All Night Live Volume 1

The Mavericks

Mono Mundo Records, 2016

http://www.themavericksband.com

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 12/17/2016

The Mavericks’ career has passed the quarter-century mark (not counting a nine year hiatus). Founding members Raul Malo (vocals/guitar) and Paul Deakin (drummer) are now joined by Eddie Perez (guitar) and Jerry Dale McFadden (keyboards).nbtc__dv_250

The Mavericks is difficult to pigeonhole stylistically. They cross a lot of musical boundaries, exploring country, rock, blues, and even a little Latin vibe. The one constant is their live shows. They remain one of the best stage bands in American popular music. Their latest album, All Night Live Volume 1, brings their show to CD.

They wisely add some additional musicians to give their live sound some extra flexibility. Michael Guerra (accordion), Mike Abrams (sax), Matt Cappy (trumpet), and Ed Friedland (upright bass) add extra layers and textures to the sound. It all adds up to an energetic romp through 16 of their songs.

My only real problem with the release is the sound. Given the excellence of modern technology, it should have been better, and it detracts from the overall enjoyment of the music. A smaller issue is the song selection, which comes primarily from two albums. I would have preferred a more career-spanning collection.

Other than the above points, the album is a good presentation of the band’s energetic live sound. The opening title track is a horn-laden blast that builds as it progresses. They almost move in a big band direction with a swinging version of "Stories We Could Tell." Then, they move to a blues vibe with the smoldering "Do You Want Me To." The only cover song is a laidback version of Neil Young's "Harvest Song."

All Night Live Volume 1 retains the Mavericks’ onstage energy. Sound aside, it presents live music as it should always be.

Rating: B

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