Monday, May 23, 2016

Hey hey hey (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) (LP 7)

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen  Texas Roadhouse Favorites (CD - Music Avenue, 2005) ***

Genre:  Country rock

Places I remember: New Plymouth's Sounds , before they became rebranded as Marbecks, in the City Centre Mall.

Fab, and all the other pimply hyperboles:   The live version of Hot Rod Lincoln is sublime!

Gear costume: The band is especially hot on Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar with George Frayne (a.k.a. Commander Cody) on boogie woogie piano in sizzling form.

Active compensatory factors:
This was recorded in 1974 during the gigs at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. A live album Live From Deep In The Heart Of Texas was originally released as the band's fourth album. These tracks were left off that album because the record company wouldn't do a double album!

The only disappointing aspect here is that the audience noise fades after each song. I hate that. I much prefer the feeling that I'm at the concert and that comes with seamless morphing into the next song.

The cover to Texas Roadhouse Favorites is, of course, a shocker! I love the Live...Texas cover with all the armadillos grooving to the Lost Planet Airmen and this one is terrible in comparison.

Where do they all belong? This is really part of a country rock tradition that merges traditional country sounds like pedal steel guitar with guitars and such, so bands like Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks are where the action is.

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