Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Dwight Live, with its generous helping of 17 songs, provides a useful summary of Yoakam's career thus far. He's recorded all but one of the songs before, but the six numbers from the '80s are deepened by everything Yoakam ... more »
Listen to Samples
Dwight Live, with its generous helping of 17 songs, provides a useful summary of Yoakam's career thus far. He's recorded all but one of the songs before, but the six numbers from the '80s are deepened by everything Yoakam and his terrific band have learned from their years on the road, and the six numbers from his '93 album, This Time, are liberated from their radio-ready studio arrangements to kick up a little dust. For example, the come-back-home plea of the '87 hit, "Please, Please Baby," takes on a new urgency as Yoakam and the band make the swing beat really jump. And the title tune of the '93 album has a new swagger to it. Dwight Live opens and closes with Elvis Presley songs, "Little Sister" and "Suspicious Minds," a reminder of how Yoakam has infused hillbilly music with boisterous rhythms, much as the King once did. By contrast, Yoakam delivers "Miner's Prayer" from his first album in an unplugged version and follows it with Bill Monroe's "Rocky Road Blues," the one song he hadn't recorded before. The indisputable highlight, however, is a six-minute version of "Long White Cadillac," Dave Alvin's immortal song about Hank Williams's last ride. Yoakam moans and wails like a man pursued by hellhounds, and Anderson's guitar notes sound like those snarling, yapping dogs themselves. --Geoffrey Himes
Similarly Requested CDs
Member CD Reviews
Kathleen L. (katlupe) from OXFORD, NY
Reviewed on 9/23/2006...
thestaxman | Jackson, MS United States | 04/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dwight Yoakam may be the most underappreciated of contemporary artists. He has, from day one, been catergorized as a country artist, but whether he's doing country, western, bluegrass, blues, soul, or just good ole rock and roll, it's just pure Dwight. He has an ability to merge musical styles and make things his own, like that of a Ray Charles or an Otis Redding. And music aside, he may be the best lyric writer in any genre'. Unlike most country artists, whose live outings seem to be packaged, over produced, virtual replicas of their recordings, Yoakam does as great soul artists do. He takes his songs and his great band to inspiring new heights. His version of "Lonesome Roads" oozes soul, far outdoing the original, and has brilliant work by the extremely underrated guitarist, Pete Anderson and fiddle wonder, Scott Joss. The band's tight work on "Long White Cadillac" becomes an orgasmic jam with all the excitement of a Booker T. & the MGs workout. At first listen, a casual Yoakam fan may not appreciate its greatness. But this may be, aside from perhaps either of his two greatest hits collections, the quintessential Dwight Yoakam album."
Good, If You Like Live...
Avalon Don | Huntington Beach, California United States | 09/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dwight Yoakam has taken a more contemporary approach in recent years which career wise makes sense. You still get the truck-drivin' edge from the 80's, mixed with the crisp vocal 90's ballads creating a good balance for the 2000's. If your looking for that on this cd, forget it! Stay with his studio albums. "Dwight Live" is a butt-kickin' concert disc with no holds barred. It's the best thing besides being there, which I personally saw first hand last year at the Tennis Masters Stadium,Indian Wells, Calif. What makes this album go is the band, which brings a whole new meaning to the term "Country Rock". Since it's live, they get more leadway to jam a little matching Mr. Yoakam's "Cool Hand Luke" vocals. If you like concert albums as much as studio like myself, check out "Dwight Live". For those who view these projects as artist throw-aways, it won't change your opinion."