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Live

Live rose to success on the strength of its anthemic music and idealistic, overtly spiritual songwriting, two hallmarks that earned the group frequent comparisons to U2. The group's roots stretched back to the early '80s, when future members Chad Taylor (guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums) began playing together under the name "First Aid" while attending middle school in York, Pennsylvania. After losing an area talent contest, they decided to enlist singer Ed Kowalczyk, and as a foursome the group played under a series of names before settling on Public Affection.

After earning a rabid local following, Public Affection released a cassette, 1989's The Death of a Dictionary, on their own Action Front label. Shows at CBGB's and other famed New York clubs followed, eventually earning them a demo deal with Giant Records which proved unsuccessful. The completed demo did earn them a deal with Radioactive, however, and before drawing their new name out of a hat, Live recruited Talking Head Jerry Harrison to produce their 1991 debut, Mental Jewelry. A collection of songs based on the writings of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, the record made Live one of the key players in the post-Nirvana alternative music scene thanks to singles like "Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" and "Pain Lies on the Riverside."

Three years later, Live returned with the muscular Throwing Copper, which lingered a number of months on the charts before pushing the group into the rock mainstream. After a series of popular singles like "Selling the Drama" and "I Alone," the album's slow build climaxed with the funereal "Lightning Crashes," which propelled the album to the top of the charts and paved the way for the subsequent hits "White, Discussion" and "All Over You." The album went on to sell over eight million copies in the U.S. alone. Secret Samadhi, the third Live LP, followed in early 1997, and while it failed to match the commercial success of Throwing Copper, it nevertheless sold over two million copies.

Released in 1999, The Distance to Here went platinum on the strength of "The Dolphin's Cry," which peaked at number two on the Mainstream Rock singles chart. The bandmates continued to refine their ambitious, spiritual sound over the next four years, with both 2001's V and 2003's Birds of Pray cracking the Billboard Top 30 as a result. However, the band's seventh studio effort, Songs from Black Mountain, effectively spelled the end of Live's popularity in 2006, with less than 100,000 copies sold in America. The album fared considerably better overseas, prompting Live to devote more time touring Europe during the decade's latter half.

In mid-2009, the band decided to go on hiatus. Kowalczyk recorded a solo album, Alive, while Taylor, Dahlheimer, and Gracey formed a new band, the Gracious Few, with Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy from Candlebox. (Their first album, The Gracious Few, appeared in 2010.) By that time, it was revealed that Kowalczyk had decided to exit the band, and legal squabbles ensued. In 2012, the original trio of Taylor, Dahlheimer, and Gracey had launched a new version of Live, recruiting vocalist Chris Shinn (formerly of Unified Theory) to be Kowalczyk's replacement. The first album to feature the new lineup, The Turn, appeared in late 2014, preceded by the single "The Way Around Is Through." ~ Jason Ankeny & John Bush
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Track List: Songs From Black Mountain

1. The River

2. Mystery

3. Get Ready

4. Show

5. Wings

6. Sofia

7. Love Shines (A Song For My Daughters About God)

8. Where Do We Go From Here?

9. Home

10. All I Need

11. You Are Not Alone

12. Night Of Nights

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Track List: Birds Of Pray

1. Heaven

2. She

3. The Sanctity Of Dreams

4. Run Away

5. Life Marches On

6. Like I Do

7. Sweet Release

8. Everytime I See Your Face

9. Lighthouse

10. River Town

11. Out To Dry

12. Bring The People Together

13. What Are We Fighting For

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Track List: The Distance To Here

1. The Dolphin's Cry

2. The Distance

3. Sparkle

4. Run To The Water

5. Sun

6. Voodoo Lady

7. Where Fishes Go

8. Face And Ghost (The Children's Song)

9. Feel The Quiet River Rage

10. Meltdown

11. They Stood Up For Love

12. We Walk In The Dream

13. Dance With You

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Track List: Secret Samadhi

1. Rattlesnake

2. Lakini's Juice

3. Graze

4. Century

5. Ghost

6. Unsheathed

7. Insomnia And The Hole In The Universe

8. Turn My Head

9. Heropsychodreamer

10. Freaks

11. Merica

12. Gas Hed Goes West

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Track List: Throwing Copper

1. The Dam At Otter Creek

2. Selling The Drama

3. I Alone

4. Iris

5. Lightning Crashes

6. Top

7. All Over You

8. S**t Towne

9. T.B.D.

10. Stage

11. Waitress

12. Pillar Of Davidson

13. White, Discussion

14. Untitled Track

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Track List: Mental Jewelry

1. Pain Lies On The Riverside

2. Operation Spirit (The Tyranny Of Tradition)

3. The Beauty Of Gray

4. Brothers Unaware

5. Tired Of "Me"

6. Mirror Song

7. Waterboy

8. Take My Anthem

9. You Are The World

10. Good Pain

11. Mother Earth Is A Vicious Crowd

12. 10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)

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Track List: The Way Around Is Through (Single)

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Love it
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Good song
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Selling the Drama. this song rocks...The lyrics are deep and meaningful. Love has a Name... Think about it...
Can you feel it ?
I can dig it...
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The best band ever. Met them once. Awesome.
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The angel opens her eyes....

Her intentions fall to the floor… angel closes her eyes.....

LIGHTNING CRASHES.....
The moment she's been waiting for

The angel opens her eyes...... Pale blue colored eyes.....
I CAN FEEL IT......
0:'o/
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Love it so real with his words LOVE,LOVE,LO V E , i t
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Hey guys made a rock station called wraith radio I put a sum of time in it check it out! Thanke
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I didnt get hooked on this band till last year when Pandora started playing them on my CREED station. Now I love nearly every song,
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Did it your way
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Feeling
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Addy Mae :'/
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jistrickland 1
Ed was and always be Live! Without him they are just pretenders.
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Wow
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GREAT SONG FOR GREAT LADY
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Feel that
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I miss the 90s so much I just flop down on my bed and cry.....
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Great song remind me of my baby girl now she 18 and still my daddy's baby girl I've been blessed
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The Angel closes her eyes....sigh . . .
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enjoythe1rid e
One of the most powerful dynamic songs ever written in the history of rock 'n' roll

I heard Ed deliver this in a crowd of 555,000 in 1994 at Woodstock,

At the B bridge he stepped up in the blast of 550,000 people roaring blew him back and it was almost orgasmic you can see it in his face

At Brandeis University auditorium,

At Woodstock 1999,

And every opportunity that I had in between

I also delivered this song from the stage over 500 times in the same space of time

I always endeavored to
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Love it ����
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Love this song precious
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Lip sinc this in the mirror every time...
Love his voice
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I used to dislike this song when it came out. However, now I like it.
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Idk about being old. I remember snagging up Matchbox 20s debut when released, being 7 years old. My brother was still listening to the Use Your Illusion albums, and noone knew Sugar Ray.
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j.poormon
Maybe it's because I'm old now but, music now doesn't evoke the memories like it did when I was younger. Live takes me back to a simpler time. As does Collective Soul, Creed, Stone Temple Pilots, etc. I remember hearing Lightning Crashes the first time while mowing our lawn. I immediately remember the smell of fresh cut grass, the warm summer wind. Peaceful. Easier. I miss those days.
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To leave you there by yourself ....
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Love lighting crashes oh yah what about you guys
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mlfelten4
Some songs just bring it all back for me. Live had a few of those type of songs that just bring up so many memories. The 90's was my time, so mixed with hope, love and weed!
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kwellbrock5
Music can remind me of a time and place. This song reminds me of a better time, a better place. Life as a teenager. Looking for who to be, how to be.
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It's easier not to be great and to measure these things by your eyes !!!
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Selling the Drama
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I remember listening to live lightning crashes in my moms blue van as a kid, seriously I was 4 and remember feeling the lyrics in my skin
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They were supposed to play at Northern Invasion 2015 in Wisconsin but they didn't show up :( I was disappointed
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I love 90s Rock, alternative, grunge, etc. and live is one of my favorite bands but sadly I was born after 90s and missed my chance seeing of my favorite rock eras
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Such a moving, haunting song. It's power seems to induce me to the verge of a crying jag! In a wonderful way.
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Wow! The 90's were great.
Confusing yet blissful... nostalgia of being a teenager coming of age.....
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johnaorr396
I love live
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Love!
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The greatest of teachers won't hesitate !! I alone love you
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Great band.
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Baaad a**!
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drummer is one of BEST rock drummers
I saw them live one time and was blown away by him. My friend's uncle was their manager at the time so we got back stage passes and I found it hard to NOT watch him!
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Live rocks a
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Great band
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Im such a 90s girl Love this band
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I just saw that they were playing as First Aid in middle school in York, PA. I went to elementary, middle and high school in York County. Cool fact. Say hey sometime if you get this ❤️LIVE❤️
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love this band
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Great album every song
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This song good memories
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makes me very sad...every time.
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