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In August of 2012, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit assembled in their home state of Alabama in front of a couple of sold-out concert halls to record their first live album, Live From Alabama.
After years of hard touring, the critically-lauded band has gelled into a versatile rock and roll squad that is equally at ease performing Muscle Shoals soul to hardcore country to balls-out rock. Live From Alabama s tracklist mines some of Isbell s most popular songs and includes
a pair of inspired covers in Neil Young s Like a Hurricane and Candi Staton s Heart on a String.

1. Tour of Duty
2. Decoration Day
3. Goddamn Lonely Love
4. Heart On A String
5. Danko/Manuel
6. In A Razor Town
7. Alabama Pines
8. Outfit
9. Cigarettes and Wine
10. TVA
11. The Blue
12. Dress Blues
13. Like A Hurricane

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lightning Rod Records
  • ASIN: B009DVKU2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By M. Reed on November 19, 2012
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Buy this album

Buy it so the hair on your neck can stand up during "Outfit."

Buy it so you can get a great Blues record

Buy it so you can get a great Country record

Buy it so you can get a great rock record

Enjoy the Bonus R and B complete with horns

Buy it so you can hear a rock solid rhythm section

Buy it so you can hear four guys sound like 11

Buy it for the bass madness on "The Blue"

Buy it because this is what American music is supposed to sound like
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Taylor on November 19, 2012
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This album has superb performances of songs that breathe more life when played live than they do in the studio. This is quite rare, as studio recordings have all the advantages of detailed audio engineering. This is a live recording that sounds studio quality and the songs sway much better when played live. The songs are soft enough to communicate a classy sadness and longing, yet rocking enough to provide a feeling of hope and optimism rather than a moping feel. I usually don't like live albums, but this just might be the best one I've ever heard.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bongo on November 21, 2012
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I'm in Southern California and this type of GREAT music just does not get radio airplay out here ( I sure hope it gets plenty in the south) This CD, THIS BAND and especially the FRONTMAN Jason Isbell never cease to BLOW ME AWAY with their talent and diversity when it comes to writing and recording music. If you've read the fist review you understand, Rock, soft rock, Blues, country a little feel of boogey and maybe a little woogey thrown in on Heart on a String. I would watch music award shows if they invited bands like this ( and other bands like Blackberry Smoke, Whiskey Myers etc.) instead of the acts that have already received big fame and recognition. WAKE UP !!! is what I say to the rest of the world who havn't yet found this incredible band and others like it that the talent just cannot be denied. Songs like " In a Razor Town" "Dress Blues" "Alabama Pines" show the fine level of this fine songwriters abilities LIVE or STUDIO. This is a fantastic Live recording, Mr. Isbell at this point in time is the Lone Guitarist in this group and due to his fine playing (and the flow of the keyboards) you really do not miss the second( or third) guitar. It's raw live but not lacking it actually is what live music is supposed to be when four musicians ( and a few HORNy guests) take the stage for a great live performance. You won't be disappointed in this live effort or any CD or song Mr. Isbell has recorded and released in the past. I recommend you buy anything that you can get your hands on that this fine musician / songwriter has released. ENJOY IT OVER AND OVER as I do.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 14, 2012
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There is no need to mention the Drive By Truckers anymore when writing reviews about Jason Isbell. I have now seen him live several times and he is his own musician. This live album is the best of old and his new stuff. I expect that he will be getting major awards, such as Grammy's, when he puts out his next album of new material. Please go see him live where ever he might be!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gregory on December 8, 2012
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For me, this album serves two main purposes: it extricates his wonderful songs that he provided on previous DBT band albums (Decoration Day, Dank/Manuel, Goddamn Lonely Love, Outfit) and puts them on a single album under his name. Second, it provides a wonderful glimpse into how crisp the band is live and serves to help me get a live "fix" when I have to wait to see them live again.
For the current fans who already possess his catalog, the addition of a track I never heard (TVA) and one I've heard them cover live but not previously recorded (Hurricane) makes the CD more than just a live record.
For the Isbell fan, this is a must. For the interested newbie, this is as good a place to start as any.
P.S. for the reviewers who say 'why doesn't country radio play Isbell,' I would say he doesn't need to be on lame-stream country radio. Instead, XM Radio needs to create an Americana channel instead of just having 5 or 6 bad country channels and play artists who write and perform their own songs that fall cross-genre. If it needs to be defined, this music is called Roots Rock, Alt-Country, Y'alternative, and most commonly Americana. And it's wonderful and real.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary D. Bennett on September 6, 2013
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I write this review in the middle of a month-long Jason Isbell binge, wondering how, with him hailing from just down the road from me in Muscle Shoals, that I missed him all these years. Quite simply, he is the great American songwriter of this era, writing lyrics that are literate, poetic and mesmerizing. He's easily the equal of some of the greats, the only difference being that, at least right now, I'd much rather listen to Isbell. This live album captures some of his best known songs from his time with DBT. The sound quality is excellent, the performances outstanding. If this one grabs you, then rejoice: you can listen to other works by Isbell, like Sirens of the Ditch and Southeastern, and hear the same amazing talent at work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Thomas E. Parker on March 20, 2013
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Working with his own group, Jason Isbell's work seems to have more room to breathe and develop than when he was fighting for space in the Drive By Trukers. I like DBT, but with 3 guitars and 4 writers and singers it could be hard to find enough room to stretch. Not to mention how all those guitars can crowd and push a song. But in these live versions of Isbell's songs like "Decoration Day," or "Danko/Manuel," the singing is better and more subtle, the songs played at a better pace and volume so that the vocals and solos can build and develop. This album was a revelation to me. Isbell continues to write thoughtful, well-wrought songs and his guitar playing so much more laid back and subtle. I especially like the back-to-back duo of "In a Razor Town" and "Alabama Pines." Lovely melodies, and songs full of feeling. I enjoy live albums, and though I hadn't followed Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, I thought I'd take a chance on this. I'm glad I did - lots of old DBT songs done better, and lots of songs new to me to discover and enjoy.
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