Joe Jackson - Afterlife

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  1. -=Rudy=-

    -=Rudy=- ♪♫♪♫♫♪♪♫♪♪ Staff Thread Starter

    Has anyone picked up this Joe Jackson CD Afterlife yet? I'm no fan of live recordings, except for a few artists...and JJ is one of those, probably because he reinvents the songs in many of his performances. Sound quality isn't a big issue for me on this one--I'm more concerned with the performances.

    What interests me is that there is an import version of Afterlife with a bonus disc. The idea behind the original first disc is that it features the original Quartet that toured last year, featuring songs with either new arrangements of existing songs, or Quartet songs that have not yet been recorded live. 13 tracks total, recorded during gigs in California. The import has a bonus disc with an additional tracks, but the synopsis on Amazon doesn't give a clue as to what they were sourced from (was it a complete gig, or different gigs from the tour...?).

    Here's the track listing of the import version; the US version consists only of Disc 1.

    Disc: 1
    1. Steppin' Out
    2. One More Time
    3. Take It Like a Man
    4. Awkward Age
    5. Look Sharp!
    6. Down to London
    7. Beat Crazy
    8. Fools in Love
    9. Love at First Light
    10. Fairy Dust
    11. Sunday Papers
    12. Don't Wanna Be Like That
    13. Got the Time

    Disc: 2
    1. Introduction
    2. Look Sharp
    3. Take It Like a Man
    4. Awkward Age
    5. Fools in Love/For Your Love
    6. Obvious
    7. Friday
    8. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
    9. Love at First Light
    10. Be My Number Two
    11. Girl
    12. Steppin' Out
    13. Thugz 'R' Us
    14. Don't Wanna Be Like That
    15. Got the Time
    16. Beat Crazy
    17. It's Different for Girls
    18. I'm the Man
  2. kensc1nj

    kensc1nj Forum Resident

    Warwick NY
    Rudy, the bonus disc is from 5/30 Amsterdam Show: setlist below.

    My understanding is the bonus disc contains the entire show except Fairy Dust and Dirty Martini.

    -30 May 2003 - Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall

    Look Sharp!
    Take It Like A Man
    Awkward Age
    Fools In Love
    Fairy Dust
    Obvious Song
    Is She Really Going Out With Him?
    Love At First Light
    Be My Number Two (solo)
    Girl (Beatles cover) (solo)
    Steppin' Out (solo)
    Dirty Martini
    Thugz 'R' Us
    Sunday Papers
    Don't Wanna Be Like That
    Got The Time
    Beat Crazy
    It's Different For Girls
    I'm The Man
  3. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    What? How many live albums has Jackson released in the past few years? 3???

  4. Rspaight

    Rspaight New Member

    2000 - Summer In The City
    2002 - Live In Tokyo DVD (reissue of 1986 VHS)
    2002 - Two Rainy Nights (web only)
    2004 - Joe Jackson Live (retail version of Two Rainy Nights)
    2004 - Afterlife

    Afterlife's a good live album -- well worth getting. Between that and the bonus live disc in Volume 4, I think I've got all the JJBand reunion live stuff I need, though that bonus disc looks like it may be fun if you don't already have Afterlife. The only track on there I'm really intrigued by is Obvious Song -- I'd like to hear the JJBand version of that.

  5. mrmaloof

    mrmaloof Active Member

    Afterlife is a nice set - it flows very well, and the Vol. 4 tracks have that added kick that comes from good live performances. Since it's just the quartet, you don't get quite the reinvention of material that you find on Live 80/86, for instance, but it's sure no "same as the studio except sped up with echo" live album either.

    - Joe
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