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No. 2 Live Dinner [Live]

Robert Earl KeenAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sugarhill Records
  • ASIN: B000000EXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. I'm Going To Town
3. Gringo Honeymoon
4. Merry Christmas From The Family
5. Five Pound Bass
6. Band Intro
7. Rollin' By
8. Sonora's Death Row
9. When The Bluebonnets Bloom
10. Think It Over One Time
11. Amarillo Highway
12. The Road Intro
13. The Road Goes On Forever
14. Dreadful Selfish Crime
15. Mariano Intro
16. Mariano
17. I'm Comin' Home

Editorial Reviews

Having signed his first major-label contract with Arista Texas, Robert Earl Keen Jr. says good-bye to Sugar Hill Records with "No. 2 Live Dinner," a concert recording that sums up his eight years and five earlier albums with the company. Keen has a gift for concocting musical stories that bring Texas to life in all its violent, sad, expansive, absurdist glory. His voice is still a ramshackle wreck, but he has learned how to minimize his melodic weaknesses while maximizing his storytelling strengths. Furthermore, Keen's song introductions are often as funny and imaginative as his best songs. Recorded at two 1995 shows in Texas, No. 2 Live Dinner includes a funny tale about his doomed early efforts at a career and an even funnier one about how his car caught fire at Willie Nelson's second-ever Fourth of July picnic. --Geoffrey Himes

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Texas February 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Robert Earl Keen CD I listened to. I can't stop. It's got great music, funny stories, and both serious and humorous lyrics. I've run a half marathon and a marathon, and all the training runs for those races with this CD. Keen knows how to play the mood. From the get up and move first track, to the middle ballads, then a great finish. I don't live in Texas anymore, but everytime I listen to this CD, I almost feel like I'm back home. One of the most listened to CDs I own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best October 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
First time I listened to this CD was in a convertable on an empty road to El Paso - Keen's music is as peaceful and comfortable as anything you will ever find and this CD makes you want to quit your job, pack a knapsack, and re-discover your independence. Keen's Live No. 2 is as exciting, as fun and as intense as anything I have every heard and its originality and sincerity are as big a threat to Nashville's version of "Country" as Willie Waylon and Cash were over 20 years ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is REAL country! December 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Robert Earl Keen plays country music the way it was meant to be played, and "No 2 Live Dinner" is Robert Earl Keen the way he was meant to be heard: live in concert! I have several of Bob Earl's albums, but none of his studio releases compares to this live album. Keen's songs are always entertaining, albeit in different ways. "Merry Christmas From The Family" is just plain hilarious. "Gringo Honeymoon" and "Sonora's Death Row" both tell stories so vividly that you'd think they were your own memories. Amarillo Highway just plain rocks (plus I love the 'Shiner Bock and Lone Star' reference). And "The Road Goes On Forever" (Keen's cornerstone track) with its rambling autobiographical intro appeals to everyone because of its unabashed party attitude. Forget the slick, formulaic, commercial country and go with the real deal: Robert Earl Keen, LIVE!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Earl Keen February 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
No 2 Live Dinner is incredible. It is what you can expect at every Robert Earl Keen show. From the beginning, "I'm Going To Town", to "I'm Comin' Home", it makes you wish you were there. My personal favorites are "Merry Christmas From The Family" and "The Road Goes On Forever". "The Road Intro" is a nice set-up for the song. Purchase and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lone Star Anthems August 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Them's here some cousin marrying music. And I don't mean just list-nin' to Robert Earl Keen at your cousin's wedding reception. Nope, I mean up and marrying your cousin yourself.
There's always supposed to be a new Dylan rising. It has been Springsteen, Adam Duritz, the Wallflowers, but Robert Earl Keen is a countrified Dylan, skillful in the art of song craft. Of the two live albums of his, I would have to give the nod to his earlier one simply titled "The Live Album." Its undertones are more grassroots, the music sparse and beautiful, and the storytelling stays fresh and funny. Keen's voice, much like coming to drinking a Shiner Bock or Lone Star Beer for the first time is an acquired taste. But it is unique, gritty, and twangy. His music lies in the land of in betweens. It is in between bluegrass, folk-rock, country and western twang, and grassroots Americana.
This is the best driving music around as you can sing at the top of your lungs to each song and the sound of your own howlin' doesn't diminish the off-key and catchy Robert Earl Keen, who is howlin' right along with you. His stories on this one are funny the first time through and can get some good laughs when shared with friends, but with repeat listens you will find yourself forwarding on through to get to the music. And what music it is...pure Texas, pure grassroots.
"And I'm willin' to bet son that I'm a bigger Texan than you are...on those hard rollin' Amarillo highways."
Sing these to your cousin on your gringo honeymoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great intro to Robert Earl September 12, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first stumbled on Robert Earl Keen on Austin City Limits several years back and have truly found an American original. This live recording, which has particularly raucous versions of "The Road Goes on Forever" and the classic "Merry Christmas from the Family" shows the singer to be a story- teller of the highest talent level. The story of how he came to meet Willie Nelson had me in sticthes. Great music from a humorous storyteller with a Texas heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why don't you own this? December 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
if you love music, buy this album. it is really just that simple. a friend turned me on to REK back in '97 and no album captures the essence of the man better than this one. i've had several of his studio albums but somehow this cd is the one i always reach for....and as another reviewer said, i am also on my second copy as my first could only stand the abuse for so many years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Disc But Buyer Beware January 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic disc of a great live show by a seminal Texas artist. He gets better with time. Others comments bear this out. I'm writing about this disc being rated as SACD for Super Audio CD. I have ordered 2 labeled a such and have gotten 2 regular CDs. I checked the Robert Earl Keen website, Koch records, and [...], a super audio reference site. There is no SACD of this disc. It does not exist. A faulty bar code on the package causes it to come up as being an SACD. It's a great disc and well worth buying, even if it isn't SACD. Maybe someday.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
If you love REK you will love this album.
Published 2 months ago by mdr
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great album!
One of the best live albums you could buy! Great songs!!!! An album you will play time and time again.
Published 4 months ago by Weygand
5.0 out of 5 stars All Other REK Albums Pale by Comparison
I listen to many roots music genres and especially love live shows, even if the crowd noise can sometimes be distracting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Robert Earl Keen CD by far.
Great music, great songwriter/story teller. Love the live feel of the music. Perfect for road trips or relaxing afternoons. Awesome!
Published 10 months ago by brazos_lady
5.0 out of 5 stars I could listen to this CD on shuffle/repeat for months
These guys LOVE what they do, and it shows here. I listen to this so often its a good thing it isn't an LP or it'd be worn out.
Published 17 months ago by Michael J Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever
This is the best of the best for Robert Keen, Robert Keen.
All others bow to this one.
This put him on the map....course now most of his stuff su*ks.
Published 18 months ago by Timtherockstar
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live CDs ever
Do I really need to say 20 more words about it. I pretty much summed it up on the subject line.
Published 20 months ago by John Endendyk
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 live dinner
Great show by Robert Earl Keen. Like you are there.Would recommend this to any REK fan.The sound could be better.
Published 21 months ago by Sheryl W. Detloff
5.0 out of 5 stars REK's a badass
best damn songwriter out there. this is the third time i've bought this album. once on CD, once on itunes & once on amazon.
Published on March 20, 2012 by rjml2
5.0 out of 5 stars Hill Country Music
Robert Earl Keen is a Texas Hill Country legend. His song "The Road Goes On Forever" is to the Hill Country the same as Margaritaville is to Parrot Heads. Read more
Published on September 26, 2011 by Mike Carnell
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