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Life as a musician means continual evolution. Over the course of a career, any band worth paying attention to will pursue a sound, a direction, until it triggers a different idea and they’re chasing some other distant dream. With their sixth album, The King Is Dead, The Decemberists illustrate the power that comes from this kind of creative call-and-response.
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  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B005ISRAIE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  2. Foregone 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Burying Davy 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I 4 U & U 4 Me (Home Demo) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Row Jimmy 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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2011 EP from the Alt-Rock heroes. As a fitting bookend to the most successful year of the band's career, The Decemberists release Long Live The King. Similar to the critically acclaimed, chart-topping bow The King Is Dead, the EP is a mostly-acoustic set of six Americana-based songs, recorded around the same time as The King Is Dead, and including their stunning cover of the Grateful Dead track 'Row Jimmy.' The EP was produced once again by Tucker Martine.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris G on 5 Nov. 2011
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This EP is a collection of the best songs recorded for "The King is Dead" sessions not to make the cut for the main album. No surprise then that the mood is similar to that of the album : southern folk rock as opposed to the grandiose rock opera style of previous album The Hazards of Love.

The EP opens with the lovely E.Watson notable for stunning backing vocals from fellow Portlander Laura Veirs whose partner, Tucker Martine has produced the last few Decemberists albums. Veirs spot-on harmonies lift this song from a fairly bog standard acoustic strummer to something of great beauty that could easily have slotted into the original album. Similarly, Foregone's southern rock feel with Chris Funk's pedal steel well to the fore was unlucky to have remained on the cutting room floor when songs like "All Arise!" made it onto the album.

Burying Davy is a slower, darker number. An ominous lament with a feel not dissimilar to that of "Shankhill Butchers" from "The Crane Wife". "I4U & U4ME" makes no bones of the fact that it is a home demo. Better quality than the average home demo certainly but the difference in sound quality is apparent. The song is pleasant enough but has a throwaway quality that suggests that it was the right decision not to pursue this one further during the album sessions. "Row Jimmy" is not a great song - slow southern rock in style but without the songwriting direction and clarity we normally associate with Colin Meloy. Some nice slide guitar from Chris Funk and backing vocals from Jenny Conlee fail to redeem this one which, at 6 minutes outstays its welcome by at least 4 !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Rose on 30 Jan. 2012
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As other reviewers have mentioned, this is aimed squarely at the hardcore Decemberists completist, and yes, in the back of my mind there is a slight feeling of being short-changed having bought 'The King is Dead' and then being asked to fork out again for an addendum of varying quality.
I came somewhat late to the Decemberists' party, and possess only 'Picaresque' and 'The King is Dead' in my collection. In both cases, I can say that I find the songs divided squarely into two contrasting camps - ones I love to bits and play repeatedly, and the rest I am decidedly underwhelmed by. This EP seems the same to me - 'E.Watson', 'Burying Davy' and the Dead's 'Row Jimmy' are fantastic, whilst the remaining 3 would have been better left on the cutting room floor.
To be honest, I only bought this on the mp3 download version because I had a free Amazon code to use up, and I would hesitate to recommend it as a full-price purchase to any but the faithful. Then again, it's still head and shoulders above 90% of the dross that passes for music out there nowadays!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esther Kane on 13 Jan. 2013
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I read a few negative reviews from die hard Decemberists fans but I've only heard one album (The King Is Dead) so that is what set the standard for me. The lead singer's voice is absolutely amazing. I first heard this on Spotify and its very rare I feel the need to purchase mp3s but I really needed this in my car. Long Live The King is great for anyone who likes good music. Its as simple as that and I'm not going to waste time debating about the songs. Just stick it on, listen and appreciate.
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