Some groups or performers really improve with age and experience (which is true in all aspects of life), but one of the negative consequences of fame and fortune is that once a group achieves them, their creativity and daring takes a dramatic decline.
Before the fame and fortune and contracts and fan base, they could do what they wanted to do without any fear or consequences. This tends to be their best work, the most creative, and quite honestly, the most enjoyable to listen to. But once they make it big, it seems to me that they stop being creative and simply resort to self-imitation out of fear of losing what they’ve achieved. Ironically, the consequence is that they become outdated and do lose what they’ve achieved. Artists who can reinvent themselves seem to be the only ones who survive many decades, such as David Bowie I suppose.
Anyway, my point is that this particular CD, in spite of having poor sound quality, is just so much fun to listen to because the band is clearly just doing what they enjoy: making music and singing—and that is what is enjoyable about it for me, too. Raw, uninhibited, unselfconscious performances unencumbered by concerns over profit margins, producers, and corporate contracts.
I am attaching three tracks from this CD.
Do you have a favorite live CDs?
Can you think of any artists/bands who have doomed themselves to failure because of self-imitation?
What about artists/bands who survived because they were able to constantly adapt and remain creative?