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10,000 Maniacs 6/3/2016

Review

Arriving on the heels of the veteran jangle folk-pop outfit's 35th anniversary, the aptly named Playing Favorites finds 10,000 Maniacs delivering a (mostly) career-spanning show before an adoring crowd at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in their native Jamestown, New York. Only the group's second live album in three decades, the 14-track set is also their first full-on electric concert LP -- 1993's MTV Unplugged was just that, all acoustic. Playing Favorites also marks the return of co-founder John Lombardo, who joins a seasoned crew that includes Jerome Augustyniak, Dennis Drew, Jeff Erickson, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo, and Mary Ramsey, the latter of whom assumed vocal duties in 1995 after Natalie Merchant left the fold to pursue a solo career. Delivered with warmth and vigor, and comprised chiefly of fan favorites/hits like "My Mother the War," "Like the Weather," "These Are the Days," and "Because the Night" -- for whatever reason, the band chose not to include any material from their well-received 2013 comeback album Music from the Motion Picture -- Playing Favorites is a largely fan-centric affair, but its charms work outside of the circle as well. ~ James Christopher Monger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 What's the Matter Here? 10,000 Maniacs 5:9
  3. 2 Like the Weather 10,000 Maniacs 4:8
  4. 3 Love Among the Ruins 10,000 Maniacs 4:12
  5. 4 Trouble Me 10,000 Maniacs 3:22
  6. 5 More Than This 10,000 Maniacs 4:5
  7. 6 Can't Ignore the Train 10,000 Maniacs 3:27
  8. 7 Stockton Gala Days 10,000 Maniacs 7:36
  9. 8 Because the Night 10,000 Maniacs 5:36
  10. 9 Rainy Day 10,000 Maniacs 6:54
  11. 10 Candy Everybody Wants 10,000 Maniacs 3:19
  12. 11 My Sister Rose 10,000 Maniacs 4:17
  13. 12 Hey Jack Kerouac 10,000 Maniacs 3:44
  14. 13 These Are Days 10,000 Maniacs 5:0
  15. 14 My Mother the War 10,000 Maniacs 4:41

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