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Live at Liberty Lunch

Joe ElyAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cbuj Ent
  • ASIN: B000M2E37C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Me and Billy The Kid
2. Are You Listening' Lucky?
3. Grandfather Blues
4. B.B.Q. & Foam
5. Row Of Dominoes
6. Dallas
7. Where Is My Love?
8. She Gotta Get the Gettin'
9. Drivin To the Poorhouse In a Limousine
10. Cool Rockin' Loretta
11. Musta Notta Gotta Lotta
12. Letter To L.A.
13. If You Were a Bluebird

Editorial Reviews

A roaring testament to Ely's vitality on stage, this set marries strong lyric-centered material with a protopunk country attitude. The alchemy is volatile, and Ely has never sounded so good. His timely association with The Clash was probably the inspiration he needed: he reworked classic material--"Me and Billy the Kid," "Letter to L.A." and "Bluebird," featuring the harmony of Butch Hancock-- and squeezed the utmost energy from every song. His band--featuring Jimmy Petit, Davis McLarty, and David Grissom--was stripped down but rocked harder because of it, and Ely sang like he'd never get another chance. Believe it: This is one of the most exhilarating live albums, ever.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent album! February 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
_Live at Liberty Lunch_ is probably the best single Joe Ely album you could buy (although afterwards you will want more). The material on this album is uniformly excellent, and the fire of Joe Ely's live sets has been captured as well as could be reasonably expected (nothing beats being there yourself!) This album has the added bonus of being one of the finest examples of David Grissom's guitar playing around. Grissom covers the range from soaring solos on "BBQ and Foam" to raging crunchy excursions on "Cool Rockin' Loretta". Buy it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Hard rocking honkytonk music of the highest order. Joe led the tightest 4-piece combo on the planet & had the smarts to employ the most evocative guitarist to come along since Duane Allman died (David Grissom). Then he gave him room to cut loose - solos, fills, & riffs straight out of Heaven! "Letter to L.A." alone is worth the price of the CD - seriously! "Row of Dominoes" & "Cool Rockin' Loretta" are too, for that matter. But although he lets Grissom shine, it's never to the detraction of the rest of the band. The solos are always riding the groove and interplaying with the other instruments, while always being built upon the melody & emotion of the song. There's something more than just playing music here-this band has achieved symbiosis.
Ely's bandleading skills cannot be underestimated at this point-under his direction, the band has a command of dynamics to rival Van Morrison's (you can't go higher than that!). Great songs, wonderful audience interaction, & a generous amount of playing time - over an hour - make for a complete CD package.
Be forewarned though, this is more of a headphones album - NOT background music. There's so much going on, it demands your attention or else you might not get the gist. But trust me, it's worth devoting your whole attention to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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In 1990, I didn't know much about Joe Ely. I knew he wrote "Me and Billy the Kid." I heard Marty Stuart's cover of that song; frankly, I didn't get it. I worked in a record store at the time and was asked by the owner to take a promo copy of Live at Liberty Lunch home to determine if we should carry it. I couldn't imagine carrying it, I'm not a big live album fan, and I really didn't want to listen to it. One night, I was on the phone with a friend of mine. He was singing the praises of this Ely album. Respecting his musical tastes, I decided I'd better give it a fair shot.

I listened to it daily for two or three months.

Live at Liberty Lunch is a testament to the incredible live performer that is Joe Ely. The man never lets up. Every song is a keeper, even my least favorite track, the too-slow-and-too-long "Letter to L.A." Many of these live versions are definitive: "Me and Billy the Kid," "Are You Listening, Lucky?," "Dallas," "Musta Notta Gotta Lotta," "BBQ and Foam," "Row of Dominoes," "Cool Rockin' Loretta," and "She Gotta Get the Gettin'." Ely's take on David Halley's "Where is My Love" is stellar and poignant.

Live at Liberty Lunch led me to discover Ely's pre-1990 work, and to keep track of his work to this day. Get it; you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It ! December 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
No hype, no string of adjectives, just a straight forward 'Buy this CD' , listen and love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Ely is Texas Music May 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album, much less an awesome live album. the recording and production quality is excellent, which is my biggest gripe with live releases.

Joe is a Texas Institution. One reviewer wrote the south's Bruce Springsteen. I agree in many ways, but Joe needs no comparison - he was jammin honky tonks when E Street was released. I much prefer Joe to Bruce, although I'm not knocking Bruce.

A great singer/songwriter who pays homage to his contemporaries such as the excellent duet on this CD with Butch Hancock. He does awesome renditions of other Texas musicians Jimmy Dale Gilmore (Saturday Night) and Rober Earl Keen (The Road Goes on Forever) on other albums as well.

This album was recorded with David Grissom on lead guitar. David Grissom was a young Austin guitar protege when he started playing with Ely. Ely produced Will Sexton's album "Will and the Kill" where Grissom was playing lead guitar (check it out too).

Live at Liberty Lunch is worth buying if only for Grissom's excellent second lead in Letter to L.A. that is not on the Lord of the Highway version. If you like the guitar work here also check out Storyville.

I have seen both these guys on stage together and apart. Grissom and Ely onstage together is better than the sum of the parts. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys straight up guitar jams with excellent songwriting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Live Albums Ever, Seriously!!!!! November 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Joe Ely's live shows during the late 80's through the 90's are somewhat of a legend. If you were lucky enough to catch him live during that time, you know what I mean. Blistering and intense, a how-to on kickin' a** live. I was lucky enough, and I have seen many shows before and since (from the Stones to Willie and all in between) and NOTHING compares to Joe Ely. This album captures that energy like few live albums ever do. This is Texas Roadhouse Rock at its finest. From country to americana to staight up rock, and ROCK IT DOES!!!!!! 'Cool Rockin Loretta' (a Texas favorite), 'She's Gotta Get To Gettin', 'Are you Listen, Lucky?', are much better live than they were on any studio recording. My favorites are BBQ and Foam, Row Of Dominoes, and Letter to LA. There is just something about this album that defies any genre or style. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED, GUARANTEED!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live at Liberty Lunch
I love Joe Ely's music and this is a great album. My son was in attendance when at this event when this CD was recorded and I have really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by BJS
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat live
This is THE album to have if you want to hear Joe Ely at his best. Joe lets you relax with your favorite beverage and listen to some honky tonk testimonials about love &... Read more
Published on July 29, 2010 by Robert J. Norch
5.0 out of 5 stars A great live album
I was surprised to see this hasn't been reviewed yet. This is a remarkable set. It rocks all the way through. Read more
Published on March 19, 2008 by Aphelion
4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Ely Brings Down the House
This live album returned Joe Ely in fine style to MCA after a six year absence from the label which saw him record two albums for the Hightone label. Read more
Published on February 9, 2001 by Steve Vrana
5.0 out of 5 stars a rare, GOOD live recording
an old pal suggested i buy this for the longest time. he was nagging at me; getting on my nerves. just to shut him up, i ended up buying the CD (used). Read more
Published on November 8, 2000 by "irishcowboy"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Live Classic
This to me is one of the best CDs,andto me it is the best live CD.Joe Ely from Austn,Tx is the real deal. Honest and passionate... Read more
Published on July 19, 2000 by Danny Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Ely's second live shot alternately delivers and drags
Joe Ely, unfortunately, is a relatively well-kept secret of the Lone Star State. He is one of the rare individuals who can flat-out rock and maintain the integrity and... Read more
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