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Live in Aught-Three

James McMurtryAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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On Just Us Kids, James McMurtry follows up his critically acclaimed Childish Things with a dozen new, sharply drawn illuminations as he continues to hone and expand his considerable gifts. And the self-produced opus (James’ fourth venture pulling strings on both sides of the glass) unquestionably represents his most ambitious, accomplished and ass-kicking presentation to date.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compadre Records
  • ASIN: B0001HAI72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Saint Mary of the Woods
2. Fraulein O.
3. Red Dress
4. No More Buffalo
5. 60 Acres
6. Rachel's Song
7. Out Here in the Middle
8. Choctaw Bingo
9. Lights of Cheyenne
10. Levelland
11. Max's Theorem
12. I'm Not From Here
13. Too Long in the Wasteland
14. Rex's

Editorial Reviews

Though he's rightly revered as a pungent, literate songsmith, McMurtry would be just as happy to go down in history as a rocker, a scathing guitar-slinger equal parts Keith Richards and Neil Young. For the most part, McMurtry's first live recording (drawn from four separate gigs in Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Asheville, N.C.) slams that point home with droning fuzz-tone guitar jams and a rhythm section that measures up to Crazy Horse's pounding gravity. Even Townes Van Zandt's gorgeous "Rex's Blues" roars without compromise. With the exception of the relatively understated "Rachel's Song," "Out Here in the Middle," and one of his best new lyrics in years, "Lights of Cheyenne" (previously unreleased and rendered solo here), the trio find a slash-and-burn sonic equivalent to the songwriter's withering social commentaries, often trumping their original versions. --Roy Kasten

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
We went and saw McMurtry with his current touring band, the Heartless Bastards, live at Iota in Arlington a few months ago, and I was disappointed. Not with McMurtry, but with the venue. I doubt he was disappointed with it, as he seems to favor the more rough and ready sorts of places in his live shows than the sit-down and contemplate the ironies of life that I had imagined from his studio albums. Listening to the same songs afterwards (I bought this CD after the show and had McMurtry sign the infold), I have to admit that I like his rawer sound better than the produced, but I still recall wishing that I had had a chair during those three hours of the show.

You can't mention James McMurtry without also mentioning that he is the son of the slightly more famous novelist, Larry McMurtry. You probably knew that. What you may not have known is that Larry used to run a used bookstore in Georgetown and that James actually grew up in Virginia, before Larry took the money he made from his successful novel career and bought a bookstore that he now runs on the side in a small town in Texas. It is this strange connection between the rural and the urban that provides the fuel for James's sarcasm, which is thicker than his Texan drawl, and it also makes his music wonderfully complex. Unlike those big hat country artists who idealize life outside the cities, McMurtry loves it and hates it at the same time. Like his father, he writes stories and character portraits that are realistic and yet indicative of larger meanings.

For example, back-to-back on this album are the songs "Out Here in the Middle" (as in middle America or the Heartland) and "Choctaw Bingo.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music's Best Kept Secret January 2, 2006
By Larry
Format:Audio CD
Most artists can make pretty good CDs when they have all the musicians, production tricks and second chances available in the studio but not all of them can quite pull it off in a live performance. James McMurtry is definitely NOT one of those. Good as his recordings are, he's better live. And he does it with only two people behind him. I bought "Live In Aught 3" at the door on my way out of his show in Little Rock in November. It was like taking the show home with me. I've driven back roads, drank beer and built fences to this CD. It just don't get a whole lot better. The standout song on this album, for me at least, is "Lights of Cheyene." Performed solo. Just JM and that "great big ol'" red acoustic Guild. If you're new to James McMurtry's music, start with this one and work your way backwards. It's well worth the trip.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I saw JM at Shuba's,(Chicago), in 1995. Although I enjoy his cds, and the excellent lead guitar work, (that JM does -not- play on his cds), my first thought at the show was: "Why doesn't he just record the three piece?, he's playing all the guitar anybody'd ever need." Make no mistake about it, although his focus is on lyrics and the right music for the lyrics, JM is a montrous guitarist, kind of Keith-and-Brian-all-in-one, with a unique melding of hard rocking rythms and quasi-virtuoso fingerpicking. If you like his cds, you'll love him live.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album...should have been a double disc May 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For James McMurtry fans you will understand when I say this should have been a double disc. If you are not familiar with McMurtry, buy this album and then all of his albums and you will see what I mean. I have seen James dozens of times live and for my money nobody does it better. This album truly shows what a great vocalist, song writer, and guitarist James is. His sound is raw but refined at the same time as is evident in the powerful "Rachel's Song". His song writing is reminiscent of his great father's works, novelist Larry McMurtry. If there was any justice in the music industry these days, James would be a household name. For now I am glad he isn't because there is nothing like seeing him perform to overcrowded beer joints the way good music was intended to be heard. My only complaint is it isn't a double disc. I can't think of a bad song he has ever done. A definite must have for fans and beginners alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down home Texas country folk rock! How's that? June 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first heard James about 8 years ago, completely by chance, which is usually the best way. I was taken immediately with his guitar style, his raw yet tender, literate vocals and his amazing way of 'just telling a story.' I loved 'Where'd You Hide the Body?' and 'Candyland' but didn't care much for his more recent efforts. Then I sampled 'Live aught-three' in B&N and was immediately reconnected. 'St Mary of the Woods' is a great set opener...a wonderfully bittersweet tale of megastar detox. The rest of the CD just keeps getting better. I'm glad he does a version of a Townes Van Zandt tune... a tribute to one of Texas' premiere singer/songwriters. He deserves much wider recognition than he gets. He should tour in FLORIDA (hint); we love him down here! James, long may you amaze us with you understated artistry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed and Roger Miller Stumble into a Bar August 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lou Reed and Roger Miller stumble into a bar. Tom Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Lennon and Debra Winger are holding down a table littered with lime bones and a half-empty bottle of tequila, discussing the triple aspects of the Universal Goddess, maiden-mother-crone or waif-whore-witch. Some number of hours later, someone says, "Let's put on a show!" The way they're standing says it all.

It could have happened just this way...

Bought this record 6/19/06--hasn't been out of the top slot in my disc changer since. Usually ignore requests from Amazon to review purchases...just couldn't let this one pass.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars James Live
McMurtry is always the best live!!
Published 2 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great live album
Outstanding live album, and a great introduction to James McMurtry. He's a great American songwriter, and a gifted guitarist. Highly recommended.
Published 10 months ago by B. Linder
3.0 out of 5 stars Songs are pretty good, I wish I could say the same about the singing.
My feelings about this CD are ambiguous. I like the songs but don't think McMurtry has a particularly good voice. For that reason I was somewhat disappointed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rodney J.Umlas
4.0 out of 5 stars Might have been 5
McMurtry is one of Americas best song writer /singers and a damn good guitar player.i came to appreciate him late in life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by GGrazorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine on All Counts
To be a great live album, a disc can't just be a "Greatest Hits" collection -- it should give you the feeling that you're actually having a conversation with the artist, picking up... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel G. Schaeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Play this for somebody who has never heard of J. McMurtry and watch...
It is impossible to be disappointed in any way with this CD. Truly impressive recording quality, clean, clear, seriously live.
Published 18 months ago by Dennis Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection
James McMurtry has been performing and recording for a number of years, but I had never heard any of his work until last Christmas while driving 1,000 miles and listening to the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by steve fiedler
2.0 out of 5 stars Choctaw Bingo!
"Choctaw Bingo" really saves this CD. I wasn't too impressed with most of the other cuts all that much. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jerald Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording/Artist.
After hearing "We Can't Make It Here" on KRCL ( a local independent radio station in SLC, UT) I immediately bought 3 of his CD's. Read more
Published 21 months ago by therocknrolldr
5.0 out of 5 stars good music
I really like it. Good stuff to bob your head to you know, yaaaaaa. I crank it up real loud and rock out!
Published on December 17, 2011 by catman345
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