Live At The Continental Club, The Austin Experience CD
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Old-time Junior Brown fans have been dismayed over the past several years as Brown seemed to lose his knack for originality, authenticity, and wry humor that had brought him legions of fans. Instead, it seemed almost as if he was settling into a formulaic routine: a dash of country here, a shot of rock and roll there, and a dollop of cornpone and blues to finish it off. Oh, yeah, he was still good, but the old magic seemed to be fading and his recordings became almost predictable. But then along came this live CD and it seemed like just the shot of musical viagra that Brown needed to make his music exciting again!
You have never really experienced Junior Brown until you've seen him live, and this CD is about as close to a live show as possible. Most of the songs on the CD are old hat to long-time fans but they really come alive here. Brown seems inspired as he launches a guit-steel attack that will leave the listener wanting to hear the CD over and over again.
My favorites are: Broke Down South Of Dallas, the humorous Party Lights, the Tex-Mex burner Juan Charasquado featuring accordion legend Flaco Jimenez, the hilarious Highway Patrol, the equally funny debut of Lifeguard Larry, a spellbinding rendition of Long Walk Back to San Antone, and portions of the Rock and Roll Guitar Medley, particularly Brown's take on Apache. His fretwork is often spectacular.Read more ›
The sound quality is stellar too. It was recorded directly to DSD at the Continental Club, and I must say that it's the best live recording I've ever heard. Just what you'd expect from the folks at Telarc.
1-First of all its only 52 min. long. A cd has about approximately 79 minutes of available space, and with Junior's songs being relatively short, there could have been 25 minutes more music on here.
2-The set list isn't the best.....there are MANY definitive Junior tracks which don't show up here at all.
3-Aside from the last track (Rock and Roll Guitar Medley) the performance here is rather lifeless, the singing sounds tired and strictly by the numbers....no flash, electricity or energy Junior usually provides in his LIVE shows...on this, he tends to simply 'phone it in'.
I really love Junior Brown and his music/guitar abilities, but this disc doesn't not reflect his ability as a performer, just that of a guitar picker.
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Fantastic performances with virtuoso musicians. No matter your musical tastes, I believe you will enjoy this recording. It's really great!Published 3 months ago by William Pickett
Awesome live cd...Junior Brown is a lot of fun and I enjoy his music. Saw him in a small venue and he was great! This cd was much like his concert.Published 8 months ago by XrayLion
I couldn't believe it when other reviewers gave this recording a mediocre review. Usually performers are much better live than on record, but Junior's just kind of wooden on this... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
this guy knows his way around a guitar, thats for sure, and he's on my bucket list of people to see.Published on December 26, 2012 by J. L. Smith
I was there the night he recorded this album, I was walking down South Congress when I heard that guitar and a super deep voice. Read morePublished on October 19, 2006 by Mark De Anda
This is a tough review for me to write as I am a total Junior Brown fanatic. I've seen him play many, many times and I've been waiting for a live album forever. Read morePublished on September 27, 2006 by Wes