Ben Folds Five - The Complete Sessions At West 54th [2LP] (Blue Colored Vinyl, gatefold, limited to 1000)
Limited Edition - 1000 Copies!
Translucent Blue Vinyl Double LP!
Never Before Released On CD or LP!
In 1997, PBS began airing Sessions At West 54th, a program far removed from the live music fare aimed at the older set that one usually finds on the network. Instead, Sessions At West 54th brought the hottest and hippest acts to New York to perform live in front of a studio audience. And one of the first acts asked to appear was Ben Folds Five. Which was a very big deal to the leader of the band. "I viewed it as an equal to a classic BBC live music television show," says Ben Folds. "I walked into it thinking, 'This is the one I leave [behind],' because it felt like some kind of a time capsule gig."
Now, we at Real Gone Music are thrilled to present the complete performance by Ben Folds Five as recorded at Sony Music Studios. This 2LP release represents the first live album to be released in either format (LP or CD) from the "vintage" years of the trio (consisting of Folds, drummer Darren Jessee and bassist Robert Sledge). Among the 15 tunes are three from the group's self-titled debut, nine from their then-current release Whatever And Ever Amen featuring their hit "Battle Of Who Could Care Less", and three songs that had not been released at the time ("Emaline", "Theme From 'Dr. Pyser'" and their radically reimagined cover of Flaming Lips' "She Don't Use Jelly"). Folds and crew were always a great live band - they even recorded their studio albums in a largely live setting - but this performance crackles with palpable intensity, brought home by this recording's flawless fidelity. But don't take our word for it - as Folds says in Bill Kopp's liner notes that accompany the release, "That gig was pretty special".
Available in a gatefold blue vinyl double-LP limited to 1000 copies!
• Limited Edition - 1000 Copies
• Translucent Blue Vinyl
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
• Liner notes by Bill Kopp featuring exclusive quotes from Ben Folds
• Never before released on CD or LP
1. Missing The War
3. Battle Of Who Could Care Less
4. The Last Polka
1. Selfless, Cold And Composed
3. Steven's Last Night In Town
3. Theme From "Dr. Pyser"
4. One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces
2. She Don't Use Jelly
3. Song For The Dumped
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