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Live Acoustic

Guster

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

For longtime Guster fans, the Boston band's 2013 album Live Acoustic is kind of a big deal—especially when you consider that Guster was formed as a live acoustic trio but it took the group 22 years to release a proper live acoustic set. From the opening version of “Backyard,” a rich resonance is immediately noticeable. That’s because these songs were recorded inside a Presbyterian church in Austin, Texas—which makes this stripped-down version of “That’s No Way to Get to Heaven” just that much more special. Accompanied by The Guster String Players, songs like the normally peppy “Do You Love Me” play with a dimension of pop sophistication that at times recall Phil Spector’s famed recording techniques. Not even an eerie-sounding theremin or the beautiful string arrangements can upstage the soaring vocal harmonies that echo through the church in an exceptionally lush rendition of “Long Way Down.” The large, roomy sound and dramatic string tones are especially conducive to Guster’s more melancholic musings, like the lovelorn “Rocketship” and “Rainy Day.”

Customer Reviews

A must buy!

Over the last 20 years have heard Guster come and go but never really got into them. However this all changed upon seeing them perform their acoustic set at church in Austin. Was able to purchase this album a couple days early and can't stop listening to it. This is the way these songs were meant to be heard. The subtle changes in the live performance versus the previous recordings reflect their many years of experience as a band. This is the album that will make you a Guster fan if you are not; For those that have been fans it just proves you were right all along.

Well done Guster. Well done.

Love Guster, Don't Eat Them.

Guster. You have made me so genuinely happy throughout this past decade. Even the snottiest hipsters could agree, that's all you could ask for from a band. You just make me smile. Thank you.

Guster is for Lovers

Was hoping for some more Goldfly tunes, and nothing off of Parachute? Otherwise its Guster, its live, and its acoustic; a nice change of pace but still the same great band thats been playing together for nearly 20 years!

Biography

Formed: 1991 in West Somerville, MA

Genre: Alternative

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

Although they evolved into a full-fledged pop band, Guster began their career as a quirky acoustic trio. The band, whose three co-founders met during freshmen year at Tufts University, spent most of the 1990s touring the college circuit and releasing independent albums, all of which featured hand percussion in lieu of a traditional drum set. Released in 1999, Lost and Gone Forever widened the band’s sound considerably, and the follow-up album found percussionist Brian Rosenworcel playing a drum...
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