In the Midwest (Live in the USA 1973)

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
While no specific date or venue is given, In the Midwest Live in the USA 1973 2004 is a single-CD collection featuring no less than 21 cuts from the 'classic' lineup of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. The aggregate centers on Commander Cody aka George Frayne piano/vocals, Billy C. Farlow vocals/guitar/trumpet/harmonica, Bill Kirchen guitar/vocals, Bruce Barlow bass/guitar/vocals, John Tichy guitar/vocals, Lance Dickerson drums, Andy Stein fiddle/sax/trombone, and Stan Davis pedal steel guitar. Granted the set list is indeed copious, this package suffers from mediocre sound quality, as well as the perpetually annoying and inappropriate abrupt fade-in and even ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
While no specific date or venue is given, In the Midwest Live in the USA 1973 2004 is a single-CD collection featuring no less than 21 cuts from the 'classic' lineup of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. The aggregate centers on Commander Cody aka George Frayne piano/vocals, Billy C. Farlow vocals/guitar/trumpet/harmonica, Bill Kirchen guitar/vocals, Bruce Barlow bass/guitar/vocals, John Tichy guitar/vocals, Lance Dickerson drums, Andy Stein fiddle/sax/trombone, and Stan Davis pedal steel guitar. Granted the set list is indeed copious, this package suffers from mediocre sound quality, as well as the perpetually annoying and inappropriate abrupt fade-in and even worse fade-out's. This often results in incomplete performances that are undeniably jarring to listen to. That caveat duly noted, the material aptly represents the band's blend of traditional country with both Western swing and rural rock, falling somewhere between the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. If this disc typifies the combo's concert repertoire, they draw heavily from their cache of well-received covers ranging stylistically from Merle Travis' upbeat and toe-tappin' "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette," to the mellow tear-in-my-beer balladry of Buck Owens' "Crying Time." Plus, there are a host of originals that have become timeless in their own right. In fact, the platter commences with the down-home speed-freak anthem "I Took Three Bennies & My Semi Truck Won't Start." Among the Commander's other notable entries are "Lost in the Ozone," "Back to Tennessee," "What's the Matter Now," and the immortal "Seeds and Stems Again Blues." Enthusiastic responses are also given to the good-timin' "Sea Cruise," "Jailhouse Rock," the definitive "Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar," or the mile-a-minute pickin' and grinnin' of "Hot Rod Lincoln." For completists, In the Midwest Live in the USA 1973 may be a welcome addition, however, the average enthusiast might want to begin with Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas 1974, which was documented in and around the same time frame as this somewhat faulty title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Akarma Italy
  • EAN: 8026575278127
  • Catalog Number: 278

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Commander Cody Primary Artist
Bill Kirchen Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Barlow Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Lance Dickerson Drums
Billy C. Farlow Guitar, Harmonica, Trumpet, Vocals
George Frayne Piano, Vocals
Andy Stein Fiddle, Trombone, Saxophone
John Tichy Guitar, Vocals
Stan Davis Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Cliffie Stone Composer
Tex Williams Composer
Bill Kirchen Composer
Bruce Barlow Composer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Billy C. Farlow Composer
George Frayne Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
A.L. Owens Composer
Hughie Prince Composer
Don Raye Composer
H. Smith Composer
Andy Stein Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
John Tichy Composer
Eddie Fontaine Composer
Charlie Ryan Composer
Diane Lampert Composer
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Eleanore Sheehy Composer
Cirino Colacrai Composer
Byron Gay Composer
Bob Kelly Composer
K. Zanchi Composer
Marco H. Hellman Composer
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