Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Commander Cody, His Lost Planet Airmen|
We've Got a Live One Here
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
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 m... more »
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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
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Patrick Earley | Edmond, Oklahoma USA | 02/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
My favorite LPA alblum
Cat Jackson | Columbia, SC | 10/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen the Commander with and without the Lost Planet Airmen over many years... I own most of the titles listed here in Amazon, but this is by far the most bang for the buck. I have introduced many friends to the Commander by gifting this CD. After more than 25 years of listening to the band ... this is one of my all time favorite alblums in my music collection. This CD captures the band at the zenith of it's artistic arc. For a group that has a reputation for great live performances, this is the place to start."
Like finding an old friend
R. J. Marsella | California | 03/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man, hearing this again brings back some great memories of live performances I caught back in the early 70's. The Commander and his band could rock like nobody's business and that comes across on this CD. For pure American road music , rockabilly and truck driving tunes you can't beat this band. Every show I can remember was foot-tappin' good. These guys could do Texas swing like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys but with a hippie sense of humor thrown in. I'm very glad I stumbled on this and was able to hear this fine music again."