Neville Brothers

Live at Tipitina's 1982

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Live at Tipitina's 1982 is a two-CD set that gathers both the two released albums from the Neville Brothers September 1982 gigs at local New Orleans hangout Tipitina's -- 1984's Nevillization I/Live at Tipitina's and 1987's Nevillization II: Live at Tipitina's -- and strives to roll them into one complete, concise work. The only problem is that although the albums were similarly recorded, they were eventually released under different circumstances: the second part was augmented with studio-sweetened instruments and audience noises, and at times the overdubs are glaringly, and intrusively, obvious. Still, the first half of Live at Tipitina's 1982 (featuring material from the original Neville-ization disc) remains one of the Crescent City's most representative documents -- "Fever," "Tell It Like It Is" and "Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy" just plain sizzle -- and it's one of the Neville Brothers most revered volumes (as well as one of the best live albums of the '80s). Think of the sequel as an extended, if not totally successful, bonus disc.

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