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Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin': The 25th Anniversary Collection

Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin': The 25th Anniversary Collection

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by Alabama
     
 
Having spent a quarter century doing exactly what the title of this career-spanning retrospective indicates, this timeless combo have earned the right to look back at their accomplishments, and their trip down memory lane is guaranteed to be even more pleasurable for fans. This three-disc box brings together more than two dozen of Alabama's chart-topping hits, ranging

Overview

Having spent a quarter century doing exactly what the title of this career-spanning retrospective indicates, this timeless combo have earned the right to look back at their accomplishments, and their trip down memory lane is guaranteed to be even more pleasurable for fans. This three-disc box brings together more than two dozen of Alabama's chart-topping hits, ranging from the Dixie-fried strains of "Carolina Mountain Dewe" to the tear-in-your-beer pining of "Old Flame" and "She and I." The band's trademark vocal and instrumental interplay -- skills that earned them entrance into the Country Music Hall of Fame -- are on display throughout the 51-tune set, with multi-instrumentalist Jeff Cook's fiddle burning through "Tennessee River" and guitarist Randy Owen working his magic on down-home favorites such as "High Cotton" and "Roll On." Since they've officially retired from touring, after one of the most successful farewell tours in history, it's fitting that the foursome should outfit this collection with a slew of previously unreleased live material spanning their entire time together. Highlights of the concert material include a rousing rendition of "Vacation" (captured in Knoxville back in '87) and a 1983 medley -- incorporating Crosby Stills & Nash's "Teach Your Children" and Gene Autry's "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine," among other tunes -- that showcases the sheer breadth of Alabama's appeal. As a celebration of good times past, Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin' works wonders; as a soundtrack to good times yet to come, it's even better.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There have been plenty of Alabama compilations over the years, ranging from a surplus of budget-line quickies to the excellent double-disc For the Record, which was reissued in 2005 under the title The Essential Alabama. Despite this, there has never been a career-spanning box set until RCA/Legacy's 2006 Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin': The 25th Anniversary Collection, which tells the group's tale over the course of 51 songs and three discs. If you're counting, you'll notice that this is only seven songs more than For the Record/Essential, which isn't a whole lot to justify an expansion to a triple-disc set, but Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin' has a very different feel than that comp, which is the gold standard in Alabama hits albums. While there is certainly a fair share of overlap in song selection, this isn't precisely a collection of hits. As a matter of fact, huge hits like "The Closer You Get" are missing entirely, which makes this set of less interest to casual fans looking to get all the big hits in one place. Those fans should stick with For the Record/Essential, since this is intended as an aural biography of a band. Sure, most of the hits are here, but sometime they're present in live versions or alternate takes, and they're supported by album tracks, along with eight previously unreleased cuts (which are mostly live recordings). This provides for a good overview of the group's history, even if it's not as smooth a listen as the double-disc set, primarily due to the fact that the live tracks don't sit easily next to the studio sides. That said, for the serious Alabama fan looking for a trip down memory lane, Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin' is a good bet, since it does provide a thorough chronicle of the band's history, complete with a time line and rare photos in the liner notes. Less dedicated fans may prefer the concise, hit-filled nature of For the Record/Essential, but this will suit the tastes of the converted just fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828767191829
catalogNumber:
71918

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Home's in Alabama
  2. Forty Hour Week (For a Livin')
  3. Medley: That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine/Suppertime/Teach Your ...
  4. High Cotton
  5. Mountain Music
  6. Dixieland Delight
  7. Caroline Mountain Dewe
  8. Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)
  9. If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the ...) [Liv
  10. Christmas in Dixie
  11. I Write a Little
  12. Song of the South
  13. Pass It on Down
  14. Five O'Clock 500
  15. Tar Top
  16. Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard

Disc 2

  1. Feels So Right
  2. Old Flame
  3. Lady Down on Love
  4. Very Special Love
  5. Close Enough to Perfect
  6. Take Me Down
  7. Medley: Deep River Woman/When We Make Love
  8. Face to Face
  9. You've Got the Touch
  10. You Turn Me On
  11. Forever's as Far as I'll Go
  12. How Do You Fall in Love
  13. I Just Couldn't Say No
  14. Too Much Love
  15. If I Had You
  16. The Woman He Loves
  17. God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You
  18. Angels Among Us

Disc 3

  1. Tennesse River
  2. Vacation
  3. She and I
  4. Sad Lookin' Moon
  5. Give Me One More Shot
  6. Fallin' Again
  7. I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)
  8. Can't Keep a Good Man Down
  9. If It Ain't Dixie (It Won't Do)
  10. The Cheap Seats
  11. Gonna Have a Party
  12. When It All Goes South
  13. Down Home
  14. Born Country
  15. Ripperly O' Tucke
  16. Hats Off
  17. The Fans

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alabama   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
J.P. Pennington   Composer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Bruce Channel   Composer
Randy VanWarmer   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer
Mark Gray   Composer
Becky Hobbs   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Murray Kellum   Composer
Rick Bowles   Composer
Kerry Chater   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
Janis Carnes   Composer
Rick Carnes   Composer
Carl Chambers   Composer
Don Cook   Composer
Jeff Cook   Composer
Bob Corbin   Composer
Theodore Gentry   Composer
Don Goodman   Composer
Mark Herndon   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
John Jarvis   Composer
Josh Leo   Composer
Mac McAnally   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
Dan Mitchell   Composer
Roger Murrah   Composer
Randy Owen   Composer
Lisa Palas   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Randy Sharp   Composer
Lisa Silver   Composer
Carl Sturken   Composer
Robert K. Oermann   Essay
William Robinson   Composer
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Cliff Cochran   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ron Rogers   Composer
John Jarrard   Composer
Donny Lowery   Composer
Danny Bear Mayo   Composer
Kent Robbins   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
John Schweers   Composer
J. South   Composer
Scott Anders   Composer
Greg Fowler   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
J.B. Long   Composer
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager

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