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Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit-Live From Alabama

 

Track Listing:

 

1. "Tour of Duty"
2. "Decoration Day"
3. "Goddamn Lonely Love"
4. "Heart on a String"
5. "Danko/Manuel"
6. "In a Razor Town"
7. "Alabama Pines"
8. "Outfit"
9. "Cigarettes and Wine"
10. "TVA"
11. "The Blue"
12. "Dress Blues"
13. "Like a Hurricane"

 

 LIVE FROM ALABAMA, THE FIRST FULL-LENGTH LIVE ALBUM, FROM JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT IS SET FOR A NOVEMBER 20 RELEASE ON LIGHTNING ROD RECORDS/THIRTY TIGERS. THE LIVE SET COMES ON THE HEELS OF RECEIVING THE AWARD FOR SONG OF THE YEAR AT THE 2012 AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS & HONORS FOR HIS SONG “ALABAMA PINES”. THE SONG COMES FROM THE GROUP’S THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED 2011 RELEASE, HERE WE REST, WHICH WAS ALSO THREE OTHER AMERICANA AWARD NOMINATIONS.
HERE WE REST IS ISBELL’S MOST CELEBRATED ALBUM TO DATE. UPON ITS RELEASE, HERE WE REST REACHED THE HIGHEST DEBUT CHART POSITION OF ISBELL’S CAREER BY CRACKING THE TOP 100 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART. THIS WAS ACCOMPANIED BY CRITICAL AFFIRMATION FROM A WIDE RANGE OF OUTLETS, INCLUDING NPRASSOCIATED PRESS,ESQUIRE, GQ, SPINUSA TODAY, BLURT, MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG AND MANY MORE CAPPING 2011 WITH AN APPEARANCE ON THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN.
LIVE FROM ALABAMA WAS RECORDED IN ISBELL’S HOME STATE DURING A COUPLE OF SOLD OUT SHOWS IN AUGUST 2012 AT THE WORKPLAY THEATER IN BIRMINGHAM, AL AND CROSSROADS IN HUNTSVILLE, AL. THE ALBUM’S SET LIST SHOWCASES THE DIVERSITY OF STYLES THE BAND CAN EASE INTO AND THE VERSATILITY AND SKILL OF THEIR MUSICIANSHIP. ADD IN THE PASSION AND SHEER INTENSITY OF THEIR PERFORMANCES, PLUS A THREE-PIECE HORN SECTION, AND YOU HAVE AN ALBUM THAT CAPTURES A BAND IN THEIR TRUE ELEMENT AT THEIR PRIME.

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT (KEYBOARDIST DERRY DEBORJA, BASSIST JIMBO HART AND DRUMMER CHAD GAMBLE) PERFORM FAVORITES FROM ISBELL’S ENTIRE BODY OF WORK, AS WELL AS A FEW NUGGETS, INCLUDING A NO-HOLDS-BARRED RENDITION OF NEIL YOUNG’S “LIKE A HURRICANE.

 

Reviews:

Not long after Jason Isbell released his first solo album, 2007's Sirens of the Ditch, he released an EP,Live at Twist and Shout, which documented an in-store performance by Isbell and his band the 400 Unitat a Denver, Colorado record shop. Just four years later, Isbell has delivered another live disc, Live from Alabama, a full-length album culled from a pair of August 2012 concerts, and if one wonders why Isbellseems so keen to record his live sets, one listen will tell you why: Isbell and his band are at their best in front of an audience, and Live from Alabama demonstrates Isbell's impressive gifts as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and frontman. While his work with the Drive-By Truckers was impressive, he's grown tremendously as a singer since striking out on his own, and with a crowd to cheer him on, Isbell delivers the goods on Live from Alabama, sounding richly soulful on "Heart on a String," rueful and evocative on "In a Razor Town," and full of bluesy swagger on "The Blue." If the 400 Unit lack the volume and firepower of the DBTs, the smaller, more dynamic combo leaves more room for dynamics and subtlety, which works well for Isbell's songs (the versions of "Decoration Day" and "Danko/Manuel" here rival those he recorded with the Truckers), and like his vocals, Isbell's guitar work is all the more impressive when it doesn't have to fight for space. As a storyteller, Isbell's tales of dashed hopes and Southern pride are powerful, realistic, and keenly intelligent, and he and the band bring them to life with just the right touch. And the closing cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" is a barn-burning finale. If you haven't seen Isbell and the 400 Unit on-stage, Live from Alabama will likely convince you to show up the next time they play in your area, and if you already have, this will remind you why you walked home impressed.
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Buy this album

Buy it so the hair on your neck can stand up during "Outfit."

Buy it so you can get a great Blues record

Buy it so you can get a great Country record

Buy it so you can get a great rock record

Enjoy the Bonus R and B complete with horns

Buy it so you can hear a rock solid rhythm section

Buy it so you can hear four guys sound like 11

Buy it for the bass madness on "The Blue"


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This album has superb performances of songs that breathe more life when played live than they do in the studio. This is quite rare, as studio recordings have all the advantages of detailed audio engineering. This is a live recording that sounds studio quality and the songs sway much better when played live. The songs are soft enough to communicate a classy sadness and longing, yet rocking enough to provide a feeling of hope and optimism rather than a moping feel. I usually don't like live albums, but this just might be the best one I've ever heard.
By bongo
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I'm in Southern California and this type of GREAT music just does not get radio airplay out here ( I sure hope it gets plenty in the south) This CD, THIS BAND and especially the FRONTMAN Jason Isbell never cease to BLOW ME AWAY with their talent and diversity when it comes to writing and recording music. If you've read the fist review you understand, Rock, soft rock, Blues, country a little feel of boogey and maybe a little woogey thrown in on Heart on a String. I would watch music award shows if they invited bands like this ( and other bands like Blackberry Smoke, Whiskey Myers etc.) instead of the acts that have already received big fame and recognition. WAKE UP !!! is what I say to the rest of the world who havn't yet found this incredible band and others like it that the talent just cannot be denied. Songs like " In a Razor Town" "Dress Blues" "Alabama Pines" show the fine level of this fine songwriters abilities LIVE or STUDIO. This is a fantastic Live recording, Mr. Isbell at this point in time is the Lone Guitarist in this group and due to his fine playing (and the flow of the keyboards) you really do not miss the second( or third) guitar. It's raw live but not lacking it actually is what live music is supposed to be when four musicians ( and a few HORNy guests) take the stage for a great live performance. You won't be disappointed in this live effort or any CD or song Mr. Isbell has recorded and released in the past. I recommend you buy anything that you can get your hands on that this fine musician / songwriter has released. ENJOY IT OVER AND OVER as I do.

 
 
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