The Blasters Live: Going Home

The Blasters Live: Going Home

by The Blasters
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The Blasters Live: Going Home

In 2002, the original lineup of the Blasters -- vocalist and guitarist Phil Alvin, guitarist Dave Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman, and bassist John Bazz -- reunited to play a few shows to celebrate the release of a retrospective compilation of their recordings for Slash Records. In the grand tradition of giving the public what they want, a year after the original set of five shows had come and gone the reunited Blasters were still playing gigs for their loyal fans, and when Dave Alvin decided to pull the plug on the reunion in August of 2003, he did so in style with a special gig featuring a handful of special guests -- Chicago blues harp master Billy Boy Arnold, rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess, and members of two classic L.A. doo wop groups, the Calvanes and the Medallions. A mobile recording truck and a video crew were on hand to preserve the show for the ages, and the results have been released in both audio and video form as The Blasters Live: Going Home. The CD version has the burden of competing with an earlier live album from the first set of reunion gigs, Trouble Bound, but while Trouble Bound has a slightly higher stomp factor, Going Home finds the band in tighter and leaner form, with pianist Gene Taylor getting a greater chance to strut his stuff and the guests allowing the Blasters to show off the full range of their chops and their influences. Ultimately, both albums document one of America's greatest roots rock bands in its natural environment, on-stage in front of an appreciative audience, and like Trouble Bound, Going Home shows the passage of time hasn't dimmed the Blasters' ability to make with the hard rockin' boogie that made "American music" the stuff of legend around the world. If you dig the Blasters at all, you'll want to hear both discs...and after you do, you'll hope that the Alvin brothers can patch up their differences long enough to take their show on the road again sometime soon. It's mighty fine stuff.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663024425
catalogNumber: 30244

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blasters   Primary Artist
Phil Alvin   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Gene Taylor   Keyboards,Group Member
Bill Bateman   Drums,Group Member
John Bazz   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Billy Boy Arnold   Composer
Dave Alvin   Composer
Phil Alvin   Liner Notes,Author
Blasters   Producer
Sonny Burgess   Composer
Bill Haley   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Mark Linett   Producer,Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Billy Ward   Composer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Richard Foos   Executive Producer
Greg Lewerke   Executive Producer
Rose Marks   Composer
Garson Foos   Executive Producer
Traci Swartz   Artwork
Ron Volz   Composer
Ron Wemsman   Composer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Just had to post a few comments about this. When i heard that the Blaster's first and only concert video would be released on DVD and CD i just had to go out and get em both.. all you blasters fans out there will know that these guys are all about playing live! - well, the CD & DVD totally captures the energy and atmosphere... and if you never got to hear em play live... u just have to get this !! - The companion DVD that comes with the CD is just as awesome in it own capacity... Both the CD and DVD feature performances of "Blasters" classics such as "American Music", "Marie, Marie" and "Border Radio". They are also joined on stage by rockabilly guitarist Sonny Burgess, Chicago blues great Billy Boy Arnold and the surviving members of the California doo wop legends The Calvanes and The Medallions. go buy this now!! adios