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4.2 out of 5 stars
Kicking Television, Live in Chicago
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on 29 April 2018
I love everything about and everything by Wilco. Like a modern day Grateful Dead. This is no exception. Highly recommended!
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on 19 August 2015
beautiful cd, very good servie of seller, thanks
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on 22 June 2014
what a great recording of a couple of shows.
the sound balance.and atmosphere of a cracking couple of gigs.
oh the songs are pretty mega too.
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on 17 November 2005
Around the time of 'summerteeth' it was shocking how bad a live-band Wilco were - since then half the band have gone ditch-ward and Tweedy's former alt-country crew have embraced Jim O'Rourke, systems-muzik, 'Music for a New Society', Krautrock & 'Metal Machine Music.' As much as I loved 'Being There', the 'Mermaid Avenue' albums & 'summer teeth', Wilco have become a much more interesting band with 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' & 'a ghost is born' - the two albums which much of the material of 'Kicking Television' (recorded to celebrate a decade of Wilco) focus on.
The current Wilco line-up including Tweedy, long-time cohort John Stirratt, Leroy Bach, Glenn Kotche, Nels Cline & Pat Sansone fantastically represent the material here. Already this is one of the great live albums, offering great interpretations of the studio work. There are two 'new' songs (the title track, a cover of Charles Wright's 'Comment') and not much material pre-the year-zero 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.' There is nothing from debut 'A.M.' (which is about right as only 'Passenger Side' & 'Box Full of Letters' really appeal)and only one-track from alt-country classic double LP 'Being There', the opener 'Misunderstood' (which memorably requotes Peter Laughner's 'Amphetamine'from the Rocket from the Tombs days). The gorgeous 'summer teeth' fares better with 'A Shot in the Arm' (which prefigured the droney/repetition thing Wilco expanded on with YHF) & the melancholic 'Via Chicago.' The only diversion from these are the 'Mermaid Avenue'-tracks 'One By One' & 'Airline to Heaven' - the latter is closer to the version featured in the cult-classic film 'Jesus'Son' than the Bragg/Wilco-take (ironically Bragg & The Blokes' tale on the 'Mermaid'-material was equally fantastic...)
The remainder, as suggested, stems from 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' & 'a ghost is born' - two fantastic albums where I reside & the peak of Wilco's career as far as I'm concerned. The highlights at present would be 'Handshake Drugs' followed by the fractal-stoner rock of 'I am Trying to Break Your Heart' (imagine The Jesus & Mary Chain falling asleep with John Cage...no, imagine!)It's all wonderful, mind you, but another peak would include 'Ashes of American Flags' - which becomes more potent with the decades of war, hypocrisy & woe. It will be a National-Anthem within years...My favourite song from 'YHF' remains 'Poor Places' , which comes across wonderfully live, especially when fluxing into post-Kraut'Rourke 'Spiders (kidsmoke)', which comes across a lot more in this live version..
ghosts are born everyday...
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on 19 November 2005
Since Summerteeth pushed Wilco forward towards commercial acceptance (see "I can't stand it" and the Volvo commercial 5/6 years ago), Jeff Tweedy and his cohorts have turned their back on the rich pastures that awaited them.
2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and last year's A Ghost is Born united everything from the krautrock of Spiders (Kidsmoke) to the psychedelic pioneering of Muzzle of Bees, the discordant drive of 'I am trying to break your heart' and the cacophony of 'Ashes of American Flags' and 'Poor Places' with its jarring fade out of squealing radio interference and the disembodied voice repeating the album titled ad infinitum. 'Kicking Television' is a chance for Tweedy to not only show how happy he is with the current state of play chez Wilco, but also to issue a statement of intent. All bar three or four of these songs are from the last two albums and while the cursory visitor may expect the extraneous feedback to have been smoothed out, in favour of stadium friendly versions of these songs, Wilco do not compromise.
From the opening clatter of Misunderstood to the last note on the record, there is passion, exquisite musicianship and a sense of homecoming - not just because of the return to Tweedy's native Chicago, but in the sense that this unique statement of discord, a journey has been completed. Can't wait for the next studio album ...
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on 27 December 2006
I don't know what it is about this album, but after only a couple of listens you feel like you know all the tracks. I think it's the way they build up the melody in such a clever way that you are almost anticipating the "hook" before you get there. Then they hold off and go in a different direction before suddenly coming back and grabbing you again. It really is the closest thing to perfect "pop" but done so brilliantly you aren't even aware that you're bascially listening to melody driven popular music.

I have my MP3 player set to "Random Play All" but I keep willing it to play tracks from this album. In a world full of generic pop written by teams and produced by marketing people, Wilco are one of only a handful of truly great bands producing truly great music. If you like music, get this.
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on 24 August 2009
A double CD of Wilco's residency in their hometown, the tight band play lots of the previous 2 albums (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born) and smatterings of the earlier 3 albums and two new songs (title track and closing track). Nothing unremarkable in the arrangements sprinkled with the usual Jeff Tweedy banter. Useful introduction if you've never heard Wilco, and essential if you have all the albums.
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on 29 April 2017
the best currently
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on 4 January 2006
Wilco are the best band in the world and in 2005 they were absolutely in their best live form. I was lucky enough to see them live to witness the sheer visceral excitement of the combo of Jeff Tweedy's heartbreaking voice, the delicate tunes and the violence of Nels Cline's guitar work. How can something so discordant be so beautiful? I love the fact that Wilco continue to push the envelope. While for other bands releasing a live album can seem a bit lazy, in this case it was absolutely essential. Recorded in their hometown, Chicago, Kicking Television is a valuable and brilliant record of this superb band at their absolute best.
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on 12 April 2006
Ok, I can barely begin to believe I'm going to be remotely derogatory of Jeff and the boys. I own all the Wilco albums, love both Loose Fur subsiduarys, adore Mermaid Avenue, even like The Minus Five, and I bought Kicking Television without blinking. But, I kinda wish I had...

Don't get me wrong - this is an excellent collection of songs, a splendid introduction for a newcomer to the band, but as live albums go - maybe it's a throwback from my teen rock days - but I expect a bit more energy and interest from a Live Album.

Another way of putting it: I found myself wondering what the point was. Wilco are tight and professional, album tight in fact. Those mad meandering guitar solos that made Ghost is Born at first difficult then joyous to bear - they're there live - unaltered. And the improvised 'jazz' feel is gone. If ever there was a time to test the limits (which it seems to me Wilco are all about on their albums) then surely live is where the magic kicks off? Nope. It's solid. It's good, great even, but worth committing to disc in double CD form?

Yes - I can hear the outcry: "Are you mad? Via Chicago, dude! The titular track! I Am Trying To Break Your Heart! They're great!"

Sorry, but Via Chicago is the only interesting deviation from the album versions, the only sign of a band pushing themselves and their audience. The rest of it - it's there, it's great, but it ain't NEW.

Nor does the album contain much personality from the band. Jeff Tweedy is a great frontman and is an etertaining speaker between songs. But here there are brief asides of moderate amusement. Again - not good enough to gain the praise and awe others have granted it here.

It's a compilation. A best of. And it's good. But as a Live Album - it fails to reach the imaginative heights expected of Wilco.
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