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Live From The Limo, Vol. 1 Live

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Supergroup live albums are rare things; rarer still are those that work strictly on musical terms, rather than star fascination. This first volume of Texas Tornados concert recordings surpasses expectations partly because, after nine years together, the Tornados are no longer an uber-collaboration but instead are a road-wizened ensemble. Part Texas bar-band deluxe (as on the shout-along "Hey Baby Kep-Pa-So"), part keepers of the conjunto flame (as on Flaco Jimenez's scale-scorching accordion showcase "La Múcura/A Mover el Bote"), the Tornados have developed a swaggering on-stage personality without ever devolving into Tex-Mex jam-band territory. Blending together performances from two December '98 shows in Austin, the album lacks the thrill of a single hot night on stage (some tracks fade in and out awkwardly) but compensates with fairly gutty song selection. Familiar Tornados tunes are matched with classics by Freddy Fender ("Wasted Days") and Sir Douglas ("Mendocino"), plus a few surprises including a stirring waltz through "Eighteen Yellow Roses" and the Gene Autry warhorse "South of the Border." Jimenez, Fender, Doug Sahm, and Augie Meyers are backed by a faultless rhythm section, some R&B-style horns, and, best of all, some savory pedal steel work, all of which helps to lift these performances above the mere rehash category. --Roy Kasten
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00000JJNP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Since I live in Austin, Texas, I was one of the lucky ones that was able to attend both shows from which this album was recorded. As with most live CDs, the recording cannot meausre up to the live show, but the music on this CD is great.
I agree with Amazon's review that it tends to skip around too much. I don't understand why they don't just put the songs in the order the band played them. (Nothing was better than them opening the show with the "tornado" sound and "Hey Baby Que Paso?" but here it is the last track). However, this is the only fault I can find with the CD and I will listen to it for years to come.
My only other hope is that there is a Volume 2 on the way!!
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Doug Sahm, the lead voice and primary instigator of the Texas Tornados, died in November of 1999. This set was recorded at Antone's in Austin, Texas, just a few days before Christmas in 1998. The four Tornados--Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers, and Flaco Jimenez--were augmented by crack rhythm and horn sections, the end result being nearly an hour of raucous, uproarious, and downright notorious good fun. Who would have guessed that the energetic Doug Sahm would have less than a year of life left to live?

A few days after hearing of Doug Sahm's untimely death, I attended the wedding of two wonderful young people, both of them children of families that are quite dear to ours, and at the reception, I smuggled in this CD and asked the brother of the bride, who was serving as DJ, to play track 8, "Adiós Mexico." I grabbed my two unfortunate daughters and coerced them into dancing with me, and by the time the song was halfway through, we had about 10 people, including some really young children, all holding hands in a big circle and dancing around like a bunch of crazy idiots, caught up in the high spirits of the music blasting forth from the speakers. Doug Sahm was not there in person, of course, but he was certainly there in spirit, and he really helped us to have a wild few minutes of pure, silly, dancing fun. That is the charm of this recording, which captures the energy of the aptly named Tornados in a way that their studio albums, which are quite good, could not quite achieve.

The sound quality is not what you would call state-of-the-art, but it has an honest kick to it, and brings across the energy of the set quite effectively.
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This CD is really good especially if you are a Texas Tornado fan. Brings back those memories of Freddie Fender in his big days as well as Doug Salm.
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Probably the best snapshot of theTexas Tornadoes out there, a combination plato of oldies and their signature sounding Tex-Mex songs.
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