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Ben Folds Comes Alive


My two and a half regular readers will know that I am quite partial to the genius of Mr Ben Folds. I have never had the opportunity to see the great man live (if you’re reading this, Mr Folds, please get your hornrimmed-glassed ass down to the southern tip of Africa, sir, gush gush gush). So his live album, the Ben Folds Five lives album, the few live tracks on the EPs, DVD rips and bootlegs will have to do for me. I have collated some decent-quality live stuff (thanks in part to my friend Mo). And here’s sharing with y’all. I’ve made myself an unofficial live mix-tape (er, CD-R) which includes none of the great live versions below, but other tracks from these concerts (the Perth gig is a DVD-rip from the brilliant concerts with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra). If enough people want it, I’ll post it. Place your desperate pleas in a comment.

Ben Folds – Army (live in New York, Summerstage 2004) “Bah bah bah, babababababa etc”
Ben Folds with Rufus Wainwright – Careless Whispers (ibid.; DVD rip, not the shitty version floating around on the Interweb)

Ben Folds – Narcolepsy (live in Perth, March 2005, DVD rip) check out the opera dude!
Ben Folds – Zak And Sara (live in Perth, March 2005, DVD rip)

Ben Folds – The Luckiest (live In Berlin, 4 June 2005. Soundboard bootleg)
Ben Folds – All You Can Eat (live In Berlin, 4 June 2005) hear Folds speak Deutsch.

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  1. Mary
    June 26th, 2007 at 08:49 | #1

    I have had the opportunity to see this great man live ( Rocking The Suburbs tour in Chicago ) I hope you do get the pleasure of a live show, he is brilliant!Please post your live material.I am begging …Thanks for these wonderful songs.

  2. Baldi
    June 26th, 2007 at 18:03 | #2

    Amazing songs !!The dvd is not available in France. I will have to wait for weeks.Could you please post some other songs ?Thanks a lot for this post !!!!!!!!!

  3. Steve
    June 27th, 2007 at 01:40 | #3

    Ah yes…Ben Folds is a genius!Are you originally from South Africa? I’m curious because you’re taste in music overlaps mine quite a bit. I was born in Colorado and lived in California for much of my life.Thanks!

  4. Any major dude with half a heart
    June 27th, 2007 at 10:49 | #4

    Yup, lived in South Africa for 25 years. Lived for three years in London, and the rest in Germany. Never even been to the USA…

  5. Test Ester On
    June 27th, 2007 at 15:50 | #5

    Rufus, love you baby!

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