Bob Dylan thought enough of this Australian group to put it on his North American tour, and this live double-album testifies to his good sense.

Bob Dylan thought enough of this Australian group to put it on his North American tour, and this live double-album testifies to his good sense. The tunes were recorded in several venues in Australia between 2002 and 2004, and they provide an excellent aural portrait of this extraordinary crew's musical vibe. The Waifs have sold a bunch of records and built a strong fan following by virtue of a sound that deftly draws on rock, modern folk and blues and takes wing on the distinctive vocals of sisters Vikki and Donna Simpson. Given the tremendous amount of time the Waifs spend on tour, this live recording has the added benefit of being a very shrewd idea, for the Waifs are gig monsters who truly shine in concert settings. Their charisma, songwriting virtuosity and enviable instrumental proficiency are front and center in this collection, which makes this a good album to attract more avid fans. Jarrah is racked by Compass Records in the United States.—PVV

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