March 16, 2009 – 4:20 am

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Philadelphia 1992 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, PA, August 21, 1992. Very good soundboard recording.

Bouncy guitar rock… Power pop… Terms that come to mind when used to describe Marshall Crenshaw. For a while in the early to mid-’80s, Crenshaw managed to get more than his share of the airwaves with hit songs such as Someday, Someway; Cynical Girl; Whenever You’re On My Mind and Calling Out For Love (At Crying Time). The self-titled debut album in 1982 and the follow up, Field Day, the following year, were essential listening for music fans.

Listening to Wanda & Dwayne, his Dave Alvin cover, one can imagine his rockabilly roots and being associated with Buddy Holly when Crenshaw was starting out. Vocally, Crenshaw sounds like a rocking Elvis Costello but it is in the songwriting department where the two excel in. Also, Crenshaw has an adventurous spirit and a good feel for the songs that he can cover - The Ramones’ The KKK Took My Baby Away (probably what The Ramones might have sounded like if they did an Unplugged set) and his take no prisoners version of Just Like A Woman (you either dig it or you don’t).

To cop a phrase from the Trouser Press Guide to Marshall Crenshaw, these songs are sung with “thought, care and enthusiasm.” You can’t ask for anymore than that.

Thanks to rockcat who shared these tracks on the Dime site and to pdiamond for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
Fantastic Planet of Love (7.5MB)
Wanda & Dwayne (Dave Alvin cover) (5.7MB)
Whenever You’re On My Mind (4.9MB)
This Is Easy (5.7MB)
Better Back Off (7.6MB)
The KKK Took My Baby Away (The Ramones cover) (3.1MB)
Rockin’ Around In NYC (5.2MB)
Somewhere Down The Line (9.0MB)
Right Now (Gene Vincent cover) (6.0MB)
You Should’ve Been There (7.2MB)

Disc 2
Everything’s The Truth (6.0MB)
Stop Doing That (6.4MB)
Monday Morning Rock (4.7MB)
Calling Out For Love (At Crying Time) (7.5MB)
Cynical Girl (4.0MB)
Valerie (Richard Thompson cover) (9.8MB)
Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan cover) (6.5MB)
Ask Me Why (The Beatles cover) (1.9MB)
Someday, Someway (4.9MB)
(You’re My) Favorite Waste Of Time (5.4MB)

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  1. 3 Responses to “MARSHALL CRENSHAW - PHILADELPHIA 1992”

  2. Thanks so much! Marshall is always great!

    By Bill on Mar 16, 2009

  3. Great tunes and a great set-up, like right out of the ’70s on both counts, when a good double-LP live would pretty well fill both sides of a 90-minute cassette. This one has 44 minutes CD 1 and 41 minutes CD 2. Like a page out of my past!

    By O.B. Dan on Mar 17, 2009

  4. Never quite understand why this fella was not a music giant … his first album and later albums had great tunes; well played, well sung … well, everything, I thot. But it just didn’t happen. I’ve had this one for a while and it’s good … I just feel sort of sorry for him. Ah well. If anyone out there has not taken this, you are missing something good … cheers.

    By Canute on May 29, 2010

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