buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Crimiinals
@ Shibuya AX (5th Mar '04)

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Each live performance by Ben Harper and Innocent Criminals is unique. To my mind, this is attributable to each member's power and mastery as a musician being allowed the freedom to roam and explore a song each time it is played. This also explains why the band has released so many live albums - three(that I know of) in their scant 10-year history. And though the band does decide on a core list of songs for each tour, the set list for each show varies greatly.
The show last Friday (March 5, 2004) at Shibuya Ax in Tokyo was my fourth in two years. And it was by far the most intimate and personal performance I have yet experienced by the band. The set opened with my favorite track off Diamonds On The Inside - a rockin' version of "Brown Eyed Blues," which had everyone dancing. Next were several songs off the bands first two albums. First up was the reggae-ish "Excuse Me Mr." off Fight For Your Mind (1995), which then had everyone swaying in unison. Next was a deep and soulful rendition of "Don't Take That Attitude To Your Grave" off Welcome To The Cruel World (1994). Ben Harper
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But after another couple of songs, suddenly the stage lights were cut and Ben brought out a chair and placed it center stage. He then sat and played slide on his trademark hollow-necked Weissenborn guitar (and changed for at least one other guitar which he also played slide style). And so, right in the middle of the main set, we were treated to several songs with minimal accompaniment from the band, including "Gold To Me," "She's Only Happy In The Sun" and "Please Me," among others. Each was beautiful in its simplicity and sincerity. At other gigs I've been to this one-on-one setting, featuring Ben center stage under a single spot light playing his Weissenborn, is usually reserved for the encore.
report by sister chill and photos by hanasan

buttonmag files :

buttonblessed to witness this show... : (04/03/05 @ Shibuya AX) : review by sisterchill, photos by hanasan
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buttonphoto report: (04/03/05 @ Shibuya AX) : photos by hanasan
buttonおおらかな緩急: (04/03/04 @ Zepp Tokyo) : review by ryoji, photos by hanasan
buttonベン自身がダイアモンドである: (04/03/04 @ Zepp Tokyo) : review by 竹井晶子, photos by hanasan
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button愛と思い出の夜: (04/03/02 @ Nagoya Diamond Hall) : review by ryoji, photos by hanasan
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buttonこれが心を揺さぶる歌、そして、音楽だ : (01/06/17&18 @ Shinjuku LOFT) : review and. photos by hanasan
buttonツェッペリン・ファンも満足! : (01/06/17 @ Shinjuku LOFT) : review by nob, photos by nishioka
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buttonphoto report : (99/02/03 @ Shinjuku Liquid Room) : review and photos by hanasan

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The latest DVD :

Ben Harper & The Innocent Crimiinals

Ben Harper

Live at the Hollywood Bowl
US import / domestic

US import is region free and does have sub title in japanese as well as Spanish French etc

more DVD

"Plesure and Pain" (domestic / US import)
"270 Miles From Graceland
to Bonnaroo 2003
"(US import)
"2to Bonnaroo 2002"(US import)
"Standing in the Shadows of Motown"(US import)
"One Love: Bob Marley All-Star Tribute"(US import)

The latest album

Diamonds on the Inside

Ben Harper

US import / domestic - CCCD

previous albums

『Welcome to the Cruel World』
US import / domestic
『Fight For Your Mind』
US import / domestic
『The Will to Live』
US import / domestic
『Burn To Shine』
US import / domestic
『Live From Mars』
US import with 『Diamonds on the Inside』 / UK import / domestic
『CD Box Collection』 (collection of the first 3 albums)
US import

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