15 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lindsey Buckingham’s element has always been the recording studio, which is what makes this concert recording such a welcome surprise. Without having to share the stage with his Fleetwood Mac bandmates, Buckingham is given full rein of the sound design and even in concert his sonic imprint is distinctive. Recorded in January 2007 at the Forth Worth venue of the same name, Live At the Bass Performance Hall is full of the sounds he loves: high-pitched acoustic instruments, minimal rhythmic accompaniment, complex guitar fingerpicking, and plenty of reverb and echo. Handclaps form the backbeat for “Cast Away Dreams” and “Under the Skin,” while a solo reading of “Big Love” climaxes in a torrent of fingerpicking and desperate cries. Buckingham gives old songs masterful stage arrangements — the layered harmonies of “It Was You” and “Show You How” are nothing short of sublime — but the album’s most moving moments come when he sings his old songs alone with guitar. The solo renditions of “Trouble” and “Never Going Back Again” emphasize the dreamy melancholy that has long been Buckingham’s specialty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lindsey Buckingham’s element has always been the recording studio, which is what makes this concert recording such a welcome surprise. Without having to share the stage with his Fleetwood Mac bandmates, Buckingham is given full rein of the sound design and even in concert his sonic imprint is distinctive. Recorded in January 2007 at the Forth Worth venue of the same name, Live At the Bass Performance Hall is full of the sounds he loves: high-pitched acoustic instruments, minimal rhythmic accompaniment, complex guitar fingerpicking, and plenty of reverb and echo. Handclaps form the backbeat for “Cast Away Dreams” and “Under the Skin,” while a solo reading of “Big Love” climaxes in a torrent of fingerpicking and desperate cries. Buckingham gives old songs masterful stage arrangements — the layered harmonies of “It Was You” and “Show You How” are nothing short of sublime — but the album’s most moving moments come when he sings his old songs alone with guitar. The solo renditions of “Trouble” and “Never Going Back Again” emphasize the dreamy melancholy that has long been Buckingham’s specialty.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

CNParrothead ,

Live at the Bass Performance Hall

Absolutely great show.... Was there in person with my mother and my beautiful girlfriend... Every Lindsey Buckingham fan should own this album.

Der Hammerhai ,

The only version of Holiday Road?

The 1 star is for iTunes not giving customers a choice to purchase a classic like Holiday Road. I'll get the song somewhere else.

CylonEmpire ,

I've Been Waiting for a Live Lindsey CD for a Long Time

Lindsey is a fantastic live performer in an age where music sales and concert tickets are, unfortunately, declining. One of the reasons, in my opinion, is that today's music lacks originality, creativity, and an artistic foundation of passion from the artist. Instead, we have focus groups and 4/4 click tracks acting as the foundation of our music. Cold, calculating, and not interesting, IMO. If I want to listen to robots, I'll watch R2D2 in Star Wars.

If this sounds OT, then just listen to this CD. "Not Too Late" sounds OK on the studio CD, but it literally gives you chills to see him play this live. You understand the passion behind the song in a live context. "Never Going Back Again" is another amazing performance. "Cast Away Dreams" is another track from his last studio CD that makes much more sense after seeing him perform it live. And, "I Know I'm Not Wrong" from Tusk (I thought that I was the only person who appreciated this fun and eclectic track). Again, to hear this one live, gives you a glimpse into Lindsey's "Vincent van Goph"- like personality.

He is an amazing artist who is inspiring musicians like "Little Big Town", and he has inspired me with his creativity and artistic integrity. Thank you, Lindsey!

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