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Livin It Up

Sammy HagarAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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It's the shot heard round the world! Sammy Hagar's RED VOODOO is the rock 'n' roll party album of the new millennium. And who's gonna argue? Says Sammy of the new album, "It's about fun, it's about partying. It makes me want to go to Cabo and play." That Cabo connection is no accident. Sammy's infamous Cabo San Lucas club Cabo Wabo is the closest ... Read more in Amazon's Sammy Hagar Store

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  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000G1ALLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having long ago earned his rock wars stripes as working class foil and foiled Van Halen superstar, Sammy Hagar finally understands who's laughing best. A half-dozen albums into a post-VH second solo career where Hagar has sometimes seemed more like Dorian Grey than Red Rocker Redux, the veteran rocker kicks off his shoes again--along with some longstanding presumptions. Hagar succeeds here by nimbly channeling the Ghost of Jimmy Buffet Whenever--even if the veteran rocker's Gulf of California acoustic blues is about as authentic as Robert Johnson's Delta surfing legend. The opening "Sam I Am" sets the tone, a slice of slide-guitar autobio-blues that borrows from the folks who stole it from the people who nicked it from the southern blues masters; Sammy's "Ice Cream Man," if you can forgive him (and after his greasy cover of Dylan's "Rainy Day Women" you might not). Hagar does a subtler job suggesting the spirit of Brian Wilson via the harmonies of the loping "Living On a Coastline," channels a little faux Tennessee twang into "Halfway to Memphis" before a thoroughly Hagar-ized cover of the Pointers "I'll Take You There" and the surprisingly tender lullaby "Some Day" close the album out on a high note. With tracks like "I Love This Bar" and "One Sip," it's a party-hearty record whose crafty appeal seems to vary in direct proportion to one's number of empty cerveza bottles. This is music with a purpose: to make sunburned drunks dance badly. Sober pale people take heed. -- Jerry McCulley

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Get into the Cabo Wabo spirit with a brand new solo album of high-powered studio material from legendary hard rock frontman and guitarist extraordinaire Sammy Hagar!

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Album 25 and still going strong July 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that an entire decade has gone by since Sammy Hagar was fired from Van Halen because, according to Eddie Van Halen, "his work ethic sucked." Well, it appears that ten years after the fact, it is Sammy Hagar that has the last laugh. While Eddie Van Halen has spent these last ten years drinking and chain smoking (despite having a tumor on his tongue) more than anything else, (oh yeah, they released that classic "Van Halen 3") Sammy Hagar has released a total of six albums, in addition to a multitude of other successful business ventures.

Including Montrose, HSAS, Van Halen and live albums, "Livin' it Up" (2006) is Sammy's twenty-fifth album. It's his fourth album with his band "the Wabos" (David Lauser-drums, Vic Johnson-drums, Mona-bass) and his first album of new music in four years.

While Sammy's last few albums "Ten 13" (2000) and "Not 4 Sale" (2002) were more of a return to an 80s AOR style of Sammy's Geffen golden years, "Livin' it Up" is probably most comparable to Sammy's second post-VH album "Red Voodoo" (the Wabos debut) in that both are party/lifestyle albums. There's no 80s style arena rockers here, as "Livin' it Up" treads more on Jimmy Buffet/Van Morrison territory.

Eleven songs total, "Livin' it Up" has a real live, organic feel. It sounds as though the band just went in and recorded an album without a lot of overdubs or technical studio wizardry. In other words, while Sammy and comp. put a lot of time into writing a strong album, it wasn't over-thought or overdone. Going on 60, Sammy's songwriting and knack for good hooks and grooves is as sharp as ever.

"Livin' it Up" is not very challenging album and it doesn't break any new ground. It's just an irrelevant, fun, laid-back collection of songs that Sammy fans are sure to love. "Livin it Up" is THE album to blast from your beach house in Cabo or Jersery this summer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CABO WABO'S "RED ROCKER" ROCKS ON !! July 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Five "HARD ROCKIN'" Stars for one of the great lead voices in Rock. Totally enjoyable performances with a little soul, a little country, and tons of rock! Sammy Hagar and the Wabos are sizzling from the beginning track to the end. One listen to his latest studio effort and it makes me want to hop a plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico RIGHT NOW! Bring on the Wabo-ritas! The Red Rockin' front man lays out some tantilizing rock, which is a built-in advertisement for coastal Mexico, the Cabo Wabo Cantina, the tequila, the women, the life-style, but most of all, the music. No music, no Sammy! And on this CD, it's all about 'rockin' hard' with a theme.

One listen to the songs and this CD says "come on down" (from "Livin' On A Coastline") to meet the man and his music; but if not, play the CD and make the mental trip to the sun, the shore, and the music. Sammy's soulful rock hits home with songs like "Sam I Am", "Mexico" (great timbales), "The Way We Live", "I Love This Bar", "One Sip", and a wild jazzy version of Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" with a great back beat.

My 'Pieces De Resistance', the best of the best, are the funky "Sam I Am" with some great blues guitar licks and Sam taking his AWESOME voice to the edge, the rocking "Livin' On A Coastline", "Sailin' " (No, not Chris Cross' song: more soulful and hard hitting), a tremendous version of the Staple Singer's classic "Let Me Take You There" ("I'll Take You There"), and the very hopeful "Someday", reminding me of Otis Redding. This is great rock, which is also shameless advertising of a lifestyle that makes many of us envious of the Red Rocker. Score another great CD for Sammy Hagar. He's a "Bad Motor Scooter". Highly Recommended!! Five 'Hard Rockin' Stars!!
Rock On, Dude!!
(This review is based on an 11 track ITunes Download.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album! LET" GO TO CABO! 5 Stars***** July 25, 2006
By John
Format:Audio CD
This album from top to bottom is the direction I knew Sammy would end up at eventually.

From the bluesy self described "Sam I Am" to an awesome summer-vaca tune in "Livin on the Coastline" with his great vocals and the Wabo's background vocals. "Mexico" and "Livin' it Up" are bit harder edged with some fine guitar by Vic Johnson and rythmic percussion.

My favorite song is "I Love this Bar", a Toby Keith re-make with a Sammy twist to the lyrics.

"One Sip" sums up to be a country-south of the border song. "Rainy Day Women" is twist on a Bob Dylan tune. Certainly Sammy believes in what he sings. Enjoyable and quite suprising is the new re-make of "Halfway to Memphis" off of the Wabo's 2002 album "Not For Sale". It has a slower tempo and more rythmic. The lyrics on "Sailin'" push the theme even further. Just close your eyes and the wave are rollin. Sammy shows he has not lost an ounce vocally. "Let Me Take You There" is yet another successfull "retro" remake of "I'll Take You There".

"Someday" is a beautifull ballad finally made into a studio track. I had heard a "bootleg" off his website several years ago and had always wished it would be made in the studio.

Congrats to the Wabo's for an excellent job!

The cover art says it all. LET" GO TO CABO! 5 Stars*****
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Red Rocker Does it again! July 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
upon first listening to this I was a little shocked at the mellow direction of this CD. I'm not saying it sucked, in anyway, but I guess I expected more rockers that what's on here. Sammy Hagar meets Jimmy Buffett HOWEVER...

I'll tell you what, after going back to work and not hearing it, i found myself humming some of these tracks in my mind. "Sam I Am" and his version of Toby Keith's "I love this Bar" are my 2 favorites, but they're all good. The songs may not rock as one would expect, but I'll be danged if these songs ain't catchy! Sammy always has a way of writing songs that catch my attention. He may suprise, but NEVER dissapoints!!!

I highly recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sammy has the hits
Published 1 month ago by Aaron Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
It's not a lifestyle album. It's a Sammy Hagar album. A little more mellow than most but it's what you get from Sammy.
Published 7 months ago by cam5150
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin good time
Sammy has a way of captivating you with his style of upbeat rock music
not to hard, he takes a different approach to writing his songs
Published 13 months ago by Pamela T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy
I mean what could you say, Love it, Love it, Love it, it's Sammy he is the man! buy it!
Published 20 months ago by John Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Too country, but it's sammy
This cd specifically was in good shape. The music on it is hit and miss, delving into country more than I'd like
Published on November 14, 2010 by Melissa K. Pendell-nuttall
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy's Best CD Ever Made
Sammy must have talked to Jimmy Buffett before He made this CD becuse it kicks
--- ! 1st Song on CD called "Sam I Am" starts the CD off like a Stick a dynamite on New Years... Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Free Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Chillin' sounds
I just received my copy of Livin' it Up and I am very pleased with Sammy and the Wabos. It's drinking and boozing music. Music to have a good time with. No politics here. Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by Rafael G. Santiago
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This CD!
This CD is great! It makes me long to go back to Cabo, and this CD captures the easy going feel of a summer vacation. Sammy and the Wabos sound awesome! I love this CD!
Published on July 14, 2009 by cyclone fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful feel
This album is fun, fresh and great on rock and roll tunes. The best songs are "Living on a coast line" with a regaee feel, "I love this bar" and "One sip" pop rockers and "Halfway... Read more
Published on July 7, 2009 by Mario Elizondo Regalado
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun in the Sun
I've been a fan of Sammy's since '81 and had the pleasure of seeing Sammy and the Wabos' show on the Kenny Chesney tour in `08, prompting me to buy this record and write this... Read more
Published on February 18, 2009 by Clinton Ervin
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