Tbone right away latched onto these guys back in 1994 when Atlanta’s own Collective Soul released their debut album Hints,Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.
Course we were all taken aback with the huge rock track Shine which was everywhere on radio and video which I believe main songwriter/lead vocalist/guitarist Ed Roland recorded ‘Hints’ in his own basement in hopes of getting a publishing deal…
Well Shine took off and viola Collective Soul is the name of the band and delivering some feel good music is the game. (Yeah that last line was pathetic)
It was 1995’s self titled Collective Soul album that I thought was a classic in itself and someday I need to show it a review but for now in the year 2017 Collective Soul has recorded a bunch of shows and have released a Fantastic Live Album!
First of all kudos to fellow blogger John T Snow who every Friday posts that weeks new releases which is great as I had no idea this was out and if were keeping score Mr Snow hails from Atlanta the same backyard as Collective Soul!
Thanks John for the heads up!
It was a quick click to iTunes and another quick click to purchase this live album! I love me Live Albums!
Ed and the Soul’s open the show with Heavy and right off the bat you’ll hear the guitars have that nice raw rocking live sound so from an audio standpoint this is a well mixed album.
18 tracks are featured and tons you would know about the amount they get played on Rock Radio. Gel/Why(Part 2)/December/Counting The Days/Precious Declaration and my personal fav that was a non single Where The River Flows are great well written tracks! A new track played live is included at the end of the album titled Right As Rain is a pretty decent track perhaps showing where these guys are headed on their next studio record!
These guys can play and Ed delivers the songs vocally. Collective Soul are a talented bunch and know that their meal deal is in just simple straight ahead delivered rock! In other words they know their niche!
Collective Soul is not reinventing the Rock Wheel just adding to it with classic tracks and hey this set proves just that as many of these were released as singles! In other words main songwriter Ed Roland knows what his bread and butter is!
Now saying that many of these songs were singles they cut across live with more “ooomph” than the studio albums they originated on. Case in point Listen is sped up a bit in tempo and while the studio track is a great version ,live it has that tendency to kick a little more ass!
That band behind Ed featuring his brother Dean(guitar) and Jessie Triplett on guitars are great players with each one’s guitar mixed to the left and right side when your listening on headphones. Johnny Rabb(drums) and Will Turpin(bass) keep the bottom end moving forward…
Give Ed Roland credit! Considering out of the 18 songs here and your two biggest hits Shine and Gel are tracks 6 & 9 on this release you know they have a huge catalogue of tracks to draw from!
I know I bash on unplugged tunes as I had my fill of them but when Collective Soul goes all acoustic on She Said it is is Pure Brilliance! Just two acoustic guitars and Ed’s voice. Seriously it is so good! (Did I just type that?!)
Overall,a real decent Live album one in which I had no idea was coming out and kudos to these guys for just blasting some good ol fashioned hard rock done the catchy way!