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Bill Callahan is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog and (Smog). After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005's A River Ain't Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full-length Woke on a Whaleheart both mixed the intimate, ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Callahan Store

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  • Vinyl (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00382X4O6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Our Anniversary
2. Diamond Dancer
3. Bowery
4. Held
5. Say Valley Maker
6. In the Pines
Disc: 2
1. Cold-blooded Old Times
2. Rock Bottom Riser
3. Let Me See the Colts
4. The Well
5. Bathysphere

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Panik TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Vinyl
Released in mp3, flac and vinyl format, this is a live recording made at the Toff Club in Melbourne, Australia on November 8, 2007. A small but enthusiastic audience provides atmosphere to the gig. Instrumentation is fairly sparse - three fiddle players who also sing back up, drums, bass and occasional harmonica and Bill on guitar and vocals. The set list is mostly Smog, with a couple of more recent songs.

It's hard to completely figure out the appeal of BC. I think it is something about the nuance of his vocals, and the imagery / words that he uses that somehow creep up on you when you least expect it. Whatever, I ended up playing last years Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle more than any other record. This doesn't match the beauty of that album, but it is a good performance that will keep us fans going to the next full studio offering.

Weird how the cover looks like they spelt his name wrong though.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By klaher on 24 April 2010
Format: MP3 Download
The music contained within is very strong for the most part, Callahan and his band play a tight set, with selections from the last Smog album - A River Ain't Too Much To Love, and others reaching back as far as Wild Love. The concert took place before Callahan's last album so nothing from that slab of genius in this set.

Our Anniversary opens the set, which is a strong song based on a repeating guitar pattern. The pace picks up with the toe-tapping Diamond Dancer, which takes a simple refrain and an acoustic guitar and combines them to great effect. Bowery is slower, building up gradually. Bill sounds in great voice here, and there's something in the melody (and maybe in the lyrical content) that reminds me of Tom Waits.

There is a prominent fiddle right throughout this album which is something of an acquired taste, and it's never more prominent than on Held. For anyone used to the original Smog version on Knock Knock this will take some getting used to as the electric guitar riff is replaced by the aforementioned droning fiddle.

More successful are some of the later tracks, like In The Pines (which sounds fuller than the original version), Cold-Blooded Old Times (with a touch of Gomez in the guitar riff!) and Rock Bottom Riser. The album finishes up with Bathysphere, which also works well in this context.
All in all it's a nice-sounding album but inessential in my opinion.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LazyRunner on 6 May 2010
Format: MP3 Download Verified Purchase
It's OK, but to be honest, I'd much rather listen to the studio versions - I've only listened to these live recordings twice but I must have listened to "A River Ain't Too Much To Love" hundreds of times. I thought I'd love this live album but unfortunately, and I'm not sure why, I found these live versions a bit disappointing.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By luvtodog. woofwoof. on 26 May 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
......my brother is in talks with a cuckoo and an ant colony for similar nuptualities.
its a request from bonos people......
oh right the review.......i like the new versions. brings something else to the songs. quite an energy to the upbeat numbers. oh yeah groooooooovy. ah hell i spilt graaaaaavy on my pants.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful and powerful live album 12 Sept. 2010
By Charles A. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
I hadn't listened to much smog or Bill in a while, but when I saw this album for sale I had to pick it up.

I was pleasantly surprised, actually kind of blown away by this live performance. It's a solid album, somber and slow at times, but that's to be expected from Bill Callahan, and cheerful at others. With rockers like Diamond Dancer and the Bowery and the type of deep, precise story-telling you'd expect from Bill Callahan, every song is interesting, musically and lyrically - no easy feat considering every song is at least 5 minutes. Bathysphere makes for a great closer.

This is one of the best live albums, of any kind, I've heard in a long time. Any fan of Callahan will enjoy this.

Also, I have the four-sided LP and it sounds great. I can't vouch for the sound quality of the digital tracks, but the recording itself seems very clear and nicely mixed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great album 3 Dec. 2010
By Luc Renambot - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree completely with Charles, the first reviewer. Great album, Bill Callahan is so unique. Interpretations of Diamond Dancer, Cold-blooded Old Times and Bathysphere are great. Buy it if you're a fan of Bill or Smog.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bill Callahan in LIVE mode - Great Album - Best Live 20 May 2010
By Willie Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
This is the best live recorded show I have ever heard by Bill Callahan.. It's crisp and clear high quality sound that resonates through the body.. Not intended to draw sleep, but cover up the darkness.. Bill has written some of his best songs on this record.. Real songs.. Songs you couldn't write, but wish you could.. or at least fly like you did.. One thing about this effort is how many times I have heard shotty sounding live shows and was disappointed by there looseness.. These live songs are Tried and True.. musically tight and dead on... I personally purchased the FLAC download of the album therefore recording to my own cdr as directed by Callahan himself.. Who I must say did a great job with the digital version of this great live album... I hope it is put to cd, but the flac download will do for now as I do not have a reputable record player at this point.. So I guess I am unable to say how the technics are on the recorded LP version.. Tho I think it is safe to say flac, cd or record they all sound like a fine wine being poured into glass.. It's what we have come to expect from Bill Callahan also known as SMOG... sometimes Mr. Bill...

An excellent addition to anyone's showcase..

Highly Recommended
3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
a cure for insomnia 15 May 2010
By Jay Boco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Don't know what it is about Callahan/Smog. All the songs are funeral dirges yet there are some that I can listen to over and over again. Others never. I've been listening to "Knock Knock" a lot recently having picked it up on vinyl finally. No problem enjoying it. I have only listened to 3 of the 4 sides here and have no desire to listen to the 4th.

I've never seen him live and maybe that's a good thing, for this live album is far from it. Some artists need the help that a studio provides. He apparently is one of them. This appears to be a vinyl only release. If so, that's a cool touch. It also means that those that purchase CD's will never hear this. That's probably a good thing.

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