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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sci Fidelity Records
  • ASIN: B000CPH9RU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Railroad Earth's powerful live experience has finally been captured on their first ever live release, Elko. Recorded during their 2005 spring tour, the double disc set captures all the timeless qualities without compromising the unpredictable nature that is at the core of a Railroad Earth concert. Sci-Fidelity. 2006.

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This was my second purchase of this CD.
P. Sadler
This band puts on great live shows and this collection really captures that special feeling that virtually everyone that sees this band perform walks away with.
William P. Adams
Its a phenomenal quality live CD and shows how truly talented all the musicians are....they really jam-out!
MLRapp

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Corcoran on January 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having seen Railroad Earth live, having worn out several CD players playing their first three discs, and having driven friends and neighbors to distraction by constantly touting RRE's praises, I greeted their new live CD with joy and fear.

Joy at the idea that their quarter-hour live raveups and spontaneous creativity onstage would now be available to hear over and over, and fear that the CD might somehow disappoint. What a waste of worry. "Elko" is a Masterpiece. It is so good tasks stay undone, the dog goes unwalked, the TV stays off, and the wife all but ignored while I sit in my earphone cocoon and listen to it again and again.

Is "Elko" the album of the Decade so far, as suggested by an earlier poster? Damn Skippy it is. The only trouble is what category does it belong in. For starters, it's the best live album I've heard in ages. Bluegrass? The best Bluegrass album I've heard in ages. Jam Grass? Well yeah, except how can you call RRE merely a Jam Grass band when they are so far beyond that? Elko also has jazz elements, World Music chops, Celtic, folk, pop, Southern rock, Credence Clearwater Swamp rock and Lord knows what else. The album shows this extraordinary group of musicians is not reigned in by convention. In an age of musical stultification, RRE is that rarest breath of fresh air, taking acoustic (and mildly electric) music to areas it's never been to before.

The music is amazingly layered. Unlike so many bluegrass outfits which trade leads while everyone else strums along in the background, RRE plays like each member is being paid by the note. Plus they manage to sound precise and improvisational at the same time, no mean trick. As a result each tune demands repeated playing while the listener is constantly discovering new joys in the music.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Haven VINE VOICE on January 24, 2006
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A couple times each decade, I discover a musical artist that completely captivates me and takes over the music listening part of my life (and that is a huge part of my life). In the past it's been artists as different as The Band, The Grateful Dead, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and Patty Griffin. Ten days ago I discovered Railroad Earth and I've listened to nothing else since then.

On first listen, Railroad Earth sounds like traditional bluegrass, but it soon becomes evident they are much more than bluegrass. Their music is quality folk-rock played on bluegrass instruments, with touches of awe-inspiring Grateful Dead style jamming and improvisation. Each of these guys is a master of his instrument(s), but I'm especially blown away by Tim Carbone and his magical violin playing. The songs, mostly written by lead singer Todd Sheaffer, are sometimes sad (Bird In A House), moving (Railroad Earth), or just plain fun (Head, Like a Buddha). And they all have interesting, non-trivial, and beautiful melodies. Did I mention these boys can jam? If this music doesn't get you dancing, no matter where you're listening to it, you better get yourself a doctor!

This live CD is a wonderful collection of inspired performances of great songs. The music is so rich and full of instrumental nuances, it can be listened to over and over without growing wearisome. And that's exactly what I've done since I got "Elko" -- listened to it over and over and over and over...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William P. Adams on January 24, 2006
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I preordered Railroad Earth's ELKO and rec'd it in the mail yesterday. I must say this is something truly special!!!

This band puts on great live shows and this collection really captures that special feeling that virtually everyone that sees this band perform walks away with.

The music is kind of a hybrid mix of Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, Rock, Pop, Americana. I know that sounds like a lot but they have a very unique sound that anyone that loves really good music and musicians will truly apppreciate.

If you ever have the opportunity to see Railroad earth play, jump on it. Till then buy this CD and revel in the beautiful songs and playing that make this band so special.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MLRapp on November 5, 2007
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This is my favorite Railroad Earth album, and a "must" for any dynamic music collection. Its a phenomenal quality live CD and shows how truly talented all the musicians are....they really jam-out! Its hard not to want to dance to most of the songs- they are all pretty much up-beat, peppy songs you'll probably end up (like I do) humming constantly after hearing the CD.

If you have a chance to check them out live, I highly recommend it as well. I've seen them a few times and they are amazing in concert. They are really tight and amazing musicians. If you are deciding amongst their various albums, I can't recommend this one highly enough!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on August 22, 2008
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The two disc set of live Railroad Earth from a tour of The Americas in the spring of 2005, is about the most refreshing batch of music that I have listened to in many a moon.

These six musicians of the wood and the wires, are the masters of a style of playing that I refer to as: "Industrail-Slamgrass-Boogie". Guitars, fiddles, banjo, mandolin, dorbo, bass, drums, tinwhistle and flutes are played to perfection. Strict bluegrass arrangements erupt into free-form, Cosmic-Jams that travel to some interesting places.

Everybody playing here stands out as great. And with two hours of fine tunes, this is time well spent. "Colorado", "Bird In A House", 'Mighty River". "Warhead Boogie", "Railroad Earth" into "Seven Story Mountain" are only a few of the highlights herein. The violin of Tom Carbone is a featured soloist but he shares the stage with everybody else. The runs are of breakneck speed, and then they flow into long and interesting passages of music that tend to hypnotize, at least a little.

The second disc flows and meshes into a Musical Suite that never lets you down, muck akin to the music of The Grateful Dead in their heyday. But this is so much different, as this Groove Music has a sound that would have had a home 150 years back on that lonesome and dusty trail. This is homesprung American Music that does indeed boogie and rock.

This record is way outta place in the drum-machine and Boy-Band World of this Time. But, if you want to try something way out in left field that really sounds fantastic, take the drive on that backroad to Elko. You will really enjoy the ride.
Four Stars !!!
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