Title - 'Live At Ebbett's Field 1973'
Artist - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
For those not in the know, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen is an American country rock band founded in 1967. The group's founder was founder George Frayne IV (alias Commander Cody) on keyboards and vocals.
The band's style mixed country, rock 'n' roll, western swing, rockabilly, and jump blues together on a foundation of boogie-woogie piano. Indeed, they were among first country-rock bands to take its cues less from folk-rock and bluegrass and more from the rowdy barroom country of the Ernest Tubb and Ray Price style. Over the years the band even became known for their marathon long live shows.
Lest we forget that Frayne (aka Commander Cody) not only ran the whole Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen musical shebang, but also had a #1 Pop hit in the '70s and several albums that hit Billboard Magazines Top 40. He's also a renowned fine artist in painting, sculpture, and multimedia whose work has been exhibited in museums from Austin to Tokyo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a permanent display in New York's Museum of Modern Art.
His recently released Live At Ebbett's Field, August 11th, 1973 album is a musical flashback to the very beginning of the bands long journey. Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen were celebrating 1973 with a hit record - 'Hot Rod Lincoln' and album, a new bus to tour in (a 1956 Chevy Greyhound, if you really need that fact!), and a new world class steel player in Bobby Black.
On his first Commander Cody tour, Bobby was on the bus when the band hit Denver to play a club called Ebbetts Field, which was set up on the inside like a ballpark with seating up the walls, which were packed. A radio team was sent in to broadcast locally and record for posterity. This is that concert, released publicly (and legally) for the first time here today via Rock Beat. [A year later Billboard Magazine voted this band to be the best live band in the world and you can tell here by just listening that they were on their way.]
1. 'Instrumental Intro'
2. 'Good Rockin' Tonight'
3. 'What's the Matter Now?'
4. 'Truck Driving Man'
5. '4 or 5 Times'
6. 'Down and Out'
7. 'Mama Hated Diesels'
8. 'Sally Walker'
9. 'Ain't Nothin' Shakin'
10. 'All I Have To Offer You'
11. 'Diggy Liggy'
12. 'Smoke That Cigarette'
13. 'Rave On'
14. 'Rock That Boogie'
15. 'Jailhouse Rock'
16. 'Truckin' and F**kin'
17. 'Wine Do Yer Stuff'
18. 'Mama Tried'
19. 'Daddy's Drinkin' Up Our Christmas'
20. 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy'
21. 'Sunset On The Sage'
Live At Ebbett's Field, August 11th, 1973 features Commander Cody - Piano, Vocals; Bobby Black - Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals; Bruce Barlow - Bass, Vocals; Lance Dickerson - Drums, Vocals; Billy C. Farlow - Harmonica, Vocals; Bill Kirchen - Lead Guitar, Vocals; Andy Stein - Violin, Saxophone; and John Tichy - Guitar, and is a powerhaus musical reminder of just how good this band really were.
Showcasing a delightful, if not unique honky tonk style the band were taking at that time, the audio quality for this FM recording is actually still rather good in its transference. Complete with en mass of their signature tunes of the day, this captured live performance will make an excellent companion set to their Rotterdam live show (if you have that in your collections, of course.)
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