Erykah Badu - Live
Label Kedar Entertainment
Orig Year 1997
Street Date Nov 18, 1997
LIVE was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best R&B Album.
\"Tyrone\" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
With her debut album, Erykah Badu exploded onto the R&B scene, quickly achieving iconic status lofty enough to displace Mary J. Blige as the reigning queen of modern soul. On this live recording, she makes it clear that her talent is not bound to studio chicanery and expensive production. Throughout LIVE, Badu exhibits the intensely soulful yet artfully restrained vocal style that has made her such a runaway success. On her own tunes such as \"On & On\" and \"Apple Tree\" as well as distinctive interpretations of Chaka Khan\'s \"Stay\" and Heatwave\'s \"Boogie Nights\" she evinces an authority that is as enthralling as it is unquestionable.
This is one of the best live CDs I\'ve ever heard. Every song is so well done to the point of picking which \"tracks\" are best is pointless. This is one that you simply push \"play\" and be done with it. This woman has that timing thing pat, I don\'t know how to describe it, but she has it. Her words and the beat of the music just come together so perfectly. ~ marcusj_j
This cd is a wonderful companion piece (with great new stuff as well) to the Baduizm studio cd. I wouldn\'t exchange one for the other though, both have their strengths and show a side of Erykah that the other does not. This cd starts with something that I imagine many of Erykah\'s fans may not pick up on. The first minute or so of \"Rimshot\" is actually the Miles Davis masterpiece \"So What\" (originally appearing on the album, \"Kind Of Blue\"), with Erykah\'s backing vocalists chanting Badu over it. This leads to my only complaint... The liner-notes should have acknowledged the Miles tune, if for no other reason than to allow someone with no jazz knowledge to seek out the original Miles album if they are so inclined.
\"Other Side Of The Game\" and Chaka Khan\'s \"Stay\" both get incredible, all-out, going-for-it vocal fluorishes. These two songs alone would make this cd worth purchasing. \"Ye Yo\" is a song that says all the words that every child deserves to hear coming from their mothers lips, and it says them without being sappy and stupid. Again, this song sets Erykah far above the great majority of the R&B world. While others are yet again singing of wanting to get someone into bed, Erykah unleashes an emotional blessing for her unborn (at the time this was recorded) child.
I read a couple of the previous reviews that basically made it sound like this cd has no new material. That\'s incorrect. \"Ye Yo\", \"Searching\", \"Boogie Nights/All Night\", \"Stay\", and both versions of \"Tyrone\" (one is Live and one is studio) are not found on any of Erykah\'s other cd\'s. \"Tyrone\" is the ultimate kiss-off song, and her unique and spiritual vocal phrasings and lyrics permeate this great cd. ~ Pharoah S Wail
Erykah Badu; Norman \"Keys\" Hurt
Personnel Erykah Badu - vocals
N\'Dambi - background vocals
Charles \"Poogie\" Bell - drums
Hubert Eaves IV - bass
Erykah Badu - Live
01 Rimshot - (Intro)
02 Otherside of the Game
03 On & On
05 Apple Tree
06 Ye Yo
08 Boogie Nights / All Night Long
11 Next Lifetime (Interlude)
13 Next Lifetime
14 Tyrone - (Extended Version)