Back to the Future Now: Live at Arizona Charlie's

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"Why another live record?" asks bandleader Ray Benson in his liner notes to Asleep at the Wheel's fourth concert disc, and he has two answers, both valid. First, with hundreds of gigs per year, Asleep at the Wheel is essentially a live band, and live records reflect that. Second, Benson has cooked up a reunion performance in which original bandmembers Lucky Oceans and LeRoy Preston sit in with the current lineup, along with departed veterans Chris O'Connell, Floyd Domino, Tony Garnier, and Tim Alexander, as well as guest stars Tracy Byrd, Wade Hayes, the McGuire Sisters, and Johnny Lee Carpenter. Of course, the defining element in the group's sound remains Benson's big...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"Why another live record?" asks bandleader Ray Benson in his liner notes to Asleep at the Wheel's fourth concert disc, and he has two answers, both valid. First, with hundreds of gigs per year, Asleep at the Wheel is essentially a live band, and live records reflect that. Second, Benson has cooked up a reunion performance in which original bandmembers Lucky Oceans and LeRoy Preston sit in with the current lineup, along with departed veterans Chris O'Connell, Floyd Domino, Tony Garnier, and Tim Alexander, as well as guest stars Tracy Byrd, Wade Hayes, the McGuire Sisters, and Johnny Lee Carpenter. Of course, the defining element in the group's sound remains Benson's big baritone, which he puts at the service of many of the band's hits, including "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read," "House of Blue Lights," "Miles and Miles of Texas," "Boogie Back to Texas," and "Hot Rod Lincoln." The recordings are taken from a December 1996 club date, which gives the show an unusual intimacy. Given that warmth and the survey the album provides of the band's career, Back to the Future Now makes a good primer of Asleep at the Wheel, even if the question Benson should have asked is, "Why not another live record?," to which the answer would be, "because it's redundant."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646798126
  • Catalog Number: 67981
  • Sales rank: 164,625

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asleep at the Wheel Primary Artist
The McGuire Sisters Vocals
Lucky Oceans Steel Guitar
Tracy Byrd Vocals
Ray Benson Guitar, Vocals
Cindy Cashdollar Steel Guitar
Floyd Domino Piano
Michael Francis Saxophone
Tony Garnier Bass
Chris O'Connell Vocals
Leroy Preston Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jason Roberts Fiddle, Mandolin, Background Vocals
David Sanger Drums
Wade Hayes Guitar, Vocals
Chris Booher Fiddle
David Earl Miller Bass, Background Vocals
Tim Alexander Piano, Background Vocals
John Lee Carpenter Fiddle
Technical Credits
Ray Benson Composer, Producer
Frank Campbell Engineer
Blake Chancey Producer
Don Cobb Digital Editing
Chris Frayne Composer
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Leroy Preston Composer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Larry Seyer Engineer
Bob Wills Composer
David Gratz Engineer
Allen Crider Engineer
Junior Barnard Composer
Barnard Wills Composer
Christopher Powell Composer
L. R. Bernard Composer
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