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Sings Live!

Colin Meloy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0015G2JZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Devil's Elbow 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. We Both Go Down Together 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Evoking A Campfire Singalong (banter)0:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Gymnast, High Above The Ground 6:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect/Dreams 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dracula's Daughter 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wonder 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Brief Introduction To Shirley Collins 1:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Barbara Allen 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Engine Driver 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. On The Bus Mall 6:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Skull, A Ship, and a Sheep (banter) 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. California One/Youth And The Beauty Brigade/Ask12:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Bachelor And The Bride 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. A Cautionary Song 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Red Right Ankle 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Bandit Queen 6:450.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant banter, witty lyrics and lovely tunes 13 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've never been the biggest Decemberists or live album fan for that matter, so I was suprised to find myself buying this album after listening to a bit of it from a stream on a blog. It's the between song banter that was the clincher, as it somehow manages to make you feel like your actually at the gig or the 'campfire sing a long' as Colin calls it on the album. As for the music, he's definatly cemented his position in my mind as one of the best song writers around today, possesing that rare gift of being able to tell a story in an interesting rhyme scheme whilst keeping it humorous and all without sounding naff. So, if you fancy a nice evening in rather than going to a gig one night I seriously reccomend checking this out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great songwriter in an intimate setting 5 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Colin Meloy's band, The Decemberists, have been getting progressively progressive recently. Their ambitious plans culminated in 2006's 'The Crane Wife', a grand concept album featuring two 10-minute epics. So anyone who misses the days of gently strummed ballads about pirates and gypsies will enjoy 'Colin Meloy Sings Live!', which finds the singer alone, with only his guitar and an incredible back catalogue as accompaniment. The album is a compilation of recordings from his tours of America (lucky bastards), mostly drawn from the quieter moments of The Decemberists' back catalogue. There's also a selection from his covers EP 'Colin Meloy Sings Shirley Collins', one from from his old college alt-country band Tarkio (opener 'Devil's Elbow') and a couple of wonderful covers snuck in between songs (but I won't ruin the surprise for you).

So far, it all sounds very fans-only. But '...Sings Live!' is the sound of a gifted songwriter stripping down his best work, and will appeal to anyone who's got a soft spot for charming acoustic troubadours. And it achieves its main purpose as a live album: to make you feel like, and wish, you're there. Meloy compares the show to a campfire singalong, which sums up the album's atmosphere nicely. Album tracks like 'Red Right Ankle' and the disturbing sea shanty 'A Cautionary Tale' become gloriously imtimate, and there's a silence all through the beautiful 'The Engine Driver' until the end, when the crowd gently sing the backing vocals. You're not even there, but it's one of those perfect gig moments.

As anyone who's been to a Decemberists show will tell you, Meloy is a born showman. Three tracks here are taken up by amusing stage banter and there's plenty of pantomime-esque drawn-out endings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meloy's Campfire Atmosphere 12 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
An involving and fantastic album. If you are lucky enough to have seen the Decemberists live, then this album will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I was there 27 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Found this as a result of one track that featured on a Word Magazine sampler. The track ("Engine driver") was good, but what had jumped out whenever it came up on shuffle was the moment when the audience spontaneously sang a chorus. Proper, hairs on arms electric. Got the album and, if I'm honest, really willed myself to like it - actually just listened to it straight through twice, just like in the old days. I genuinely love every track on here. For a live album, there's enough between song chat to make you feel included (but not so much that you want to skip it every time). His voice isn't perfect, the guitars misbehave, and the fact that we're allowed to hear these imperfect versions makes it even better. I've since tracked down more by his band the Decemberists, and of course many of the songs featured here appear in more lush settings, but primacy rules - I think that I'll be coming back to this album again and again. Would strongly recommend to anyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Under par 20 Aug 2008
By Galileo
Format:Audio CD
As a fan i expected the latest Colin Meloy solo outing to live up to previous efforts and possibly even Decemberists heights, however, i was slightly disappointed in these aspects. The album itself is a rehash more than a new album with only 3 or 4 new songs and the rest being taken from Decemberists or previous solo albums. The attempts at crowd interaction are difficult to pick up from the CD and the songs don't quite run into each other as was probably intended.
Although this is the case the album is not a washout, certainly not even close. The songs in themselves are once again beautifully played and sung by Colin including acoustic versions of 'On The Bus Mall' and 'We Both Go Down Together'. Added to solo songs such as Devil's Elbow' and 'Wonder' the album dusts itself off and becomes above average once again.
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