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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Lyle LovettAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: January 23, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA Records / Curb Records
  • ASIN: B000002PIF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Blues Walk
2. Here I Am
3. Cryin' Shame
4. Good Intentions
5. I Know You Know
6. What Do You Do/The Glory Of Love
7. I Married Her Just Because She Looks Like You
8. Stand By Your Man
9. Which Way Does That Old Pony Run
10. Nobody Knows Me
11. If You Were To Wake Up
12. Once Is Enough

Editorial Reviews

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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band remains the big man's most ambitious album in many ways. A smart split is effected, and not only between styles--the horn-driven swing of the first half backs the record's wittiest, slyest songs, while the country-folk numbers are among Lovett's most pensive. He's not so mournful that he can't raise an eyebrow at heartache, though: try "I Married Her Just Because She Looks Like You." --Rickey Wright

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Tracks include: 1. The Blues Walk 2:25 2. Here I Am 4:02 3. Cryin' Shame 2:29 4. Good Intentions 3:15 5. I Know You Know 3:58 6. What Do You Do / The Glory Of Love (with Francine Reed) 3:09 7. I Married Her Just Because She Looks Like You 3:14 8. Stand By Your Man 2:45 9. Which Way Does That Old Pony Run 4:09 10. Nobody Knows Me 3:06 11. If You Were To Wake Up 4:10 12. Once Is Enough 4:27

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Expanding, Format Bending, Truly Amazing August 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Lyle Lovett music I had ever heard, and I now own every one of his CD's. With a couple of hints that one day he would move in this direction on his earlier discs, he does what few artists, if any, have ever done before. He successfully mixes big band, soul and blues music...with country music!
Has this ever been done before? If it had been done before, I had never heard it. In a truly courageous manner, Lyle opens this CD with the track "Blues Walk", an instrumental. Then, the next few songs are a wonderful array of blues and soul music serving as an excellent showcase for his songwriting talents and the amazing musicians he has backing him up in his "Large Band".
There is love, confusion, and humor...and then all of sudden, Lyle lets loose with a version of "Stand By Your Man". Hearing him sing this song, you would think it was written for a man. With this song, the rest of the disc (save for the last song) is all traditional country music. The transition makes sense. The mix of the soul and country songs make sense. The themes travel seamlessly throughout the entire disc.
Do yourself a favor and buy this disc. Lyle Lovett is one of those artists who, when he is gone, people will finally realize what they have been missing. He has one of the best voices in music today, his songwriting is at once humorous, touching, heartwarming and sad, and his "Large Band" is a collection of the finest musicians working today.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you by this album you will become a lifetime fan! October 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This man can do it all! He writes the most clever lyrics, composes his own music, and can hop from one musical genre to another effortlessly. He has an incredible voice and impeccable timing when delivering his subtle lyrics. This is not your twangy country, and it is not the 50's rock sounding country of today. I saw Lyle Lovett in concert and was blown away. He has 12 excellent musicians that tour with him and they are so tight! Lyle Lovett has a big band sound on about half his songs, then goes into blues on one, then throws in a gospel song to grab your attention, and then will do a twangy county song just so it is impossible to pin him into a category. You have to listen to his music to understand because there is no adequate way to explain the incredible combination of his music and lyrics except to say it is like a breath of fresh air.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like jazz with intellect............ June 19, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Lyle Lovette is one of my very favorite artist of any kind. I didn't know he was classified as country for a long time. He can write lyrics you MUST listen to (and then laugh). I know he loves his country roots, but he is one of the rare artist who can combine the talent of good music & actual story telling. Which is what a melody is supposed to do anyway. Try it and you'll love him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRADITIONAL AND TRANCENDENTAL AT THE SAME TIME February 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Lovett is quite an oddity. He can perform traditional Country music better than any of the Nashville ilk, but his real strength is his hybrid of Texas Swing, Big Band and R&B. He is routinely snubbed by the Nashville establishment, but manages to win a Grammy nearly every year. He doesn't play by the established rules of Country(rules that would have Ernest Tubbs spinning in his grave) and more than likely doesn't care much for Nashville anyway. This album really shows his diversity. It's all here. Everything from Country to R&B and Big Band and just about every combination of all of those rolled up into one number. From the sly, droll humor of "Here I Am" to the achingly beautifull "If You Were To Wake Up" you just can't lose. Don't ever pass up the opportunity to see him perform with his phenomenal band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovett's Best July 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This, in my opinion, is Lyle Lovett's best album. It's the one I lend out when I introduce people to his music, and it's the one I'm the most anxious to get back so I can listen to it again. The album has a perfect mix of his styles. Don't like country? Listen to the first half. Not into blues? Listen to the second. The lyrics on this album are about as clever as they ever get, and the music is even more addictive. Also, this is the first album with Francine Reed as a featured soloist. Buy it and be careful who you let borrow it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally refreshing and a true original... April 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I worked in country radio for a few years down in northern Florida about the time Lyle's first album was released. We jumped on every single that was released from that debut album because he was just so distinctive and original sounding. A few years later I was at a station in New England and the "Large Band" album came out. So different from the first couple of albums yet still unmistakably Lyle Lovett. This man has the ability to evoke memories from all walks of life as well as make you smile, laugh, think, want to get up and dance and more. After hearing this album, I don't think there's a style of music the man cannot do well. Another reviewer spoke of Mr. Lovett as having no measurable talent or good looks. On the contrary...Mr. Lovett's talents are immeasurable. There's some amazing stuff going on here both musically and lyrically, and if someone's basing their opinion of his talent on just ONE album, that's just not the whole story on him at all. Artists as talented and diverse as Lyle Lovett are criminally few and far between, and he's proven that with each and every release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love lovett!
Love lyle!
Published 1 month ago by Kim Procknow
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
My favorite LL CD! Great combo of country and blues.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle Lovett -- a great and very versatile artist with a terrific...
Great CD and delivery! I love Lyle's voice and lyrics and a terrific band -- listen to him every day!
Published 2 months ago by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Skipping CDE
CD of poor quality. Started skipping the second time I used it. I enjoy Lovett's music but this wasn't easy listening because of the quality of the CD.
Published 6 months ago by Janice Grest
3.0 out of 5 stars Large Band sound but small Lyle sound
I have several Lyle Lovett CD's and this is my least favorite. I remember watching Lyle and his Large Band perform on TV several years ago and it sounded great. Same songs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Lee Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle Lovett every time
Lyle Lovett is one of my favorites. I believe he doesn't get enough air time or credit for his beautiful works. He is so different and amazing. Great CD.
Published 9 months ago by Cindy L. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Lyle Lovett and His Large Hair?
What is not to like about this album? It's a mix of jazz, country and Texas swing. Some humorous lyrics. Give it a listen.
Published 20 months ago by Chris Pratt
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the one
The ad picture shows a different CD than the CD listed. Therefore I ordered a CD that was more country/western than I like. Read more
Published 20 months ago by KDCKAZOO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for seeing this bunch live, four for the recorded...
I bought this when it first came out years ago, and thought it an interesting experiment. I liked Lyle better in small group, more folk/country style. But on Sept. Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars His very best album
That says it all.
If you like Lyle Lovett, then you need this album. Because he does it all on here, Blues, Country, Big Band Swing. Read more
Published on August 17, 2012 by P'uie
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