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Audio Adrenaline
Live Bootleg



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 11 tracks: 54 minutes, 2 seconds
Street Date: 1995


This album is definitely recomended for established Audio Adrenaline fans who want a taste for the power and excitement of an Audio Adrenaline concert. For first timers, however, it would be wiser to buy a more established studio album, suchas Underdog or Bloom. The truth is that this album does not hold up against their studio work. Most of the time, it feels underproduced, which in a way, constitutes the "bootleg" feel of the album. It would have also been nice to see a few more songs from the first album on here (Only three were represented: "What You Need," and "My God" and "DC-10" which appear combined on "Medley"). Since the album came out after only two other Audio Adrenaline albums, all the other songs except one are from Don't Censor Me, which to be honest isn't the kind of album that screams "Play me live!". The last song, "Happy and You Know It," appears after an unnecessary delay. It's basically just an on stage rendition of the classic sunday-school song where frontman Mark Stuart tries to get the audience to clap their hands, bang their heads and stomp their feet all at once, making for an interesting listen. Maybe the album would have fared better if it was made later, but despite its flaws, the album is still a must buy for Audio Adrenaline fans, as well as anyone who just wants to enjoy the excitement of an Audio Adrenaline concert.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 1/27/06, written by David Denis for Jesusfreakhideout.com


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With my first Christian show being an Audio Adrenaline concert in the Fall of 1994, this album represents the original AudioA I grew up with. From the "old school" song selections to the signature live staple "Happy And You Know It," Live Bootleg features highlights of their pre-bloOm live shows. Live Bootleg was recorded over several dates in early 1995, including a spot I attended in February in Lancaster, PA. The record captures their live energy pretty well with its raw production and intimate presentation. One major drawback to the recording, however, is the underpar drumming work from then live fill-in Brian Hayes a few years before Ben Cissell joined the band as their only ever official drummer. Live Bootleg is a treat for longtime fans but is liable to be slightly wasted on more current fans. Highlights include "We're A Band" and its unique tour intro, the fun "Happy And You Know It," and an emotionally-charged rendition of "Scum Sweetheart." - 2/5/06, John DiBiase

 


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. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Forefront Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 54 minutes, 2 seconds
. Street Date: 1995
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Intro
  2. We're A Band
  3. What You Need
  4. Can't Take God Away
  5. Soulmate
  6. Scum Sweetheart
  7. Rest Easy
  8. Don't Censor Me
  9. Medley
  10. Big House
  11. Happy And You Know It
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