Live at 25

Live at 25

by Huey Lewis & the NewsHuey Lewis & the News


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Looking at the cover of Huey Lewis & the News' Live at 25, it's hard not to think, "Wow! I had no idea that the News had 25 members!" Of course, the middle-aged men crowding the cover of this 2005 release number a mere nine, which means the one-time sextet has been expanded with a full horn section (original guitarist Chris Hayes has been replaced by Stef Burns and bassist Mario Cipollina has been replaced by John Pierce, as well). New members and a horn section don't change the basic nature of the band, which hasn't changed since the beginning of its career -- no matter what they do, Huey Lewis & the News are a good-time, good-natured, unabashedly fun party band. That served them well at the height of their fame in the mid-'80s, and it serves them well 20 years later, as they do those big hits -- "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "I Want a New Drug," "If This Is It," "Do You Believe in Love," "Hip to Be Square" (subtly changed to "(Too) Hip to Be Square," although the lyrics haven't been altered) -- balanced with covers and newer tunes that sound as if they could have been good album tracks on Picture This. Although the liner notes don't mention the date or location of the recording of Live at 25, the specifics don't really matter since the album is designed to be less a historical document than a nostalgic souvenir for longtime fans, capturing the group at a quarter-century mark. In that respect, it works well: the song selection is good, the band sounds tight and professional, the production is clean and punchy, and while it's never especially engaging, it is an enjoyable performance. Not essential, and certainly not nearly as energetic as the original LPs, Live at 25 is warm, friendly, and fun nonetheless, a perfectly respectable way to celebrate the group's anniversary.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227463021
catalogNumber: 74630
Rank: 22889

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Huey Lewis & the News   Primary Artist
Bill Gibson   Drums,Vocals
Stef Burns   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Colla   Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals
Sean Hopper   Keyboards,Vocals
Huey Lewis   Harmonica,Vocals
Marvin McFadden   Trumpet
John Pierce   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rev. Ron Stallings   Tenor Saxophone
Rob Sudduth   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Alex Call   Composer
J.J. Jackson   Composer
Bill Gibson   Composer
Nicky Chinn   Composer
John Ciambotti   Composer
Mario Cipollina   Composer
Johnny Colla   Composer,Producer
Mike Duke   Composer
Phil Edwards   Live Recording
Chris Hayes   Composer
Sean Hopper   Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer
Huey Lewis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John McFee   Composer
Jeffrey Norman   Live Recording
Rob Sudduth   Composer
Ralph Arista   Guitar Techician
Jim Moran   Engineer
Pierre Tubbs   Composer
Wendy Dougan   Art Direction
Michael Schriener   Composer
Masaki Koike   Artwork
Greg Decosta   Drum Technician
Emmanuel "Manu" Goodwin   Monitor Engineer

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