Recorded in Las Vegas at The Palms from their recent tour with Blue October, the new live set from Yellowcard “Live from Las Vegas” (an exclusive to iTunes) has it’s ups and downs. The set is only ten songs long, that’s a negative. All of the key Yellowcard tracks are here and that’s a positive. Even the recording is decent it’s not as high quality as it would be on a CD, that’s a negative. The crowd mics were well placed for the recording so the interaction between frontman Ryan Key and the crowd isn’t garbled, it sounds legitimate and that’s a positive. The list goes on and on with ups and downs like that resulting in an overall live set that’s pretty good, but from stellar.
With live sets I’ve found one thing to be true. I’ve listened to a ton of these albums over the past five years and no matter what Warner Bros. recording equipment remains the best. Every label needs to copy what they do in that aspect. I don’t know the set up they run but you can’t say enough about the overall quality. With Yellowcard’s new live album I don’t know whether Capitol or Apple recorded it, but while the overall record is excellent there are lots of spots where the recording is a little shaky.
Overall Yellowcard’s disc is a good set. There are three songs from “Ocean Avenue”, three songs from “Lights and Sounds” and five songs from their latest effort “Paper Walls.” The set list from these shows was an excellent one from the band and it’s recorded here with accuracy. All in all this turns out to be a great listen, even with its ups and downs. I’d still like to see another set like this come out from Yellowcard in a few months from the acoustic tour, not because this was bad, because it was that good.