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Marcia Ball Live: Down the Road

Marcia BallAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Big Shot (Live) 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Right Tool For The Job (Live) 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Just Kiss Me (Live) 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. That's Enough Of That Stuff (Live) 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Louella (Live) 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday (Live) 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. La Ti Da (Live) 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. It Hurts To Be In Love (Live) 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Down The Road (Live) 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. No Ordinary Woman (Live) 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Crawfishin' (Live) 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Louisiana, 1927 (Live) 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Count The Days (Live) 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Play With Your Poodle (Live) 7:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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"Rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B" -USA Today
"A joyful musical tour of the territory between New Orleans and Austin. Ball’s voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker." -Boston Herald

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0007YMV2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Previously, the only way for Marcia Ball's fans to hear one of her stellar live performances was to see her in person. But now that all changes, as Ball rewards her fans with her first-ever full-length live album, LIVE! Down The Road', a blistering set recorded at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in 2004. The CD mixes songs from throughout her career, including longtime fan favorites like 'La Ti Da' and 'Crawfishin' as well as newer material like 'Louella'. Ball gives each song the workout of a lifetime, reinventing and reinvigorating every track with the immediacy and fire only a live show can deliver. Alligator. 2005.


A class act whose soulful, horn-laden swamp pop and murderous honky-tonk make her a stellar example of musical artistry -- The Austin Chronicle

Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate -- Living Blues

Marcia has an uncanny ability to synthesize all the sounds of the Texas-Louisiana border and deliver them with an honesty -- Blues Revue

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She puts the live in live albums. November 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I hate live albums so why did I buy this one? Partly because I'm a huge Marcia Ball fan and partly because I own every other album she's put out. I saw her perform at a small venue in Vancouver this summer. Halfway through the show, a friend nudges me and says I feel guilty for only paying $22 to see this.

I've seen Marcia Ball at Slim's in San Francisco and at the New Orleans Jazz festival in 2001. In New Orleans she did a stunning version of Louisiana 1927. She performs it here as well and it rivals Aaron Neville's version. She has a great voice and the sax solo is tremendous. This track alone would justify the CD's price.

If you don't own any of her albums, this would be a good place to start. The sound quality is top-notch and she has a great band backing her up.

I feel guilty for only paying $15.00 for this disc.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captured at her best! August 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I own several of Marcia Ball's albums and am a great admirer of her talent. I've also been fortunate enough to see Marcia and her band on stage a few times. I can honestly say that the "Live! Down the Road" album accurately captures the excitement of what Marcia (and band) can generate at a venue. Everyone in the band gets to showcase their talent during the set and Marcia's vocals and piano work are just as awesome as ever! The thoughtfully varied repertoire of songs recorded has something to please everyone from slow ballads to heel kickin' Cajun tunes.

Bottom line: If you don't get the chance to see Marcia Ball in concert, this album is indeed the next best thing. On the other hand, if you have been lucky enough to see her live then this album would be a terrific souvenier to own. In either case, I highly recommend this album!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcia Ball ROCKS!! October 17, 2005
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Marcia Ball is one of those entertainers who falls below the radar until you listen to her sing. We saw her in concert bought this CD and are NOT dissappointed. Her songs bring the spitit of Louisiana to life. Listen to "Thats enough of that stuff, Louella and Louisiana 1927" and you'll be back for more!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marcia goes live March 21, 2006
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I was hoping this live album would bring out all the energy Marcia brings to live performances and to a great extent it did. I find her studio albums burdened with ballads and just not the same as watching her pound the keyboard and sing. This is a generally consistent album of her best material, except for the puppy dog song but I may be in a small minority on that. GR
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Woman Rock and Roll Louisiana Style September 21, 2005
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Marcia Ball's always been great, probably always will be. One of the most enjoyable, rocking, dancable acts you're likely to see. This new album captures much of that live energy. If you have the opportunity to see her band live, don't miss it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great times relived June 14, 2007
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We have heard Marcia Ball in person twice and were blown away by her performances both times. This live CD helps us relive those great evenings. She is such a talent, unlike some performers we have loved in person and not liked as well on CD. This CD proves that listening to her is about as good as the live show. Her diversity, from La-ti-da, to Louisiana 1927, makes for a great combination of songs. We discovered, also, on a long trip home from the airport in the middle of the night, that this CD is great for keeping a very sleepy driver awake! We highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little piece of home February 24, 2006
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The first time I heard Marcia Ball was in downtown Dallas at the Farmers Market eating breakfast with my husband. A gentleman was playing music for those eating on the outside court. The music was so great that after we finished eating we went up to him to find out who that artist was and needless to say it was Marcia Ball...we enjoyed it them and still enjoy it. I love to listen to it after a hard day at sooths my soul and brings a back a little piece of home life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcia Ball gets down and dirty February 16, 2009
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I loved the product description of Marcia Ball's signature sound as being a combination of "Texas Blues, Louisiana R&B, and Gulf Coast swamp pop." It's all captured on this live CD, which is pure rollicking fun. Marcia Ball doesn't have the greatest voice, but it works for her music, and she does have great chops on the piano and a very tight band. This is really good stuff. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Blues
A great white female blues singer. Tall & lean & can belt them out.
Published 1 month ago by David W. Barsness
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice lagniappe!
My copy came autographed.Nice lagniappe!
Published 3 months ago by Denise H.
5.0 out of 5 stars The One to Buy
Disclaimer - I am a big fan (as is the case with many reviewing her albums) and I have seen her live many times.

This lady is one "ball of fire. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Porterfiend
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcia Ball
what can you say, her best so far.....really unique, hard rocking, party music....just puts a smile on your Read more
Published 5 months ago by john s. eaton II
4.0 out of 5 stars Marcia Ball is a pistol
This live album captures her energy. I would love to see her perform again but I can listen to this album and feel her energy. She is just so good
Published 14 months ago by NorahS
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered her at New Orleans Jazz Fest, 2013, she is my new favorite
Love it, sounds as good as she was at the festival........Thanks to axes TV we were able to sit in the comfort of our home and enjoy....
Published 15 months ago by Freckles
5.0 out of 5 stars Down the Road
This was probably my favorite of the Marcia Ball CDs. I purchased all of her CDs that you had at the time.
Published 19 months ago by Jacqueline M. Frankum
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but doesn't quite capture her live performance
Marcia Ball is one of the best performers around and nothing compares to the energy of her live show, so probably any recording will pale in comparison. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by T. Dokland
4.0 out of 5 stars Live ain't studio, but good anyway
I like the studio-made Gator Rhythms and Let me Play with your Poodle better, because I'm fussy about sound quality, but I just LOVE Marcia Ball, and these songs are great... Read more
Published on November 25, 2010 by D. Ebert
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast
This is one fun CD! Great music, great fun. You'll be smiling, singing along and tapping your feet.
Published on June 11, 2008 by Greg Russell
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