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|1. Blue Suede Shoes|
|2. Down and Out|
|3. Ain't Nothing Shaking But The Leaves On The Tree|
|4. Milk Cow Blues|
|5. What Made Milwaukee Famous|
|6. Hard Headed Women|
|7. Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar)|
|8. Wine Wine Wine|
|9. Truck Driving Man|
|10. Hot Rod Lincoln|
See all 17 tracks on this disc
|1. Cajun Rag|
|2. Truck Driving Man|
|3. Everybody's Doing It|
|4. What's the Matter Now?|
|5. It Should've Been Me|
|6. My Window Faces the South|
|7. Down To Seeds And Stems Again|
|8. Mama Tried|
|9. I Ain't Never|
|10. I Flew Over Our House Last Night|
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Commander Cody and his lost Planet Airmen were one of the great Roots music groups of the late 1960s and 1970s. They laid the groundwork for what would come to be known as the Americana genre. The Airmen did it all; boogie-woogie, country and western, blues, swing and classic Rock and Roll. The group moved to San Francisco in the summer of 1969 and was almost immediately established as a force to be reckoned with. They regularly played Filmore and the Family Dog as well as many other venues and outdoor shows. By late 1970 they attracted the attention of several record companies and signed with ABC subsidiary Paramount Records in 1971. Their debut album called ’Lost in the Ozone’ (featuring cover art by Frayne), was brimming over with great songs and one ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’, hit number 9 in the pop charts the following year. The second CD in this set is a previously unreleased concert recorded in Port Chester, NewYork, on May 1975 and one of the last great recordings by the classic line-up of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen.
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen were born out of the University of Michigan campus party scene in the late 1960's and went through a few line up changes before they released their first studio album, Lost in the Ozone, in 1970. All through their several-years long genesis they were first choice to play at all sorts of happenings and be-ins and their style of music, while grounded in country and rock-a-billy, has always been informed by that party sensibility and they tend to play whatever sounded good including swing and rhythm and blues. Their live sets became famously lengthy affairs and the band could have thirty or more people on stage at once, keeping the party going when other bands would have melted away.
This double album brings together two live sets from what, despite a change or two between the two gigs, could be termed the band's classic line-up. The first disk is a rattling 12 song set live at the Armadillo World Headquarters venue in Austin, Texas, propped up by five more bonus tracks. The second disk is from two years down the line and runs to a storming 25 songs, a rapid tour of the band's three albums up until that date, along with some special covers and treats for the live audience.
The Armadillo recording opens with just one of those treats, a rollocking country-tinged rendition of Elvis' "Blue Suede Shoes" before moving through truck-driving country favourites "Down and Out", "Ain't Nothing Shakin But The Leaves On The Trees" and, of course, "Truck Driving Man". Other highlights include the fantastic boogie-woogie country "Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar" and the group's biggest hit to that date "Hot Rod Lincoln".
The Capitol Theatre recording comes straight in with the unashamedly down-home "Cajun Rag" and heads in to pure freak power territory with the brilliant "Everybody's Doing It" and "Down To Seeds And Stems". The recorded set runs to nearly eighty minutes but is just a fraction of the mammoth runs they were known for putting in and never loses pace or focus, no matter how many detours into different styles the band takes. Those who ever saw them live will attest that a recording can never do justice to the great sprawling jamborees the band put on but this album is a great way to get a feeling for a band who can be credited with doing more than most to create the genre we now call Americana. --Harry Holgate
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The Commander at his rollicking best! This double CD features two different live sets, the first a 12 track set live at the Armadillo World Headquarters, Texas, along with five... Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. N. Braid
Disc one is the dogs,a continuation of the classic Armadillo World Headquarters.But oh dear disc two,I have heard better Bootlegs,it sounds like it was officially recorded,but... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2007 by Bart O. Farrell