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Live At The Longbranch And More

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Someone I Care About
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Dance With Me
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She Cracked
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Hospital
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Girlfriend
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Foggy Notion
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Ride Down On The Highway
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Pablo Picasso
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A Plea For Tenderness
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Walk Up The Street
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Modern World
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Old World
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96 Tears
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I'm Straight
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Wake Up Sleepyheads
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Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste
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Roadrunner
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Douglas Wolk

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Douglas Wolk writes about pop music and comic books for Time, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired and elsewhere. He's the author of Reading Comics: How Gra...more »

10.25.11
Modern Lovers, Live at the Longbranch and More
2007 | Label: Last Call Records / Believe Digital

The early incarnation of Jonathan Richman’s band the Modern Lovers recorded just enough in the studio to hint at how amazing they were – but by the time their few demo sessions were released, they had long since broken up. This live album documents sets from 1971-73 (and overlaps with the recordings on Precise Modern Lovers Order). The recording is raw, but invaluable as a portrait of a great lost American rock band. This version… read more »

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While the proto-punk genius of the Modern Lovers’ first records is well known, not so publicized is their short-lived tenure as a live band. The live treatment has mixed results on the Modern Lovers’ repertoire; Jonathan Richman has two types of songs: the fast-and-furious rockers (“She Cracked”), which benefit greatly from the live setting, and the slow-burning love songs (“Hospital”), which are not as well suited. Also, the sound quality leaves something to be desired; at times Live at the Long Branch sounds like a bad bootleg rather than a soundboard recording. But despite these detractions, the band does perform great renditions of all their would-be hits. “Roadrunner,” “Girlfriend,” and “Pablo Picasso” are all represented here, along with a dead-on cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Foggy Notion,” which threatens to trump the original. Though it has its weaknesses, this is a mostly solid record that makes a perfect belated apology from the rock gods for all those Jonathan Richman solo records. – Ari Wiznitzer

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