I had the chance to see Mangum solo a few times over the last couple of years, and I was at the Baltimore show, and you are exactly right. Mangum solo is great, but the full band performance is a completely different animal. The upbeat songs especially are injected with an energy that neither the recorded version, nor the solo performance match. They did an up-tempo version of “Leave Me Alone/Gardenhead” that was unbelieveable.
As great as Jeff is solo, it is no substitute for the full band.
I was there too. How amazing was that show?
Seeing Jeff solo there back in 2011 was amazing, with the crowd in hushed, reverent awe. Last night was completely different, people were jumping up and down, thrilled, and ecstatic. And the songs, live, with a full band, were just incredible.
I so badly wish I had a recording of that version of “Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone”.
He has a lot of phenominally great songs to be sure, but anyone who doesn’t say “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard” is a liar and a lunatic
I was talking to some friends just this week about this band, and wondering if we’d ever hear any more from them.
Can’t wait for the 9:30 Club show.
Also, funfunfunfest.com might want to renew that domain…
“Album of the century!” – Beethoven
Didn’t Dananananaykroyd call it quits this year?
I’m still pissed at my jerk brother for making me miss them at MPP this summer because I had to be the “best man” in his “wedding.”