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Across a Wire: Live in New York Double CD

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  • Audio CD (14 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Uni/Dgc Records
  • ASIN: B000008USI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Too much too soon is the m.o. of so many bands who, thanks to the fleeting fame that accompanies music-video breakthroughs, are famous before their time and has-beens five minutes later. You could be excused for thinking that's the case with Counting Crows, darlings of both MTV and VH1, who here release a double concert CD after only two studio albums. But you'd be wrong. The set, an acoustic disc recorded for VH1's Storytellers and an electric one from MTV's Live from the 10 Spot, proves how well the oft-bootlegged Crows have earned their reputation as a smoking live band. It also shows how elastic their rambling and evocative songs can be, some of which appear on both discs but in vastly different arrangements. People may tire of vocalist Adam Duritz's perpetually-wounded-soldier-of-love act, but this is one band whose success was hard-won and is richly deserved. --Daniel Durchholz

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A must for every fan of Counting Crows! If you liked the studio recorded albums, then prepare to be blown away by this double CD of their live atcs at VH1 and MTV! The album supplies a suprisingly, refreshing, different view of 'Counting Crows' songs. With an awesome acoustic version of 'Round Here' to start the VH1 disc and a mind blowing perfomance of 'Anna Begins' to finish it, you wont ever get bored with listening to these two CD's! Buy, Play, Sit Back and LOVE!!!!!
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What a great (double) record. The beauty of this record is the amazing evolution that Counting Crows songs go through when they are played live.
Counting Crows is the definative live band. Every show is completely different that the last. It is impressive to hear what they have captured on these two CDs. Many songs are repeated between the CDs. 'Round Here, Rain King, and Have You Seen Me Lately, to name a few. None of which are the "same." Each repeated song has a completely different musical arrangement. Each song showing, one, how talented this band is, and two, how tight they are as a group. There is a lot to be said about how well a band can communicate and predict, especially when there is a great deal of improv.
A live record was totally in the natural progression of a band like this. Their shows are what makes them so special. Bands like DMB have great live shows, but the fact that what I hear on their 5+ live albums is all too similar to what is on the CD, makes me not want to buy their live material. It is the opposite with the Crows. Everytime they play, they play a new song, even if it is old. They could release entire tours and you'd never hear the same show twice.
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DON'T BUY THIS ALBUM!!! unless you already own all other counting crows albums except Hard Candy, because you won't truely understand the genius involved in the creation of some of the hybrid songs on this album. The first CD adds a beautiful peace to all the counting crows songs as it is mainly acoustic, Adam Duritz is sublime throughout, even if you think you've heard the songs before by looking at the track list, you actually haven't this isn't the usual live album where everything sounds the same but worse for whatever reason like you realise the singer can't sing, I'll tell you this, Adam Duritz sounds even better live as the passion and complexity isn't lost in the recording studio this time. The second CD is far more upbeat with some of the crows songs actually rocked up a little, listen to this on the best music system in your house for every sure detail, and give it the solid 2 hours it deserves with no other distractions, this will be your favourite album after just one listen if you have loved all of the crows other albums, its just perfect.
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It's so damn cheap, for 2 CD's as well.

The first CD is from their VH1 Storytellers session, which consists of stripped down intimate versions of their songs, played softly and told as stories. You can feel the emotion seep out from your speakers. The Highlights are Round Here, Mr Jones and Anna Begins. It really sets Adam out as one of the best lyricists of the last generation. The lyrics come alive when he sings them with such soul, they really reinvent every song.

The Second CD is are more like the other original songs. That'll make you want to "get the hell up" The highlights are 'A long December' and 'A Murder of One'.
They really play with passion here.

Although it seems strange for a band with only 2 studio records to release a live album. You won't be disappointed and for such a small price it's just such a bargain.
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It's Counting Crows, at their best and beyond. There are some bands who are terrible live, some who shine, Counting Crows are THE live band of live bands. You will be hard-pressed to find a better act. Not only do they give you a sample of their music live, they give you both the acoustic and the electric side of it and it's amazing. The songs roll on and on, never-ending it seems in some cases. Absolutely absorbing.
This is a must before you can call yourself a real fan of Counting Crows.
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this is the 8th copy of this I have owned. Either I give them away to friends who haven't listened to it, or they get worn out from being played so much.

A truly MUST HAVE album!! Sits up there along with the likes of Transformer, Wish You Were Here, Grace and Led Zepplin III as a must have on the music shelf.
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If you are a crows fan you must get this cd. It shows the counting crows' songs in a new light. Adam Duritz says They "Know how to play their songs now" and I agree. In the VH1 cd they have taken some of their electric tracks and changed them to be genneraly more mellow and meaningfull. "Mr Jones" has changed and it is beutifull the way they play it on stage, same with "Catapult", "Rain King"(Well Good) and "Angels of the silences". The MTV CD is more lively though and contains songs like "Children in bloom" and "Sullivan Street", which has a whole 2 min' phrase with just Grand Piano and Vox. A totally beutifull CD of a band that have matured musicly since the days of "August". Even Though there are no new songs - except maybe "Chelsea" #10 on VH1 (Bonus Track) - Buy this album because most of the songs are so different from the originals. Check out Their new Album "This Desert Life" Their Best Yet!
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