Live Between Us

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Live Between Us
LiveBetweenUs.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMay 24, 1997
RecordedNovember 23, 1996
GenreRock
Length70:31
LabelMCA
ProducerThe Tragically Hip, Mark Vreeken
The Tragically Hip chronology
Trouble at the Henhouse
(1996)
Live Between Us
(1997)
Phantom Power
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Live Between Us is the first full-length live album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip.

The album was recorded on November 23, 1996, at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan, during the band's North American tour in support of Trouble at the Henhouse.[2]

Lead singer Gordon Downie is known for his intensity and spontaneity during the band's live concerts such as telling rants/stories, observations, and random comments before, during, and after songs, among other things. As such, this live recording documents him incorporating snippets of other songs in the middle of the band's own songs. This includes John Lennon's "Imagine" during "Grace, Too", Crowded House's "Into Temptation" during "Twist My Arm", David Bowie/Iggy Pop's "China Girl" and The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby" during "New Orleans Is Sinking", and both Jane Siberry's "The Temple" and Rheostatics' "Bad Time to Be Poor" during "Nautical Disaster"; in addition, a lyrical snippet from Downie's own solo song "Every Irrelevance" is spoken as the introduction to "Ahead by a Century", and part of the band's own unreleased but widely bootlegged song "Montreal" appears in "Courage".

Rheostatics were the opening act on the tour as documented by this album's liner notes, and announced by Downie during the fade-in at the beginning of the album's first track.

In the week of the album's release, eight songs from the album appeared in the week's Top 20 singles chart.

The title comes from graffiti in Kingston, Ontario, which read "The Hip live between us." This graffiti was penned by early band member Davis Manning,[3] describing the impact that the band was having on his relationship with his girlfriend. The mural remained on the wall until the mid-2000s when it was painted over by the property owner. However, it is immortalized on the CD graphic.

Commercial performance[edit]

Live Between Us debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[4] The album was certified double platinum on August 19, 1997.[5] The album sold 400,000 units by the end of 1997.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Grace, Too" – 6:18
  2. "Fully Completely" – 4:11
  3. "Springtime in Vienna" – 4:37
  4. "Twist My Arm" – 4:05
  5. "Gift Shop" – 5:09
  6. "Ahead by a Century" – 5:25
  7. "The Luxury" – 4:08
  8. "Courage" – 5:08
  9. "New Orleans Is Sinking" – 6:22
  10. "Don't Wake Daddy" – 5:30
  11. "Scared" – 5:00
  12. "Blow at High Dough" – 4:54
  13. "Nautical Disaster" – 5:31
  14. "The Wherewithal" – 4:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Tragically Hip's Live Universal Set Welcomed In Canada. Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Copper Penny Archived 2007-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 65, No. 13, June 02 1997". RPM. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: The Tragically Hip - Live Between Us". Music Canada. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  6. ^ Billboard SPOTLIGHTS CANADA The Shape Of '98. Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2014.