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Living in Clip [Double CD, Import]

Ani DiFranco Audio CD
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Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend. She’s “fixed up a few old buildings” and minimized her carbon footprint before it was trendy – ... Read more in Amazon's Ani DiFranco Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Import
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • ASIN: B0000058MX
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Whatever (live) 1:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wherever (live)0:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gravel (live) 4:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Willing to Fight (live) 4:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shy (live) 4:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Joyful Girl (live) 4:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hide and Seek (live) 4:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Napoleon (live) 4:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I'm no Heroine (live) 4:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Amazing Grace (live) 6:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Anticipate (live) 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tiptoe (live)0:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sorry I am (live) 4:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Slant/The Diner (live) 8:22Album Only
Listen15. 32 Flavors (live) 4:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Out of Range (live) 4:270.89  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Untouchable Face (live) 3:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Shameless (live) 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Distracted (live) 1:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Adam and Eve (live) 5:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Firedoor (live) 4:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Both Hands (live) 4:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Out of Habit (live) 3:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Every State Line (live) 3:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Not So Soft (live) 4:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Travel Tips (live) 1:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wrong with Me (live) 1:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. In or Out (live) 3:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. We're all Gonna Blow (live) 2:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Letter to a John (live) 3:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Overlap (live)11:28Album Only


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The mannered vocal style that has always been the most off-putting element of Ani DiFranco's music is still present on this two-disc live set, but for some reason it doesn't matter anymore. Maybe it's the way you can hear DiFranco using her breaths to accent a rhythm section that's downright merciless with its circling, pulsing, scary grooves. Or maybe it's the way, with an audience screaming, she pours heart and soul into "Unforgettable Face" and the story song "Gravel." Whatever, Living in Clip is the album where DiFranco begins to deserve her hype. And "Amazing Grace," backed by the Buffalo Philharmonic, is where she surpasses it. --David Cantwell

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much classic Ani in one album! 4 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
One album, two discs, hours of immensely quotable Ani. What's not to like?
For anyone new to the Difranco experience, I'd recommend you try either her self-titled debut first (for eloquent, ballsy, politically-aware girl n' guitar folk), or 'Dilate' (for a darker, more emotionally-tortured journey).
Anyone familiar with Ani's music will doubtless know, love and already have most/all of the songs on the tracklisting above. So why get this? Maybe for inspired reworkings of old classics ('Every State Line'). Maybe for the sheer energy and exuberance of Ani onstage, sharing her music with her fans ('In Or Out'). Maybe for the laugh-out-loud-funny between-tracks banter (the chalk outlines of bodies before 'Out of Habit', the Anne Frank story after 'Overlap'). There's so much here... just buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ani the queen of folk 23 May 2004
By Ruby
Format:Audio CD
Folk music is all about live. And ani proves this with this amazing album: not only does this prove her genius both vocally and on the guitar, it also proves how much she loves being live and interacting with the audience. Her bassist and drumer, Sara and Andy, are also superb. And also, the CD comes with the cutest photo album, full of pictures of ani with the band and people from righteous babe, her own record company. Just buy it OK, you WON'T regret it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Ani Collection 9 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ani's music is all about Live. This collection is a superb rendition of her work, and also serves as a delicious taster for buying earlier albums.
If you're looking for a first Ani album to try, then buy this. Worth every penny!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A present that I played again and again 5 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My brother sent this to me from Canada, with a note saying "try this". He knew I liked Bob Dylan, and he'd just seen Ani Difranco supporting Dylan in the US. She was a bit too feminist for his tastes ("I just went to the bar during her set") but thought I'd like it. He's sent me some weird stuff before, but this album hooked me from the first time I played it. The guitar is sometimes folky, sometimes wistful; then angry. The lyrics are bittersweet, a bit reminiscent of the style of Jagged Little Pill, they get under your skin and you find yourself thinking how angry, how hurt, how happy she must have felt when she wrote that. "Gravel" and "Willing to fight" just make me want to keep playing the tracks over and over to feel the emotion. Her singing is at its best when she soars, hums, her waif-voice telling of all the things she used to do and say. But she's got an evil laugh too, and wants you to fight with her. Unlike many live albums, the talk between tracks isn't at all intrusive: you really feel you are there listening to Ani even though you've never seen her. You can hear the banter between the band members, and there's a great story about being on tour in strange places. I love this album. Yes, its about feminism, power, but there's love in it too. It's brilliant. Its folk, punk, rock. Hear it once and you'll be playing it again and again.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  137 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a seperate class from the studio albums 20 Sep 2000
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is a great documentation of what her live shows are like. Anyone who has seen her live, knows that this is truly her forte. The songs on the studio albums are great, but they just don't translate to the listener the way they do when she's onstage, bouncing around, giggling that signature Ani Giggle, and telling those wonderful stories.
I'm glad that "Gravel" first appeared here before the version that showed up on LITTLE PLASTIC CASTLE. It's more raw, angry, and even fun than the studio version. "Out of Habit" is a great example of some of the older stuff that she plays live (though not often lately) as they show up in these little half song/half story performances. You can't help but feel that you are standing right in front of the stage with everyone else and laughing about the hookers on the corner that she thought were women.
Although she is a folk singer, you can fully understand her capability to rock when you hear "Shy" and "Napolean" which both take on a new energy when played live. The audience also plays an active role in the raw energy that comes out of a live show. When she delivers some of her lines, they take on this power from the uproar of cheers and hollers from the audience. On "I'm no heroine" you can't help but want to be in the audience when she says "You think I wouldn't have him, unless I could have him by the balls" and the audience explodes, half out of recognition of the song's first line and half out of pure love FOR that line.
If you've never been to one of Ani's shows... I highly suggest you get this CD so you can get the true Ani experience. Actually, no... I changed my mind... if you are going to be seeing Ani in the NEAR FUTURE... then DON'T buy this CD! Go to the show. Get completely and utterly blown away. And THEN, go out and get this CD and relive those wonderful moments over and over.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs made out of glass. Performances of heart.. 24 Nov 2004
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If I was forced to make a recommendation for someone who could and would only buy one Ani disc, this would be the release I recommend. Why? It is the perfect crossroads between earlier Ani and later "band" Ani.

For my purposes here, I am considering "a band" to be 3 or more people. This band (Ani, Andy on drums, and Sara Lee on bass) is easily my favorite band that Ani has ever put together, so far. First of all, this band is still mainly about Ani, and that isn't the case with her later, larger bands. The larger her bands became, the less that the core of the sound revolved around Ani, and that was almost always disappointing to me. In theory I don't have anything against Ani being in 5 or 6 person bands. It was the specific bands themselves that made me largely dislike their concert sound, not the fact that she was in bands at all. I'm sure Julie and those horn players were great fun, and nice people to be around, but musically they should have been thanking their lucky stars that they were ever able to stand on the same stage as an artist of Ani's caliber, because none of them were even close to her league. Beyond that, the larger her bands became, the worse her concert sound became. Oftentimes being muddy and boomy.

That was the bottomline for me. None of Ani's later, large, electric bands had any musicians in them who were even 25% of the musician that Ani is, so it was disappointing to hear her so often buried in a muddy mix of musicians who were so far beneath her. With those bands, when she'd come out and do a Garden of Simple or Both Hands by herself (or at least with the band playing very slightly behind her), it was the highlight of the night because you could hear HER perfectly.

That is why Living In Clip is such a great live document. This band is excellent, and their sound is open. No matter how deep of a groove Sara lays down, Ani's guitar and lyrics still cut right through. And yes, Sara is my favorite electric bassist Ani has toured with so far. This band is just so sympathetic to the song and the mood, whether that means rocking it hard, or playing so delicately as to frame Ani in the most vulnerable light.

These 2 discs both contain many definitive (of commercially available) versions of the tunes they contain. Hide & Seek, I'm No Heroine, Every State Line, 32 Flavors, Joyful Girl, Fire Door, Letter To a John, Overlap, etc... as they were performed here on this set all stand proudly near the top of her entire recorded output thus far.

If Ani ever releases a live "band" disc that is better than this one I will be ecstatic, as well as shocked, because Living In Clip is a masterpiece.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani 101 9 Feb 2000
By B. Eisen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you've never dipped your little toe in the Ani ocean, but are curious, I would start with this album. It is chock full of amazing songs in a setting where she shines - live in concert. There is not a bad song in the bunch (save the orchestra version of the incredible "Both Hands").
After "clip", I would move to "Not a Pretty Girl" and "Out of Range".
P.S. I'm a hetero, white, upper-middle class male.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most incredible CD ever.! 6 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You must believe me when i say that ani difranco is by far the most amazing singers of all time. it takes a hell of a woman to pour your entire soul out for your audience. she is amazing in every aspect. "Amazing Grace", "Untouchable Face" and "32 Flavors" remain my favorites. when i first heard "Hide and Seek" i started crying. alot of women have struggled with rapists, and molesters: but who have actually had the guts to put their unfortunate experience into their songs? that song made me think. how i should be more carefull, how i should be more responsible. it also makes me realize that i may not have such a bad life after all. not that ani had a bad life, but she has many more unpleasant experiences than i hope i ever encounter. i would like to thank her for all of her work. i would also give this album 100 stars but since the highest amount possible is 5, that was the best i could do. if your reading this: pleeease, please buy this cd. as soon as humanly possible. i know that after you get a taste of the bitter-sweet lyrics, you'll be hooked for life.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An visceral & moving album. You'll share it with friends. 18 Jun 1998
By gwilson@nmsu.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great "first" CD for those new to Ani, and a must have for fans. The 31 tracks range from snippets of onstage banter with audiences to very visceral and moving performances of new and old songs. The performances are inspired. In her studio albums you can appreciate her lyrics and phrasing, but in these live cuts you are rocked not only by what Ani has to say as a woman but how she says it. Her unique and strong personality lights up the room when the music hits the air. You will be encouraging friends to borrow this CD to share your experience. The music is a surprising hybridization of hip-hop, folk rock, scat jazz, and performance art. Ani's guitar work is impressive and all songs are artfully grounded with spare bass and percussion. This album is well worth the purchase price. You will listen to it for hours, days, and months.
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