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Friday, November 25, 2005

Gonna die under a wave...




Ah, the Verve. One of the foremost bands I regret having never seen live. From bootlegs and live footage, I can only imagine being in the crowd as the waves of sound roll over the audience while Nick McCabe plays fuzzed-out slide guitar on so many great, dreamy tunes. And let's not forget the repeated shoutings throughout the show from Richard Ashcroft to "COME ON!!!"

Not only was it a shame the band was unable to earn any money from the hit "Bittersweet Symphony" due to copywright problems, it was just as much a shame that the band will be known nearly exclusively to most listeners only for that song. "Bittersweet Symphony" was for the most part concise, as much a pop song as the Verve ever created. But to me, the best tunes released by the Verve were expansive, moody pieces that washed over the listener as much as anything. Never did a phrase such as "Rolling People" ever seem so appropriate. When the Verve were playing and at their very best, they rolled.

"South Pacific" was originally released on the bootleg Voyager I and is a song recorded live that was never ever officially released. Quite an appropriate title again, the guitars in the tune make the listener feel as if the waves of the sea are crashing over them. Also included is a demo of "Song For The Lovers," presumably recorded before the Verve's final break up but later re-recorded and included as the first single on Ashcroft's debut solo album.

The Verve- South Pacific (live)
The Verve- Song For The Lovers (demo)

2 Comments:

Blogger thepsychicpilot said...

I saw them a couple of times and they never disappointed. The first time was when they toured with Acetone in '93. (If you don't have Acetone's Cindy, you need it. One of my desert island discs.) Another was at Lollapalooza, while there was a third time live in WVXU's studio. I want to talk to you about that show. Give me a holler on AIM.

1:05 PM  
Blogger kc said...

Cool...thepsychicpilot saw them! Wow. Yeah, you can't go wrong with The Verve.

12:55 PM  

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