as great as he is, the live stuff doesn't differ much from each live album. If you don't have any live Todd, I'd rate "Near Truths and Hotel Rooms" as a better live album than "The Storyteller", but really, both are pretty darn good. But first, I'd suggest you search out Todd's "Marilyn's on K" (the "Slash Story" is worth the price of admission alone), or even better, "Tales From Moondawgs Tavern" (5 discs and not a bad track).
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