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Just an American Boy [Live]

Steve EarleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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The Low Highway, the 12-track set is the anticipated follow up to 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and is the first billed as “Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses).” The album is also the first to feature “The Dukes” band name since 1987’s Exit 0. The Low

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • ASIN: B0000AOV39
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Audience Intro
2. Amerika v. 6.0 (Tthe Best We Can Do)
3. Ashes to Ashes
4. (Paranoia)
5. Conspiracy Theory
6. I Remember You
7. (Schertz, Texas)
8. Hometown Blues
9. The Mountain
10. (Pennsylvania Miners)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Audience Intro
2. South Nathville Blues
3. Rex's Blue's/ Fort Worth Blues
4. John Walker's Blues
5. Jerusalem
6. The Unrepentant
7. Christmas In Washington
8. (Democracy)
9. What's So Funny About Peace, Love & Understanding
10. Time You Waste (Justin Earle)

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(2003/ARTEMIS US) 26 tracksMedium 1
  1. Audience Intro
  2. Amerika v. 6.0 (The Best We Can Do)
  3. Ashes To Ashes
  4. Paranoia
  5. I Remember You
  6. Schertz, Texas
  7. Hometown Blues
  8. The Mountain
  9. Pennsylvania Miners
  10. Harlan Man
  11. Copperhead Road
  12. Guitar Town
  13. I Oppose The Death Penalty
  14. Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)
  15. Billy Austin
Medium 2
  1. Audience Intro
  2. South Nashville Blues
  3. Rex's Blues
  4. John Walker's Blues
  5. Jerusalem
  6. The Unrepentant
  7. Christmas In Washington
  8. What's So Funny About Peace, Love & ...
  9. Time You Waste (JUSTIN EARLE)

This double live CD, recorded with the Dukes on their tour supporting Earle's 2002 album Jerusalem, takes its title from "John Walker's Blues," Earle's song about John Walker Lindh, "the American Taliban"--a song that got him Dixie Chick-ed off adult contemporary and country rock stations across the U.S. Subtitled "an audio documentary," the album coincides with the release of a feature film that follows Earle as he tours, mounts a play, and campaigns against the death penalty. Earle talks quite a bit between songs; his monologues are affable, entertaining, and leftist. Along with Woody Guthrie and D. Boon, Earle's one of those rare musical activists who understands that successful political songs must have music that's exceptional and politics that are personal. There are extraordinary renditions of some of his finest soapbox songs, including "John Walker," "Harlan Man," "Christmas in Washington," and "Billy Austin." A couple of tunes that sounded stiff on Jerusalem--"Ashes to Ashes" and "Conspiracy Theory"--receive far better, and more rocking, treatment here, while "Copperhead Road" is turned into a Scots-Irish reel, which works surprisingly well. The highlight is a take-no-prisoners cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love & Understanding." --Mike McGonigal

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your window - let the music inside September 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Outstanding! A must-have for all serious Steve Earle fans. Very much replicates the live concert experience, so if you missed him during the JERUSALEM tour this year, or if you caught the tour but have been wondering why he doesn't play in your living room every night, you will be delighted to find that now he does. :) Bribe the neighbors, crank the volume - these boys will blow you away. The sound is raw and vibrant, the energy often explosive, the feeling warm and pulsing with life. (Kinda like a Steve Earle concert.) If you're looking for a work of engineering brilliance, a clean, crisp sound, stick to the studio albums. If you're looking for Steve Earle and his Dukes (regular and bluegrass) to come and play in your living room, you're in the right place.
This said, I'd recommend first-time listeners start with one of his studio albums, rather than this one. Steve Earle can be an acquired taste, and there are better places to start than a live concert recording. When in doubt, EL CORAZON is always a good introduction.
Songs that stand out: Relentlessly powerful, driving, energetic versions of "Amerika v.6.o", "Ashes To Ashes", "The Unrepentant" and "Copperhead Road", an equally spirited and rocking "Harlan Man" (it reaches down so deep it's almost funky), outstanding renditions of "Jerusalem", "Jonathon's Song", "South Nashville Blues" (I swear you can see the devil sitting in his rocking chair), an understated tribute to Townes Van Zandt in a "Rex's Blues/Fort Worth Blues" medley that goes to that place beyond words, and "The Time You Waste", a quiet gem by Justin Earle that's growing on me by the minute. "Billy Austin", powerful and heart-stopping as always.
You pretty much need this album. Open your window - let the music inside.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
October 27, 2003

Steve Earle

Just An American Boy

Very Good EXCELLENT but not yet Great

Among musicologists "live" albums are rated separately from studio and greatest hits albums. Probably the most heralded live albums are The Who's, 'Live at Leeds' and then The Allman Brother's, 'Live at the Fillmore.' Steve Earle's latest, 'Just An American Boy: The Audio Documentary' deserves consideration as a landmark live album. While rappers have successfully turned their "art" into a money printing bling-bling caricature of the ghetto, it has been a long time since Rock Music has been this dangerous.

This is a two disc set and there is plenty of rambling on the microphone between songs. Make no mistake, while the music is excellent, what makes this record so interesting is that Earle uses his liberal political bantering to tie together his songs and give his performance a sense of continuity. If you are offended by overt political statements you won't enjoy this record; on-the-other-hand, those banterings are what make this album so inspiring: the listener's political beliefs are challenged in the best Woody Guthrie tradition.

In regard to the music, Earle has hit a stride of excellence. Earle is a powerful thought provoking song writer. Like the folk music of the '60's, Earle has tapped into the long forgotten art of anti-war protest. Earle can write "great" songs with poignant words and execute with brilliance. Originally marketed as a country artist Earle has become the political sage of edgy Americana. This record is dangerous because the words and the related call to action & thought are two things that the vapid FM rock music of today has forgotten. Based on this disc Earle could well be the finest example of Americana recording today.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short... mediocre sound... still the best available... September 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had the inmense pleasure and honor of taking in a Steve Earle and the Dukes show in West Palm Beach several months ago... The performance I attended was several notches better than the one recorded for this two-disc live album. For starters, that evening Steve played a set almost twice as long as the one included here, which featured all of these songs, plus (as far as I can remember): NYC, Hardcore Troubadour, Taneytown, Some Dreams, What's A Simple Man to Do?, Go Amanda, The Truth, and Some Day, plus a cover of the Youngbloods' burnt-out-hippie-classic Get Together. Additionally, Steve and his band were a little better that night, and the sound carried much better than it seemed to carry in the recorded performance. That, however, is not to say that this live album does not have its merits: Steve and the Dukes kick the stuffing out of several songs, most notably Ashes to Ashes, The Unrepentant, and the much-maligned John Walker's Blues. Anyways, compared to Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator, the concert with Guy Clark and Townes Van Zant, and the Trascendental Blues DVD, this recorded performance is, by far far far the best recorded live Steve Earle and the Dukes.
One other comment, specifically on John Walker's Blues... True, Steve over-simplifies matters a bit on this song, blaming hollow American culture on young John Walker Lindh's conversion to fundamentalist Islam. True, the tone of the song tends to be preachy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Window In Time
If you've been fortunate enough to see/hear live Steve Earle over the years, then you know how much his live sound has evolved. Read more
Published on April 12, 2005 by Mad Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on the Music - 5 more Stars for Independence
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this is the rawest raunchiest alternative southern country rock to hit the market in 20 years! Read more
Published on December 29, 2004 by Willie Boy
1.0 out of 5 stars Preachin' to the choir
The problem that seems to plague Steve Earle is that he is not nearly as clever and smart as he seems to believe he is. Read more
Published on May 7, 2004 by Jesse Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This CD is well worth the price. it's one of the best live sets you could even hope to hear him play, much less own. Read more
Published on April 15, 2004 by Christopher Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the music, I'm bored with the speeches.
I have really liked Earle's music over the years, and have almost every album (LP, cassette, CD) that he has done. But the more he talks, the less I will buy. Read more
Published on April 9, 2004 by Stephen Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars double-barrel, from the heart
What sets Steve Earle apart from standard industry fare is that he works (writes, performs) from the heart and he's smart. Read more
Published on January 23, 2004 by G. Michael Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars maximum earle
I saw Earle on the Jerusalem tour(I think back in february)in Dallas and this cd pretty much captures the sound of his live shows--turn it up loud! Read more
Published on January 11, 2004 by mike vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a Courageous Singer-Songwriter
In beginning this review, I'll paraphrase the old adage about the first amendment by saying that I don't agree with everything Steve Earle says on his new album "Just an... Read more
Published on December 17, 2003 by Brian D. Rubendall
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Preachy, poor sound quality and expensive
I'm not complaining about Steve's politics as expressed in the songs themselves, but rather, all the preaching between songs on this CD and at his shows. Read more
Published on November 24, 2003 by Craig J. Vanderah
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best album of the past 15 years
If you walk around everyday, like I do, wondering what the hell happened to this country this CD will soothe your soul. It's raw, it's rough, and you can even dance too much of it. Read more
Published on October 31, 2003
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