Livin' It Up!

Livin' It Up!

by Sammy and the Wabos
     
 

Sometime after his acrimonious departure from Van Halen, Sammy Hagar decided that it would be best if he turned himself into a hard rock version of Jimmy Buffett. Since he already had his Cabo Wabo Cantina in San Lucas, plus his Cabo Wabo tequila, he was already halfway there -- he was celebrating the beach as much as he was playing music --See more details below

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Sometime after his acrimonious departure from Van Halen, Sammy Hagar decided that it would be best if he turned himself into a hard rock version of Jimmy Buffett. Since he already had his Cabo Wabo Cantina in San Lucas, plus his Cabo Wabo tequila, he was already halfway there -- he was celebrating the beach as much as he was playing music -- but with his 2006 album Livin' It Up! he finally makes the musical transition to full-time beachfront rockin'. Not that this is the manic, balls-out hard rock that made his reputation -- taking a cue from Jimmy, Sammy turns the intensity down a couple of notches (after all, you don't want things to be too rough and rowdy on a beach), adds some acoustic guitars, and even some country-rock flair, most notably in his ingenious reworking of Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar." The fact that Sammy is covering a country song about a bar gives a good indication of where he's coming from on Livin' It Up!: he's aiming for the aging rock & rollers who have started listening to country, but still love classic rock (he covers Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and rewrites the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" as "Let Me Take You There") and spend most of their time fantasizing about "Living on a Coastline" or "Sailin" to "Mexico" or taking "One Sip" as they drive "Halfway to Mexico," knowing that they'll do this all "Someday." It's silly and obvious -- and it also feels like an advertisement for Cabo Wabo enterprises -- which would be irritating if the album weren't so much fun. The thing is, Sammy Hagar really believes in Livin' It Up! in this fashion, so nothing feels forced or contrived here, and the greater musical variety not only makes this record more interesting than his last several records, it also makes it more fun to listen to repeatedly. Plus, having the hints of country, blues, and soul scattered among the rock & roll sounds appropriate for a veteran rocker, which Sammy certainly is. But as Livin' It Up! proves, not even veterans need to settle down -- an introspective record would sound wrong coming from Hagar, and this nonstop beach party simply sounds right.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2015
Label:
Jdc Records
UPC:
0081227409722
catalogNumber:
74097
Rank:
164840

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sammy and the Wabos   Primary Artist
Roy Rogers   Slide Guitar
Sammy Hagar   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Indexed Contributor
Bob Daspit   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tim Hockenberry   Trombone,Piccolo Trumpet
Victor Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
David Lauser   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Austin DeLone   Piano
Gibby Ross   Conga,Tambourine,Timbales,Shaker,cowbell
Dave Zirbel   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mona   Bass,Background Vocals
Aaron Hagar   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kari Hagar   Background Vocals
Nicole Summerwood   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Sammy Hagar   Composer,Producer,Lyric Adaptations
Toby Keith   Composer
Kenny Chesney   Composer
Bob Daspit   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Kishan Muthucumaru   Art Direction
Aaron Hagar   Duet
Nicole Summerwood   Composer

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