A few days ago Jamen showed me a online archive that provided free live concert recordings from more bands than I could name, one of the most popular downloads from the site was Blind Melon's concert from the Commodore Ballroom in September of 1995.
Often times as we cover a new artist we may compare them to another group or artist from the past that has made a name for themselves already. I can tell you for a fact that we haven't ever mentioned Blind Melon before, which I consider a testament to the fact that no one new has been comparable to them. I may be a bit biased on this front, but the reason I believe that is that lead singer Shannon Hoon provided the group with such a unique , distinct voice and style that the sounds of Blind Melon are very tough for anyone else to reproduce.
I consider Blind Melon as one of the best bands of the 90's even though they only recorded 3 albums, Blind Melon, Soup, and Nico which was released after the tragic death of Hoon. The live recording of the show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver is recorded just over a month prior to Hoon's death and offers songs from their first two albums including some of my own personal favorites in Change, Skinned, and Tones of Home. I have listened to the first two albums so many times I can recite the songs by heart, but this recording brings a great feeling of hearing a group that I will never have a chance to hear in their original form, performing live and providing the shear emotion that can only be expressed and felt live at the venue. For those of you who have yet to experience Blind Melon and their musical genius, I highly recommend you to check out their music and feel the energy and emotion of one of the better bands of the last 20 years. The live recording can be found here and as I mentioned earlier is free and completely legal. You can also search the archive for many of your other favorite bands for their live recordings as well!