Songs Of Love Live

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Songs Of Love Live
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Live album by Mark Eitzel
Released 1991
Recorded January 17, 1991
Label Demon Records
Mark Eitzel chronology

Mean Mark Eitzel Gets Fat
(1982)
Songs Of Love Live
(1991)
60 Watt Silver Lining
(1996)
Promotional cassette

Songs Of Love Live is the first commercially-released solo record by Mark Eitzel. It was released on Demon Records as a side project while Eitzel was still a member of American Music Club.

Background

The album is a solo acoustic performance recorded live at The Borderline in London, England on January 17, 1991, with the exception of the last two tracks which are acoustic studio recordings.

Aside from "Take Courage", most of the songs had either already appeared on American Music Club albums, or would do so in the future. Five songs ("Firefly", "Western Sky", "Blue And Grey Shirt", "Last Harbor" and "Jenny") were from California, two more ("Gary's Song" and "Outside This Bar") were from Engine, a live performance of "Kathleen" is found on United Kingdom, and "Room Above The Club" was an a cappella version of the opening track on the band's debut album The Restless Stranger. "Crabwalk" would later be recorded and released on Everclear later in 1991; "Chanel No. 5" was recorded at the same sessions but kept back for the b-side to the Rise and Why Won't You Stay singles; "Nothing Can Bring Me Down" was an early version of Mercury's "What Godzilla Said To God When His Name Wasn't Found In The Book Of Life".

The liner notes from the album featured a review of the concert by Andrew Smith from the January 26, 1991 issue of Melody Maker. The album was reissued in 2000 on LP by Italy's Fruit Tree Records.

In a 1993 Ray Gun magazine interview, Eitzel said, "I'll never do a solo record. That solo record (Songs Of Love Live) only happened because I bought a new guitar out of it. At that point in time, I wasn't even sure if AMC would continue. We were in between Frontier and Alias and everyone was threatening us with massive lawsuits. I did it because I made a decision that I would take every opportunity that was given to me."[1]

Track listing

  1. "Firefly"
  2. "Chanel No. 5"
  3. "Western Sky"
  4. "Blue And Grey Shirt"
  5. "Gary's Song"
  6. "Outside This Bar"
  7. "Room Above The Club"
  8. "Last Harbor"
  9. "Kathleen"
  10. "Crabwalk"
  11. "Jenny"
  12. "Take Courage"
  13. "Nothing Can Bring Me Down"

Personnel

References

  1. Howard, David (May 1993). "Hanging By A Thread". Ray Gun. Santa Monica, CA: Marvin Scott Jarrett.