Although the Rheostatics aren't really a known quantity outside of Canada, they have some of the most dedicated fans around, including many a modern Canadian musician. That loyalty can be traced to the band's live shows. For years the band faithfully trotted across Canada both in summer and in the dead of winter, playing to audiences both hospitable and hostile (see Dave Bidini's book on a Cold Road for the gruesome details). Double Live collects a number of fan favorites (some previously unavailable on album, like the rare classic "People's Republic of Dave"), and provides an excellent overview of the band's career. Although many would consider a double-live album self-indulgent and a bad rock cliché, Double Live is neither. Despite the band's musical skill, mistakes are left in to preserve the spontaneity of the performances. The album was also recorded in a variety of settings, from proper concert halls to the lobby out front -- even pub gigs where it's obvious the audience was just there for the beer. Overall, it's a great snapshot of a band who has seen good times and bad, and has managed to keep a good sense of humor.
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AllMusic Review by Sean Carruthers