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Album Review

This is Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen at their best, live on-stage and out on the road with the New Riders of the Purple Sage. What a bill and what a grand time for a live album. This is how it really was — wild, loud, and fun. Again, they intersperse their own songs with old favorites. "Armadillo Stomp" was penned for this event, and a woolly version of "Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues" has the crowd on its feet. Their "Oh Momma Momma" and "Too Much Fun" become legendary during this performance. But, it is their reworking of Buck Owens' "Crying Time" that makes them such a wonderful country band. Johnny Horton's "I'm Comin' Home" is also masterful, as is their take on a favorite cowboy tune, "Sunset on the Sage." "Mean Woman Blues" is another highlight. As for the Commander, his wanton style is perfectly at home when he takes the Leiber & Stoller tune "Riot in Cell Block #9" and makes it his own vehicle for a musical theatrical performance. Every cut is perfection, every cut is substantial. This 1973 performance, captured here for posterity, is evidence enough to suggest that Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen were one fine honky tonk band, perhaps one of the finest.

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The Commander at his finest

Commander Cody was always at his best live....and this is his best live album. It's a must have for all Commandeer Cody fans. Country rock at it's finest. It's just fun!

One of my all time favorite live albums

I saw CC&HLPA at the famed Beacon Theatre in NYC in fall of 1975 and a school night too, my parents were none-to-pleased that I did not get home until 1am, but hey, it was the Commander. This album was a staple in high school and was played in more basements after-school than I could even remember. CC is one talented piano player with his roots in country in blues and his band were tight and solid in concert. They came from a time were fun was more important than fame and fortune and it showed in their concerts. this is a great driving album, a great tailgate party album and just some good old country rock n roll. Now if only the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame were smart enough to induct this legendary band, lets face it, madonna made it and she is not even rock n roll. To the reviewer who said they omitted Hot Rod Lincoln, you are incorrect, that song was never part of the vinyl album, the CD is original to the album and was mixed and mastered very well.

Live From Deep In The Heart of Texas

One of the best live bands I have ever seen. This album captures the group at their finest. Bill Kirchen is a great guitarist - a player that never got the acclaim he is due. One of my favorite live albums of all time.


Born: July 19, 1944 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen were equally adept at stripped-down basic rock & roll, R&B, and gritty country-rock. Commander Cody's country-rock rocked harder than the Eagles or Poco -- essentially, the group was a bar band. Much like English pub rock bands like Brinsley Schwarz and Ducks Deluxe, Commander Cody resisted the overblown and bombastic trends of early-'70s rock, preferring a basic no-frills approach. Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen never had the impact of the British...
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