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Album Review

Recorded during a circa 1980 tour on which Goodman was accompanied by a fine four-piece band and two background singers, Live Wire nicely overcomes a hazard often resulting from such circumstances: While the band is clearly there, they're mixed low enough most of the way through that they don't interfere with Goodman's own voice and guitar. And in some cases, like Jim Rothermel's sax solo on a magnificent reading of "You're the Girl I Love" and a long workout on "What Have You Done for Me Lately," the presence of additional musicians adds a lot. The repertoire will be familiar to most Goodman fans, even casual ones, with its blend of his own intelligent (and often witty) compositions, a couple of tunes by fellow Chicagoan Michael Smith, and a few off-the-wall oldies. He takes "City of New Orleans" at a faster clip (and closer melodically to Arlo Guthrie's version) than you might expect; "Hand It to You" rocks, with Goodman on electric guitar and the whole band in high gear; a breakneck It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" featuring fingerbusting fretwork; and a segue from the tender "&Old Smoothies" to country singer Leroy VanDyke's tongue-twisting 1957 hit "Auctioneer." The album package includes complete lyrics and a brief note by Goodman's co-manager, Al Bunetta.

Customer Reviews

One of the best goodman albums available!

If you are already a fan or just getting into Goodman this album is a must have, if you could only own one Goodman album this might be the one to own.

What makes this album special is it's Steve doing what he did best.... performing live. Steve was truly a live performer and to only listen to his studio albums would be a crime.

What makes this album unique is that this is the ONLY tour in which Steve had a full band and to date this is the only album that covers this tour.

Simply put this is Steve Goodman at his best, an amazing singer song writer and even more amazing performer and an even more amazing human being.

His next album?

2 cool - get back to school. He's dead. Like Elvis.

Fun and Fantastic

For the Steve Goodman fan, this is a must. The album exhibits his guitar playing and humor. He might've been the hardest working man in show business in his day.

Biography

Born: July 25, 1948 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Growing up in what he called "a Midwestern middle-class Jewish family," Steve Goodman began playing the guitar as a teenager. He was influenced by the folk revival of the early '60s and by country performers such as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. After attending college in the mid-'60s, he turned to playing in Chicago clubs by night and writing commercial jingles by day. In 1971, he opened for Kris Kristofferson and was seen by Paul Anka, who financed demo recordings that led to a contract with...
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