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Erykah Badu went a long way toward justifying the quick release of Live only months after her debut album Baduizm’s success with just one song. She lifted the album into the highest tier of in-concert soul recording by trotting out the new “Tyrone,” a languid sound that she electrified by reading the riot act to a boyfriend most politely described as “errant.” The audience’s women sound nearly as delighted as those a generation earlier had when Marvin Gaye wailed “Distant Lover” on his own Live. This set also goes a long way toward amplifying Badu’s concerns, not only with a cover of “favorite singer” Chaka Khan’s “Stay,” but with public wrestling with her doubts and loneliness: Before unveiling another previously unrecorded number, “Ye Yo,” she reminds the audience (and herself) that “I’m a person and I represent you.”

Customer Reviews

Badu at her soulful best...

This is not only a fantastic effort by Badu, but is hands-down one of the best live recordings that I have ever heard. Like fellow artist Jill Scott, she successfully develops a strong rapport with the audience at her live shows that translates well throughout the duration of the album. The originality of the set list, from the Rimshot (Intro), which incorporates Miles Davis’ classic masterpiece, So What, and her homage to a number of classic soul artists is fantastic. In my humble opinion, Badu’s standout interpretations include the Mary Jane Girls’ hit All Night Long and Chaka Khan’s Stay, as well as her band’s version of Roy Ayers’ Searchin’. And, although the versions of both Apple Tree and On and On are brilliant, the standout track is definitely Tyrone.

worth every penny!

This album is awesome. I bought it because I'd heard the live version of "Tyrone," which is an awesome enough jam to justify the purchase. The whole album totally jams out on every listen. I'm a little too cynical to get into Ms. Badu's new-age vibe sometime, but the girl has soul and it comes out in her music. It's even better live.

Go Erykah!!!

This is my FAVORITE CD in the whole wide world. I mean listening to this is like being at the concert! I've got this CD memorized, and whenever I need to cheer up I listen to it, and its just so inspirational, fun, and exciting! This is a must have for any collection!!!


Born: February 26, 1971 in Dallas, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter female R&B singers. A singer/songwriter responsible for all but one of the songs on Baduizm, she found a number 12 hit with her...
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