Veteran county music act The Outlaws recently announced that it will release its new live recording Legacy Live next month. The recording, the band’s fourth live recording, will come four years after the release of the band’s most recent full-length studio recording, It’s About Pride (2012). There is plenty to say to the positive about this latest live effort from the Florida-based band beginning with its set list. That will be discussed shortly. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to discuss. Last but hardly least of note in the record’s presentation is its audio mix. It rounds out the record’s most important elements and is just as important as the show’s set list and the band’s performance thereof. All things considered, Legacy Live shows itself in the end to be one more of this year’s top new live CD recordings.
The Outlaws’ new live recording Legacy Live is one of 2016’s top new live CD recordings. That is due in no small part to the concert’s set list. The twenty song set list is spread across two discs and totals 117 minutes. That is just under two hours worth of Outlaws hits on two discs live. The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1975 self-titled debut album and as recent as It’s About Pride, the band’s most recent full-length studio recording. The band’s debut is one of the most heavily represented albums in this concert with five songs being pulled from that record. The band’s sophomore record, Lady in Waiting (1976) gets a fair share of nods, too with four of its nine total songs being pulled for the show’s set list. Hurry Sundown (1977), the band’s third record is represented by a trio of songs. It’s About Pride sees four of its songs featured in the show’s set list. Some material from band member Henry Paul’s solo work is even featured in this set list including the title track from the band’s album Grey Ghost and the song ‘So Long.’ Obviously not every one of the band’s 12 total albums could be represented here. That would dramatically increase the show’s length and likely would have caused legal issues with performance times for the band, etc. However, the fact that so much of the band’s history is presented throughout the nearly two-hour set helps the concert’s title live up to expectations. It truly does present a healthy portion of the band’s legacy. Keeping this in mind the album’s set list clearly proves to be of the utmost importance to its presentation. It is not the recording’s only key element, though. The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note as the show’s set list.
The set list that is featured in this recording is in itself a clearly important portion of the concert’s presentation. That is due to the quantity of the band’s work that is represented throughout the body of the show’s twenty-song set. The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1975 self-titled debut and as recent as its 2012 album It’s About Pride with a number of albums in between represented along with one of Henry Paul’s solo records, too. As important as the set list proves to be to the record’s presentation, it is not the recording’s only key element. The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note here as the show’s set list. Audiences will be pleased to know that from beginning to end, the band’s members let their performances do the talking for them. Little to no time is wasted between songs with banter between the band and audience or even between the band members themselves. The energy exhibited throughout each member’s performance shows that the band gives its all throughout the recording, too. Considering the fact that the band started recording and performing together some four decades ago (and has gone through a number of lineup and label changes since that time) the energy and chemistry exhibited—even in an audio-only setting—shows that the band is still well at the top of its game in this performance. This is something that audiences new and old alike will appreciate. Even with this in mind, the band’s stage presence throughout the concert is still not the last element to note in its presentation. The concert’s audio mix is its finishing touch.
The set list that makes up the body of Legacy Live and the band’s performance thereof are both key elements to consider in this new Outlaws live recording. While both elements are clearly important to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only key elements. The concert’s audio mix is the recording’s finishing touch. The audio mix is relatively stable from beginning to end. Given, in the very rare moments when Henry Paul does take a moment to just talk, the audio is a little bit softer than that in the band’s overall performance. But those moments are so rare that it becomes something of a non-factor. This means that audiences will very rarely find themselves having to adjust the volumes on their radios (or whatever audio delivery system they may use) when experiencing this concert from beginning to end. Considering this, it strengthens the recording’s presentation even more. When it is set against the remainder of the discussed elements, the whole of the recording proves ultimately to be a presentation that is one more of this year’s top new live CD recordings.
Legacy Live, the latest live recording from veteran country music outfit Outlaws, is one of this year’s top new live CD recordings. That is proven in no small part through the extensive twenty-song set list at the center of the recording. The band’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list itself. The high quality production values presented in the recording are the final touch to the recording. They leave listeners to very rarely have to adjust the volume on their music delivery system at any point throughout the nearly two-hour concert. That solidifies the concert’s presentation and proves once and for all why this concert is one of this year’s top new live CD recordings. Legacy Live will be available in stores and online on Nov. 18 in the U.S. More information on Legacy Live is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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