THE BEARS Live (2002)

LIVE (2002)
Pop Go The Bears

The union of Cincinnati’s The Raisins and guitarist-to-the-stars Adrian Belew was a match made in pop heaven. They didn’t sell for shit but their first two, late-1980s LPs, The Bears & Rise And Shine, are lovingly coveted as prime examples of pure bred pop with all the right elements and intentions. But the eighties’ pre-Oasis disinterest in 60s pop would dictate The Bears’ fate, which was sadly short-lived. Belew gravitated back to King you-know-who and The Raisins went back to the bars. Interested parties were pleasantly surprised, however, by the group’s out of the blue new millennium re-emergence with Car Caught Fire, and this live follow-up recorded in early ’02. It’s not a blockbuster, but loyal fans should enjoy as The Bears offer up all the wide-eyed enthusiasm this style of music demands. The biggest surprise here is the decision to include a handful of stripped down (near acoustic) arrangements, delivering nuanced, spot-on harmonies in the process. The Bears returned in 2007 with their last album (so far), Eureka!. Hear their lighthearted groupie rebuff, “Honey Bee,” below. Amazon.

Honey Bee (3:27)
What’s The Good Of Knowing (2:55)
Dave (4:54)
Robobo’s Beef (3:43)
Mr. Bonaparte (4:39)
Under The Volcano (4:24)
Success (6:06)
Little Blue River (3:54)
As You Are (3:44)
Trust (4:15)
Complicated Potatoes (2:39)
Figure It Out (5:15)
Caveman (3:55)
Man Behind The Curtain (5:11)



  • Capt. Willard
    November 5, 2010 - 14:26 | Permalink

    Find it over HERE

  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2010 - 14:37 | Permalink

    Thank You for making this friday a really good day!! /bon

  • Capt. Willard
    November 5, 2010 - 14:39 | Permalink

    Thanks for suggesting this one, bon.

  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2010 - 18:04 | Permalink

    Glad you're back! Thanks for more of The Bears. boboquisp

  • timo
    September 1, 2012 - 23:44 | Permalink

    thanks X a million the Bears live blew my mind Dave in particular.I actually cried listening to it for the first time.I have not been moved by a piece of music like that in years!thank you again for all your hard work and the education.Long Live the Wormhole!!!!

  • Willard
    September 5, 2012 - 20:16 | Permalink

    Cool, thanks.

  • January 21, 2014 - 23:06 | Permalink

    Thanks a million for letting me give a listen to this one. Long time Bears fan since, well, the first album came out on vinyl. Saw them in Washington D.C., I think at the Wax Museum. Bob played his electric upright bass and wore a tux, like on the album cover. A big Belew, Fripp, KC, Zappa, etc fan as well. Have the Bears Live DVD but didn’t purchase the cd. Nice to hear the tunes away from the living room. All the best to you.

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