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Live From Armadillo World Headquarters 1973 & The Capitol Theatre 1975 Best of, Live

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Live
  • Label: Blue Label / SPV
  • ASIN: B000RXYU1A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blue Suede Shoes 2:47
2. Down And Out 3:34
3. Ain’t Nothing Shaking But The Leaves On The Trees 3:05
4. Milk Cow Blues 5:14
5. What Made Milwaukee Famous 2:41
6. Hard Headed Woman 2:39
7. Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar 3:45
8. Wine Wine Wine 2:55
9. Truck Driving Man 3:15
10. Hot Rod Lincoln 2:57
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cajun Rag 1:59
2. Truck Driving Man 2:53
3. Everybody's Doing It 2:06
4. What's The Matter Now? 5:07
5. It Should've Been Me 3:19
6. My Window Faces the South 2:03
7. Down To Seeds And Stems Again 3:42
8. Mama Tried 2:16
9. I Ain't Never 3:32
10. I Flew Over Our House Last Night 3:36
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

The studio LPs didn't really capture the energy of this great roots-rock band, but this does: 2 CDs of stellar live tracks from the mid-'70s! The 1975 Capitol Theater show (Port Chester, New York) is one of the last recordings by their classic lineup; you'll hear live versions of their hits Hot Rod Lincoln and Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar , and much more 25 unreleased tracks!


Expert musicianship, a diverse repertoire, and an active sense of humor become an explosive mixture in the hands of the Airmen. Recorded during a 1976 tour of England, Live One shows the genre-twisting band in all its maniacal glory. Western swing standards, rockabilly romps, R&B chestnuts, and a rash of truck-driving songs all find their way into the potent blend, not to mention their offbeat, drug-addled originals. Bill Kirchen's nifty guitar work, Andy Stein's punchy fiddle, and Bobby Black's pedal-steel forays provide the meat: no matter how goofy it gets, their formidable musical chops keep it all together. --Marc Greilsamer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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That's about how you sum up Commander Cody. You can't ever have too much fun. I first heard them in high school, early 70's, if you must know. A friend had a 45 (remember them?) One side had Hot Rod Lincoln, the other, Beat Me Daddy 8 to the Bar. That was it. I was hooked. I still am. They rocked hard, mixed country, with rock, played to college crowds who wouldn't have listened to the Grand Ole Opry, but they could easily have gone there and played Mama Hated Diesels, and gotten a great ovation. Of course, their long hair wouldn't have gone over with the Opry crowd in the 70's, but the music would have. We've Got A Live One Here is very typical of Cody, rockin', raucous, reelin', rantin and ravin'. They put heart and soul into their music, and it shows. I don't think "Seeds and Stems" would have gone over with a traditional crowd, but the West Coast scene in the early 70's was totally into it. I had almost forgotten about Cody until I started listening to Asleep at the Wheel in the late 70's, and figured out real quick the link between Bob Wills, Wheel and Cody. What a rush! Commander Cody doesn't get near the credit it should for bringing this type of music to the public. If it weren't for them, there might not be Asleep at the Wheel, nor a George Strait, or later a Tim McGraw. They all do Cody type songs, and Bob Wills type songs. While giving credit to Hank Sr. and George Jones, the new artists should pay tribute to the band who made it all possible for them to play country-rock, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. I even learned to like Boogie Woogie thanks to them. Is there anything that rocks like Beat Me Daddy 8 To The Bar? I think not! Rock on Cody!
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The old Commander went over to England in 1976, and came back with this Double Live album (originally on vinyl) on one CD. This was the last record that most of the original lineup played on together, along with the great harp player Norton Buffalo. Although this record doesn't quite have the electricity of their classic live album "Live From Deep In The Heart Of Texas", it comes pretty close. What I like about this one is you get a generous amount of songs here from their first 2 albums, which are certified classics that have long been deleted. You also get 2 great cover songs. "San Antonio Rose", and Milkcow Blues", which are not on any of their past albums. Two of my favorites on here are the Norton Buffalo song "18 Wheels", which fits right in with the Commander Cody truck drivin' theme. And also features some tasty harp playing by Buffalo. And "Hot Rod Lincoln", which you haven't heard unless you've heard it live. Old Commander adds a couple minutes on to this hot rod story we haven't heard, and Pappy's not a happy camper here with his juvenile delinquent son. The album fittingly ends with "Lost In The Ozone Again", which if you've ever been to a Cody concert you know the ozone is in serious danger from all that smoke left in the air from all them thar funny cigarettes that have been passed around. I've been to 3 of the Commander's wild shindigs in 3 different decades, and I can tell ya they're "too much fun". The Commander somehow lives on after all these years, although he now tours with a different squadron of Airmen. I highly recommend getting their 2 live albums first. That's where their best material is, and that's when the boys from Berkeley were at their best, when they were on stage. The Commander will thank you for it.
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Commander Cody and the Airmen take country, R & B, rock & roll, Texas swing, and Cajun music on a wild ride. Their virtuoso musicianship and zany humor make for an astounding experience. From the opening "One of Those Nights" (a sizzling, swinging Charlie Daniels type rocker) into the amphetamine driven "Semi Truck", the Airmen never let off the throttle, as they effortlessly segue from one genre of American music to the next without missing a beat. Irreverent humor abounds throughout--note the stage patter into "Seeds and Stems": "..this is a frightfully sad song..." as they begin a tale of Saturday night boredom, wine, herb, and lost love, and the closing words following "Mama Hated Deisels" reassuring the audience that the story about a son's coming of age and losing his trucker-abandoned mother is "just a song somebody made up, don't worry about it..". Even though Cody and the Airmen leave no doubt they're having fun with the stereotype country music themes, it's just as obvious these guys love the music and have the musicianship to make it all work. Whether tackling such rock & roll oldies as the Lieber/Stoller "Riot in Cell Block #9", the Bob Wills swing of "San Antonio Rose", or their own original smokin' brand of honky tonk revved-up boogie ( "Back to Tennessee","Too Much Fun", "Lost in the Ozone", etc.) their enthusiasm never fails. The piano-pounding Commander, hot-picking lead guitarist Bill Kirchen, harmonica- blowing Norton Buffalo, and singer Billy C. Farlow all take their turns at lead and harmony vocals.Read more ›
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