When the organizers of the Winnipeg Folk Festival were choosing a headliner for the opening night, a light bulb must have went off in someones mind with the suggestion of the album, Five Days In July to commemorate the 5 days of the festival in...July! The concept of a band performing an entire album live has been discussed before on this blog and I'm generally receptive to the idea especially if it's one of the band's most well known record or if it's one of those "hidden gems" albums. I guess this album falls into the latter category as I thought Casino and Lost Together had more commercial appeal, but in actuality Five Days is the band's best seller and many regard it as their best record. The record does have a kind of epic feel to it, experimental in parts and if the listener is patient they are rewarded with a rich and solidly cohesive album. As Greg Keelor says, "It's sort of weird record to play live, because it's a pretty mellow record and it's sort of strummy strummy stummy, ballad ballad, strummy strummy, but a perfect place to do it, so we're really glad to be here...nuff said!
This was recorded from my tarp situated maybe about halfway back, just beyond the tower in the middle. I was impressed how clear and loud the sound was and it really filled the whole area even when I browsed around to the washroom and kettle corn stand at the back. There is some chatter from nearby tarps as well as my own, but if you blackout the conversations, the recording is still enjoyable. As a bonus they closed the main set with one of their hits, Trust Yourself and for the encore the song, Lost Together, an brilliant choice for a singalong closer. I don't know if Blue Rodeo has ever performed this complete album live before or ever will again, so if you're a big Blue Rodeo fan this unique show is a keeper! Enjoy!
BLUE RODEO Winnipeg Folk Festival Mainstage Birds Hill Park July 6, 2011
Audience MASTER 01. 5 Days In May 02. Hasn't Hit Me Yet 03. Bad Timing 04. Cynthia 05. Photograph 06. What Is This Love 07. English Bay 08. Head Over Heels 09. Til I Gain Control Again 10. Dark Angel 11. Know Where You Go/Tell Your Dream 12. Trust Yourself
Encore 13. Lost Together
(Tracks 1-11: From the album, 5 Days In July)
For the FLAC version (uncompressed): I've posted the show at Dimeadozen (members only)