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Asleep at the Wheel

Bottom Line (New York, NY)

Dec 15, 1977 - Late

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  1. 1 Instrumental 02:40
  2. 2 Choo Choo Ch'Boogie 04:25
  3. 3 The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget 03:47
  4. 4 Oh What A Price 03:37
  5. 5 Pipe Dreams 04:53
  6. 6 Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me 05:17
  7. 7 Nothing Takes The Place Of You 03:32
  8. 8 Band Chatter 01:04
  9. 9 Ghost Dancer 04:14
  10. 10 Song Of The Wanderer (Where Shall I Go) 04:37
  11. 11 Sugar Bee 04:01
  12. 12 Pine Grove Blues 04:02
  13. 13 Cajun Stripper 04:07
  14. 14 Band Chatter 00:57
  15. 15 Texas Me And You 03:37
  16. 16 One O'Clock Jump 05:02
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Liner Notes

Ray Benson - vocals, lead guitar; Chris O'Connell - rhythm guitar, vocals; Link Davis, Jr. - saxophone, accordian, vocals; Floyd Domino; - piano, organ; Danny Levin - fiddle, mandolin; Pat Ryan - saxophone, clarinet; Spencer Starnes - bass; Fran Christina - drums; Ruben "O-Lucky" Gosfield - pedal steel

Asleep at the Wheel, spearheaded by Texan legend Ray Benson, has found a solid home with a country music fan base. But during the 1970s, when they were still a new, novel act, the Wheel were anything but a pure country band. Benson loved all varieties of musical Americana, a fact that's wholly apparent on this 1977 New York City recording.

The group moves from a Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys-esque sound (by whom they were obviously influenced), to a more adventurous R&B/Boogie Woogie flavor (originally made famous by Louis Jordan), to zydeco/Cajun music and finally to big band jazz with their show stopping version of Count Basie's "One O'clock Jump." Back during the days of this performance, the band was genre-defying and impossible to categorize.

And in many ways, Asleep at the Wheel has remained that way ever since - though these days, the ensemble seem to have lodged themselves at the heart of the popular "Country Swing," movement. But there's something for everyone here on this classic recording - no matter what kind of music you enjoy.

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Ray Benson - vocals, lead guitar; Chris O'Connell - rhythm guitar, vocals; Link Davis, Jr. - saxophone, accordian, vocals; Floyd Domino; - piano, organ; Danny Levin - fiddle, mandolin; Pat Ryan - saxophone, clarinet; Spencer Starnes - bass; Fran Christina - drums; Ruben "O-Lucky" Gosfield - pedal steel

Asleep at the Wheel, spearheaded by Texan legend Ray Benson, has found a solid home with a country music fan base. But during the 1970s, when they were still a new, novel act, the Wheel were anything but a pure country band. Benson loved all varieties of musical Americana, a fact that's wholly apparent on this 1977 New York City recording.

The group moves from a Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys-esque sound (by whom they were obviously influenced), to a more adventurous R&B/Boogie Woogie flavor (originally made famous by Louis Jordan), to zydeco/Cajun music and finally to big band jazz with their show stopping version of Count Basie's "One O'clock Jump." Back during the days of this performance, the band was genre-defying and impossible to categorize.

And in many ways, Asleep at the Wheel has remained that way ever since - though these days, the ensemble seem to have lodged themselves at the heart of the popular "Country Swing," movement. But there's something for everyone here on this classic recording - no matter what kind of music you enjoy.