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Having seen Jason Isbell & 400 unit live twice and owning all his and Amanda Shires albums it was good to revisit these tracks performed live. A good selection of his work and enhanced as always with the fiddle playing and backing vocals supplied by his wife Amanda Shires. Extra energy and realism over the produced albums and a must for anyone looking for a fresh take on these already heard songs. The classic track Elephant is particularly special with the extra live emotion and mournful fiddle section towards the end. 9/10 for me.
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 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.