Live at the Sando (CD)

by Sam Shinazzi

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    A bootleg style live recording of Sam Shinazzi at a headline show at the Sando in Sydney. Solo versions of originals songs, and covers of Pete Yorn, Elliott Smith and a rousing rendition of a Cure classic.

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A bootleg styled recording of Sam playing solo at the Sando, on a special night dedicated to friendship. Featuring tracks from his first two albums and covers by Pete Yorn, Elliott Smith and bringing the house down with a Cure classic.

Finishing the night was Sam Shinazzi. Over the last two years he has become one of Sydney’s more respected songwriters, whilst at the same time improving his voice and performance levels to a point where he can now match it with most singer-songwriters that come to town. He is still an extremely shy performer, but he has learnt to deal with it. Tonight he closed his eyes almost the entire time he sang, preferring to concentrate on every word. When he did open his eyes and connect with the audience, it was as if he was almost nodding to them…saying “Hey, you know what I’m singing about don’t you?”. And we did. Broken hearts, dreams both broken and coming true and the overwhelming power of memory. He has been type-cast as a melancholic writer, and no one could deny this. Yet to keep him in that corner doesn’t make sense. It wasn’t all down.

Tonight Shinazzi was a little more tougher than usual. He had a big crowd to contend with, and won them over after a song or two. He also said he was embarrassed to be advertised playing over Tom Morgan who he has a quite public love for, and that he had nothing to do with it. His shy persona of “I thought you’d throw bottles at me tonight playing after Tom Morgan” displays his humble side which on any one else would be a turn off. But like I said, he has seemingly learnt how to deal with his onstage shyness. When he is actually singing, he seems so confident and sure. In-between songs his nervous energy is contagious. He says things without thinking and sings impromptu lines from songs. At least tonight he did. But it is charming. He stuck to mostly new songs off his forthcoming second album, and they sound just as personal lyrically, and just as catchy melodically. The big difference is that the songs are more upbeat. Quicker. Shorter. Sharper. And that’s no disrespect to his debut album from last year, because songs like ‘House Near Bridge’ still inspire. He threw in covers by Blake Babies, Steve Earle and even played a harmonica. This guy continues to impress me on the live stage. Artists cannot buy the honesty that Shinazzi gives his audience.


released February 1, 2004



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Sam Shinazzi Sydney, Australia

Singer/songwriter from Sydney, AU, with five releases and also co-written with Jenny Queen. Supported Bonnie Prince Billy, Lou Barlow, Buffalo Tom, Mountain Goats, Evan Dando, Pernice Brothers, Jose Gonzalez, Josh Rouse, Crooked Fingers, Richmond Fontaine, Steve Poltz, Hayden, Holly Throsby, Josh Pyke, Peats Ridge Festival and the Great Escape Festival. Sam toured the USA in 2005, 2009 and 2012. ... more

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