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It took a near-death experience to reunite Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, the California brothers at the heart of "roots heroes" (Rolling Stone) The Blasters.

"Phil died and was brought back to life over in Spain," Dave says of his brother's 2012 health scare. "That was a real wakeup call to me. We hadn't made a full album together since 1985, but as you get ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Alvin Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000OCY69U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Barn Burnin (4:45)
3. Mary Brown(4:30)
4. Border Radio (4:14)
5. Dry River (3:56)
6. Out in California (5:34)
7. Abilene (5:31)
8. Jubilee Train (3:30)
9. Do-Re-Me (1:45)
10. Promised Land (3:51)
11. Blackjack David (5:13)
12. Fourth Of July (5:28)
13. Marie Marie (3:28)

Editorial Reviews

The latest release from the acclaimed Live From Austin, TX series of releases from the vaults of the award-winning PBS Austin City Limits TV show.

Dave Alvin s world lies somewhere on the margins the seedy bus stations, bars and endless boulevards of L.A., and the reality of California s underbelly of discontent. Alvin was originally a founding member of the punk/roots scene band the Blasters with his brother Phil. Over the years since he s continued to sharpen his skills as a singer, songwriter and musician. This Austin City Limits episode, recorded on January 29, 1999, includes songs from his current album at the time, Blackjack David, his best statement to date about love, hope and despair.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Mac on May 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This may be the most well produced CD in recent years. Taken from the television show "Austin City Limits", it may be Dave Alvin's best effort to date. If you enjoyed "Public Domain", "King of California" and "West of the West" you will love this. With a combination of great rock and roll and contemporary folk, this CD hits the mark and more. In a time when many musicians just "crank it up" and play full tilt all night, the dynamics in "Barn Burnin'", "Mary Brown" and "Blackjack David" are an aural pleasure to behold. When Dave breaks into the chorus from the Sam Cooke classic "Cupid" at the end of "Border Radio", you'll get goose bumps. His rock and roll version of the Woody Guthrie classic "Do-Re-Me" is unsurpassed by anything released in the last 20 years.

Simply put, Dave writes beautiful songs about love and loneliness. His ability to lament the life that could have been along with his ability to celebrate the life that is, is inspirational at least, and quite possibly awe inspiring.

The musicians assembled for this recording are outstanding. In particular drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks (arguably the best rock and roll drummer alive today) shows once again how less can be more. Another drummer may have overplayed these songs, but Lloyd is at his finest on this CD. Together with bassist Gregory Boaz, they form one of the tightest rhythm sections ever recorded.

If I could give this CD 10 stars I'd still try to give it 11.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Thorn on March 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having seen Dave and the Guilty Men a dozen times or so in recent years, I feel qualified to say that this CD does not document one of their better performances. I don't know if appearing on ACL for the first time made Dave and the boys nervous, but a listless, tentative air pervades almost the entire set. Rick Shea's overbearing lap steel drowns out the other instruments; the usually reliable Bobby Lloyd Hicks' drumming is downright sloppy in spots; and Dave has some glaring vocal misfires during his ill-conceived "Cupid" interlude in "Border Radio." This album also contains the most lackluster version of "Fourth of July" I've ever heard. The band only really comes to life on "Marie Marie"--unfortunately, the CD's final song. Save your sixteen bucks and see the Dave and crew when they come to your town instead.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Burruss S. Williams on August 7, 2007
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I have been a fan for a long long time, since the Blasters days. I was looking forward to the CD and DVD, I saw it reviewed in Vintage Guitar Mag. As it was recorded on Austin City Limits the recording tries to please people that are interested in more of a roots rock type set, like rockabilly. When playing the rock songs there is that honky-tonk piano sound, clanking on the high register. I can take a bit of this but to hear it over and over is a pain. I think Alvin is a great ballad songwriter and when presented acoustically it is great. Consequently there was not enough of these types of songs presented. I would suggest getting the CD for your collection but depending what body of Alvin's work you enjoy you may be less that pleased.
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