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Gangstabilly [Vinyl]

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (February 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00108MU0Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I became a Drive By Truckers fan about 6 months ago when I acquired Southern Rock Opera and was instantly transported back to the York Terrace of the late 70s and early 80s ("when dinosaurs still roamed the earth"). In case you aren't familiar with it, York Terrace is (or at least was) a working class neighborhood in a town (which shall remain anonymous) in southeastern Virginia. While much of SRO is based on events that took place in the Deep South, it does a remarkable job of conjuring up the essence of life in the Terrace two decades ago as well. Lyrically and musically SRO is a masterpiece that I simply cannot recommend highly enough - particularly to anyone who came of age in the South of the 70s and 80s.
It was therefore with considerable excitement that a few months after acquiring SRO, I began to explore the Drive By Truckers' hard-to-find back catalogue. I just had to know whether the DBT had always been so good or whether SRO was the product of a gradual ascent to greatness. After a few listens to their debut album, Gangstabilly, I had my initially somewhat disappointing answer - the DBT simply did not start out with the consistent songwriting skills they would later display on SRO.
Still, Gangstabilly is by no means a bad album. To the contrary, most of the songs on it are quite good and several are exceptional. The opening cut, 'Wife Beater', pulls you in immediately with its southern gospel-inflected chorus, 'don't go back to him, he's a wife beater'. 'The Living Bubba' is an arresting up-tempo ballad that tells the tale of a musician with AIDS that will be painful to listen to for anyone who has lost someone close to them to that awful disease.
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The recording and the band on this CD are not so well polished and the line-up is not the same as the current DBT, but this is an excellent piece of work. The pedal-steel player (no longer with the band) does a great job and provides a flavor missing from the band's most recent efforts. There is a sense of spontaneity in this live-in-the-studio performance. The songs are well crafted, provocative and entertaining. The entire package strikes me as very genuine. These guys represent a substantial segment of the modern South, without affectation or posing. The rough edges of the production work well with the content of the text and the timbre of the tunes. This is one very fine CD.
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Gangstabilly is one of those rare albums that is haunting and at the same time a wild good time. The 'Truckers don't mince words while handling subjects like wifebeating, living with AIDS and hero worship with humanity and humor.
What can't be escaped from listening to this record is the fact that this is one hell of a great band. It's a shame but I don't think Nashville could ever handle these guys. But if they can't, you should. By this CD. Support this band becuase it's hard as hell to find music this worthwhile.
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This is REAL music - real stories, real scary, real funny. Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and company write songs about real southern life, and the music is alternately blisterting and haunting. Catch this band live! They're even better on stage than on this remarkable album. "Nine Bullets" and "Wife Beater" will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. "Steve McQueen" will make you laugh while you dance around. This is a great band that's only getting better..
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You can almost divide this album up into jangly and rockin' tunes. I was really surprised by this album when I got it. Pleasantly. "The Tough Sale" sort of reminds me of U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky." Not that it sounds like it or anything, but just sort of how the story is laid out. At first, that song was sort of annoying, but it kept drawing me in. I think the lyrics are pure poetry.

A lot of songs on this album hit me right in the gut. "The Living Bubba" is a true story about a musician friend of Patterson's who had AIDS but nevertheless continued on playing shows and not giving up on living. Cooley's "Panties in Your Purse" is another song that is put together lyricly well.

The second side is more rocking, but it is also kind of jarring to me. I don't know if there wasn't just another album they could have saved these for, or what. But "Steve McQueen" and "Buttholeville" just don't do it for me musically like "Sandwiches for the Road" does. "Sandwiches" is the final track on the CD, and it leaves the listener with the simple message, "Nothing can hurt you but yourself." And what a fantastic gem of country-rock Zen it is.
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In my mind, I seperate Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverence from everything that was to come after... A different line-up and a different attitude. This was the first disc, and probably the most raw. You can tell that it was recorded in someone's house by a bunch of talented but young musicians. If you like DBT, I would recommend it, for sure. But you have to keep it in context- a lower budget fledgling band just starting to get fired up.
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I'm new o The drive by truckers as of this winter, and I'm hooked. I want all their stuff. Considering I am 60 years old an thought good music ended in the 70s, This band is a welcome suprise. Southern Rock Opera is the album I got first and i can't get enough of it. I am finding all their albums to be one masterpeice after another.
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