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Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers' Favorites Original recording


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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B001BOLD8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Review by Jana Pendragon.... Again, a groundbreaking release from the wildest band in country music (during the '70s). This time around they are honoring the American trucker. A part of society few see into, the music that keeps the big rigs running is something else again. With originals and some oldies, the Commander and his band make a big sound that is still reverberating through time. With their own trucker tunes, "Truck Stop Rock" and "Semi Truck," leading the way, this LP includes some classics like "Looking' at the World Through a Windshield," "Mama Hated Diesels," and the granddaddy of the bunch, "Truck Drivin' Man," a performance hit for Rick Nelson and the New Riders of the Purple Sage as well. Other high-powered covers include Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" done up in a way no one will forget. The Cajun "Diggy Liggy Lo" is given a workout as is "Rip It Up," and the Commander's class-A performance of "It Should've Been Me" leaves no doubt as to the punch this outfit gives to everything they do. From the band comes "Cravin' Your Love," "Watch My .38," and "Kentucky Hills of Tennessee." Again, every cut counts. As with Lost in the Ozone, this is top-flight music in every regard that shows another side to this great band....SIDE ONE: Truck Stop Rock...Truck Drivin' Man....Rip It Up...Cravin' Your Love... It Should've Been Me....Watch My .38....SIDE TWO: Semi-Truck....Kentucky Hills of Tennessee... Looking at the World Through a Windshield...Diggy Liggy Lo....Mama Hated Diesels....Tutti Frutti...

Customer Reviews

The remastering, did help the audio quality, very much.
DJ
Nobody does it better the Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen period!!
Thomas W. Earl
I had it in vinyl back in the day, and am glad to now have it in CD format.
B. HasBrouck

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Earl Jones on December 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Commander's 2nd album, full of great truck drivin, gear jammin tunes, that will be a delight to the truck stop rockin' redneck in all of us. This album was the most difficult to track down on CD out of everything the good commander ever released. It was released in the early 90s, and was pulled from the catalog real fast, and like Country Casanova, remains rare, and worth quite a bit of money on CD today, due to it's rarity. The only complaint I have about the CD version of this disc, is the MCA "Compact Disc/Compact Price Bastardization of this album" which removed the nice artwork from the back cover, and the super cool picture of all the people dancing to an early live performance put on by CC/LPA...maybe one day it'll be released...untill then, if you have this rare gem on CD, or vynl, or tape,or 8 track, or whatever...be careful with it! There's no replacing it without some effort.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After inventing their unique brand of hippie-country-rock-boogie-woogie on their debut, the Airmen returned with a second helping dedicated to truckers and trucking. As on their first album, the band wrote and borrowed originals to mix with brilliantly picked covers. Newly penned classics include the country rockers, "Truck Stop Rock" and "Semi-Truck," the seductive, bluesy "Cravin' Your Love," and the old-timey country-gospel of "Kentucky Hills of Tennessee."
Covers include one of the best-ever readings of Terry Fell's "Truck Drivin' Man" and a scorching, bar-ready take of "Rip it Up." The Commander takes the microphone for Memphis' Curtis spoken blues, "It Should've Been Me," with a fine fat-toned sax solo from Andy Stein. Stein also swings his fiddle for the cajun-flavored "Diggy Liggy Lo."
The toughness of the trucker's life is sung in the classic "Lookin' at the World Through a Windshield," and in Blackie Ferrell's brilliant "Mama Hated Diesels." The loneliness of the road and the emotional wreckage a trucker's life levies on those left behind is one of country music's most powerful archetypes, and the Airmen play it for all it's worth.
Though the recording is a bit tinny in spots, the playing and singing are top-notch, and an essential part of the Airmen's ouvre. MCA's put this out on CD and then let it drop from their catalog, which means you either have to track down a used copy or see if the Commander himself has any left in his personal stash.
4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Grossman on October 31, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've had this on vinyl since it came out, but the cd has been long overdue.

One of the great, great classics of cross-over country-rock.

Not quite as far into satire as Kinky Friedman's music, still, many of the songs take it just a step into the level of parody. For example, "Mama Hated Diesels". One of my all-time favorites, along with "Kentucky Hills of Tennessee".
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By isabella on June 29, 2014
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I got it for just one song, and I was glad to finally find a cd with the song on it.
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This new CD has excellent sound quality, and features the original band lineup. Excellent choice of material. Combined with the previous year's album "CC & LPA" with the psychedelic cowboy face (my #2 choice); this pair of albums have their very best original tunes and original arrangement covers of their career. "Hot Licks" was not re-published for many years, and now appears to be available again. I recommend that you arrange for full in-stock availability for this CD, so every fan who's been searching for it for all these years can finally get his own copy! I wouldn't be surprised if it sold well in retail brickfront stores, as well.
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That we were; Drive down from Paris to Houston , what a great show....visiting with Bill Kirchen at Truckers Inn one afternoon ...he remembers EVERYTHING...and that was long ago....a great time with great people....Armadillo Stomp my brother !
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This is a great Commander album. I had it in vinyl back in the day, and am glad to now have it in CD format. Many of the songs are standards of the band, and of Bill Kirchen's performances since. Great, great, stuff. I am a fan of that sound!
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By DJ on December 10, 2013
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I had this album in the early 70's. It was a big part of my introduction to country rock...& the great pedal steel guitar playing, by the legendary, Bobby Black. And they are excellent at playing Western swing, as well as "boogie" type rock.

Anyway, I purchased this new REMASTERED CD...& it is excellent! It really brings back great memories...& it just simply, sounds great!!
The remastering, did help the audio quality, very much. I'm so glad I purchased this classic album CD!
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