12 Songs, 1 Hour 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven Eleven was celebrated upon its release as another consistently great Dave Alvin album. But Alvin's songs are meant to be played live, and this 2011 concert from Ann Arbor, Mich., catches the band on a good, sweaty night. They work through Alvin's catalog with assurance, including a riveting take on "Fourth of July." The three studio bonus cuts here ("Beautiful City 'Cross the River," "Signal Hill," and "Never Trust a Woman") are nocturnal nightclub blues with Alvin narrating with an impending sense of doom. Note: There are three editions of Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones' expanded edition of Eleven Eleven. This edition features the Ann Arbor concert from July 2, 2011, and three bonus tracks from the Eleven Eleven sessions, including "Beautiful City 'Cross the River," which was featured in the FX series Justified, but not the original album. The remaining editions are Eleven Eleven Expanded, which features the original album (2011's Eleven Eleven), the nine live tracks, and the three bonus cuts from the Eleven Eleven sessions. The third option, Live at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, July 2, 2011, features just the nine live tracks. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven Eleven was celebrated upon its release as another consistently great Dave Alvin album. But Alvin's songs are meant to be played live, and this 2011 concert from Ann Arbor, Mich., catches the band on a good, sweaty night. They work through Alvin's catalog with assurance, including a riveting take on "Fourth of July." The three studio bonus cuts here ("Beautiful City 'Cross the River," "Signal Hill," and "Never Trust a Woman") are nocturnal nightclub blues with Alvin narrating with an impending sense of doom. Note: There are three editions of Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones' expanded edition of Eleven Eleven. This edition features the Ann Arbor concert from July 2, 2011, and three bonus tracks from the Eleven Eleven sessions, including "Beautiful City 'Cross the River," which was featured in the FX series Justified, but not the original album. The remaining editions are Eleven Eleven Expanded, which features the original album (2011's Eleven Eleven), the nine live tracks, and the three bonus cuts from the Eleven Eleven sessions. The third option, Live at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, July 2, 2011, features just the nine live tracks. 

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4.7 out of 5
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See him Live

I saw Dave with the Blasters a few times in the 80's. Then, in the lat 90's I saw him with his own band at a record release date at the long lost Jack's Sugar Shack on Hollywood Blvd. It was great to see him out on his own doing his songs his way. I've seen him maybe a dozen times since, most recently last year with the Guilty One's. You can't go wrong with his CD's or his live dates

About Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin helped to kick-start the American roots rock scene in the early '80s with the band the Blasters, and has since gone on to a career as a solo performer, songwriter, producer, and sideman that's been as well respected as it is eclectic. Born in Downey, California in 1955, Alvin was raised by a family of music fans, and as teenagers Dave and his older brother Phil immersed themselves in blues, rockabilly, and vintage country sounds, collecting rare records and attending nightclub performances by the likes of T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, and Lee Allen. Like many fans, the Alvin brothers wanted to play music influenced by the sounds they loved, and in 1979 they formed the Blasters with fellow Downey residents Bill Bateman and John Bazz. Combining the revved-up energy of punk rock with an enthusiastic embrace of classic American sounds, the Blasters became a sensation in Los Angeles and won an enthusiastic cult following across the United States and Europe. However, the Blasters were unable to translate their critical respect and enthusiastic fan base into mainstream success, and in 1986 Dave left the band. Phil Alvin continued to front various lineups of the Blasters, and in 2002 Dave joined forces with Phil, Bill Bateman, and John Bazz for a short series of Blasters reunion shows.

While playing with the Blasters, Alvin had already displayed a broad range of enthusiasms with two side projects, Chris D.'s literate goth-punk collective the Flesh Eaters and the Knitters, an acoustic ensemble in which Alvin performed vintage country and folk numbers with John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X. Shortly after leaving the Blasters, Alvin joined X as lead guitarist after the departure of Billy Zoom; however, Alvin amicably left the group to work on a solo project shortly after the recording sessions for their album See How We Are. Alvin's first solo album, entitled Romeo's Escape in the United States and Every Night About This Time in England, added a purer country influence along with a larger side portion of the blues; while the album was critically well received, it didn't fare well in the marketplace, and Alvin was dropped by his American record label, Columbia. Alvin suffered health problems that sidelined him for a while, except for a wild tour with friends Mojo Nixon and Country Dick Montana as the Pleasure Barons, which was described as "a Las Vegas revue from acts who aren't going to be asked to play Vegas." (A live album was released of a second Pleasure Barons tour in 1993.) In 1989, Dwight Yoakam scored a hit on the country charts with Alvin's song "Long White Cadillac," and Alvin used the royalties to start work on his second solo set, Blue Blvd. Released by the California-based roots-music label Hightone Records, Blue Blvd received enthusiastic reviews and sold well enough to reestablish Alvin as a significant artist in the roots rock scene. After releasing Museum of Heart in 1993, Alvin began to turn his attention to acoustic music with 1994's King of California, and over the next several years Alvin moved back and forth between hard-edged roots rock and more introspective acoustic material that still honored his influences (and allowed him to display a greater range as a vocalist). In 2000, Alvin recorded a collection of traditional folk and blues classics, Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land, which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. In 2004, Alvin signed with the upstart roots rock label Yep Roc Records, which released his album Ashgrove, a low-key but hard-edged set of blues and rock. It was followed in 2006 by West of the West and a year later by Live from Austin TX (a performance on Austin City Limits from 1999).

He changed his approach a bit with Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, which was issued by Yep Roc in 2009, by recording with five women, and it seemed to revitalize him. Eleven Eleven, Alvin's first solo studio album of original material in some seven years, appeared in 2011, again on Yep Roc. Eleven Eleven included a duet with Phil Alvin on the tune "What's Up with Your Brother?," and in 2014 Dave and Phil recorded a full album together for the first time since Dave left the Blasters; Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy was a celebration of one of their first and strongest musical influences that found them both in strong form. The Alvin brothers supported Common Ground with a concert tour, and in 2015 Dave and Phil returned with a lively set of electric blues, Lost Time.

When not busy recording his own music, Alvin has also worked as a producer for several other roots-oriented acts, including Tom Russell, the Derailers, and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and he has collaborated with rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess. As a sideman, Alvin has recorded sessions with the likes of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Little Milton, Katy Moffatt, and Syd Straw. ~ Mark Deming & Steve Leggett

HOMETOWN
Downey, CA
GENRE
Rock
BORN
1955

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