Exposé Online banner

Joe Jackson Band — Afterlife
(Rykodisc RCD-10665, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2004-09-01

Afterlife Cover art

This is not Joe Jackson’s first live album. There was Live 1980/86 and Summer in the City (2000) and (for the really dedicated fans) Joe Jackson Live (aka Two Rainy Nights, 2002). We’ll leave aside Big World, a “studio” album that was actually recorded live. So does he really need another live album? The short answer is no, but certainly Ryko knows Jackson’s fans well enough to know there’s a market for it. Is this one really different from the others? The answer to that is a little more complicated. The last time this four-piece was documented live was the 1980 part of the first live album, and the arrangements have changed dramatically since then. For the three songs that also appeared on Summer in the City, the arrangements are quite similar aside from the addition of guitar. Certainly they play with as much energy as they did in 1980, though with a lot more finesse and cleaner recording. Most phases of Jackson’s career are included, from the first album to the latest (though “Is She Really Going out with Him?” is thankfully absent). And the new songs from Volume Four hold their own in this context, perhaps better than on the studio album. In the end, this live CD will serve as a great souvenir for those who saw the tour, and as a consolation for those who missed it. Fans will be happy; others won’t care.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 30, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Joe Jackson

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Clepsydra - Fears – Swiss quintet Clepsydra sport your typical neo-prog lineup of vocals/guitar/bass/keys and drums and on Fears they hold true to the neo-prog sound. Early Marillion comes to mind, especially on the...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues