Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men / Dave Alvin - Out in California

Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men / Dave Alvin - Out in California
Artist: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men \ Dave Alvin
Duration: 01:15:58
Release Date: May 21, 2002
Album: Out in California
Styles: Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, Americana, Alternative/Indie Rock
Genre: Pop\Rock

Recorded live in August of 2001 in Santa Barbara and in January of 2002 in Pasadena, Dave Alvin's album comes by its title honestly. As live albums tend to be, it's a curious mix of the familiar and the obscure; concerts always have to offer the hits and standbys, but they also offer the performers a chance to play old and unfamiliar songs that hold a personal significance. Thus, listeners get rawboned performances of the inevitable "Fourth of July" (an Alvin composition recorded more famously by X, of which he was a member for a while) and "American Music" (recorded more famously by the Blasters, the band with which he made his breakthrough albums in the 1980s), along with a lascivious old Bo Carter blues, the Bo Diddley classic "Who Do You Love" (here performed in a medley with another old Blasters tune, "Little Honey") and the hoariest of old blues-rock chestnuts, "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." The album's finest moment is a stunningly beautiful rendition of Alvin's "Abilene," which is beautiful in large part because the other bandmembers pitch in on vocals -- Alvin is a fine guitarist and an even better songwriter, but he's no kind of singer. At the very end, there is a hidden track; an audience member calls for "Freebird" in an ironic tone of voice, and Alvin responds, "What, you think we can't play that?" With that, the band rips into "Freebird" with a (mercifully brief) vengeance. It's the perfect ending to a very impressive album.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Out in California / Dave AlvinDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men6:49
Haley's CometDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men4:48
Little Honey/Who Do You Love?Dave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men9:21
AbileneDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men6:51
Don't Let Your Deal Go DownDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men7:32
Highway 99Dave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men4:14
AndersonvilleDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men5:30
All 'Round ManDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men3:59
Blue BoulevardDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men6:15
Wanda and DuaneDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men4:14
4th of JulyDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men5:33
American Music / Dave AlvinDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men7:01
Evertthing's Gonna Be AlrightDave Alvin / Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men3:45

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