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Okonokos(Live) CD (2008)

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Following the release of their fourth critically acclaimed full-length album, Z, My Morning Jacket has delivered what is surely to become their quintessential body of work -- two discs and a concert film. They contain their most dynamic, otherworldly compositions to date, presented in their finest form. Live.

Belying the myth that live albums tend to highlight the disparity between it and its studio counterpart, Okonokos: Double Live Album, mixed by Michael Brauer (Bob Dylan, Coldplay) and mastered by pre-eminent engineer Bob Ludwig, delves into the realm of raw, rich, elevated sound, while proudly staying true to its roots. The treasury begins with "Wordless Chorus," one of the Jacket's captivating traditional introductions. A glacially expansive "One Big Holiday" grips you, throws you into a trance-inspiring guitar riff frenzy, quiets down, and leads you through another transcendent moment. The collection continues to mesmerize through the second disc, and closes with a spirited "Mahgeeta."

Disc 1 Track Listing
1. Wordless Chorus
2. It Beats 4 U
3. Gideon
4. One Big Holiday
5. I Will Sing You Songs
6. Lowdown
7. The Way That He Sings
8. What a Wonderful Man
9. Off the Record
10. Golden
11. Lay Low

Disc 2 Track Listing
1. 1. Dondante
2. Run Thru
3. At Dawn
4. Xmas Curtain
5. O is the One That is Real
6. I Think I'm Going to Hell
7. Steam Engine
8. Dancefloors
9. Anytime
10. Mahgeeta


Label Coaches Choice
SKU 206611371
UPC 880882160326
UPC 14 00880882160326
Format CD
Release Date 1/2/2008
Author My Morning Jacket
Keyboards Bo Koster
Guitar Carl Broemel
Vocals, Guitar Jim James
Drums Patrick Hallahan
Bass Two-Tone Tommy
Artist Bio
My Morning JacketIn a perfect world, bios would be unnecessary. Instead of those often peculiar, occasionally vaguely helpful written pieces purporting to tell a band's story, a clear sense of the way things actually happened, which often doesn't fit into neat story-size chunks, might emerge.My Morning Jacket, for example, lost in their line-up a while back their life-long friends Johnny Quaid and Danny Cash. The two original members just decided they didn't want to spend their time working in a band heavily on the road. The remaining members -- singer-guitarist and songwriter Jim James, bassist Two-Tone Tommy, and drummer Patrick Hallahan -- didn't really know which direction to proceed: to go on as a three-piece, to look for new members, or to stop altogether...but some force kept urging them on, so they started looking around for new members. They found keyboardist Bo Koster, and guitarist Carl Broemel. My Morning Jacket talked to some other people, but the band kept coming back to Koster and Broemel, the first two musicians they met with. Things really flowed there. "We loved them immediately," says James. "It was like the band was its own force, wanting itself to go on, even down to finding these two people."
ReviewSource PopMatters
Review "Does everybody remember the Foghat rule? Your fourth album should be double-live," Bob Odenkirk, in Kiss makeup, instructed his pupils at rock school, Yo La Tengo, in a hilarious skit of a music video once upon a time. My Morning Jacket's double-live album, Okonokos, is their fifth album, not their fourth, but still, those sort of unwritten rules of ROCK seem to run in My Morning Jacket's blood...So yes, of course My Morning Jacket has released a double-live album, and of course they've made it big and bold, exemplifying the greater history and mythology of the Live Album. It was recorded last year in San Francisco at the Fillmore, an iconic venue. Though the performance features songs from throughout their career, the live album has been given a vague concept of its own, that of the fanciful land of Okonokos. The show itself included a stage set to match this concept, one designed by a movie set designer...This is a band that thinks and acts big, and this live album's as big as they come...With each passing year My Morning Jacket seem more like one of the most powerful live bands around. Okonokos does nothing but reinforce that impression... or solidify it even, by leaving in aural concrete a evidence of their capacity to rock, to float, to wring emotion from each note while ensuring fire pumps through the veins of every listener.
Reviewer Dave Heaton
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist My Morning Jacket
Music Format Compact Disc
Billboard ...delivers as powerful a wake-up call to the ears as seeing MMJ in the flesh.
E! Online As concert recordings go, this is one of the best.
Entertainment Weekly impressive representation of the MMJ live experience.
Filter This is My Morning Jacket's shining moment.
Prefix Magazine ...immaculate playing...everlasting energy...My Morning Jacket on top of its game.
Spin An aesthetic- and career-defining set, it's the album they were destined to make.
Uncut It can take its place alongside Live At Leeds, Rock Of Ages and Wilco's more recent Kicking Television as a live classic.

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