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The Grand Theatre Volume One

Old 97sAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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"Rock and roll's been very very good to me," Rhett Miller sings on "Longer Than You've Been Alive," an epic six-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation on his life in music. It's a rare moment of pulling back the curtain, on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician, and it's the perfect way to open the Old 97's new album, ... Read more in Amazon's Old 97s Store

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B003YMSV84
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The four Texans return with an explosive new album that captures the sound their fans treasure while excitingly veering their songwriting and production into new areas. The result is the aurally thrilling The Grand Theatre Volume One. Written primarily by frontman Rhett Miller while on tour in the UK, Miller offers up his wry character studies and charming twists on phrases. The 97 s sound is expertly rounded out by band members: Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea and Philip Peeples. Together as a band they ve delivered an album that will rock America from coast to coast.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old 97's are back! October 12, 2010
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I've been a huge Old 97's fan for years, but I confess that I've been a bit disappointed with their last few albums. Nevertheless, I was still eagerly awaiting the release of The Grand Theatre, Volume One. I'm happy to say, after a few listens, I think this might be the band's best effort since 2001's Satellite Rides.

Recorded live without an audience at Dallas's Sons of Hermann Hall, this album rocks in a Too Far To Care-ish kind of way. It features catchy melodies, great lyrics and vocals from frontman Rhett Miller, strong harmonies, scorching guitar work from Ken Bethea, and the usual solid support from bassist Murry Hammond and drummer Philip Peeples.

Standout tracks are "The Grand Theatre," "The Dance Class," "Please Hold On While the Train Is Moving," and--my favorite--the somewhat haunting "Let the Whiskey Take the Reins," which offers up a very cool hushed vocal from Rhett and nice play-along guitar licks from Ken. The record's first single, "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)" is an enthusiastic rocker, while Murry's two songs--"You Smoke Too Much" and "You Were Born to Be in a Battle"--are both top-notch. Finally, Bob Dylan fans take note: "Champaign, Illinois" is actually Dylan's "Desolation Row," with new Rhett Miller-penned (and Bob Dylan-approved) lyrics.

It's nice to see the Old 97's back at the top of their game. I'm giving this album 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. I can't wait for the release of The Grand Theatre, Volume Two next spring!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Corey
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This is the album Old 97's purists have been waiting for. It is their seventh studio album, coming 16 years after their first, and it may just be one of the best. It is a delightful combination of their original Alt Country twang and pop-rock tendencies. It reminds me of, and in my opinion is their best album since, 1997s Too Far To Care, which although having hints of pop is more closely resembles the sound of their first two albums, Hitchhike To Rhome (1994) and Wreck Your Life (1995). Once again Rhett Miller and Murray Hammond have given us great vocal performances, especially on Rhett's "Let The Whiskey Take The Reins" and Murry's Cash-esque "You Were Born To Be in Battle." Once again both men exhibit the same clever lyrical stylings we are used to. Although I can't help but feel a slight emptiness in the lyrics compared to Wreck Your Life's (the same feeling I've had for most of their albums since Satellite Rides. Drag It Up is the exception.) They seem to lack the pain, anger and pure emotion that made their early work great, but its an acceptable mellowing out. They battled against the angst of their twenties, matured, and settled down and this album reflects this.

The highlight of the album is "A State of Texas." With this track the band illustrates they have not lost their roots. It is pure Old 97's and harkens back once again and most evidently to the golden age of the Old 97's, their first three albums. This could be the beginning of another. "Champaign, IL" is also one of this album's highlights. A reworking of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row," it has a slightly pop-ier and up-beat tempo than "A State of Texas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Moze
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I was one of the fortunate to catch them live last night at Borders here in Dallas for the release of The Grand Theatre Volume One. The show was great, their energy and cohesion was as amazing as it always is, and they were still down-to-earth enough to do a meet-and-greet and signing of the new CD after the show. Got to shake hands with all of them and chit-chat a little. A perfect "Old 97's night"!

The new release is a work of art. The members all shine individually at what they do. And of course collectively - they simply excel. The songwriting is clever and as powerful as ever. Rhett and Murry both do an amazing job on the vocals. Having an album where they both sing lead on their respective songs, always feels like a two-for-one deal. And of course the 97's wouldn't be the 97's without Ken and Philip doing what they do so well.

I will admit that their previous album "Blame it on Gravity", was not one of my favorites. There are without a doubt some great songs on it, but it has never been one of those CDs that I could listen to all the way through. "The Grand Theatre Volume One" fixes all that. Get the CD, put it in your player, and be prepared to be hooked from the first song to the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a tad confusing September 14, 2011
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This is one of THOSE albums.

Old 97 fans will divide right down the middle on this one, and either love it or hate it. I have the distinct feeling that some of the things they do on this album is a tad more intimate than what longtime fans are familiar. Is it good or bad, I suppose it is in the eye of the beholder.

First of all longtime fans will be happy to know that there are plenty of songs that have the classic Old 97's sound... check out State of Texas or Champaign, Illinois.

To me, it seems they are moving their vocals really far forward in their sound. This creates a very intimate and smoky feel to several songs on the album. As the result of this, you find sometimes very unpolished, jazzy and vulnerable vocals that, at times, I find somewhat distracting. Instead of a sing in your car kind of album, this album, at times, forces you to slow down and chew on it to get the full flavor. If you are in the Old 97's mood that just bangs it out, then you will be searching for the fast forward button on a few of these tracks. To hear what I'm talking about, check out Love is What You Are, The Beauty Marks, or Let the Whiskey Take the Reins. My preference of all of these, if any, is the later.

For whatever reason, I really dig the 'jangle' sound of The Magician and the classic punk feel to The Dance Class.

All in all, if I were a first time listener... I think I'd dig on this album. As a longtime fan, I'd probably feel a little cheated on a few of the tracks. The net result, to me, is a somewhat haphazard combination of songs that seems to lacks a uniform direction, while being artistically valid at the same time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best in a while
I think this is the best Old 97s album since Satellite Rides. The band sounds more energized than they have in years. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark Twang
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
I just got into the Old 97s a year or so ago (where was I?). I started with their Best Of called "Hit By A Train. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Scott H
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine effort..
Another fine effort from the another underappreciated band. Been following these guys since their inception in the 90's, and they are in rare form on this album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Album
If you like the Old 97s, you'll likely enjoy this album. For me, it becomes more enjoyable with each listen - and the louder you play it, the better it is. Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by Beans-N-Toast
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent. A few good tracks, but a disappointment.
Of the last few albums, I'd rate this one better than Drag It Up, but not a good as Blame It On Gravity. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by B. Blake
4.0 out of 5 stars I keep gettin in my car...
It's a truism by now that there is far more to creating a truly great album than simply a combination of talent, good ideas and energy. Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by P. Opus
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Form
If you're a fan of the Old 97's, you'll like their new CD The Grand Theater Vol. 1. The tunes are very catchy, especially the single "Every Night is Friday Night Without You."
Published on November 13, 2010 by Chris Nemec
4.0 out of 5 stars Old 97's Rock (Again)
The best rock band in America strikes again! The Old97's don't seem to know how to make a sub par album. The Grand Theatre continues the tradition. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by robert j charlton
2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian
Went to their myspace site to sample the new cd. First two tracks were so bar band boring, I could barely continue. Read more
Published on October 20, 2010 by JRS
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