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

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767191829
  • Catalog Number: 71918
  • Sales rank: 98,585

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Home's in Alabama (8:20)
  2. 2 Forty Hour Week (For a Livin') (3:24)
  3. 3 Medley: That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine/Suppertime/Teach Your ... (7:09)
  4. 4 High Cotton (3:01)
  5. 5 Mountain Music (4:13)
  6. 6 Dixieland Delight (5:18)
  7. 7 Caroline Mountain Dewe (4:25)
  8. 8 Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) (4:26)
  9. 9 If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the ...) [Liv (3:42)
  10. 10 Christmas in Dixie (3:42)
  11. 11 I Write a Little (4:18)
  12. 12 Song of the South (3:11)
  13. 13 Pass It on Down (4:54)
  14. 14 Five O'Clock 500 (3:38)
  15. 15 Tar Top (5:23)
  16. 16 Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Feels So Right (3:37)
  2. 2 Old Flame (3:12)
  3. 3 Lady Down on Love (3:58)
  4. 4 Very Special Love (4:45)
  5. 5 Close Enough to Perfect (3:34)
  6. 6 Take Me Down (4:53)
  7. 7 Medley: Deep River Woman/When We Make Love (4:21)
  8. 8 Face to Face (3:03)
  9. 9 You've Got the Touch (4:16)
  10. 10 You Turn Me On (3:10)
  11. 11 Forever's as Far as I'll Go (3:37)
  12. 12 How Do You Fall in Love (3:00)
  13. 13 I Just Couldn't Say No (4:35)
  14. 14 Too Much Love (3:57)
  15. 15 If I Had You (3:35)
  16. 16 The Woman He Loves (3:55)
  17. 17 God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You (4:41)
  18. 18 Angels Among Us (4:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Tennesse River (7:53)
  2. 2 Vacation (5:19)
  3. 3 She and I (5:17)
  4. 4 Sad Lookin' Moon (3:33)
  5. 5 Give Me One More Shot (3:32)
  6. 6 Fallin' Again (4:00)
  7. 7 I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why) (2:49)
  8. 8 Can't Keep a Good Man Down (3:45)
  9. 9 If It Ain't Dixie (It Won't Do) (6:42)
  10. 10 The Cheap Seats (3:54)
  11. 11 Gonna Have a Party (4:59)
  12. 12 When It All Goes South (6:57)
  13. 13 Down Home (3:29)
  14. 14 Born Country (3:18)
  15. 15 Ripperly O' Tucke (3:21)
  16. 16 Hats Off (3:56)
  17. 17 The Fans (4:53)
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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
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Mike Reid Composer
Eddie Setser Composer
Randy Sharp Composer
Lisa Silver Composer
Carl Sturken Composer
Robert K. Oermann Essay
William Robinson Composer
Al 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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