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Electro-Shock Blues Show [Recorded Live] (E Works)

By: Alex Steininger

A seventy-three minute set of The Eels at their best. Electro-Shock Blues Show, a live album only available at the band's website, finds E and company fighting off the crowd's taunting to deliver a truly Eels record - just the band and their instruments, one take, one time.

Electro-Shock Blues Show was recorded in December 1998 while the band was the opening act for Pulp during a European tour. The second Eels live album to be released, it was actually recorded prior to Oh What A Beautiful Morning, the live CD recorded during the EELS Orchestra 2000 tour.

Here there is no room for errors, though the band does improvise and re-interpret the songs for the live atmosphere as they play them loud, sweaty, and full of heart, ready to give the audience the best show of their lives (even if they don't know it).

From am early version of "Souljacker Part I" (three years before Souljacker was released). The incorporation of The Stones' "Satisfaction" into "My Beloved Monster", and a fan's request of "Novocaine for the Soul," to the epic "Not Ready Yet", a thirteen minute roller coaster ride of loud-to-soft guitars and plenty of rock chaos, The Eels deliver a spellbinding performance. One you wish you were at, but can now experience over and over again in the comfort of your home or car, as you re-live the concert you were never at like you were there.

The Eels records are always something to marvel over, the product of E and the band's twisted minds. But, to truly experience The Eels you need to see or hear them live, and Electro-Shock Blues Show is your opportunity, a mesmerizing, true-to-the-art live performance that won't disappoint. I'll give it an A.

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