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The Critically acclaimed series Live From Austin, Texas is back with two more incredible performances on CD and three on DVD from the vaults of award winning TV show Austin City Limits. The legendary Willie Nelson sounds fantastic in his 1990 ACL performance which includes a couple of duets with Shelby Lynn. The Sir Douglas Quintet rocks the ACL audience in 1981 performing classics like She's about a Mover and 96 Tears Renowned country songwriter Billy Joe Shaver takes the ACL stage in 1984 with his magical songs.

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Few 1960s garage-band rockers enjoyed a more eclectic and enduring career than the late Doug Sahm. After his Sir Douglas Quintet recorded a string of hits, including "She's About a Mover" and "Mendocino," Sahm released both country and blues albums as a solo artist and subsequently formed the Texas Tornados as a Tex-Mex, Grammy-winning supergroup. This 1981 Quintet reunion performance, recorded for the Austin City Limits series (also available on DVD) finds Sahm and band touching all those musical bases, with Augie Meyers (also Sahm's partner in the Tornados) providing the signature, telegraph-key organ and Alvin Crow serving as a vocal and instrumental foil for Sahm. Highlights range from a cover of Charlie Pride's hit "(Is Anybody Goin' to) San Antone" in medley with Sahm's "Texas Tornado" to revivals from the '60s songbooks of the Kinks ("Who'll Be the Next in Line?"), ? and the Mysterians ("96 Tears"), and legendary Texas ravers the 13th Floor Elevators ("You're Gonna Miss Me"). Though Sahm introduces "Groover's Paradise" as the Austin version of the national anthem, it's "At the Crossroads" that should be. Throughout the performance, Sahm, band, and the Texas audience are all plainly having a ball. --Don McLeese
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  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000F3AAZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Goonan on May 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Try this:

1) Come to a peaceful point in your life where, at least for the moment, all is well with your world.

2) Fire up the backyard grill and prepare some burgers, steaks, chops, whatever you want.

3) Pour yourself a big drink (I recommend a margarita or a big ol' Dos Equis, something with a Tex-Mex flavor)

4) While the fire is going, put on Live from Austin, Texas by the Sir Douglas Quintet

5) If you're not in the best mood you've ever been in your life by the time "(Is Anybody Goin' To) San Antone" comes on, you may very well be dead.

I promise you, by the time you get to "Ya No Llores," you will know the meaning of pure bliss.
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Recorded for the Austin City Limits televion show in 1981, this CD is an expanded edition of that show. Doug Sahm is joined by Augie Myers and original Quintet drummer John Perez, along with son Shawn Sahm on rhytm guitar, Speedy Sparks on bass, and Alvin Crow on guitar. This is just a fantastic CD for several reasons. For one thing, there aren't many available live releases by Doug Sahm or the Sir Douglas Quintet and this fills that void; they play the hits and more - including material from the out-of-print album "Border Wave," and this CD sounds fantastic! Doug and Augie and the rest of the band sound great and the tune selection from early hits "She's About a Mover" and Mendocino" to later songs like "San Antone" and "It Was Fun While It Lasted" is wonderful. It's not a reissue, so I don't know what to call it, but if you're a fan of roots rock and/or Doug Sahm you should get it. Let's hope more great music will come from the Austin City Limits vaults.
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I bought this DVD while it was still available. I like their music and also taped most of their stuff when it was aired on PBS. The Cds and DVDs have a much better quality than the recorded versions and the VCRs are being phased out so I still have back up of every thing until the Cds and DVDs are phased out.
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