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Songs of Love (Live)

Mark Eitzel

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Album Review

In between American Music Club albums, and also in between labels, Mark Eitzel was offered a deal to fly to London and play a solo show with the intention of releasing the results. To the dismay of many within the AMC camp, Eitzel accepted the deal, as he would have complete control over whatever came of it. Songs of Love Live is the result, a documentation of his show at London's Borderline. Though he played nearly half of what would become AMC's best work (Everclear), most of the CD is made up of gripping versions of earlier favorites, such as "Outside This Bar" and "Gary's Song" (from Engine), as well as "Firefly" and "Blue and Grey Shirt" (from California). The only missing element is the trademark banter between Eitzel and his audience. To paraphrase Saturday Night Live's Dieter from "Sprockets," Eitzel masks his self-depracation with the subtlety of a flying mallet, and when combined with his razor-sharp wit, it can lead to some hilarious and sometimes uncomfortable exchanges with the crowd. The closing songs "Take Courage" (a one-off Matador solo single) and "Nothing Can Bring Me Down" were actually recorded by Eitzel in a small room at Demon's offices. Fitting perfectly with the AMC mystique, Songs of Love Live was the best selling Eitzel record to date, despite it's U.K.-only release. A key possession for any AMC fan, it provides an unfiltered, uncompromised, raw vision of Mark Eitzel's songs.

Customer Reviews

One of the greats

This was the 2nd? of 2 gigs. The man is a legend. Went to the other gig and can say hand on heart it was one of the greatest gigs I've ever been to. Glad this is on Itunes some one borrowed my vinyl copy and never returned it( you know who you are!) This is his finest hour. Enjoy.One of the finest(underated) singer/song writers ever.

One of the Best Live Records Ever

An emotional bomb of an album that dwarfed everything around it in its time. Sad, brutal, devastating.

Biography

Born: 30 January 1959 in Walnut Creek, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most celebrated and idiosyncratic American songwriters of his generation, Mark Eitzel is best known as the leader of the iconic indie rock band American Music Club, who spun beautifully chaotic webs of guitar from Eitzel's gloomy but compassionate studies of lost souls and alcohol; since striking out on his own, Eitzel has embraced...
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