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Alabama

Memorial Coliseum, University of Alabama (Tusc…

Feb 5, 1982

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  1. 1 Words At Twenty Paces 05:29
  2. 2 Lovin' You Is Killin' Me 03:01
  3. 3 Why Lady Why 03:37
  4. 4 Band Chatter 01:32
  5. 5 Mountain Music 04:17
  6. 6 Band Chatter 01:04
  7. 7 Close Enough To Perfect 03:48
  8. 8 Take Me Down 04:57
  9. 9 Love In The First Degree 03:54
  10. 10 Band Chatter 00:35
  11. 11 Changes Comin' On 07:31
  12. 12 That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine 02:34
  13. 13 Suppertime 01:22
  14. 14 Teach Your Children 00:58
  15. 15 Don't It Make You Want To Go Home 02:59
  16. 16 Band Chatter 00:32
  17. 17 Medley: Salty Dog / Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad 02:48
  18. 18 Band Chatter 02:11
  19. 19 Green River 03:22
  20. 20 Band Chatter 01:25
  21. 21 Wildwood Flower 03:13
  22. 22 Feels So Right 03:47
  23. 23 Gonna Have A Party 04:45
  24. 24 Old Flame 03:50
  25. 25 My Home's In Alabama 09:11
  26. 26 Band Chatter 02:19
  27. 27 Ramblin' Man 02:15
  28. 28 Fire On The Mountain 01:25
  29. 29 The South's Gonna Do It Again 01:35
  30. 30 Sweet Home Alabama 02:23
  31. 31 Tennessee River 05:29
  32. 32 Band Chatter 01:26
  33. 33 Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms 07:26
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Liner Notes

Randy Owen - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Teddy Gentry - lead vocals, bass
Jeff Cook - guitar, fiddle, keyboards
Mark Herndon - drums

Although the band had been together in various incarnations and under names for nearly a decade, Alabama had only been a successful national country act for a few years when this recording was made. Officially named Alabama in 1977, the trio of Owen, Gentry and Cook had been together since the early part of the decade, working on and off during their years in college. They began writing original material in that same year and landed a one-LP deal with GRT Records. They had a minor hit called "I Wanna Be With You Tonight," which, despite only making it to #80 on the Country charts, gave the band enough impetus to launch a relentless touring schedule.

By the end of 1978, Alabama was doing over 300 shows a year and had become a major force down in Dixie. But the band's label went bankrupt and they were prohibited from recording with any other one for two years. They used their touring income to buy out their GRT contract, and afterwards released an independent record. They were immediately scooped up by another indie label, MDJ Records, who in turn got bought out in 1979 by RCA. Between 1980 and 1987, the group scored a remarkable 21 #1 hits on the country charts, many of which also crossed over to the pop charts.

With the power of RCA's strong country division behind them, the group soon established itself as one of the most popular country "groups" on the scene. Up to this point, nearly every successful country act had been an individual artist or vocalist.

This show features not only many of the early Alabama hits, but several covers of the band's favorite rock and country rock acts. They perform versions of hits by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Opening act Janie Fricke joins for the encore of "Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms," bringing the show to a rollicking close.

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Randy Owen - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Teddy Gentry - lead vocals, bass
Jeff Cook - guitar, fiddle, keyboards
Mark Herndon - drums

Although the band had been together in various incarnations and under names for nearly a decade, Alabama had only been a successful national country act for a few years when this recording was made. Officially named Alabama in 1977, the trio of Owen, Gentry and Cook had been together since the early part of the decade, working on and off during their years in college. They began writing original material in that same year and landed a one-LP deal with GRT Records. They had a minor hit called "I Wanna Be With You Tonight," which, despite only making it to #80 on the Country charts, gave the band enough impetus to launch a relentless touring schedule.

By the end of 1978, Alabama was doing over 300 shows a year and had become a major force down in Dixie. But the band's label went bankrupt and they were prohibited from recording with any other one for two years. They used their touring income to buy out their GRT contract, and afterwards released an independent record. They were immediately scooped up by another indie label, MDJ Records, who in turn got bought out in 1979 by RCA. Between 1980 and 1987, the group scored a remarkable 21 #1 hits on the country charts, many of which also crossed over to the pop charts.

With the power of RCA's strong country division behind them, the group soon established itself as one of the most popular country "groups" on the scene. Up to this point, nearly every successful country act had been an individual artist or vocalist.

This show features not only many of the early Alabama hits, but several covers of the band's favorite rock and country rock acts. They perform versions of hits by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Opening act Janie Fricke joins for the encore of "Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms," bringing the show to a rollicking close.