Songs From The Road (Special Edition)
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If you want the true measure of a band, listen to them playing live. Without the smoke and mirrors of the studio, some artists flourish while others fold. Now in 2015, 'Songs From The Road,' captures a dynamite set from a band that has made it their business to blow off the roof.
Stop the man on the street and he might tell you the Spin Doctors are the zillion-selling legends behind hits like "Two Princes" and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong." Ask a longer-term, harder-core fan, though, and they'll remind you that Chris Barron, Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass) came up playing for their lives on the sharp-end of the New York blues circuit.
The NYC scene took no prisoners. As such, when hysteria hit – around the time of 1991's 'Pocket Full Of Kryptonite' album – the lineup were already a stingingly tight live draw. Over the next quarter-century, fashion moved on, but the Docs' talent for rocket-fuelling killer original songs onstage has only grown with age. And with 2013's restorative 'If The River Was Whiskey' album giving their catalogue a blues-flavored adrenalin shot, there's never been a better time to catch them live.
Ruf's popular 'Songs For The Road' live series has always been driven by the concept of capturing a band as they sound from the front row, and with this latest two-disc CD/DVD release, all the stops were duly pulled out in terms of production. Recorded live at the Harmonie club in Bonn, Germany, on October 17th, 2013, you can almost feel the gust of the speakers, the hot bounce of the crowd and the buzz crackle through the venue as much-loved studio material is twisted into bold new shapes.
More than production values, though, Songs From The Road is about the songs with the Doctors chasing through a set list that runs the gamut of genre and vintage. Naturally, there's a healthy slug of Kryptonite-era material (alongside the aforementioned über-hits, look out for early fan favorites like What Time Is It? and Jimmy Olsen's Blues). But you'll also find the track listing rooted squarely in the here-and-now, with Whiskey cuts including Some Other Man Instead, About A Train, Scotch And Water Blues – plus the song that Chris deems the best he's ever written, Sweetest Portion.
So pull up a ringside seat at the rebirth of the Spin Doctors. This is Songs From The Road. No smoke, no mirrors. Just an honest band, armed with their best material yet, still playing for their lives.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Music Genre||Blues / Rock|
|Music Genre Primary||Blues & Roots|
|Music Genre Secondary||Pop & Rock|