Live @ the Fillmore

Live @ the Fillmore

by Lucinda Williams


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Time was that Lucinda Williams was merely a critics' darling adored for literate, often heartbreaking songs that gracefully straddled country, folk, and rock. Her uneven live performances, though, seemed to prevent her from going beyond that circle. While her best bout in the studio remains 1998's Grammy-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Williams's concerts have continued to improve as she discovers greater range in her maturing voice and a new looseness in front of fans. Both make her first live album all the more appealing. Recorded in 2004 at the lauded San Francisco venue, Live @ the Fillmore is both a neat audio postcard from a stop on Williams's tour for World Without Tears and an excellent representation of her far-ranging talents -- commanding balladeer, sweaty blues queen, convincing rocker. On "Fruits of My Labor," the depth of expression in her voice is both poignant and heated, while her honeyed warble on a subdued, acoustic-based "Bus to Baton Rouge" adds resonance to a song that plays out like a short story. The live setting allows Williams and her firecracker band to wallow in the blues, as on extended versions of the scorned lover's plaint "Joy" and the searing "Atonement," which she introduces as "influenced by ZZ Top." But she sounds just as confident dishing out the melodic rockers that have been her stock-in-trade since Rosanne Cash had a country hit with Williams's "Passionate Kisses" (notably absent from the set list here), from the sweet-sounding "I Lost It" to the fevered "Essence" to the biting "Righteously." While longtime Lucinda devotees might lament the unbalanced representation of her songbook (all but four songs are from her last two albums) and the lack of new material, Live @ the Fillmore is a deeply satisfying listen from top to bottom.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0602498621233
catalogNumber: 000236802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucinda Williams   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Taras Prodaniuk   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Christie   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Doug Pettibone   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Lucinda Williams   Composer,Producer,Concept,Audio Production
Craig Allen   Art Direction
Frank Callari   Executive Producer,Management
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Michael Dumas   Engineer
Taras Prodaniuk   Producer,Audio Production
Charlie Bouis   Engineer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Hugh DAndrade   Artwork
Arlene Owseichik   Art Direction

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Live @ the Fillmore 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So raw. Pineola is a must. Lucinda sings her heart out. Best CD I've heard in years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the way Lucinda should sound in concert. She cuts loose. Give this a good second listen, and concentrate on the searing guitar and magnificent rhythm section on the extended jams. This is not your mama's Lucinda.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago