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ROADSONGS is a document of the Derek Trucks Band at its collective musical peak, recorded live in Chicago during their 2009 Already Free Tour. Featuring extended live versions from their Grammy Award-winning album Already Free along with classic Derek Trucks Band originals, ROADSONGS captures the band reaching new heights on-stage and beyond.
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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • ASIN: B003FPPE1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 21, 2010
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Two discs,48,58 minutes each approximately. The sound is very crisp and clean,with an almost "you are there" feel. The discs are slipped, bare, into a tri-fold cardboard holder, which has some interesting color photos inside, along with a pertinent quote from Eric Clapton about being on the road constantly. The booklet lists the song titles, and lengths. There's a short written piece by singer Mike Mattison on his first concert experience as a member of the band, playing live,and how blues music is the foundation of THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND. The remainder of the booklet is taken up with color photos of members of the band.

With this new release, the DEREK TRUCKS BAND proves that they are one of few bands that can deliver great live versions from their previous, bluesy, studio release "Already Free", combined with their take on a (lengthy) jazz classic "Afro Blue", the well known "Anyday" (DEREK AND THE DOMINOS), and the old blues warhorse "Key To The Highway" (among others), and inject them with their own sound. Songs like "Down In The Flood" (Dylan), "Days Is Almost Gone", and "Down Don't Bother Me", for example, are injected with the excitement of a live recording in front of an appreciative audience. Trucks and his band are capable of playing in virtually any genre of music they choose-from blues, gospel, rock, r&b, country, to world music, all combined into one broad style-and it's all here.

On this live set Trucks and his band (which range in age from their 20's to their 40's) show they have the skill, confidence, and depth to assimilate many styles of music and take that music (and the listener) in virtually any direction.
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Let's be honest: "Already Free" was severely underwhelming to many DTB fans. I am not one of them, because I enjoy that album exactly for what it is -- good music, good friends, good family. Trucks doesn't do a lot of soaring on that album (nor did he need to), and he let a lot of other things shine.

When they announced the release of "Roadsongs," my spine started to tingle again. Could it even begin to compare to "Live At Georgia Theatre" (capturing DTB just as singer Mike Mattison was coming into his own as the voice of the band)? Could it elevate to the standard established by "Songlines! Live" (putting a face on DTB with this DVD release)? This was my concern. What if they are now a laid-back band? What if Trucks is no longer interested in ripping every inch of every song apart?

No worries. "Roadsongs" delivers like you wouldn't believe.

As Mattison says in the liner notes, DTB is a band that makes its mark on the stage. From the outset, Trucks puts in flying solo after flying solo, never staying within any box ever presented to him. The band is tight and playing like it's just another night on stage -- and "just another night" means that they are delivering. The horn section adds depth and taste as well as a few solos in songs like "Afro Blue." DTB runs the gamut of their collection, with a focus on the songs from "Already Free"; of particular greatness are "Get What You Deserve" and "Down In the Flood." They go way back to "Afro Blue" from their album "Soul Serenade" as well as a couple of tunes from "Songlines."

As for the covers, we get what we wanted: "Key to the Highway" and "Anyday" are throw-backs to Derek and the Dominos that only DTB are capable of pulling off. It's almost unreal what this band does to these songs.
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OK, this will be easy. The DTB has no bad CDs or DVDs. Roadsongs just adds to an already brilliant musical catalog. Enough said. Folks, this is the BEST band in the world and they have been for a few years now, if not more. If anyone thinks differently, they haven't caught the band live yet. A suggestion: when the DTB comes to your town, run, don't walk to get tickets. They are a LIVE band in the purest sense of the word. While their recorded material is great, it just doesn't do justice to their live shows. This is no image-band; there is no con game at their shows (I've seen them 9 times). JUST THE MUSIC !! Yes, Derek is a mind-blowing guitarist but trust me, Kofi, Mike, Rico, Todd & Count M'Butu are not far behind !! Buy this disk; buy anything from the DTB. You won't be disappointed. But go to a DTB show; then you'll understand.
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There's a quote from Butch Trucks (uncle of Derek Trucks and original Allman Brothers Band drummer) in the Derek's Wikipedia entry which says "My nephew is just scary. I have played with a lot of really good guitar players. And with every one of them, I start figuring out what they are going to do [...] even with Duane. There are certain patterns they play that lead to something else and you kind of get used to what they are going to do. After all the years of playing with Derek, I still don't have the faintest idea of what he is going to do."

For me, this quote sums up why I can never hear or see enough live music from this band. No two performances are ever the same, and I always end up saying, that's "the best live version of [insert name] I've heard yet!" A quick comparison of Roadsongs to the Songlives Live DVD, which share 4 tracks in common, confirms this. On Roadsongs, "Key to the Highway" begins with a pacing and feel reminiscent of the Derek and the Dominos' cover, while the Songlines version feels like an encore performance at a blues bar on a Saturday night. Each performance is powerful ... and each performance is original.

In my opinion, Already Free (which the band was promoting) is more tightly packaged, and more polished, than their other studio recordings ... and I LOVE it! I was curious to see how the material on Already Free would translate into live performances, where the band still plays with structure, but more room to explore. I enjoyed the material from Already Free, but "Down Don't Bother Me" really stood out. I loved the bass line, I loved what the horn section adds, I loved Mike Mattison's vocals, and Derek's guitar work was both nuanced and inspired. It was "the best live version of Down Don't Bother Me I've heard yet!
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