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Editors’ Notes

Ben Folds’ stab at a stripped-down, audience-friendly live album is better than most, offering a fine sampling of his better tunes (along with a few surprises) to a fully-engaged crowd. Released in 2002, the album catches Folds in the midst of his transition from bandleader into solo artist. With his typical mixture of keyboard pyrotechnics and whip-smart satire, he proves himself a likeable stage entertainer. In a particularly flashy gesture, he rips into a frothy rendition of Dick Dale’s surf guitar classic “Misirlou” during his own tune “Philosophy.” More expected is an affectionate version of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” served up as a tribute from one piano man to another. “Rock This Bitch” is a quick and cheeky number while “The Luckiest” is tender in all the right places. From the sweetly schmaltzy “The Last Polka” to the brash “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces” and the downright tragic “Brick,” just about every aspect of his work is highlighted. Whether he’s pounding out boogie riffs or stirring up some audience participation, Folds is fully in command on this excellent in-concert excursion.

Customer Reviews


this is such an awesome album every single song is already fantastic but live theyre even better. totally awesome when ben has the audience help him out with army! buy it! totally worth it!

Live Folds is the Best Folds

I've seen Ben Folds live in concert about four times now, and it's safe to say that his music is better live! This is a fantastic album, and it was quite literally my musical staple in high school. Whether you're new or old to Ben Folds, this is probably the best album of his I own. Fantastic!

Lovin' Ben Folds!!

I'm in love with this album, I could do without some of the swearing.The song "Emaline" is one of the best even if it's not the most popular.


Born: September 12, 1966 in Winston-Salem, NC

Genre: Rock

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

Singer/pianist Ben Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is best known as the leader of the power pop trio Ben Folds Five, but has also struck out on his own as a solo artist. Despite playing in bands in high school, his musical career didn't really get off the ground until the late '80s, as a bassist for Majosha (the outfit issued such obscure releases as Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus and Shut Up and Listen to Majosha). Proving his multi-instrumental talents, Folds...
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