For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome

For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome

by George StraitGeorge Strait


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Don't panic at the title. George Strait isn't hanging it up, but the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where Strait has been playing forever, is leaving the Astrodome, making this his last gig at the old venue. Ironically, it's Strait's first live album, and this most consistent of New Traditionalists makes it every bit as memorable as the best of his 29 studio recordings. The 16-song repertoire is fertile greatest-hits territory, its songs exploring pretty much all the aspects of the human condition. "The Fireman" and "Write This Down" serve up Strait's droll wit in service to humorous takes on love and life, while the exquisite "Amarillo by Morning" and "The Cowboy Rides Away" offer melancholy reflections on longing, loneliness, and the solitary man. The gently rocking "She'll Leave You with a Smile" lays on the heartbreak a faithless lover left behind, and the beautiful country ballad "Love Without End, Amen" celebrates the enduring force that bonds fathers and progeny. For good measure, Strait serves up a feisty rendition of Larry Cordle's scorching of contemporary country's misguided ethos in "Murder on Music Row," then tips his hat to fellow Texas music giant Bob Wills with a rousing, fiddle-fired version of his western swing classic "Take Me Back to Tulsa." President George W. Bush makes an audio appearance, too, presenting Strait with some kind of award, and in doing so pretty much says it all, to wit: "George, well done, sir."

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2003
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817031927
catalogNumber: 170319
Rank: 66050


  1. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  2. Write This Down
  3. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
  4. Heartland
  5. Love Without End, Amen
  6. Check Yes or No
  7. The Fireman
  8. Run
  9. Murder on Music Row
  10. The Chair
  11. She'll Leave You With a Smile
  12. Amarillo by Morning
  13. Living and Living Well
  14. Take Me Back to Tulsa
  15. Blue Clear Sky
  16. The Cowboy Rides Away

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist
Mike Daily   Steel Guitar
Gene Elders   Fiddle
Terry Hale   Bass
Joe Manuel   Acoustic Guitar
Benny McArthur   Fiddle,Guitar
Rick McRae   Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Marty Slayton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Strait   Producer
Terry Stafford   Composer
Aaron Barker   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Malcolm Harper   Engineer
Casey Kelly   Composer
Mark Sanders   Composer
Larry Shell   Composer
Sonny Throckmorton   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Chris Ferrara   Art Direction
Mark Nesler   Composer
John Jarrard   Composer
Kent Robbins   Composer
Don Swander   Composer
Erv Woolsey   Composer
Odie Blackmon   Composer
Paul Fraser   Composer
Jay Knowles   Composer
Dan Wells   Composer
June Hershey   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Dana Hunt Oglesby   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer

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