The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
Live in Chicago
Bughouse/Pravda Records (www.pravdamusic.com/)
When I roast weenies On my home patio My baby tracks me down with radar I'm telling you she's really sweet I'm telling you she's really a treat My baby tracks me down with radar, radarOn this recording he's playing with a group of musicians who know his songs and who seem to understand him as well as anyone can. The arrangements are sharp and concise; when it calls for blues, the band plays blues, and when it calls for a surf-y rockabilly style, they dish that out, too. These players have got it going on, and provide a solid, listenable backup to the Ledge's hootin' and hollerin'. Their ability to hold it together while the Ledge does his thing really makes this record shine.
The liner notes are enthusiastic but historically incorrect; the Ledge was aiming for The Tonight Show, not The Ed Sullivan Show.
The recording is completely live, taped at Lounge Ax in Chicago, Illinois. Unlike most so-called "live" recordings, it is completely without overdubs, yet the recording quality is top-notch, at least for this type of record. You will not be subjected to the basement 4-track quality which plagues so many recordings of garage bands and quasi-obscure artists such as The Ledge. The tape continued to roll even during the breaks between songs, and so the listener gets a taste of what it's like to be in the room with The Ledge, as his friends call him. From the cheesy jokes to the deadly serious protestations that the only way to promote the CD is to get on a network TV talk show, this CD is all Ledge and it's about time! - Miss Di
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