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Southern Rock Opera [Box set]

Drive-By Truckers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000068FUS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Days Of Graduation 2:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ronnie And Neil 4:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 72 (This Highway's Mean) 5:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dead, Drunk And Naked 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Guitar Man Upstairs 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Birmingham 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Southern Thing 5:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Three Great Alabama Icons 6:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wallace 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Zip City 5:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Moved 4:170.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Let There Be Rock 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Road Cases 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Women Without Whiskey 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Plastic Flowers On The Highway 5:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cassie's Brother 4:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Life In The Factory 5:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Shut Up And Get On The Plane 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Greenville To Baton Rouge 4:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Angels And Fuselage 8:000.79  Buy MP3 

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You don't need a bottle of Jack or even a trace of Southern lineage to appreciate the genius of Drive-By Truckers' Southern Rock Opera. Without a hint of irony, the Athens, Georgia, quintet creates a fast-driving, hard-living tribute to the indelible music and legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Like any good concept album, there's a modicum of plot and a theme to these 20 songs (loosely based around the rise and fall of fictitious Southern rock band Betamax Guillotine), but the best tracks make you forget the story line altogether: "Birmingham", "Zip City" and "Let There Be Rock". The "opera" aspects bog things down a bit--you probably only need to hear the spoken-word track "The Three Great Alabama Icons" once--but the overall concept still comes off without a hitch. The lyrics are great, the trio of electric guitars is blessed with raw production, and the tunes--though lacking the pop sensibility of, say, "Gimme Three Steps"--will have you cranking up the album for your friends. And, after a few spins of Southern Rock Opera, you might even find yourself digging out those old Skynyrd LPs to hear the real thing again. --Jason Verlinde

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't drive by, buy! 12 Oct 2003
By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I like Lynyrd Skynyrd and it was this that drew me into buying this CD. Thank you to the Sunday Times for bringing this album to my attention. This is a concept album but the Drive By Truckers don't let the concept get in the way of the songs. The loose concept is the story of a rock fan growing up in the southern US and the linked story of Lynyrd Skynyrd, here disguised as Betamax Guillotine. The Truckers have three guitarists on this album, just like Lynyrd Skynyrd at their peak and the sound is awesome. This is not commercial, radio friendly rock, it is far superior to that and if you like Skynyrd you won't regret buying this.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and essential 14 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
..A brilliant, intelligent homage to southern rock. Musically the Truckers put me in mind in different moments of Skynard, Green on Red, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Steve Earle - a growly, dirty southern rock style. There are different singers too which keeps things varied and intersting but still sounding consistent. If I had one contention its that the live production style muddies some of the dynamics of the three guitars. But its a minor niggle as the quality of the songwriting is quite superb - stylistically varied and with lyrics full of genuine feeling, reflection, insight and humour.
The CD is really nicely packaged in a gatefold sleeve with lots of artwork and lyrics and you can just tell that its a real work of love which seems a rare thing for a record these days. If you like the southern rock thing, this CD is essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drive Straight By ?,Now there's a mistake! 29 Sep 2011
By jinx
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If you liked "God and Guns" by Skynyrd,then you'll probably like most albums by this band.Each and every track nothing like the previous,or following,song.A real eclectic mix of southern rock,story telling sublime,and politically incorrect home truths, ancient and modern.Strong lyrics,sometimes mixed with un-self conciously delivered expletives.Many a'normal' person has puzzled at the sight of a beard
ed,greying, outpatient, 50+ ,with a mile-wide grin!Seriously clever music!
P.S.Buy it,Or Y'all Goin To Hell....Love, Jinx
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outshines its subject 18 Dec 2006
By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After recording Pizza Deliverance, DBT quit their day jobs and embarked on a frenetic musical road trip, during which they composed Southern Rock Opera and became a different band. They transformed from hayseed burlesque into a true power with something serious to say about the world and a serious delivery mechanism.

Nominally the story of the fictional band Betamax Guillotine, mostly the opera is a dedication to legendary southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, and most of the songs are about, or contain references to, them.

Thematically there's something of Bat Out Of Hell about the opening track, Graduation Days, with the wreck on the highway; and the image of the girl screaming with her body embedded in the dashboard ranks high in rock's League of the Macabre. The masterstroke though is the way the teen rumour machine proceeds to create the myth that Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird is still playing as the emergency services arrive on the scene. It is, Patterson Hood's narration asserts, a very long song (in reality about nine minutes, so not long enough given the story's timeline).

The Skynyrd story is developed, telling of the connection with Neil Young and all that went with that relationship, culminating in The Three Great Alabama Icons. This peroration by Patterson Hood alone is worth the money and, contrary to some opinion, deserves repeated listening, a little like some of Steve Earle's narrations. It is a reminder of a time when the American South stood for bigotry and segregation, personified by Governor George Wallace.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet home alabama 29 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Don't be deterred by the rather misleading title. Not a rock opera in the sense of Tommy or Jesus Christ Superstar, this sprawling double disc is more akin to a song cycle about Southern rock, in particular Lynyrd Skynyrd. Almost six years in the making, the Drive-By Truckers have created a startlingly intelligent work that proudly stands with the best music of their obvious inspiration. Largely written and conceived by lead trucker Patterson Hood (son of famed Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood), who sings the majority of the songs in a torn, ragged but emotionally charged twangy voice somewhere between Tom Petty and Rod Stewart, these 20 literate tracks encapsulate a remarkably objective look at what Hood calls "the duality of the South." Rocking with a lean hardness, the story unfolds over 90 minutes, but the savvy lyrical observations never overburden the songs' clenched grip. While bands like the similarly styled Bottlerockets have worked this territory before, never has a group created an opus that's thematically tied to this genre while objectively exploring its conceptual limitations. The two discs are divided into Acts 1 and 2; the first sets the stage by exploring aspects of an unnamed Southern teen's background growing up as a music fan in an environment where sports stars, not rock stars, were idolized. The second follows him as he joins his Skynyrd-styled dream band, tours the world, and eventually crashes to his death in the same sort of airplane accident that claimed his heroes. The Drive-By Truckers proudly charge through these songs with their three guitars, grinding and soloing with a swampy intensity recalling a grittier, less commercially viable early version of Skynyrd. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great riffs
a fabulous record that deserves its mention in the 1001 Albums you Must Hear Before you Die - play it loud!
Published 3 months ago by Steviemf
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the Drive-by truckers
Saw this double album as a reasonably priced download, and if you like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Crowes and such like, then you're likely to enjoy this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bruce Boyes
2.0 out of 5 stars Great music - warped pressing
Have this on CD already but wanted the real thing.

Low grade plastic is warped on arrival sound good when it gets going. Real shame, real disappointed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music - Appalling Vinyl pressing from Lost Highway
I will not review the content of this album, other than to say I think it is a great recording in the roots rock tradition and one of the best albums of the new millennium. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. G. Maelzer
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic eulogy!
Like a previous reviewer I have experienced the Drive By Truckers in reverse order and started with A Blessing and a Curse . Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Alastair Bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Rock Opera
Start your journey here. In my opinion this is one of the best live acts in the world. Their music is just mind blowing. Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by M.A.Bancroft.
4.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to rock
This is very much a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and the influence Southern America and Ronnie Van Zant have had on the band, but it rocks, well and truly. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by The Pez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Skynryd? Love Southern Boogie? Love the Deep South? Buy this!
This was my first Drive By Truckers purchase, after seeing them on Jools Holland and thinking how they reminded me of early Steve Earle, so I had to buy. So, what did I think? Read more
Published on 26 July 2010 by Little Cat Voom
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Home...wherever!
I had somehow remained oblivious to the DBT's but once bitten....!!! At times languid, they suddenly just become rocky with the Southern edge and then can drop down to almost... Read more
Published on 16 April 2010 by hungry sponge
3.0 out of 5 stars average
Disc 2 is better than disc one, but nothing to really write home about. If i'd listened to it in a shop before buying i probably wouldn't have. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2009 by E. Swift
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