Live at Raji's

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Live at Raji's
Dream Syndicate-Live at Rajis.jpg
Live album by The Dream Syndicate
Released 1989
Recorded 31 January 1988
Genre Alternative rock
Label Enigma Records
Demon Records (2004 re-release)
Producer Elliot Mazer
The Dream Syndicate chronology
Ghost Stories
(1988)Ghost Stories1988
Live at Raji's
(1989)

Live at Raji's is a live album and by Los Angeles band The Dream Syndicate.

Background[edit]

Containing songs from throughout the band's career, it is the last album released before the band broke up, and came out as a double album on the heels of their last studio album, Ghost Stories. The album was incorrectly reported to have been recorded after Ghost Stories;[1] in fact, the recordings were made (straight to digital 2-track) on 31 January 1988, before Ghost Stories was recorded.[2] The show took place at Raji's, a Los Angeles club, "in front of a delirious hometown audience".[3]

The album was produced by Elliot Mazer,[4] and was re-released in an expanded edition, with the original running order, in 2004. This re-release was reviewed in No Depression, the reviewer praising "Cutler's jagged, eight-legged leads" and compared the album to Neil Young's Live Rust and Warren Zevon's Stand in the Fire; "Raji's is the Syndicate's Television-meets-the-Velvet-Underground sound pushed as far as it would go. It was also the end of an era."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1989 edition[edit]

  1. "Still Holding on to You" (Steve Wynn) - 4:15
  2. "Forest for the Trees" (Steve Wynn) - 4:25
  3. "Until Lately" (Steve Wynn) - 7:09
  4. "That's What You Always Say" (Steve Wynn) - 4:47
  5. "Burn" (Steve Wynn) - 5:52
  6. "Merrittville" (Steve Wynn) - 7:46
  7. "The Days of Wine and Roses" (Steve Wynn) - 8:22
  8. "The Medicine Show" (Steve Wynn) - 8:51
  9. ""Halloween" (Karl Precoda) - 6:55
  10. "Boston" (Steve Wynn) - 7:35
  11. "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" (Karl Precoda, David Provost, Kendra Smith, Steve Wynn) - 12:11

2004 edition[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (Blind Lemon Jefferson) - 4:53
  2. "Still Holding on to You" (Steve Wynn) - 4:15
  3. "Forest for the Trees" (Steve Wynn) - 4:25
  4. "Until Lately" (Steve Wynn) - 7:09
  5. "That's What You Always Say" (Steve Wynn) - 4:47
  6. "When You Smile" (Steve Wynn) - 3:44
  7. "Burn" (Steve Wynn) - 5:52
  8. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) - 2:39
  9. "Tell Me When It's Over" (Steve Wynn) - 3:52

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Merrittville" (Steve Wynn) - 7:46
  2. "The Days of Wine and Roses" (Steve Wynn) - 8:22
  3. "The Medicine Show" (Steve Wynn) - 8:51
  4. "Halloween" (Karl Precoda) - 6:55
  5. "Boston" (Steve Wynn) - 7:35
  6. "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" (Karl Precoda, David Provost, Kendra Smith, Steve Wynn) - 12:11

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Elliot Mazer - production
  • Steve McDonald - production assistant
  • Carlo Nuccio - house engineer
  • Debbie Ashby - house assistant
  • Pat Thomas - reissue production
  • Jeff Lipton - reissue mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 320. ISBN 9781843531050. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Pat (2004). The Complete Live at Raji's (Media notes). The Dream Syndicate. Restless. 73787. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative rock. Hal Leonard. p. 340. ISBN 9780879306076. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Hochman, Steve (30 July 1989). "Old Timers, New Beginnings". Los Angeles Times. p. 73. 
  5. ^ Torn, Luke (September–October 2004). "Rev. of Dream Syndicate, Ghost Stories and The Complete Live at Raji's". No Depression. p. 134.