Live in the Classic City II, MM

Live in the Classic City II, MM

by Widespread Panic


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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their now legendary (among spreadheads anyway) stand at the Classic Center in Athens, GA in April 2000, Widespread Panic released a second volume in their Live in the Classic City series. The first was a massive three-disc set, and featured guest spots by Col. Bruce Hampton and R.E.M.'s Bill Berry. Live in the Classic City II, MM is comprised of entirely different material, featuring 16 tracks taken from all over the band's catalog, including stellar performances of "Big Wooly Mammoth" and "Imitation Leather Shoes" from Don't Tell the Band, set opener "Travelin' Light" off the self-titled album, an excellent stretched-out cover of J.J. Cale's "Barrooms and Dreamers" from Space Wrangler, "Rebirtha" and "Greta" off Bombs & Butterflies, another version of live favorite "Disco," "Fishwater" from Ain't Life Grand, and much more. As evidenced by the first Live in the Classic City release, Widespread Panic are in crack shape, with everyone firing on all burners. John Bell is in fine voice, and he and Michael Houser's guitar interplay is in lockstep creativity mode. Likewise, John Hermann's keyboard playing is forceful but painterly, and the incendiary rhythm section -- bassist David Schools, drummer Todd Nance, and percussionist Domingo Ortiz -- is mixed right up top and funky. Also like the first collection, there are a number of guest appearances: R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, percussionist Arvin Scott, producer/guitarist John Keane, and vocalists Daniel Hutchens and Anne Richmond Boston all lend a hand. While Live in the Classic City still remains tops in the band's vast catalog of live recordings, Live in the Classic City II, MM is a fine extension for those who purchased it, and stands as a solid live recording in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882171728
catalogNumber: 21717
Rank: 43891

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Widespread Panic   Primary Artist
Anne Richmond Boston   Vocals
John Bell   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Eric Carter   Guitar
John Hermann   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Michael Houser   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Hutchens   Vocals
John Keane   Pedal Steel Guitar
Todd Nance   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Domingo Ortiz   Percussion,Group Member
Dave Schools   Bass,Group Member
Arvin Scott   Percussion
Mike Mills   Keyboards

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Widespread Panic   Composer,Producer
Vic Chesnutt   Composer
Billy Field   Engineer
Eric Carter   Composer
Daniel Hutchens   Composer
John Keane   Producer
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Brad Blettenburg   Engineer
Danny Friedman   Engineer

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