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Jellyfish: Live @ Bogart's

Last Updated 9/28/2012 11:03:57 AM


By: Tommy Bellwether

 Jellyfish Live @ Bogart's (Omnivore)

Jellyfish

Live @ Bogart's

(Omnivore)

What is there left to say about the late and incredibly lamented Jellyfish, a band whose greatness was only equal to the eternal mystery of the world's seeming lack of acknowledgment and appreciation of their obvious greatness.  And with this live release by the incredibly wonderful music loving folks at Omnivore Records, it is clear that live performance can't be blamed for this seeming indifference to this most incredible of bands.  Jellyfish are here in all their resplendent glory, the cascading harmonies, powerful, yet melodic guitars and kickin' rhythmic punch. 

Beginning with a killer take on Argent's “Hold Your Head Up” and segueing right away into “Hello,” Jellyfish instantly pull all their magic together in the most beautiful and majestic of ways, the splendor of “The King Is Half Undressed,” the profound beauty and emotion of “I Wanna Stay Home.” And one question that is fully answered for posterity through every groove on this record (especially on “Will You Marry Me”) is "yes!" these lads could rock well and rock hard.    It's hard to believe how much music was produced by just four musicians, because the sound is rich and full.  Bonus points for nailing Badfinger's “No Matter What,” a great cover, but one that does not, in any way, risk overshadowing Jellyfish's own compositional brilliance.

Everything is gloriously performed, and it becomes clear that Jellyfish were firstly, an incredibly talented band with great songs and great players and secondly, one of the great lost bands of rock 'n' roll.  It’s available on colored vinyl, and as per the standard M.O. for Omnivore, it’s exquisitely remastered and lavishly packaged for your rock 'n' roll listening pleasure.  This is neither a request nor something advised, but a dire warning that your life will be so much the poorer if you do not and go out and buy this record/CD right away!

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