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Go-Go Boots (Digipack) [CD]

Drive-By Truckers Audio CD
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Far more than on any of the Drive-By Truckers’ previous albums, Go-Go Boots rises like smoke from the old Muscle Shoals country-and-soul sound. Having recorded with Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones, and having spent a lifetime listening to classic soul albums by Bobby Womack, Tony Joe White, and especially Eddie Hinton, it was inevitable that the Truckers eventually produce this ... Read more in Amazon's Drive-By Truckers Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: [PIAS] Recordings
  • ASIN: B004FQTH22
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Do Believe 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Go-Go Boots 5:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dancin' Ricky 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cartoon Gold [Explicit] 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ray's Automatic Weapon 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Everybody Needs Love 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Assholes [Explicit] 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Weakest Man 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Used To Be A Cop [Explicit] 7:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Fireplace Poker [Explicit] 8:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Where's Eddie 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Thanksgiving Filter 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pulaski 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mercy Buckets 5:240.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Georgia-based rockers Drive-By Truckers have to be one of the most prolific bands working today; ninth LP Go-Go Boots comes less than a year after the release of its predecessor The Big To-Do. The songs for both albums were recorded during the same sessions, with the more strident rock‘n’roll tracks released first. Go-Go Boots is no haphazard collection of leftovers, though. It’s a well-crafted set of weatherworn country, soul and Southern blues that makes up for its lack of stomping riffs with raw emotion and a more diverse sonic palate, particularly indebted to the Muscle Shoals country-soul sound that the band grew up with.

While The Big To-Do felt a little patchy between its big numbers, Go-Go Boots is rock-solid throughout. The mix of different styles, all filtered through the lenses of lead songwriters and vocalists Patterson Hood, Shonna Tucker and Mike Cooley, effortlessly sustains the album through its 14 tracks and 66-minute run-time. The Truckers have always been evocative small-town storytellers, and these tracks are no different. Used to Be a Cop sees Hood inhabit the ragged old bones of a tired ex-cop riding a mean streak of bad luck, accompanied by a funk-inflected bassline and resigned slide guitar. Tucker’s voice evokes the tear-stained cheeks and bleary panic of a faithful girlfriend searching about town for her missing lover on Eddie Hinton cover Where’s Eddie. Cooley ekes every drop of yearning from the simple line "I think about you when I can / and even sometimes when I can’t, I do," on banjo-pluckin’ tearjerker Cartoon Gold.

It’s this Hood/Cooley/Tucker trifecta that makes Drive-By Truckers such a consistently fresh proposition. Apart from allowing the band to crank out records at the speed of sound, each of the three brings their own angle to the songs. Hood is the go-to guy for full-bodied, heart-on-sleeve rock; Cooley is the band’s strongest connection with that stiff-backed, Willie Nelson-esque bare bones country music; and Tucker brings a sparkling voice and a much-needed female perspective to break up all the bruised masculinity on show. Go-Go Boots is one of the best examples yet of the separate yet complementary skills of the Truckers’ three leaders, melding styles and switching moods but retaining an overall feel that’s distinctly theirs.

--Chris Lo

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drive-By Shufflers 15 Feb 2011
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Much has been made about the Muscle Shoals feel to this new offering from the Truckers, and it does indeed have a pleasant loping country soul shuffle at its heart. Recorded at the same time as last year's 'Big To-Do', this is a companion piece that is markedly different in tone, although with a coherence to its sound that `Big To-Do' arguably lacked, and all the better for it. Undoubtedly a grower that repays repeated listening, it doesn't really get going until 4 or 5 tracks in, and the best songs (Used To Be A Cop, Pulaski, Mercy Buckets and The Thanksgiving Filter) are all at the end. It's an enjoyable enough listen, undemanding and only lightly flirting with new ground, but it lacks some of the solid songwriting that has distinguished earlier efforts, in particular the trilogy of albums culminating in `The Dirty South'. Jason Isbell's departure may be old news, but its impact on the punch and reach of this band is still sorely felt, and Isbell himself has yet to produce anything of the calibre he attained in the DBTs.

The Truckers remain one of the last few decent rock 'n' roll bands left, but have a frustrating tendency to leave an aftertaste of under-achievement. 'Go-Go Boots' is another sterling effort that doesn't quite live up to its full potential, leaving the sense that this band has much more to say, with a further masterpiece of `Dirty South' stature still to come. Let's hope so; they are indeed a rare and precious artefact.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars two track album for me 23 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
This really is a strange album you have the sublime tracks "Go Go boots" and "Used to be a cop" and the rest in my opinion just doesn't work its like two different bands fighting for an identity, either the band is split or in denial as to where the real talent lies in the band.
After the aforementioned tracks its like they allowed their uncle to sing at the wedding reception its awful like Tom Waits meets Daniel oDonnell
I will admit i am no Drive By Truckers expert and maybe all of their albums have this type of confusion but for me it was not a pleasant listen and i love a good mix but not with good and really bad.
if you want a good listen then just get the two tracks and don't waste your cash.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best since "The Dirty South" 18 Feb 2011
By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
As other reviewers have said this was recorded alongside last year's "The Big To Do" and as they have also said this is the better of the two. I have read it described as the DBT's "Exile on Main Street" and there is a country soul feel about the album. Go-Go Boots is less raucous and has more of a groove than most other DBT records and there are far more acoustic instruments here than is normal for a Truckers album. As always the songs, at least the originals, are stories from small town America about the post traumatic stress and nightmares of a Vietnam veteran (Ray's Automatic Weapon), a hypocritical, adulterous, murdering preacher (Fireplace Poker and Go-go Boots), a burnt out police officer (I Used To Be A Cop) or a country girl moving to sunny California (Pulaski). There are two covers of Eddie Hinton songs in Everybody Needs Love and Where's Eddie, the latter sung by bassist Shonna Tucker is a highlight.

This is their best album since the great trilogy of Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South. It doesn't quite reach the stellar standards of those albums and is a lot less varied in feel. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending people to purchase this and also to go and see the Drive-By Truckers live, they are a superb live band and they are playing in the UK this Spring. Go Truckers!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go go get it 14 Feb 2011
By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Once again the Drive by Truckers deliver an excellent album. This is a lot closer to the Muscle Shoals roots of Patterson Hood than some of the previous albums. Hood's father David played bass on many sessions, as did Eddie Hinton, who is surely one of the great hidden gems of American white country soul-check out the Testifying/country soul compilations of a few years back to get more of this kind of music. One of the two Hinton tracks, Where's Eddie? covered here (sung by Shonna Tucker)is present in a great version on Vol 1 by Bonnie Bramlet. If you are taken with the fantastic "Everybody needs love" then you have to check out the original in Eddie's magic: "Letters from Mississippi" album-see separate review.
Back to DBT-I have nearly all the albums now and continue to be stunned by their songwriting skills. The standout originals here have to be "Used to be a cop"-a brooding moody guitar track over yet another engaging narrative- Ray's automatic weapon-more PTSD fall out-with Vietnam vets instead of cops.I think Cooley's numbers are a little behind Patterson's on this one, but its all relative and there isn't a bad track in sight-better still I know from experience it will continue to grow on me as all the other have.
Incidentally if you were lucky enough to catch the free gig in London last week and get the extra disc you'll know they are equally adept at playing acoustic guitars to a tiny audience as they are at lifting the roof off to a large one. Thanks lads.
Revisiting this in anticipation of Tuesday's gig-I'd give it more stars if I could. Up there with the best of DBT.
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Big fan of this band. Buy anything by them! They never dissapoint. Americana or whatever label you put on it, its simply great stuff.
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My husband wanted this for ages, so I bought it for him. Very glad because I am really into them now!
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I love this band and so I may be a bit biased but this is a cracker. Plenty of new sounds and variety. A treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drive By Truckers just get better
Drive by Truckers have extended the fantastic music reputation from Mussel Shoals with their brilliant new Album Go Go Boots and the sublime track written by Eddie Hinton called... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
I really like this DBT album once again. It is not a surprise, but I don't want one, I want good solid Drive By songs and tunes. Does the job.
Published on 12 April 2011 by Janie in Suffolk
5.0 out of 5 stars Go-Go Boots
This is excellent. This is southern country rock at it's very best. The best track is Used To Be A Cop and at 7mins 4 secs isn't even the longest track on the CD. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by Patrick Elliott
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DBTs last album The Big to Do was an everything turned up to 11 maelstrom that didn't really work for me, partly because it buried the lyrics one of their great strengths. Read more
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Having discovered the DBT with their 'Blessing and a curse' record, the band keeps surprising me with the high level of their records. Read more
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I have so much love for this band,they keep it so very real,each album has a slight
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