This is a great album, recorded live in Germany
for radio NDR in Hamburg.
Ed tells it like this on the CD inside.
This album was recorded live to a
2 track during my 1997 solo tour.
It captures the spirit of the shows pretty well
(though I did edit out my numerous a sides
and witticisms for reasons of space and to avoid
being confused with Woody Allen or someone)
and thats easier said than done.
I saw this tour at what was called :"Van Gogh's ear lobe" at South
Brisbane. Just Ed his strat ,VG8 and blues style beat box,
its a wooden box you put your foot up on while sitting down, its
miked and you beat your foot on it. Theres plenty of the old Ed
magic on this disc, its stripped down as far as it should go,
Ed and his guitar. Listen to this and tell me of a more inventive,
technically proficient, guitar player in Australia or anywhere
else for that matter. Sometimes his guitar sounds like an organ
like on "Eternally yours" distorted electric like sleepy head,
like nothing you've heard before like"Weeping willow",
12 string electric like on "I'm with you",
a big bass rubber band like on "La di dah",
or a blues acoustic slide dobro like on "I'd rather be the devil"
You never get bored and bare in mind this is all on the same
guitar.The man's a genius and this is a great album to get a
feel for that genius and I can tell you he programed all these
guitar sounds himself cause the stock
Roland ones are pretty lame.