The album features live versions of eight songs that eventually wound up on Mellencamp's album Life, Death, Love and Freedom. Many of these live versions were recorded prior to the release of the studio album. As opposed to the subdued arrangements on the album that was eventually released, many of the tracks feature a full rock 'n' roll band; they are also played in higher keys, allowing Mellencamp to sing in a more familiar shouting style. Some tracks are performed solo acoustic by Mellencamp with no other musicians present. Many of the tracks on "Life, Death, Live, and Freedom" provide an interesting contrast with the versions that were released on its studio counterpart.