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Live From the American Ballroom [Live]

Donna The BuffaloAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. In This Life 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tides Of Time 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. America 8:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Family Picture 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Riddle Of The Universe 9:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If You Only Could 9:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Seems To Want To Hurt This Time11:00Album Only
listen  8. Standing Room Only 7:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ancient Arms 7:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Come To Life 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Revelation Two-Step 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Push Comes To Shove15:43Album Only
listen13. Lying In Babylon 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Conscious Evolution12:55Album Only
listen15. There Must Be 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Donna the Buffalo
  • ASIN: B00005YJDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Donna the Buffalo--hard to categorize, but easy to love--are meant to be heard live. The six-member group thrives on jams and grooves, blending, bending, and veering from Appalachian country to Cajun, reggae, zydeco, folk, and roots rock often in the same song (check out the nearly 13-minute "Conscious Evolution"). Frequently compared to the Grateful Dead, DTB evoke Jerry Garcia and pals, both musically and with their rabid, nomadic fan base (the Herd). But in mixing tribal celebration with spiritual, social, and political issues, the band, which travels the country in a 1960 tour bus, recalls so many other hippie-era ensembles that this two-CD 2001 concert recording might as well have been cut at the Fillmore in '68. Jeb Puryear's electric guitar hearkens, at times, to the plaintive scorching of Big Brother & the Holding Company, and yet the group also knows the importance of melody, as on "Family Picture," where Tara Nevins anchors the lyrics and rides them over a driving beat and a riff so infectious you'll be reaching for the repeat button. Two discs might be stretching things a bit, but put on a tie-dyed T-shirt and light up a smoke, and you'll be clamoring for space on that bus. --Alanna Nash

Product Description

(1999 'Wolfmoon') (49:18/15) Schwedische Combo mit irischem(?) Frontmann; echt relaxt, alles eigene Stücke / Swedish band with Irish(?) frontman. Extremely laid-back album, all originals.Medium 1
  1. In This Life
  2. Tides Of Time
  3. America
  4. Family Picture
  5. Riddle Of The Universe
  6. If You Only Could
  7. Seems To Want To Hurt This Time
Medium 2
  1. Standing Room Only
  2. Ancient Arms
  3. Come To Life
  4. Revelation Two-Step
  5. Push Comes To Shove
  6. Living In Babylon
  7. Conscious Evolution
  8. There Must Be

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jamming in the USA March 2, 2002
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Combine musicians extremely skilled in all forms of American roots music, plug them in to make a mostly electric band, add psychedelic garage band Lowery organ sounds, stir with lyrics that touch on various eternal truths, and you get a conscious dance party from this upstate NY that has been playing together for more than 12 years called Donna the Buffalo. Multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins adds much to the ever-changing sound of the group as she switches between fiddle, accordion, rubboard and acoustic guitar, as well as vocals, which she alternates especially with guitarists Jeb Puryear and Jim Miller. Fans have been waiting a long time for Donna to put out a live recording, and this double album captures the intoxicating rhythmic vibrations of their live shows. Live from the American Ballroom was recorded on the band's spring tour, and shows their affection for driving, zydeco-fueled grooves. The musicians rip through rollicking renditions of "Riddle of the Universe" and "America," and they splash some spicy Southwest Louisiana riffs into "Tides of Time." They soar into rocketing Bo Diddley beats during a lengthy work out of "Conscious Evolution, and then downshift into their old-timey roots on the song's bouncy ending. Two tracks really stand out on the album, and they come from totally different musical planets. The band cooks up a mesmerizing groove at the beginning of "Ancient Arms," and rides the sweeping melodies all the way to the song's closing notes. While this tune showcases the majestic beauty of their music, the group reveals a more adventurous side during "Push Comes To Shove." The exploratory edginess of this improvisational number is radically different from their usual stuff, and it transported me back to the psychedelic jams of the late 1960's (they are in fact one of the favorite band of deadheads, in fact they also have an avid following called "The Herd). You can't miss with this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy, happy tunes August 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really, really like Donna the B. This is the band that brought me out of my post Garcia blues, the first band that wrote songs that were so engaging I played the discs over and over again. I wore out, literally, Positive Friction and bought a second copy. This double live LP is less good, but still definitely worth owning. The recording is a little lifeless from a technical standpoint, but then it's live, and maybe they didn't have the best sound that day. Or those days. But be that as it may, this is wonderful, happy jam music, highly recommended. I know they aren't the Dead, not by a mile, nor do they wish to be, but this music made me perk up my ears when nothing else did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Live CD's, 1 Accordion, 1 Washboard. March 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Donna The Buffalo provides a young-blooded backcountry twist to the American South. Their new double-album "Live From The American Ballroom" illustrates their ability to capture an audience, and shows how an accordion and washboard can truly make a band unique. "Live" was recorded during Donna The Buffalo's spring tour of 2001, incorporating country melodies and rhythms against rock and a touch of Zydeco. "Ancient Arms" and "Come To Life" stand alone against the rest of the album. The lineup features Jim Miller on guitar/banjo, Richie Stearns on organ, Jed Greenberg on bass, and Tom Gilbert on drums. Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear take care of writing the material, adding their expertise on guitar and fiddle/washboards respectively. "Live Form The American Ballroom" will satisfy the hayseed hippie in anyone regardless of age. The band's official website lays the foundation for the music, providing links to their mp3's and breakdowns of the equipment and set materials. Check it out at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music, great purchase November 14, 2013
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Donna the buffalo, definatly one of their better albums, if you like rock with a touch of bluegrass you should give them a listen. awsome
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun music from a fun band November 29, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
Okay, so what exactly is Donna the Buffalo? First off, there's no one in the band named Donna. Don't ask. So, what is their music like? Well, think of it as kind of like Bob Dylan meets Bob Marley somewhere between the mountains of Appalachia and the swamps of Louisiana. Still confused? Good. Just listen to the music. It speaks for itself. Even better, go see them live. The infectuous energy of their live performances cannot adequately be captured on a CD.

So, about this specific recording... It's great for what it is, which is a live sampler from their 2002 tour. Or was it 2001? They all kind of run together after awhile. The thing is, Donna the Buffalo is a taper-friendly band and there are live recordings of literally hundreds of shows circulating on the Web and many of them have more life and energy to them than this one. So if you want to support the band with your dollars (always a good thing) then buy this recording or one (or more) of their excellent studio CDs. Otherwise, well, happy browsing...
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