Sanctuary - 2002 - 119 minutes
With the low key release of 'Pleased to Meet You' and singer Tim Booth's subsequent exit, it seemed like indie survivors James were bowing out very quietly last year. But this CD, recorded live at their last ever Manchester gig in December, is a nice swansong. With an energy not normally associated with bands on the cheerio circuit, they retrace a 20-year-career and some of the same number of Top 40 singles, with Booth sounding as if he never wants the house lights to go back up.
The casual James fan probably picked up the greatest hits album a few years back or the recently reissued CDs, but while 'Getting Away With It' is primarily aimed at the diehards (and on the sounds of this there were 20,000 in the Manchester Arena that night), the closing double act of 'Come Home' and 'Sit Down' would grace any collection. They grew old gracefully and as this album proves they bowed out with the same style too.
Tracklisting: Say Something - Waltzing Along - Sometimes - Laid - I Know What I'm Here For - God Only Knows - Someone's Got it in For Me - Vervacuous - Protect Me - Out to Get You - Hymn from a Village - Johnny Yen - Getting Away With It - Tomorrow- Born of Frustration - Ring the Bells - Top of the World - Sound - Space - She's a Star - Come Home / Sit Down