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Live In Texas [Live]

Lyle LovettAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 29, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Curb / MCA
  • ASIN: B00000JFIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Penguins
2. I've Been to Memphis
3. That's Right (You're Not From Texas)
4. Nobody Knows Me
5. If I Had A Boat
6. North Dakota
7. She's No Lady
8. Here I Am
9. What Do You Do
10. Wild Women Don't Get The Blues
11. M-O-N-E-Y
12. You Can't Resist It
13. Church
14. Closing Time

Editorial Reviews

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One decade's oddity is the next decade's institution. Or at least that's been the case with Lyle Lovett. The Lone Star eccentric emerged in the 1980s ostensibly as a country artist, but it became clear pretty quickly that a Southern accent and a pair of cowboy boots does not a Nashville favorite make. In time, however, Lovett's free-range brand of swing, blues, gospel, folk, and whatever has been embraced by a coterie of fans who have as little interest in genres as their hero. Live in Texas is something of a valentine to them--as well as an in-concert 13-year career summary for the uninitiated. Rife with live staples ("That's Right," "If I Had a Boat," "She's No Lady," and "North Dakota," which features an appearance by Rickie Lee Jones), the 14-track showcase certifies what loyalists have known for years: Lovett is one of the best bandleaders around. He and his crack crew get big and get small as needed, punching up uptempo numbers with brass or stripping down to the bare essentials for ballads. Taking it all in, one can't help concluding there's absolutely nothing odd about that. --Steven Stolder

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovett totally impresses December 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I'm a parrot head...but I like nearly all forms of music. When I was in Nashville in mid-November 1999, I went to the bar of the hotel I was staying in to listen to the guitar player and to hear him sing. One of the songs he sang was "If I Had A Boat." I asked him where the song came from and he told me Lyle Lovett. When I got home, I looked up Lyle Lovett and wanted to get the CD that had this song on it. I ordered "...Live In Texas." I had alway thought of Lyle Lovett as a country music artist and wasn't sure of what he had recorded. But then I got this CD, listened to it, and was totally impressed. I can't say enough good about this CD. This is one of the best music CD's of the 90's I've heard. Lovett has a gift for balladeering. His songs are poignant, have meaning, recognizable to our own lives, and funny. Lyle takes the ordinary and makes it reflective as he does in "Closing Time." And yes, "If I Had A Boat" is among the collection and I'll always remember it for having introduced me to Lyle Lovett. This guy and his band are GREAT! Lyle has an excellent voice. It's pleasing to listen to and he has the perfect intonations, emphasis and pauses in his delivery. This CD is wonderful. I didn't think it would be this easy to make a new fan. But when an artist has talent and can touch the heart of the listener, then he'll get fans. Buy this CD. It's NOT country (I like country btw), but a blend of country, jazz and folk and it's just plain good.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Masses January 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have always prided myself on the broad spectrum of music which I listen to. However, I had always avoided Lyle Lovett for some unknown reason. Maybe it was the whole Julia Roberts thing. But let me tell you...this is one of the best albums I have heard in my entire life. Live In Texas captures so many elements of music on one live CD. It flows from happy-go-lucky, swinging numbers to slower, pensive peeks into the mind of Lovett. Partiicularly amazing are the songs Nobody Knows Me and If I Had A Boat. These two songs will remind you of those lonely nights where you sat alone at your computer, looking for some form of entertainment since your life at the present time has none. Lovett's voice is so passionate that it could move a grown man to tears. If you are in the least bit curious about Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, then you must check out this CD. This is the CD to startb your Lyle Lovett collection with. And trust me, like Lays potato chips, you can't stop with just one.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A knock-you-dead swing through Live Lovett Land. November 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Call it Bob Wills-meets-Tower of Power. Call it folk, jazz or country. Whatever you choose to call it, it is a must for any serious music collector. Having little foreknowledge of Mr. Lovett, et al, it seems divine intervention directed me to this superb live recording. The horn arrangements and dynamics of such jewels as the rollicking "I've Been To Memphis" and the funky/bluesy "Penguins" throw Lovett into the realm of bandleader extraordinaire. Lovett's sexy-smooth vocals on the moving and subtle "North Dakota" will break your heart. "If I Had A Boat" and "M-O-N-E-Y" are just pure fun. "Here I Am," a wry romp through Lovett's views on an absurd human experience will leave no doubt about his songwriting acumen. From Andrea Zonn's fiddle to Matt Rollins' piano to the perfectly blended backing vocals, the musicians are top-notch, the execution flawless. Mr. Lovett, you've won a fan for life.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh No, You Can't Resist It ! February 5, 2000
By JARuff
Format:Audio CD
In my book, there is no one to top Lyle Lovett. His music is a joy to listen to although I can't begin to categorize it.(Don't believe anyone who labels him as pure country.Country can be good, but Lovett is much more.) Imagine a creative blend of blues, country, swing, gospel, western, big band, and folk with a little rock mixed in. Then add in Lovett's lyrics which range from wickedly funny to hauntingly , beautifully heart- breaking. Not to mention Lovett has one of the best voices going.Very smooth, very sexy.And if you are like me and usually don't enjoy live albums please do not be put off by Live in Texas. Not many people can live up to their studio recordings in concert, but I think Lovett may have even surpassed his on a couple of tracks."YOU CAN'T RESIST IT" is worth the price of the CD alone.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next best thing to being there August 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've loved Lyle ever since my then boyfriend, now husband, introduced me to his music. Lyle is an artist for people who like to think when they listen to music. His creativity is shared by his incredible ensemble who feel free to improvise and play off one another. (Other than Lyle's performances, I've never been to a non-classical concert which featured a cello solo.)
I was surprised that "Penguins," a song I don't care for from an album I can't bring myself to buy, sounded great. Imagine then how thrilled I was with favorites like "She's No Lady," "If I Had a Boat," and "Here I Am." Listening to this album takes me back to memories of attending a live performance by Lyle and the Large Band in Nashville.
Of course, the real hidden gem of this disc is the powerful, versatile voice of Francine Reed. She gets warmed up on "What Do You Do," grinds through "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues" (not a Lyle Lovett song), and keeps the momentum going to the album's climax -- an incredibly spirited version of "Church."
The only thing that would make this disc better is if it included a live version of "Flyswatter/Icewater Blues."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle at his very best!
how could anyone not love this CD? It has something for everyone who is alive. And the band is great!
Published 7 months ago by Cathy Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars Francine Reed and Lyle Lovett
Great music! Francine Reed, I love you and I love you even better with Lyle Lovett!!!!! You make beautiful music together.
Published 9 months ago by pinky
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Classic Lyle Lovett. Francine Reed could bring a crowd to its feet. Great addition to this album. I highly recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Sweep The Floor
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle's best album!
Whether you like Lyle Lovett or not, this is a great album. The friend to whom I sent it had listened to mine and loved it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Janet D. Greenwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lyle Lovett
I recently saw Lyle in concert, for the first time, at the Hollywood Bowl, in Hollywood, CA., along with Willie Nelson (the headliner). Read more
Published 11 months ago by RosesRed
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Tango!
That's right you're not from Texas.....should become the Texas State Song! Lyle Lovett always puts on a great show, but you don't have to be from Texas to like him!
Published 13 months ago by John Dickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy more than one so you have enough
If you don't understand this album you need to listen to "That's right you're not from Texas".... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Catfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankful for air conditioning
Great music, great singer, great big band! What more could I ask for? Lyle has that kind of voice that almost makes me feel like I could sing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul Baker Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle Lovett ROCKS
Great album! Great artist! Great music!! Love my Lyle Lovett. If you've never really listened to the words of his songs, you've missed a real treat.
Published 19 months ago by Debra C. Lakin
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER EXCELLENT LOVETT ALBUM
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