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

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 11 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • 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 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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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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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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Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen were a great live act. This live album was recorded in 1976 during the band's tour of England.

I first bought this album when it was first released back in the 1970s as a 2 LP set. Back then I worked in record store when I was in high school and I gave this album a play after a customer brought back a copy with a warped LP. At the time I knew Commander Cody from his early 70s Billboard hit "Hot Rod Lincoln" but, apart from that one song, I knew nothing about this band. One play of this album and I was hooked. I started playing this album a lot in the store and sold a lot of copies to other people who had never heard of Commander Cody. This became a standard party album among the group I hung out with back then.

This is great good time party music performed by a really tight band featuring some great musicians. Commander Cody played a mean honky tonk, boogie style piano, Norton Buffalo was a great harmonica player and Billy C Farlow played some great lead guitar.

Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen definitely play country licks but I wouldn't call them a "country" band. Think of them more as a country-boogie or country-swing band.

Categories and labels aside, think of this as straight up foot stomping, toe tapping party music or the type of album you can throw into your car's CD player during a long drive on a warm summer day; it's great driving music. I put it in the car CD player the other day during a commute and found it hasn't lost any of its appeal 35 years after I first heard it. Great album!

Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen are not well known these days but, if you want a hard driving country flavored party album, this is a CD you should check out.

One question for Amazon though. Why is this CD over $22 on and about $10 on
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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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