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The Tragically Hip are about to release their first standalone live album in 25 years

If you go deep into my CD collection, you’ll find a bootleg of The Tragically Hip performing a set at the Roxy in LA that was recorded on May 3, 1991. The band was approaching their peak and were incredibly on that night. About 40 minutes of the set was eventually broadcast on the Westwood One Radio Network–the source of the bootlegs–but pieces of the 15-song concert were left out.

That recording–a full 24-track process made with a mobile unit helmed by Road Apples producer Don Smith–is finally going to become legally available as Live at the Roxy, the Hip’s first official live album in a quarter-century. This is also significant for being the source of the infamous “killer whale tank” version of “New Orleans is Sinking” coveted by Hip fans everywhere.

Yes, this record was issued as part of the 30th-anniversary edition of Road Apples last year, but this will allow fans to get the live album on its own. And this is the first time since Live Between Us was released in 1997 that the Hip has given us a standalone live record.

Tragically Hip album live at the roxy

The release is set for June 24. It’ll come as a digital recording as well as a double CD and vinyl set. Here’s the full tracklisting.

  1. Little Bones
  2. She Didn’t Know
  3. Twist My Arm
  4. Highway Girl
  5. Cordelia
  6. Trickle Down
  7. The Luxury
  8. Three Pistols
  9. Fight
  10. I Believe in You (Or I’ll Be Leaving You Tonight)
  11. New Orleans is Sinking
  12. On The Verge
  13. Long Time Running
  14. Blow At High Dough
  15. All Canadian Surf Club

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2 thoughts on “The Tragically Hip are about to release their first standalone live album in 25 years

  • Well, this is good news that I wasn’t expecting. I sure as hell wasn’t
    going to buy the box just for the live set.

  • Ha ha like the time you bought the Zeppelin box set for the 2 original songs? We all did.


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