In Concert, Vol. 1

In Concert, Vol. 1

by The SadiesThe Sadies


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Over the course of five studio albums under their own name and a hatful of sessions with other acts (ranging from alt-country songbird Neko Case to R&B wildman Andre Ethier), the Sadies have firmly established themselves as some of the finest pickers on the North American continent. Dallas Good and Travis Good's guitars conjure up a twangy netherworld hovering somewhere between California surf and Nashville twang along the broad plains of the Canadian prairies, and Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean are a superbly malleable rhythm section, always giving the songs just what they need without getting in the way. What isn't as widely appreciated is how great a live band the Sadies can be, but this two-disc set recorded during a two-day stand at Lee's Palace in Toronto proves that whatever these guys can do in the studio, they can do just as well (if not better) in front of a cheering crowd. Like many of their studio discs, In Concert, Vol. 1 features an abundant helping of guest stars, ranging from the Good Brothers (the country act led by Dallas and Travis' parents), former Band keyboardist Garth Hudson and members of Blue Rodeo to Jon Spencer, Jon Langford of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, and frequent collaborators Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. Given the talent on-stage, it says a lot that the Sadies not only don't drown in the wake of their "special guests," but sound fiery and fully in control for more than 110 minutes, and they can leap from the country gospel of "Higher Power" and the honky tonk fire of "1,000,002 Songs" to the blues-punk blast of "Back Off" (with Jon Spencer adding his trademark spiel) and the flinty roar of "Memphis, Egypt" (as Jon Langford briefly turns the Sadies into the Mekons) and land firmly on their feet every time. Also, while there's a cool assurance to the Sadies' studio work, here the band isn't afraid to turn it up and draw sweat, and there's a level of excitement in these sessions that will please fans and surprise the doubters. Steve Albini, Ken Friesen, and Don Pyle get the whole shebang on tape with high fidelity without sacrificing the energy of the musicians or the audience in the process. If the title In Concert, Vol. 1 is meant to suggest the Sadies have another album like this in the works, let's hope it hits the streets soon if it approaches this level of excellence: this truly captures a great band at the top of their form.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2006
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457212220
catalogNumber: 2122

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sadies   Primary Artist
Jim Cuddy   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sean Dean   Bass,Group Member
Bazil Donovan   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Brian Good   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bruce Good   Autoharp,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Larry Good   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Kelly Hogan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Greg Keelor   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jon Langford   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gary Louris   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Matt Verta-Ray   Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rick White   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Neko Case   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bob Egan   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Paul Brainard   Trumpet
Dallas Good   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Travis Good   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Gavin Brown   Drums
Bob Packwood   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Mike Bulington   Drums,Shaker
Paul Aucoin   Vibes
Andre Ethier   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Paul Rigby   Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Margaret Good   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joel Burns   Cello
Mike Belitsky   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Syd Barrett   Composer
Mekons   Composer
Steve Albini   Engineer
Angie Carlson   Producer
Jim Cuddy   Composer
Sean Dean   Artwork
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Jan Haust   Producer
Kelly Hogan   Composer
Greg Keelor   Composer
Gary Louris   Composer
Doug McClement   Producer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Rick White   Composer,Cover Art
Grace Braun   Composer
Neko Case   Composer
Sadies   Composer
Steve Lindsay   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Peter J. Moore   Advisor
Jennifer Temple   Producer
Glenn Dicker   Producer
Susan de Cartier   Producer
Andre Ethier   Composer
Heavy Trash   Composer
Unintended   Composer
Brian Taylor   Producer
Brian McCullough   Live Sound
Andrew Queen   Composer

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