Echo & The Bunnymen Live In Liverpool 2001

Live In Liverpool is a live album recorded by a reformed Echo & The Bunnymen in 2001.

Before I saw this is a music store, I’d forgotten how much I loved Echo & The Bunnymen in the early to mid 80s.

I play this and it takes me right back in time. The band are older but they put on a fine show on this CD.

Echo & The Bunnymen Live In Liverpool

Echo & The Bunnymen Live In Liverpool

I love the moodiness of that album cover too.

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Set List

  1. Rescue – 4:24 (originally on the album Crocodiles)
  2. Lips Like Sugar – 4:12 (Echo & The Bunnymen)
  3. King of Kings – 3:52 (Flowers)
  4. Never Stop – 3:42 (single, later inclusion as a bonus on the reissue of Porcupine)
  5. Seven Seas – 3:02 (Ocean Rain)
  6. Buried Alive – 3:55 (Flowers)
  7. Supermellow Man – 4:00 (Flowers)
  8. My Kingdom – 3:39 (Ocean Rain)
  9. Zimbo – 4:11 (on Heaven Up Here as All My Colours)
  10. All That Jazz – 2:58 (Crocodiles)
  11. An Eternity Turns – 3:21 (Flowers)
  12. Back of Love – 3:04 (Crocodiles)
  13. The Killing Moon – 4:58 (Ocean Rain)
  14. The Cutter – 3:51 (Porcupine)
  15. Over the Wall – 6:44 (Heaven Up Here)
  16. Nothing Lasts Forever – 3:52 (Evergreen)
  17. Ocean Rain – 6:00 (Ocean Rain)

It was Ocean Rain that really grabbed me and the hit single Bring On The Dancing Horses which I miss from this set list.

3 tracks from Crocodiles, 2 from Heaven Up Here, 2 from Porcupine, 4 from Ocean Rain, 1 from Echo & The Bunnymen, 1 from Evergreen and 4 from Flowers pays respect to the early songs that made the band’s reputation and features some of their newer songs.

It works very well and I don’t feel as if I’m jumping backwards and forwards across twenty years.

Performance

Echo & The Bunnymen consisted of the following musicians at this time

Ian McCulloch – vocals, guitar
Will Sergeant – guitar
Steve Flett – bass
Ceri James – piano, keyboards
Vinny Jameson – drums
Ged Malley – guitar

The important thing is that the two who define the unique Bunnymen sound – McCulloch and Sergeant – are still in prime form.

I’ve lost my familiarity with these songs but I’m not picking up much of an impression that the songs have been changed much to play live. In fact I have to admit that I’ve never heard the recent songs.

Here is a video reminder of how good Echo & The Bunnymen are, playing Killing Moon on The Tube TV programme when it was first released as a single – aaaghh bless, don’t they look young.

Atmosphere & Intensity

If you’ve been touched by the Bunnymen in the past, I think you’re going to love this album and the intensity of a live setting.

The Bunnymen were playing in their home City and are received to a big roar from the crowd at the start. There’s cheering between songs too but the banter has been edited out.

Of course this isn’t the original band and it’s recorded 15 years after their peak. However don’t get the impression that this is a nostalgia act going through the motions.

Overall Rating

If you were a fan in the early eighties, you need to hear this album.

If you like The Doors and Velvet Underground, you should try Echo & The Bunnymen.

I like it a lot. It’s another of those albums that when I start playing it, I find it very difficult to stop.

What Others Say About Live In Liverpool

It hasn’t high on the critics lists of the best albums.

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