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a proper live album
on 19 January 2006
This actually sounds live, not pro-tooled to death. It crackles with electricity and shows that Wilco is not as po-faced a band as suggested by the highbrow critical praise.
The audience really responds to the energy of the band - it makes you wish you had been there. The absolute high point is during Via Chicago, where Tweedy and Stirratt harmonise over a few bars of chaotic noise, never losing the beat, and the whole band cuts straight back in as though nothing had happened! It's fantastic, and the audience appropriately enough go wild.
On Spiders (Kidsmoke), and Handshake Drugs, Tweedy, Nels Cline and Pat Sansone all play lead guitar together in the coda sections - but not the obvious type of lead guitar. It's pretty wild.
I gather this thing was filmed; the official website has one song available to view, go and have a look at that if you have any doubts. Then come back and order the CD.
I was a massive fan of the Jay Bennett-era of this band and really thought they would never recover from his departure/sacking/whatever happened, but here we have the first fully-convincing live incarnation of the band, delivering the goods on disc.