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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great live album, 9 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Show Time (Audio CD)
This album captures the sense of actually being there. It sounds as though everyone involved-audience and performers -were really enjoying themselves. Just like Bob Dylan and other great artists Ry Cooder never seems to perform a song the same way twice, so even if you already have versions of these songs it is worth getting. In fact, I prefer it to most of the studio versions; the fact that it is a bit "raw" in places makes it more interesting. The kind of band he assembles for his performances obviously has a big effect on the sound. You expect wonderful guitar playing, but you also get Flaco Jimenez on accordion giving a real Tex Mex swing and the superb singing of the gospel singers. My favourites are the Tex Mex version of Do,Re,Mi and Soul inspired Smack,Dab in the Middle and Volver,Volver is a revelation with Flaco on vocals (I assume) - he isn't credited. Every Ry Cooder fan should have this and everyone who likes swinging music.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a live album, 20 Oct. 2003
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Firstly - you need to like Ry Cooder's voice. A lot of people don't and can't get past that. Even with his wonderful slide work and the singing of his stalwart backers, his voice just seems to ... grate on some people.
Me, I love it. A real individual voice which is laced with a love of the music and rhythm. Of course, with a Ry Cooder album it is the brilliance of the playing which really matters - and this album is no exception. Listening to the band play you only feel bad that you weren't there to experience it first hand.
Special highlights are "do re mi" and "alimony".
A real treat for Cooder fans, but others beware - try Get Rhythm first for his most accessible album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Live Album, 3 May 2013
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This album proves that Ry Cooder's live stuff is often even better than his studio recordings. Ry Cooder constantly reinvents arrangements for his well known tracks. Live renditions normally end up being more uptempo, and also feature more extensive,elaborate guitar work.I guess this is similar with most artists playing folk, blues and rock'n'roll material.

Alimony has changed from the origional recording to a double time country / rockabilly feel, with a great guitar solo. Jesus On The mainline has turned into acoustic delta blues with only his backing vocalists joining him. Great slide playing. Dark end Of The Street is a very soulful rendition with Terry Evans and Bobby King handling vocals. Ry plays a cracking electric slide solo.This has got to be the version that the commitments more or less copied.Do-Re-Mi is again double time hillbilly, and all the better for it. Smack Dab in the middle is more up tempo and less laid back. You could easily dance to this version, while you would struggle to do the same with the Chicken Skin Music version....

IMO all these tracks are far superior to their origional studio counterparts - so much more life to them.

The first track is a little bid of an odd inclusion. "School Is Out" IS superb. Great slide guitar doubling with Alto sax. Amazing, but I'm almost certain that it's a studio recording...

Why do artists so often do this on "live" albums?

4.5 out of 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At least I've managed to get this rare Japanese CD, 7 July 2013
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I'm a huge fan of Ry Cooder's early recordings. In Europe however we must do with the non remasters from the eighties, which sound very badly to my ears. Lucky me, I've got now all Ry's albums in remastered, Japanese card editions, I've tried for more than a year to obtain the Japanese edition of Showtime, without success until now. Finally I've got straight from Japan and within fourteen days a brand new cd for a second-hand price.
The sound quality is very good. In Japan they reissue every month shm card editions of mainstream albums from the sixties and seventies. I'm certain they're big music fans. I'm jealous about that and I read that in Europe record companies complain that they don't sell music anymore. My advise is, take an example from your Japanese colleges and surprise the fans. They will come back and buy again if they get good quality for a fair price. I love these shm card editions and I am willing to pay for those.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great live album...., 27 Nov. 2013
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But you may as well buy it as part of the new Ry Cooder box set to get the rest of his albums as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 9 July 2014
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Ry Cooder live. Fantastic, superb and above all, real.
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