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Album Review

It certainly says something about the state of the music industry in the '90s when it has become a common occurrence for bands to release live albums after only two albums of original material. On one hand, it's indicative of how the labels have to fight the proliferation of high-quality live CD bootlegs. On the other, it illustrates that the labels have a difficult time receiving new product from their major bands. And that makes the Counting Crows' double-disc set Across a Wire: Live in New York both welcome and odd. Certainly, all of the group's hardcore fans will delight in having two complete live shows on one specially priced double-disc set, but skeptics can't help but wonder if a double-live set is necessary. Actually, Across a Wire may be necessary if you are a dedicated fan, simply because it showcases the group's versatility in a way that neither of their albums have. Although those two records were eclectic, accomplished recordings, these live shows find Counting Crows rearranging familiar tunes and performing cohesive conceptual concerts. The first disc consists of their performance for VH1's Storytellers, the second of MTV Live from the 10 Spot. They share some songs, such as "Angels of the Silences" and "Rain King," yet the versions themselves are different, fitting neatly into the concerts themselves. The end result is two fascinating, entertaining concerts in one package — a small blessing for the committed, even if it won't be of much interest to the unconverted.

Customer Reviews

I love this album

This album is brilliant! It brings out the true feeling of what Counting Crows is all about. If you haven't seen them live, then this will put you right there. I recommend that every Counting Crows fan has a copy of this! Enjoy all....


"Please welcome my favourite band, the Counting Crows......." Awesome collection of some of their greatest songs. The CC are brilliant live and this album recaptures much of their greatness. It's worth the fee for this version of Mr Jones which is sublime.

Have you seen me lately

I love this album so much. The different versions of the songs are fantastic. The best thing about Counting Crows is: nobody really sounds like them. Maybe that's why you either love them or hate them. This and 'August' are a must for any fan and a testement to one of the most original US bands of the last thirty years.


Formed: August, 1991 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, and R.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Only a year earlier, the band was a group of unknown musicians, filling in for the absent Van Morrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony; they were introduced by an enthusiastic Robbie Robertson. Early in 1993, the band recorded its debut album, August and Everything After, with T-Bone Burnett. Released in the fall, it was a dark and somber record, driven by the morose...
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