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Ben Folds Vinyl
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Biography by Greg Prato
Singer/pianist Ben Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, NC) is best known as the leader of the power pop trio Ben Folds Five, but has also struck out on his own as a solo artist. Despite playing in bands in high school, his musical career didn't really get off the ground until the late '80s, as a bassist for Majosha (the outfit issued such ... Read more in Amazon's Ben Folds Store

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  • Vinyl (1 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sundazed
  • ASIN: B000093NOG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent acoustic album 7 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
You get a lot for your money with this combined CD and DVD. The CD alone contains over 70 minutes of live music recorded live this summer in the states, and Ben's set encompasses both early work with Ben Folds Five and his recent solo efforts.
The big selling point is that the album is entirely acoustic, just Ben and his piano. This makes even the familiar songs sound crisp and fresh. But to say 'acoustic' suggests a quiet, sluggish effort. This album is neither, and is toe tappingly vibrant throughout. Ben provides his own percussion, and it seems he enjoys constantly reinventing his older material.
Also, if you have a DVD player you're in for a treat. You can see and hear him sing! Most generous live album of the year. Buy it and love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performer 2 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm always apprehensive about live performance releases, especially one man shows, but this really offers something different and the addition of the DVD is a masterstroke and I'm surprised noone thought of this before.
The tracks are a good cross section of Ben's career from the Five to his solo material and the lack of a supporting band really doesn't hurt the material as he performs with such charisma and an element of fun that a lot of modern artists (ahemJ-Loahem)don't seem to have. 'Army' stands out and after hearing the live version, your enjoyment of the song will increase ten-fold. The cover of Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer' is a treat, as are most of the other tracks, but anyway...
The DVD is a great thing. More bands should offer this kind of extra on rip-off live albums. The recording isn't of great quality but the performance more than shines through the low definition film. If you liked 'Song For The Dumped' before, the version on the DVD will bowl you over.
This is a great live performance from a great live performer. Ben Folds reinvents a lot of old favourites and injects it with a great deal of fun and charisma that just makes you appreciate how great his career has been up to this point and also bodes well for his career in the future. A must for any Ben Folds fan. 'Whatever and Ever Amen' is still his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Folds in the raw! 14 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
It was always going to be interesting to see what Ben Folds would do when it came to playing live without former band members Darren Jesse and Robert Sledge. Bravely, he decided to go on a solo tour, stripped of everything except his piano - and this fantastic album is the result. It's the way Ben Folds always should have been heard - acoustic, in the raw and bursting with energy - in an album that is by turns both joyfully anarchic, and wistfully beautiful.
It's packed with classics from all four of the BFF albums, and, of course, from Ben's solo work 'Rockin' The Suburbs' - and there's even a brilliant rendition of Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer' thrown in for good measure. Highlights of the 17 tracks include a fantastically energetic performance of 'Philosophy', including a solo on mike-and-piano-strings; a brave attempt to perform 'Narcolepsy' with only a piano (it works!); and the (surprisingly tuneful) audience backing vocals on 'Army' and 'Not the Same'. Also, for anyone curious to know what Mrs Frally Folds and little Louis look like, the CD booklet is packed full of photos.
In conclusion, this album showcases just how far the piano-playing talents of Ben Folds stretch, and provides undisputed proof of how, even when it's just him and a piano, Ben Folds is still rockin' the suburbs with the best of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ben Folds is highly geared for entertainment, and from his live CD, you truelly can feel the energy of this very tallented man and the entertainment he gives. Considering its one man, he does a marvelous job. A good collection of songs from Ben Folds, and Ben Folds Five. If you have seen him live then this is a must purchase. I recently went to his gig in manchester, and the CD and especially the DVD, help re-live the night. I would have paid the money for the bonus DVD itself. His music is great but to experience his performances live, or as near as on a DVD is supurb. An excellent buy...with the DVD its an extra treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an introduction 14 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although I had heard of Ben Folds (Five) i had never actually listened to any of his material. Why did it take me so long? a friend of mine played this album to me back in Feburary of this year and i instantly fell in love with it and got it myself. i really dont want to say too much (i like to let the music do the talking) but i dont think there's a bad song on the album. if only "song for the dumped" (featured on the DVD) was on the actual c.d. and i especially like his version of "Tiny Dancer" (that ones for you Laura Cull) by Elton John. Ben Folds is a genius. get it in you collection: you wont regret it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is a great album yeah its not as good as seeing them live but it just backs you want to go and see ben folds live set. You also get the DVD and at the price that amazon's charging its like buy one at one free.
This album is cheaper here then most of the high street shops in the UK, and only 24 hours till deliverly.
Buy this along with Rockin the suburbs...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Bizarre Video 10 Oct 2002
By TheAxe
Format:Audio CD
If you're an fan of Ben Folds then I HIGHLY recommend this album. The recording is of a very high quality (even the all important crowd noise comes through clearly).
The DVD is interesting, it's great to see the live show as Ben is a real showman. However the first few tracks appear to have been filmed and directed by school kids... The shots jump around randomly, the cameras wobble and are occassionally out of focus. You can still enjoy the tracks but it is quite strange. The latter tracks are much better presented.
Overall this is a great value package, I highly recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Ben works his crowd of fans into a frenzy getting them involved with harmonies. Great sound, boundless energy and wit. The man can play
Published 6 months ago by Jaylad
5.0 out of 5 stars Before His Voice Changed
I'm not sure when it was but you can notice the difference between his voice on 2001 Rockin' the Suburbs and 2005 Songs for Silverman, Less range, more mature, some could say a bit... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sam harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Folds Live
What an amazing album. You simply don't realise that it's only Ben playing (solo). A "must have" album for any lover of real music; an outstanding talent, who excites and motivates... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by B. McGOWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I purchased the Album online and 2days later it was delivered to my house, in great quality...what more could I ask for!
Published on 27 Jun 2010 by Ullo33
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant
In terms of an exciting live performer and a true virtuoso master of an instrument, look no further than Ben Folds. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2008 by Dobbins
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!
What really amazes me, is how a genius like this guy managed to stay out of the limelight, despite being extraordinarily gifted and having already written so many great songs. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2007 by Giorgio
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Folds = Brill!
I would definitely recommend this album if you have recently heard of Ben Folds or even a life long fan but yet to buy this album! Read more
Published on 10 April 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Expected
I've been a Ben Folds fan for many years and have seen Ben Folds Five play live several times and rate them as just about the best live act I've ever seen. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2005 by Paul Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars More genius that Dr. Evil, more pretty than something pretty
The man is a genius - lets cut through the crap. He can get any emotion out of you he wants with a chord change, for me at least he can write lyrics that'll make you think "amen... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2003 by MR
1.0 out of 5 stars the voice of dissent....
Sorry, but I have to disagree hugely with the others here. Yes, the songs are great, but then they're great on the studio albums too. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2003 by Amazon Customer
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