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Lucinda Williams: Live at the Fillmore

Released: May 10, 2005 on Lost Highway

Yes, it is grand to live in the Bay Area, not only do we have the opportunity to congregate at the Fillmore, a club many musicians have acknowledged on stage as the highlight of their careers, but we are also lucky to relive these fleeting moments through <i>Live at the Fillmore</i>.

Lucinda William's double disk, recorded at a three night stand in November of 2003 (eastmountainsouth opened), is required listening for anyone who ventured out to any of the eight Fillmore shows Lucinda sold out over the past five years.

Most of the 22 songs are from more recent albums <i>Essence and World Without Tears</i>, and for those who lost touch with Lucinda after <i>Car Wheels On A Gravel Road</i>, this recording is an excellent introduction to her newer material. Lucinda's voice is strong, husky and sweet. <i>Live at the Fillmore</i> is not a start to finish show. The first disk presents Lucinda's quieter alt-country songs. The second disk is laced with more of the album- oriented rock and roll that made her famous.

<i>Live at the Fillmore</i> captures a band in perfect harmonic sync, especially when Doug Pettibone chimes in with his exquisite peddle steel solos.

The disk is void of any stage chat, which I think, is a grand idea. Lucinda let's us in the theater after "Words Fall", the last track on disk two when she says goodbye with a twist on a time honored motto "Love, Peace and Revolution."

4 out of 5 stars: because I was there 2 out of those 8 nights.

<i>Lucinda Williams: Live at the Fillmore</i> is also available as a triple LP set.

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