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October 08, 2008

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Phil Johnson

You didn't mention which way you thought Jellyfish went. :) I saw them live a couple times and they were fantastic. Sure, not all the bells and whistles were covered, but the songs stand on their own without them. And I think that's your point.

Personally, I always road test a song for a few months before recording it. You're always going to find the little tweaks that make it work best in front of an audience. Then add gravy in the studio.

Jerry Chapman

By the way, Jellyfish sounded pretty amazing live.

Gary Hawkins

I find it interesting that you would mention Jellyfish when talking about music that sounds good but doesn't work well live...I saw Jellyfish some years ago with World Party, and I still consider it one of the best shows I've seen. Jellyfish was a great live band, and while not exactly like the recorded versions, the music was outstanding.

Queen is another example of an absolutely amazing live act that didn't play the exact duplications of the studio recordings. Also Pink Floyd, The Police, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys. I actually enjoy when acts don't attempt to sound exactly like the recordings; it lends a different perspective to great songs (which is what it is really all about).

David Hooper

Yeah, agree with you on Jellyfish. A great act and definitely a band that could pull it off both in the studio and on stage. Most bands at that level of production aren't able to recreate the sound live though.

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