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Album Review

Throwing Copper made the members of Live into stars, but it didn't necessarily earn them respect. Evidently, the bandmembers thought that the problem lay with Jerry Harrison's crisp, commercial production, so they hired Jay Healey as a co-producer and set out to make a messy, hard-edged visionary statement. Borrowing heavily from Jimmy Page's bag of tricks, Live spikes Secret Samadhi with Eastern-tinged strings, sitars, and powerful overdubbed guitars ("Lakini's Juice" is propelled by a slide guitar riff out of Physical Graffiti). Meanwhile, Ed Kowalczyk's lyrics and singing remain indebted to early U2 — he wants to say something big in a big way.

Customer Reviews

Superb Samadhi

Secret Samadhi is my favorite album that has ever been written. From the dark opening of "Rattlesnake" to the passion of "Turn My Head", Secret Samadhi is a dark, powerful album that showcases the intense side of Live. "Lakini's Juice" is a song that continually gives me goose bumps because of it's chunking guitar lines and passion that oozes from their instruments. Truly, this is the best album that has emerged from Live to date.

Diamond In The Rough

Secret Samadhi is one of the most underrated albums of the late 90's. Easily Live's least accessible record, it recieved widespread jeers from critics who claimed it to be a weak follow-up to 1994's multi-platinum smash Throwing Copper. Now, there was no way this album was ever going get as much airplay as TC, (the songs just aren't designed for mainstream rock radio), but it is a true masterpiece in itself. I think most people expected Throwing Copper II when this album debuted but if you want a band to make the same album every three years go listen to Nickelback. This is a FAR cry from TC, and it fails to rock out like TC, but it is a dark, soul-searching journey that has a strange way of drawing you in, even though the hooks may not be the catchiest. The biggest problem with the album is the lyrics. Many critics called the lyrics on this album "stupid" and, well, they are for the most part. Some of Live's least engaging. You can almost picture Eddie K. sitting down with a notepad in the studio, tapping his pencil against his head, and asking himself: "What rhymes with church? Hmm...Lurch! That's gold!" But it doesn't even matter, this album operates on feeling rather than insightful lyricism. The music here is like a fine wine. Bring it home, pop the cork, and guzzle it, and you'll doubt it was worth it. But if you sip it and let it wash over you, you'll enjoy the taste a lot more and appreciate the hard work that went into making it. Top Tracks: 1. Ghost 2. Lakini's Juice 3. Graze 4. Turn My Head 5. Century

A truly amazing album

This album isn't one of those albums that you get tired of listening to (having been played over 50 times since its release in 1997, it still remains my favorite album to date). It is a truly amazing album. From the beginning of the intense rocker "Rattlesnake" to the end of the oft-overlooked "Gas Hed Goes West", this album has so much to offer. Highlights inbetween include the striking "Lakini's Juice", the beautiful "Turn My Head", and the mysterious "Freaks" (all of which peaked somewhere between the #1 and #5 spots on various Billboard singles charts back in 1997). The lyrics may be dark and mysterious at times, but that's what makes this album all the more intriguing. Give "Secret Samadhi" a chance, and I'm positive that you won't be let down. (Official singles released off this album include "Rattlesnake", "Lakini's Juice", "Freaks" and "Turn My Head"). [This album debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart back in 1997 and has since been certifield 2 times platinum - over 2 million copies sold - in the US alone].


Formed: 1988 in York, PA

Genre: Alternative

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

Live rose to success on the strength of its anthemic music and idealistic, overtly spiritual songwriting, two hallmarks that earned the group frequent comparisons to U2. The group's roots stretched back to the early '80s, when future members Chad Taylor (guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums) began playing together under the name "First Aid" while attending middle school in York, Pennsylvania. After losing an area talent contest, they decided to enlist singer Ed Kowalczyk, and...
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