C/D: Bands performing albums in their entirety

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i can't tell if this is appealing or not. has anyone ever seen it done?

poortheatre, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Joanna Newsom doing her whole new album solo on the harp at ArthurBall was pretty awesome, other than the bass-heavy dance beats bleeding in from upstairs. Classic.

schwantz, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yep. I saw They Might Be Giants in 2001 and they did "Flood" from start to end (then a few other songs). It was pretty awesome.

Trayce, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Holy fucking crap I'd love to see SY do Daydream Nation in one hit though. Esp if it was at a small venue.

Trayce, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Lots of metal bands do that. Anthrax did the entirety of Among the Living on a recent tour. Iron Maiden performed their latest album in its entirety, as did, I believe, Queensryche. Dream Theater did one entire disc of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence when I saw them live, and they've been known to do entire albums from other bands like Master of Puppets. Even Pink Floyd did the entirety of Dark Side of the Moon on their Pulse live album. It isn't exactly unprecedented.

Jeff Treppel, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't really know how GZA is gonna make Swords work live. Is he just gonna stand there/brood during the integral Shogun Assassin samples?

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(Of course, the latest Iron Maiden and Queensryche albums sort of sucked, so I didn't bother seeing them on those tours)

Jeff Treppel, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also, to up Hoos's God-That's-Embarassing points, I own a few Phish bootlegs featuring their annual Halloween full album sets. I've got their White Album, Remain in Light, and Loaded.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(I used the word "entire" way too much in my next-to-last post. And you should be ashamed of yourself, Hoos)

Jeff Treppel, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh, forgot to weigh in on the classic/dud issue somewhere in there. As my previous posts point out, it pretty much depends on the band and the album.

Jeff Treppel, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

as far as maiden goes, i'd like to hear number of the beast in its entirety, sandwiched between some other classics

Charlie Howard, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also, Fu Manchu performed their Hung out to Dry 4-song EP last time I saw them. Does that count? That was pretty cool.

Jeff Treppel, Monday, 23 April 2007 04:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, you know when a song ends on one of your favourite albums and you immediately start humming the next song before it comes on, and sometimes when you're listening to the radio you do it and then Dave Fanning or Marty Whelan starts talking? It'll be like that, only at a concert.

I know, right?, Monday, 23 April 2007 04:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Classic: Bands doing it when the albums were current a la Queensryche doing Operation: Mindcrime.

As for bands doing it years later? I'm not as sure about it. In theory I put it up there with bands rerecording their hits - a sign that the group has nothing new to offer and and content to live off past glories.

But in practice when a group such as Sonic Youth, whom I have the utmost respect for and who I still appreciate, maybe I need to rethink.

NYCNative, Monday, 23 April 2007 04:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes apparently performed the entirety of Tales From Topographic Oceans album in '74!

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Everyone's getting in on it now - I saw an ad yesterday for the Wedding Present doing George Best in its entirety (which I'm seriously contemplating!)

ailsa, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Didn't Husker Du play the whole of Warehouse:Songs&Stories on (a number of shows during) their final tour?

StanM, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Bowie doing the whole of "Low" live, for instance, while cool in theory just seems kind of pointless in practice. Why not just listen to "Low"? Not like it's much different live. I'd rather hear a good mix of material from different parts of an artist's career instead of having a good portion of the show devoted to just replaying an entire album that came out 15 or 20 years ago, especially if they don't deviate much from the recorded version.

novaheat, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink


StanM, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw the Melvins play 'Houdini' in its entirety (plus bonus tracks!) about 18 months ago. Granted, it wasn't a direct replay of the album (they extended many of the intros, ran songs together) but in a way, they made it better.

MacDara, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw Husker Du on the Warehouse tour (at The Forum or Kilburn National or somewhere) and they played about W:S&S in the album order up to about halfway through, then threw in one off Zen Arcade (Standing By The Sea IIRC, or was it I'll Never Forget You?) with Greg Norton on vocals. I think they went back to the album order after that, but it's a long time ago!

Dr.C, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Impressive memory there, Dr.C.

StanM, Monday, 23 April 2007 09:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I can also tell you that they were supported by The Shamen (pre-acid house version of the band, Bob Mould played a white Flying-V throughout, and that they were crap, mainly due to being strangely too quiet. I guess that in a smaller venue they would have been amazing.

Dr.C, Monday, 23 April 2007 09:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

In progressive rock, with concept albums and all, this is the natural way to do it. "Tommy", "Dark Side Of The Moon", "The Wall", "Quadrophenia", "Tales From Topographic Oceans"; they are all supposed to be listened to in their entirety, from beginning until end, and it isn't unnatural that they were being performed live that way too.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 April 2007 09:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well, i'm going to see OMD doing "architecture and morality" in its entirety (and dragging ailsa along too), and i'm enormously psyched about that. and fuck's sake, i have to go and see "george best" ... but the difference there is that the OMD gi ... er, "concert" is actually the original line-up re-forming to play the album, while the wedding present thing will obviously just be gedge and two dudes from glenrothes (no, really) going "chungachungachungawhizzwhizzzung". still: that's no bad thing. no bad thing at all.

it's an enormously chin-strokey and middle-aged concept, really - "we're artists, ladies and gentlemen; here's our great art" - but fuck it: if it's an album i love then why not? just for the sake of seeing it recontextualised.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 23 April 2007 10:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well I would generally have said dud for the Mojo-approved chin-stroking backward-lookingness of it all, BUT when I saw Magma playing the entire Theusz Hamtaahk trilogy a few years back it fair brought a tear to my eye. So, classic when it's something I want to see myself, dud when it isn't. I think that's fair.

Matt #2, Monday, 23 April 2007 10:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i would like Orbital to 'reform' and perform In Sides. maybe in 2016. yes please.

blueski, Monday, 23 April 2007 10:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think I might have to go and see George Best as well. I saw the Lemonheads do It's A Shame About Ray. And Low doing Things We Lost In The Fire.

Colonel Poo, Monday, 23 April 2007 10:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Are SY doing Daydream Nation at the Primavera Festivaal, does anyone know?

the next grozart, Monday, 23 April 2007 10:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink


aye, that low thing was the first time i became aware of this concept. i was very excited but, in typical grimly style, didn't actually get to see it. o well.

not sure yet whether i'll bother with spiderland in september. i was, in all honesty, a bit let down by slint at ATP and i know the place will be packed out with spunkers who've never actually heard the album but want to prove how fucking well-versed they are in seminal post-rock.

i think i'll stay at home but play it really loudly with the windows open.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 23 April 2007 10:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You'll play it really quietly/loudly, surely?

aldo, Monday, 23 April 2007 10:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Didn't Husker Du play the whole of Warehouse:Songs&Stories on (a number of shows during) their final tour?

Yes they did, with Greg Norton's b-side "Everytime" slotted in somewhere. Bands playing records in their entirety -- especially when they're not trying to do an exact re-creation of the sound of the studio album -- and around the time they're released: classic. Bands doing it 20+ years later? Dud. Just a blatant (and embarrassing) admission that their new shit just doesn't measure up...or worse, that they're not as interested in their new shit.

Standing In The Shadows Of Bob, Monday, 23 April 2007 11:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ah...so it was "Everytime". I was wrong, but at least I remembered that it was Greg Norton.

Dr.C, Monday, 23 April 2007 11:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't really agree with that. Sure sometimes that might be true, but I think e.g. Low's last couple of albums have been as good as anything else they've released.


Colonel Poo, Monday, 23 April 2007 11:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Standing In The Shadows Of Bob said what I said, pretty much, although he has his mind made up more about old material.

NYCNative, Monday, 23 April 2007 11:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I want Nas to preform Illmatic.

MRZBW, Monday, 23 April 2007 11:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You'd know exactly when to go to the bar.

Keith, Monday, 23 April 2007 12:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't know, I think it's pretty pathetic.

The Brainwasher, Monday, 23 April 2007 12:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's unenticing. Two big obvious pleasures of gigs:

- not knowing what's going to get played next.
- hearing people with longer careers make connections across them.

Those are out the window, and replaced with...what?

And where's the audience participation here? The cheers of delight when an unexpected favourite crops up? The hardcore fans shouting for their favourites? Why not just do a webcast?

Groke, Monday, 23 April 2007 12:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

When I saw Low last summer, they did do the full Things we lost in the fire, which i did not expect. (Made sense though, because apparently they were doing it for the ATP don't look back thing that tour as well.)
I enjoyed it, even if i was expecting more new stuff, and thought the great destroyer songs they played afterwards sounded a lot better following the restrained earlier set. Especially Pissing was great.

barnaby, Monday, 23 April 2007 13:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes, doing this unannounced, and as part of a longer set, is obviously a lot better from the POV of my criticisms.

Groke, Monday, 23 April 2007 13:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sparks did this last year - the first half they did "Hello Young Lovers" in its entirety energetically but without changing much from the recorded versions - but then the second half they did their hits - and you had to wonder how they were still standing after 2 hours despite being in their 50's.

danzig, Monday, 23 April 2007 21:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes, doing this unannounced, and as part of a longer set, is obviously a lot better from the POV of my criticisms.

Unless you'd paid 30 quid to see Lou Reed and he said he's going to do all of Metal Machine Music.

Keith, Monday, 23 April 2007 21:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

DUD..... found this on Wikipedia:

In March 2012, Stapp reconvened with his Creed band mates to rehearse for the upcoming Creed tour, during which the band will perform its first two albums, My Own Prison and Human Clay, back to back in their entirety.

ilxor, Friday, 6 April 2012 02:03 (six years ago) Permalink

guess who has tickets to one of these shows

markers, Friday, 6 April 2012 02:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Spin Doctors toured an evening of Pocketful of Kryptonite last year, i think the shark officially jumped then

some dude, Friday, 6 April 2012 02:14 (six years ago) Permalink

I saw them (Spin Doctors) play in Maui last August. It was awful.

van smack, Friday, 6 April 2012 04:00 (six years ago) Permalink


my senior year of college (1993) spin doctors played and all seniors got to go for free. i did not attend

mookieproof, Friday, 6 April 2012 04:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"how was Maui?"

"oh god, it was just horrible. we saw the Spin Doctors!"

some dude, Friday, 6 April 2012 04:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. nuff said

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 6 April 2012 04:46 (six years ago) Permalink

would much rather see spiritualized play a set of new songs even half as good

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Friday, 6 April 2012 04:48 (six years ago) Permalink

I saw Husker Du on the Warehouse tour (at The Forum or Kilburn National or somewhere) and they played about W:S&S in the album order up to about halfway through, then threw in one off Zen Arcade (Standing By The Sea IIRC, or was it I'll Never Forget You?) with Greg Norton on vocals. I think they went back to the album order after that, but it's a long time ago!

Saw this tour in Pittsburgh, in the basement of the Syria Mosque. The non-Warehouse track was Flexible Flyer or Green Eyes. The show was pretty much a drag. I brought a friend who'd I recently converted with a mixtape- though the tape was all pre-Warehouse. I'd already gotten the album, so I could follow along, but he was totally lost. When the songs are pretty blurry to start with, when they've ditched playing fast, and you add in a basement PA it made for a long, mid-tempo slog. That wasn't an album that translated to live show pacing.

bendy, Friday, 6 April 2012 11:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Funny, I saw that tour in Chicago and had the opposite reaction. It was a decent-sized theater (about 3000 seats), the sound was clear and punchy, and they just raged through the album (with "Everytime" and a slow, quiet "Flexible Flyer" in the middle). I loved the record, though.

I can't remember where I put my keys, but I remember that show like it happened yesterday. One of the best I've ever seen, by anyone.

Dancing with Mr. T (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 6 April 2012 14:58 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Long ago, Chuck Eddy posted on ilx about going to his sister's wedding, where he finally met up again with a friend of the family from way, way back, who told him her son or nephew or etc. was in this band, so I guess he played this show.



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dow, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Was R.E.M. the first to do this with one of their classic albums? They played Murmur at the LEAF Benefit concert in 1989.

timellison, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

dud. either trying to sound like the record, which is boring, or if not, you're just doing a setlist that happens to be the same order as the album, but that's still kind of boring

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

Was R.E.M. the first to do this with one of their classic albums? They played Murmur at the LEAF Benefit concert in 1989.

― timellison

i don't know, how old does the record have to be before you're playing one of your "classic albums"? five years?

bob lefse (rushomancy), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

In '98, Cheap Trick did a bunch of three and four-night stands where they'd perform their first three albums (plus encores) and then, on the 4th night, the entire Budokan set list in its entirety.

new noise, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

how old does the record have to be

I don't know but it looks like the typical Green tour setlist contained 0-1 Murmur songs.

timellison, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

The R.E.M. story is great, though, because like I said, I don't think it was a thing that was really done at the time and the audience didn't know they were going to do it. It just became clear little by little after they came out and opened with "Radio Free Europe," then did "Pilgrimage," and then little by little it became clear to the audience. It was in Atlanta; Peter Buck said that people in the audience were howling.

timellison, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

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