Livin Lovin Rockin Rollin CD (2006)

Artist: Alabama

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A rich, career spanning box set

by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 2/23/2006

In celebration of 25 years since their signing to RCA, the newly formed RCA/Legacy has issued the group's first triple-disc set. In contrast to 2005's two-disc &quot;Essential&quot; set, this collection is more of a full band biography than a straightforward recitation of their chart hits. There are hits to be heard (including nearly two-dozen #1s, seventeen in their original studio incarnation, and a half-dozen in live or alternate versions), but there's also a good helping of cherry-picked album tracks, and eight previously unreleased sides. Together with the richly detailed 52-page book (which includes a lengthy essay by Robert Oermann, track annotations, a band timeline and a generous helping of rare photos), this is a lot more than a triple-CD set, it's a package that tells the band's entire story, including their chronology, live performances, and, as mentioned, a good helping of their incredible string of hits. <P> Over the course of their 22 years with RCA, Alabama defined what it was to be a successful country music band. In an industry dominated by star singers and their backing players, Alabama looked to both the '70s Southern rock experience (Allmans, et al.) and the twangy style of Nashville to forge a new country identity. Their electric guitars and drums are topped with pure country harmonies, and their songs (both originals and those picked up from others' pens) were down-home. While the rock world was busy with the purposely artificial sounds of new wave throughout the '80s, Alabama kept the guitars and drums burning, particularly in their live performances, and turned out touching ballads with equal ease. Their '90s hits like &quot;I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why)&quot; are prime examples of how modern country could take in pop influences without becoming crossover mush, and latter-day top-20s like &quot;The Cheap Seats&quot; and &quot;Born Country&quot; are filled with warmth. <P> Those looking to understand Alabama's chart dominance may be better served by last year's two-disc set, but anyone who wants to learn (or relive) the band's whole story would be well-served by this new set. Longtime fans will enjoy the opportunity to recount select album tracks, listen to several well-known hits in live versions (and in the case of &quot;Face to Face,&quot; an alternate studio take), and hear unreleased items that include the one-off 1982 live medley of &quot;That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine / Suppertime / Teach Your Children / Don't It Make You Want to Go Home&quot; and the 1973 Randy Owen acoustic demo of &quot;Ripperly O'Tucke.&quot; Those who first heard these songs in their original release may find the lack of chronological ordering to be disconcerting, but overall the programming flows smoothly. <P> This isn't the all-encompassing Alabama box set that will satiate everyone's needs -- there are far too many hits missing, or replaced by live versions to be definitive. But as a retelling of the rise and sustained artistry of country music's most successful band -- the band that defined success as a country music group -- it's a winner. [©2006 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Label Rca Records
SKU 202154521
UPC 828767191829
UPC 14 00828767191829
Format CD
Release Date 1/31/2006
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Artist Alabama
Label Rca Records
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