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Live At the Variety Playhouse

Shawn MullinsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Beautiful Wreck (Live) 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. All In My Head (Live) 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Ballad Of Kathryn Johnston (Live) 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Anchored In You (Live) 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Santa Fe (Live) 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ballad Of Billy Jo McKay (Live) 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fraction Of A Man (Live) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Home (Live) 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lonesome, I Know You Too Well (Live) 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Twin Rocks, Oregon (Live) 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Gulf Of Mexico (Live) 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Shimmer (Live) 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cabbagetown (Live) 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Since we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleader has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song ... Read more in Amazon's Shawn Mullins Store

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  • Audio CD (November 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B001J1X6P0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The musical accomplishments of Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins include a dozen self-produced records, two Number One charting songs, a GRAMMY nomination and thousands of live performances. Soul's Core, his first major label album, was released in 1998 and scored a Number One hit with the song "Lullaby". The album eventually went Platinum, paving the way for an anthology of his early work released in 1999. In 2000, Mullins released the official follow-up to Soul's Core, Beneath the Velvet Sun. His Vanguard Records label debut, 9th Ward Pickin Parlor, came in 2006 and included the radio hit and fan favorite "Beautiful Wreck". His sophomore Vanguard album, Honeydew, was released in March of 2008. Live At The Variety Playhouse is the first live release from Shawn Mullins and is a Greatest Hits of sorts, featuring all of his biggest songs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Delivers! September 2, 2011
By Bacon
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Mullins since Lullaby came floatin' by. There is real magic in this guy. There is magic in his soul. Everything he does has somethin' a little extra to it. A lot of his later releases have a "here's more product" feel to em, but not this. This is the greatest capture I've heard. This delivers my own past, present and future, beautifully, starkly, sadly with hope and regret. I freakin' love it! even though I'm typically more of an Alice in Chains/Soundgarden type of guy... but then there's Johnny Cash and don't forget Tom Waits.. Music is magic and this is it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 30, 2009
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This collection of personal observations and memories offers a look deep into the heart and mind of an insightful, motivating and compassionate singer songwriter. He entertains with his own personal style of provocative lyrics and musical proficiency that is indicative of a man devoted to his craft. Supported on stage with a strong collection of talented musicians, Mr. Mullins' guitar work weaves its way throughout the album and leaves us all raising our cell phones asking for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Album of 2009 September 26, 2009
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Once in a while you find an artist / album that you really connect with. I had heard Shimmer, Beautiful Wreck, and Lullaby / Rockabye over the last few years on the radio, and liked them. But only recently, I accidentally discovered the greater scope of Shawn Mullins music on a DirectTV On-Demand video of the Variety Playhouse concert that is the same show as this album.
In addition to the great songs, the sound quality and acoustic clarity of Shawns guitar playing and vocals on this album is outstanding.
But what really sets this album apart is the repeat-playability of these story telling tunes. I have listened to this album on and off for several months now, and never get tired of listening to it.
Its impossible to decide if I like the intimate solo acoustic numbers like "Home", "Twin Rocks Oregon" and "Fraction of a Man" better, or the jammin, rockin out with the band on "All in my Head", "Santa Fe", "Shimmer", "Beautiful Wreck", and "Lullaby". They are all excellent.
WARNING: Listen with caution if you are prone to indulgences with alcohol or other substances. You may just want stop what you're doing, break open a bottle and settle in for the whole album. For an example of this just listen to "Twin Rocks Oregon".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation, endless listening December 5, 2008
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Shawn Mullins writes great stories that go well with music, and delivers them with incredible phrasing. This live version exemplifies his style and has a great mix of songs. The whole band sounds great, and the guitar solos hit just right. The biggest strength may be the slower, soulful songs like "Anchored in You" and "Twin Rocks, Oregon". Even the couple I didn't know grew on me very fast. The cover of "House of the Rising Sun" is nice because it's slightly different. His comments are just right to add to the cd, and it seems like a fun concert. My only gripe is that there is not a real bluesy song like "Homeless Joe" or "See That Train", but still worth 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn the Crowd Pleaser June 27, 2009
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It is a treat to see Shawn with a full band backing him up, something he can't afford to bring on tour to town to town to town -- to your town. He makes performing look easy.

I guess he has found that his most introspective and mellow compositions, such as the Song of the Self, don't go over very well live, so, until Shawn goes on a sure-to-lull-you-to-sleep tour, you'll need to seek out the latter on his studio CDs.

"Lonesome, I Know You Too Well" is an instant classic, with its imagery: as fine as anything ever written by Shawn's musical heroes. Roll over Beethoven!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great live set April 1, 2009
By Bren
Format:Audio CD
Shawn Mullin has released many wonderful CD's and this live show CD brings together his best songs over the years. This CD highlights Shawn's storytelling skills with the simple favorites he performs acoustically as well as with rocking out songs with his band (excellent mandolin work!). Excellent CD for both die-hard fans and folks who only know a few of his songs. Please note that the DVD of this show is also worth purchasing as it has one extra song, includes some of the "stage chatter" during the perfomance, and separates the acoustic and band sets.
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