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Album Review

As if to acknowledge that Barenaked Ladies' third album, 1996's Born on a Pirate Ship, was a blunder that wouldn't do much to advance the Canadian group's U.S. image, Reprise Records quickly followed it up with the live set Rock Spectacle. This was a wise move, as years of nearly nonstop touring had helped the group transform from a jokey folk-rock group into a talented pop group with both musical chops and stage presence to burn. Though the album doesn't include much of what makes Barenaked Ladies such a unique live act — singer/guitarists Stephen Page and Ed Robertson are masters of improvisational humor, and a good chunk of any BNL show is given to often hilarious extemporaneous bits — it certainly makes the point that the group is an underrated source of pure pop delights. This album's superior live take of 1992's "Brian Wilson" became Barenaked Ladies' first U.S. radio hit, setting the stage for the across the board success of 1998's excellent Stunt.

Customer Reviews

Definitely a " Rock Spectacle"

The greatest BNL compilation, better than a greatest hits comp.


This album can not be beat! Ok...well it can's still great!

I Love this album!

One of the finest LIVE albums ever!


Formed: 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

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

By combining humor with an eclectic mix of folk and pop/rock, the Barenaked Ladies enjoyed considerable popularity in their native Canada before rising to international status with 1998's "One Week." Vocalists Ed Robertson and Steve Page launched the band in the late '80s as an acoustic act, traveling to different college campuses and playing warm-up gigs for comedy troupes. These early shows played an important role in the group's foundation, as Robertson and Page began injecting their performances...
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