Alive & Wired

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In his liner notes to this album, Old 97's guitarist Ken Bethea writes, "When I think of the Old 97's, the thing that makes me the most proud is that we've always been a smoking live band." Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing the Old 97's on-stage knows that Bethea isn't just blowing his own horn when he says that, and this double-disc set offers the hard evidence to back him up. Recorded during a pair of hot and sweaty 2005 shows in the band's home state of Texas, Alive & Wired captures the raw and nervy intensity and the passionate fusion of Friday Night joy and heartbroken regret that have always marked the band's best work, and features 30 of the band's best ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In his liner notes to this album, Old 97's guitarist Ken Bethea writes, "When I think of the Old 97's, the thing that makes me the most proud is that we've always been a smoking live band." Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing the Old 97's on-stage knows that Bethea isn't just blowing his own horn when he says that, and this double-disc set offers the hard evidence to back him up. Recorded during a pair of hot and sweaty 2005 shows in the band's home state of Texas, Alive & Wired captures the raw and nervy intensity and the passionate fusion of Friday Night joy and heartbroken regret that have always marked the band's best work, and features 30 of the band's best tunes over the course of 112 rollicking minutes. The set list makes for a pretty good "Old 97's Greatest Hits" package with some splendid rarities thrown in, most notably the superb early single "Crying Drunk", and the straightforward, well-detailed recording and mix allows some of the tunes that suffered from the flawed production of Too Far to Care and Fight Songs to get the fair hearing they've long deserved. The Old 97's sound a wee bit loose on this set, but the band is never less than enthusiastic, with Ken Bethea's guitar barking proudly, Rhett Miller and Murray Hammond in fine voice, and Hammond and Philip Peeples holding down the backbeat with uncluttered grace. Quite simply, Alive & Wired captures a great band on a great night, and with the band seemingly in a transitional state as Rhett Miller focuses more time on his solo career and Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples have begun performing as the West Texas Teardrops, it's a good thing that this set documents them in their pure state while that's still possible. Crack open a cold drink and turn it up -- it's the next best thing to being there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396608027
  • Catalog Number: 6080
  • Sales rank: 73,500

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Melt Show (3:35)
  2. 2 The New Kid (3:48)
  3. 3 Barrier Reef (4:02)
  4. 4 W. TX Teardrops (3:23)
  5. 5 Lonely Holiday (4:07)
  6. 6 The Villain (3:14)
  7. 7 King of All the World (2:47)
  8. 8 Salome (4:18)
  9. 9 Rollerskate Skinny (4:03)
  10. 10 The Other Shoe (2:44)
  11. 11 Coahuila (2:52)
  12. 12 Iron Road (3:47)
  13. 13 Wish the Worst (4:36)
  14. 14 Won't Be Home (4:21)
  15. 15 Doreen (4:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jagged (3:21)
  2. 2 Designs on You (3:42)
  3. 3 Curtain Calls (4:12)
  4. 4 Mama Tried (2:53)
  5. 5 If My Heart Was a Car (3:57)
  6. 6 Four Leaf Clover (3:53)
  7. 7 Stoned (4:02)
  8. 8 Oppenheimer (3:48)
  9. 9 Can't Get a Line (2:49)
  10. 10 Cryin' Drunk (3:35)
  11. 11 Big Brown Eyes (4:56)
  12. 12 Murder (Or a Heart Attack) (3:51)
  13. 13 Smokers (4:00)
  14. 14 Friends Forever (3:13)
  15. 15 Time Bomb (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Old 97's Primary Artist
Rhett Miller Guitar, Vocals
Murry Hammond Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ken Bethea Guitar, Vocals
Philip Peeples Drums
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Gary Hickinbotham Engineer
Chet Himes Engineer
Bill Johnson Engineer
Old 97's Composer
Katherine Delaney Art Direction
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Ken Bethea Liner Notes
Elin K. Smith Engineer
Morgan Dibona Engineer
Noah Polk Guitar Techician, Drum Technician
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Smoking Live Album!!!

    This album contains 30 of the Old 97s best songs performed live. <BR/><BR/>The production values of the live concert make the songs come off a little more 'Hard Rock' than they do on the Old 97s studio albums, except for maybe Too Far Too Care. But that's alright with me. I like the hard-rocking intensity of this album.<BR/><BR/>The album leads off with an urgent performance of "Melt Show" followed by a triumphant "New Kid". "King Of All The World", "Coahilla", "The Other Shoe", and "Doreen" are also highlights of disc one.<BR/><BR/>The disc two has smoking versions of "Designs On You", "Curtain Calls", "Must Have Been Stoned", "Cryin' Drunk". And disc two closes things down with a dynamic rendition of "Timebomb".<BR/><BR/>Great live album!

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