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Jim Shelley & Book of Kills Live (2001-2003)

by Jim Shelley & Book of Kills

A collection of raucous live performances from perhaps the iconic Lo-Fi band's most well-regarded line-up.
Genre: Rock: Lo-Fi
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Accidentally Naked
3:30 $0.99
2. Cave In (Live)
3:02 $0.99
3. Style (Live)
2:36 $0.99
4. Bad Person (Live)
3:28 $0.99
5. Gemini (Live)
3:30 $0.99
6. Antiman (Live)
2:50 $0.99
7. Sweet William (Live)
4:00 $0.99
8. Nelson (Live)
2:26 $0.99
9. Then I Kissed Her (Live)
2:14 $0.99
10. Killing Time Again (Live)
3:34 $0.99
11. Clever (Live)
4:00 $0.99
12. Jesco White (Live)
2:14 $0.99
13. I Was Wrong (Live)
2:24 $0.99
14. Stanley the Steamer (Live)
6:19 $0.99
15. If You Want It Take It! (Live)
1:58 $0.99
16. To Dream a New Dream (Live)
3:42 $0.99
17. Sweet (Live)
3:59 $0.99
18. Why Won't You? (Live)
3:49 $0.99
19. Can't Stand It Anymore (Live)
4:46 $0.99
20. Give Me Some Money (Live)
3:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the original liner notes in 2004 (with a few edits here and there for this version of the album):

BOK Live (2000-2003)

I'm not sure exactly what possessed me at the time (some time in early 2004) to try to put together a collection of live material featuring Casey Firkin, Jane Firkin, Bill Bird, Randy Simpson, and me. I think I'd started listening again to the Velvet Underground, particularly their decidedly lo-fi live albums that I love so dearly, and the foggy notion struck me that I just might be able to find enough decent recordings to come up with a suitable representation of what our own little band sounded like in concert.

I still recall Casey and me talking years ago about how many great shows we'd played during our tenure as a band, almost none of which had been recorded. I'd give a lot to have some of those gigs on tape, but that's wishful thinking of course. Water under the bridge. So I knew it wouldn't be an easy job finding enough decent performances on the few tapes and CDs I did have of shows I'd recorded (usually on a cheap boombox) or that someone else had just happened to capture for one reason or another.

I soon realized that I'd have to rely primarily on the SoundQuilt Festival CD that Mark Stewart of Walnut Grove fame had made of our show from August 2003 and a February 2003 video camera recording by Katy Melton of an Aston’s Pub performance. I had a few other recordings to work with, but most of them were either incomplete or just plain sonically unlistenable.

It's strange to play music live. You take your instruments and make noises and people either listen or don't and the notes and melodies you work so hard to create just sort of vibrate off into space and are gone forever. Even if you do manage to secure a recording of a live show, it still somehow can't quite capture what it was like to actually be THERE. But I did try to pick performances that give you just the slightest feel for what we could do when we were hitting on all cylinders. We could make some righteous sounds when the air was crackling with just the right amount of electricity and the moon was hanging at the perfect angle in the night sky. I hope you were able to catch one of our good gigs. But if you weren't so lucky, you still have this album. Better than nothing, I say.

Again, let me emphasize that this album is a collection of live songs gathered from a variety of sources ranging from a video camera to a boom box to a soundboard mix. As such it is obviously not a state of the art recording. That said, these 20 tracks still rock the cheetah's ass. I say you should get properly lubricated with some friends and play this album as loud as your stereo or TV sound bar will crank. Then sit back and revel in the glorious rock and roll wreck that Book of Kills was and always shall be. At least until the neighbors call the cops on you.

Accidentally Naked (Alston's Pub, Harrisonburg, VA, 2/01/03)
Cave In (CecilFest, Natural Chimneys, VA, 2/01/03)
Style*-->Bad Person (SoundQuilt Festival, Gore, VA 8/23/03)
Gemini (SoundQuilt Festival, Gore, VA, 8/23/03)
AntiMan (CecilFest, Natural Chimneys, VA, 7/12/03)
Sweet William (SoundQuilt Festival, Gore, VA, 8/23/03)
Nelson-->Then I Kissed Her** (SoundQuilt Festival, Gore, VA, 8/23/03)
Killing Time Again (Main Street Bar & Grill, Harrisonburg, VA, 7/10/01)
Clever (SoundQuilt Festival, Gore, VA, 8/23/03)
Jesco White (SoundQuilt Festival, Gore, VA 8/23/03)
I Was Wrong (Little Grill, Harrisonburg, VA, 4/28/01)
Stanley The Steamer (Alston's Pub, Harrisonburg, VA, 2/01/03)
If You Want It Take It (Electric Blue, Waynesboro, VA 5/10/01)
To Dream A New Dream (Alston's Pub, Harrisonburg, VA, 2/01/03)
Sweet (SoundQuilt Festival, Gore, VA, 8/23/03)
Why Won't You?-->Can't Stand It Anymore^, (CecilFest, Natural Chimneys, VA, 7/12/03)
Give Me Some Money^^ (Alston's Pub, Harrisonburg, VA 2/01/03)

Jim Shelley - rhythm & lead guitar, lead & backing vocals
Casey Firkin - drums, backing vocals
Jane Firkin - rhythm guitar, lead & backing vocals
Bill Bird - bass, lead & backing vocals
Randy Simpson - lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Recorded live to videotape, cassette & digital work station.
Compiled, produced, and mastered by Jim Shelley.
Photos by Andrew Neckowitz, Chad Nicol, Katy Melton, Mark Stewart, and Lamar Jones.
Design by DiscoMagik Productions.
*Written by Evan Dando. **Written by Spector/Greenwich/Barry. ^Written by Lou Reed.
^^Written by Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer. All other compositions are by the person who sings the song.
Please visit the official Book of Kills web page: BOOKOFKILLS.COM.
Blah. Blah. Blah. You've read enough. Just listen to the album.
Or better yet, go listen to a band somewhere.




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