I’m always a little leery of live albums, as many are simply recorded poorly, then packaged for sale. This is not the case here. From the album’s opener, “Famous For Nothing,” the album captures all of the energy of a live Murphys set, and the recording is clean and perfect. In fact, some of the songs benefit from the live treatment even more so than they did on the original recordings. “Sunshine Highway” and “(F)Lannigan’s Ball” are injected with extra sweaty energy, and their Boston sports anthems “Time To Go” and “Tessie” are presented in best possible way, accompanied by the cheers and accompaniment of rabid Boston sports fans.
“I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” the band’s most successful song to date, is even more energetic than on the original, and when the crowd goes absolutely nuts with the appearance of the Bosstones, it’s readily apparent that this closer to the show is something absolutely amazing.
The flow is even better than the band’s previous live release, with not a lull to be found, and while I would have loved to hear a couple classic older tunes in this mix (“Boys on the Docks” or “Barroom Hero” for example), live versions of these tracks exist on the previous release, and the band’s catalog is so deep that I can understand and respect their choice not to repeat any tracks previously recorded live.
A Dropkick Murphys show is not something to miss, and the opportunity to catch them in Boston is something many of us will never get. That’s why Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA is essetial listening for any Murphys fan, and if you’ve never caught them live, this album is a decent substitute that will probably serve as an incentive that forces you to make the trek the next time they’re anywhere near your town.
2. "The State Of Massachusetts"
3. "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya"
4. "Time To Go"
5. "Sunshine Highway"
6. "Flannigan’s Ball"
7. "Bastards On Parade"
8. "God Willing"
9. "Caught In A Jar"
10. "Captain Kelly’s Kitchen"
11. "Citizen C.I.A."
12. "Fields Of Athenry"
13. "Your Spirit’s Alive"
14. "The Warrior’s Code"
15. "The Dirty Glass"
17. "Forever 2009"
18. "Worker’s Song"
19. "Kiss Me, I’m Sh*tfaced"
20. "I’m Shipping Up To Boston" (featuring The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
Release Date - March 16, 2010 (Born and Bred Records)
Disclosure: A review copy of this release was provided by the publicist. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.