Lately when I’m feeling overwhelmed and maybe a little melancholy, nothing salves the wound better than this acoustic Beck recording from April 28, 2003, beneath the soaring Gothic arches of London’s Union Chapel.
His bluesy, folky, Sea-Change-heavy set is sublime, featuring warmly crystalline audio and a dang fine setlist. Amidst the sad songs of a relationship dying, Beck peppers the evening with rarities like the Sea Change Japanese bonus track “Ship In A Bottle” and his oldie song “One Foot In The Grave,” which first appeared on his debut full-length album, Feb 1994′s eclectic and experimental Stereopathic Soulmanure (alongside tracks like the minute-long “Jagermeister Pie”).
The grizzled “Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods” is from One Foot In The Grave later that same year, and while “It’s All In Your Mind” eventually made it onto Sea Change in 2002, it was originally a Japanese bonus track from the same ’94 independent release.
The evening has a very cohesive theme holding together the songs, and this is one of my favorite live recordings of late.
BECK UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
APRIL 28, 2003
The Golden Age
It’s All In Your Mind
Guess I’m Doing Fine
-talking 1- (Justin Timberlake’s “haunted house music”)
Nicotine & Gravy
Ship In A Bottle
14 Rivers, 14 Floods
Nobody’s Fault But My Own (video)
Lord Only Knows (video)
Hott In Here (Nelly cover)
One Foot In The Grave
ZIP: BECK AT UNION CHAPEL