Wilco - Kicking Television (CD)

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    Categories
    RockPopLive PerformanceMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Experimental Rock
    Number of Discs
    2
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Kicking Television: Live in Chicago
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    075597990324
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Nonesuch (USA)
    Distributor
    WEA (Distributor)
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    00075597990324
    Previews

    Rolling Stone (No. 986, p.88) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...[A] love letter to Wilco's dedicated fans and a definitive live statement from America's foremost rock impressionists...."
    Spin (p.107) - "Wilco turn a rock club into a living room into a heavy-metal parking lot into a laser-light show on a lost highway overpass." -- Grade: A
    Magnet (p.103) - "[A] double album recorded at four shows in 2005, amps up the jam factor just long enough for some unobtrusive guitar solos and builds up the fuzz on quieter songs so they're more effective in front of 1,000 people."
    The Wire (p.69) - "A cover of Chris Wright's 'Comment' closes the set....It's an appropriate high point on which to conclude, as it captures Wilco at the height of their powers."
    Down Beat (p.75) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Whether it's that the band has had time to become comfortable with the recent material, or that the tunes themselves are more conducive to this format, new feels at home next to old, and conveys a warmth that's missing from the studio takes."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he whole band's command of noise captures the fractured, fragile emotions of the singer. A worthy snapshot of a band at its peak."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Misunderstood
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Jesus Etc.
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I'm The Man Who Loves You
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Kicking Television
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Company In My Back
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Late Greats
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Hell Is Chrome
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Handshake Drugs
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Shot In The Arm
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] At Least That's What You Said
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Wishful Thinking
    13. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Via Chicago
    14. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Spiders (Kidsmoke)
    15. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Comment
    16. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Hummingbird
    17. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Muzzle Of Bees
    18. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] One By One
    19. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Airline To Heaven
    20. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Radio Cure
    21. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Ashes Of American Flags
    22. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Heavy Metal Drummer
    23. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Poor Places
    Country
    USA
    Genre
    2
    Release Date
    5 December 2005
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Misunderstood
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Company in My Back
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Late Greats, The
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Hell Is Chrome
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Handshake Drugs
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Shot in the Arm
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] At Least That's What You Said
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Wishful Thinking
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Jesus, Etc.
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I'm the Man Who Loves You
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Kicking Television
    13. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Via Chicago
    14. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Hummingbird
    15. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Muzzle of Bees
    16. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] One by One
    17. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Airline to Heaven
    18. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Radio Cure
    19. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Ashes of American Flags
    20. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Heavy Metal Drummer
    21. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Poor Places
    22. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Spiders (Kidsmoke)
    23. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
    Notes

    Wilco: Rich Parenti (baritone, saxophone); Nels Cline, Pat Sansone (guitars); Mike Jorgensen (piano, keyboards); John Stirratt (bass instrument); Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, Nick Broste, Patrick Newbery .
    Personnel: Pat Sansone (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Jeff Tweedy (vocals, guitar); John Stirratt (vocals); Nels Cline (guitar, lap steel guitar); Rich Parenti (baritone saxophone); Patrick Newbery (trumpet, flugelhorn); Nick Broste (trombone); Glenn Kotche (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Jim Scott ; Stan Doty.
    Recording information: Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL (05/04/2005-05/07/2005).
    Photographers: Mike Segal; Zoran Orlic.
    While Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born established Wilco's reputation as one of America's most interesting and imaginative rock bands, both albums were the product of a band in flux, and this was particularly evident to those who saw the group on-stage after the release of YHF. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot may have blazed new sonic trails for Wilco, but the departure of Jay Bennett in the latter stages of its production left the band with an audible hole when they played the new material on-stage, and while multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach may have been a technically skilled player, he looked and sounded like a cold fish in concert, unwittingly emphasizing the cooler surfaces of Wilco's new music and negating much of the passion of Jeff Tweedy's songs. However, by the time Wilco hit the road following the release of A Ghost Is Born, the group's latest round of personnel shakeups had the unexpected but welcome effect of spawning one of the group's best lineups to date; after Bach amicably left Wilco, the addition of keyboard and guitar man Pat Sansone and especially visionary guitarist Nels Cline gave the band players whose energy and passion matched their technical skill, and suddenly the band was playing its challenging new material with the same sweaty force Tweedy and company conjured up in the band's earlier days. Thankfully, Tweedy had the good sense to document the prowess of Wilco's latest incarnation on-stage, and Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, recorded during four shows at the Windy City's Vic Theater, offers a welcome second perspective on the band's more recent work. With the exception of two numbers from Wilco's collaborative albums with Billy Bragg (in which they set Woody Guthrie's poems to music), Kicking Television focuses exclusively on their "post-alt-country" work, but while many of the songs featured here sounded cool and mannered in the studio, here they gain new muscle and force, not to mention a great deal of enthusiasm, and while tunes like "Ashes of American Flags" and "Handshake Drugs" are never going to be crowd-pleasers in the manner of "Casino Queen," the ‚lan of this band in full flight shows that the fun has been put back in Wilco, albeit in a different and more angular form. Nels Cline's guitar is especially bracing in this context, and his marriage of melodic weight and joyous dissonance fits these songs while expanding on their strengths at the same time. And the title cut thankfully proves that Wilco still can (and still does) rock on out. Kicking Television is the best sort of live album -- a recording that doesn't merely retread a band's back catalog, but puts their songs in a new perspective, and in this case these performances reveal that one great band has actually been getting better. ~ Mark Deming

    Date Released
    2005-12-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Live
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Wilco
    Producer
    Wilco
    Artists
    1. Wilco
    Duration
    114m 6s
    Engineer
    Mike Konopka; Timothy Powell; Jim Scott

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