Stan Ridgway LIVE! IN NYC | 1996 @ The Mercury Lounge NYC

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1996 @ The Mercury Lounge NYC

by Stan Ridgway LIVE! IN NYC

Stan Ridgway LIVE 1996 with his full band, in NYC @ the ultra cool Mercury Lounge. Classis stage banter. Songs from "Black Diamond", all the hits and more. An incredible knockout show in the Big Apple. The "Extra" release from Italy.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. the Big Heat (hip-hop version)
5:53 album only
2. Wild Bill Donovan
3:01 album only
3. Stranded
4:58 album only
4. ...Jackie teak Lazar
1:36 album only
5. Big Dumb Town
4:13 album only
6. ...just call in sick
0:58 album only
7. Down the Coast Highway
6:30 album only
8. ...birdcage records
1:15 album only
9. Gone the Distance
3:06 album only
10. Rumblefish
4:12 album only
11. Camouflage ( Marlon Brando version)
6:58 album only
12. Lonely Town
4:29 album only
13. Luther Played Guitar
4:48 album only
14. Mexican Radio
3:56 album only
15. ...thoughts and feelings
2:12 album only
16. 16 Tons
5:39 album only
17. Crystal Palace in the Sky
7:24 album only


Album Notes
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Please Note: This is a release from the Italy Rock Magazine EXTRA. The CD is enclosed in a cardboard sleeve as shown, no jewel case. But its the same CD as descibed here below.

Recorded LIVE! in NYC at the MERCURY LOUNGE in 1996 during the "BLACK DIAMOND" Tour. A "you are there!" recording...

THE BAND on this special CD ?!:
Stan Ridgway - guitar, harmonica and mouth
Pietra Wexstun - keyboards and vocals
Joe Berardi - drums and percussion, catskill timimg
Mark Schulz - lead guitar and hobo bag
Jay Swanson - bass and feather boa
John Gillingham - road czar and sweat lodge and dirty playing cards
Here's a live review of the show.
Live Music Review by Jim Sullivan / NY PRESS, June 1996

(headline) "Stan Ridgway tells stories that keep you up at night..."

NYC - It was a dark and semi-stormy kind of night - a P
perfect Stan Ridgway kind of night. The wry Californian - former singer-songwriter for quirky new wave antiheroes Wall of Voodoo and solo artist in his own right for a decade-plus - took to a local stage for the first time this decade at the Mercury Lounge and he did not disappoint...unless you find story-songs about people who lead disappointing lives disappointing.

In two words: rock noir. Ridgway, who played with a crack backing quartet, took the crowd on a 75 minute sojourn through back alleys and twisted minds, where someone thinks he's "a little too smart for a big dumb town" and someone else is waiting for an ambush - "a bullet with my name on it." Pretty much everyone seems to live in "Lonely Town," where Ridgway sings of "wide open spaces...and empty rooms" and conjures up the musical equivalent of a "Red Rock West" or a contemporary "Bladerunner." Desolation boulevard.

Ridgway, 39, is the rare musician who speaks in cinematic terms, and we're not just talking about lyrical detail. The lonesome intertwined keyboard/guitar lines from Pietra Wexstun and Mark Schulz carry the same spooky, complex message - Joe Berardi's drums crash with authoritative, quasi-omnious punch and he set the tone with the opening song, "The Big Heat," a rolling, roiling song of shadowy behavior.

If you're gathering that Ridgway is an A - level ironist and Dylan-esque skeptic-disciple, you're in the ballpark. He did play Wall of Voodoo's mega-hit, "Mexican Radio," though he introduced it with "I've been drawing and quartering it, chopping it into little bits...but because I still like the damn song, I do it the way its supposed to be done." And he did. Twang, deadpan humour intact.

A country twang is important to Ridgway, though he is in no real way a country artist. It's a Johnny Cash thang - a heartfelt sourse he paid rhythmic/lyrical tribute to in "Luther Played Guitar," and explicitly in a spooky stittering version of Cash's classic "Ring of Fire."

Later Tennessee Ernie Ford's "16 Tons," the ultimate workingman's not-quite-kitsch anthem. Yeah, owing your soul to the comapny store is funny...until it's true.

Ridgway's song of "aspiration and dreams" was "Crystal Palace," a saloon song, where the singer reflects that "I feel lucky, I suppose, that we're still breathing - yeah, barely," and carries on to unearth some sort of triumph.

Ridgway has issued an excellent record, "Black Diamond," on his own label, Birdcage.

Jim Sullivan / NY PRESS

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Clark and Agatha Price @ dis-information recordings



to write a review


Great, as usual
One more great show, certainly my favorite one because of its big sound, of its (excellent) "16-tonizied" version of "The big heat", its "bluesy" "Lonely Town". One more time, you feel like being in the audience.
In fact, all the live SR's albums are essential, so, if you miss this one, you aren't really a fan... The more you'll wait, the more you"ll regret it.

Aslak Gylder

The Mercury Lounge NYC
Enjoyed this one immensely, but then the quality of all of SR's products is equallygood. I keep wondering why so few people pay attention to this artist. Or maybe I live too far away from what's happening?(Norway). Always enjoy live recordings with that little extra. THis is one of those wonderful concerts events you wish you participated in.

Martyn Capel

Wonderful CD! Great companion to other Live Ridgway CD's!
This is a great CD! As wonderful as the previous exclusive Ridgway CD's available at CDBaby. A number of the songs on this CD are not heard live on other live CD's he has done. Very enjoyable from a man who seems to be very consistent in the quality of music he puts out, many Black Diamond tracks done live! Highly recomended, nice sound quality. Just buy it, you won't be disapointed.

Pete Dooley

Stan, You're gonna get me fired!
I agree with everything Martyn says, but where some folks thought Poolside With Gilly didn't let us hear the audience enough, I think this one lets us hear 'em too damn much on a couple of tracks! Shut up and listen to the guy play Lonely Town!
That said, this is another excellent entry in the Ridgway LIVE! series (I've had it for a day and played it four times already-my boss sent me home!), with stunningly different versions of Camouflage, Wild Bill Donovan and Big Heat that even shut the audience up and are worth the cost alone, never mind all those cool, rarely-heard gems from Black Diamond.
Gripes aside, this is a more than worthy addition to the series, and Joe Berardi's Catskills timing is as on the nail as ever...