The first live release from Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon.
While the U.S. might not have caught on to the magic of Jonathan Richman, the U.K. certainly did. Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, 'Live’ features Jonathan & the Modern Lovers performing classics from their first two releases to an enthusiastic crowd - the eight-minute version of “Ice Cream Man” should inform that!
The set includes the recent Top 5 single “Egyptian Reggae,” as well as tracks from the Modern Lovers’ previous releases and new tracks.
Captured on tape by Beserkley founder Matthew King Kauffman and Kenny Laguna (whose rock pedigree runs from Buddah Records through Joan Jett’s biggest hits), ‘Live’ is a true time and place document of the magic that is Jonathan Richman - the performer who the Farrelly Brothers chose to include in their classic 1998 film There’s Something About Mary, rather than simply licensing his music.
A pivotal release in Richman’s catalog, ‘Live’ spotlights how captivating a performer he was, and continues to be. His original releases return on CD and LP, with a unique colored yellow vinyl variant available for independent retail. His true, Beserkley catalog is available once again. The way Jonathan intended.