Live! (Carla Bley album)

Live album by Carla Bley
Released 1982
Recorded August 19-21, 1981
Genre Jazz
Length 41:39
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Carla Bley
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Live! is a live album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley recorded at the Great American Music Hall in 1981 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 1982.[1][2]


Critical reaction to the album is generally positive but varies. The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick awarded the album 3 stars, stating: "Listeners looking for prime Carla Bley would do better to search out her earlier, far more adventurous and creative work".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3½ stars and stated: "Live! is a treat, representing one of the finest performances by her and Mantler on record".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Penguin Guide to Jazz[4]

Track listing

All compositions by Carla Bley
  1. "Blunt Object" - 5:10
  2. "The Lord Is Listenin' to Ya, Hallelujah!" - 7:24
  3. "Time and Us" - 7:59
  4. "Still in the Room" - 9:06
  5. "Real Life Hits" - 4:26
  6. "Song Sung Long" - 7:30
  • Recorded at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California on August 19-21, 1981.



  1. Carla Bley discography accessed August 3, 2010
  2. ECM/WATT discography accessed August 25, 2016
  3. 1 2 Olewnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed August 3, 2010
  4. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
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