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I'd read about the echo-y sound and have to admit that it is pretty bad. The track list is fine, the band is as we would expect from JI & 400, but the sound ruins the experience. Avoid. Or better yet, buy Live In Alabama instead.
I’ve loved all of the albums Jason has put out (including the DBT work)...until this one.
I purchased the CD, so I dismissed the comments about the album press and poor quality. However, even on the CD, the recording doesn’t sound very good, but that’s not really my issue with album - although it is the first indication that little effort was put into this.
My real issue is that with a live album I want to come as close as possible to experiencing the show as if I was there. And this doesn’t even come close....it is simply a collection of live songs, not a live performance. There’s no real flow or commentary between the songs, the first song simply starts and the last song simply ends. After the last song Jason says “thank you, that’s another song off our new record” and the recording ends!
The album is only 58 minutes which is an obvious indicator that it’s a chopped up set of songs from a 90 minute live performance.
For an artist that talks so much about the quality of music, I really don’t get why Jason would have put something like this out.
Jason Isbell is, for my money, the best songwriter to come along in the 21st century. This live album with The 400 Unit samples his last 3 albums (all brilliant) from his 6 night stand at The Ryman in October of 2017. The only negative I have is that it’s not as great as it could have been. Some absolutely essential songs were left off, and the mix is not as great as modern technology is capable of.
I'm a huge Isbell fan and have seen him several times, purchased all the albums, etc. I write this out of love. Go listen to a few tracks on Youtube before you buy this, and if the quality is acceptable to you then buy it. This is the worst recording of a live show that I've ever heard released. I've heard bootlegs recorded on Tascams that sound better than this.
Right out of the gate on the first track, it's almost as if they didn't mic up the snare drum or had it muted on the recording, and all you can hear is the echo from the snare, which is off tempo to the rest of the band. Ten seconds in and I knew something was wrong. It's not until track 3 or 4 where they get that fixed.
There are some good moments but the recording ruins it for me, and the show comes off as low energy and flat. That's the opposite of how I've felt when I'm actually at one of The 400 Unit's shows, so this album does a bad job of showcasing Isbell and band's live abilities.
Buy "Live from Alabama" and let it enrich your life for years to come, but stay away from Live at the Ryman. The Ryman is a sacred place, and this album is borderline disrespectful. I hope they put out another live album, but do it right next time.
The song selection is pretty uninspired. The real issue is the quality of the recording. When I first played the vinyl, I thought there was something wrong with my set up. I checked and rechecked everything. Nope. Other records have no issues-this really needs to be quality checked. Pretty disappointed.
I see a bunch of bad reviews about this album,cd, Bad sound , etc. Am I listening to a different cd? I'm glad I paid no attention to those reviews. I think the sound quality is great. I'm a fan of Isbel. And I want everything he does. Drive By Truckers live stuff is always great and Jason Isbel live stuff is every bit as good. Buy this CD.......
If you liked The Drive-Truckers with Jason Isbell, buy this! If you liked Jason Isbell solo, buy this. I have seen complaints about the sound quality and the apparently disjointed editing of the songs. Well, I experienced none of that on my vinyl copy. And not living in The States, this is about as close as I am going to get to hearing what the man and his band can do. He does also remind us that he is a slide guitarist of note on this outing!
After reading some of the negative reviews about sound quality, I almost didn't purchase this CD. Decided to throw caution to the wind and ordered it anyhow so I could decide for myself. Very glad I did. Excellent CD from start to finish. Sound quality is just fine. If you're an Isbell fan, you will like this. Happy trails, pardner.