The Lemonheads Rockin’ The Shell 1994

Rockin’ The Shell: The Classic 1994 Radio Broadcast is a live recording by The Lemonheads.

It was recorded at the ‘Petrillo Music Shell’ in Grant Park in Chicago during the ‘Taste of Chicago’ festival in 1994. It was broadcast by WXRT.

This live album catches The Lemonheads at the peak of their critical and commercial success with the studio albums Come On Feel The Lemonheads (1993) and It’s A Shame About Ray (1992) dominating the set.

The Lemonheads Rockin' The Shell

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Songs On The Lemonheads Rockin’ The Shell

1. Down About It (originally on the studio album Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
2. Rest Assured (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
3. It’s A Shame About Ray (It’s A Shame About Ray)
4. Rockin’ Stroll (It’s A Shame About Ray)
5. Favorite T (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
6. Hannah & Gabi (It’s A Shame About Ray)
7. Ride With Me (Lovey)
8. Big Gay Heart (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
9. My Drug Buddy (It’s A Shame About Ray)
10. Kitchen (It’s A Shame About Ray)
11. Into Your Arms (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
12. Alison’s Starting (It’s A Shame About Ray)
13. Great Big No (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
14. Paid To Smile (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
15. It’s About Time (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
16. Confetti (It’s A Shame About Ray)
17. Dawn Can’t Decide (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
18. You Can Take It with You (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
19. Being Around (Come On Feel The Lemonheads)
20. Rudderless (It’s A Shame About Ray)

Great live albums capture a great performance at the perfect time, usually following their best studio albums. This is the perfect time for The Lemonheads and the performance is good as well. The songs are toughened up a little in the live environment but it doesn’t catch fire in the way of the very best live albums. There isn’t a leap forward in power, speed or aggression and there are no sizzling instrumental solos.

While The Lemonheads are seen as an alternative rock group, their sound at this stage of their career is based on writing melodic, fairly simple songs with catchy hooks. Fans of their earlier grunge style thought they’d gone soft and sold out.

This is a good album but I’m not sure it’s essential unless you have an emotional connection to The Lemonheads.


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