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The Sadies 

In Concert, Volume One (Yep Roc)

The Sadies are known as much for their choice of tourmates as for their blend of traditional country, rockabilly, and '60s California rock. For In Concert, Volume One, the band members invited their many musical friends to join them for two nights at Lee's Palace in Toronto. The result is a two-disc, 41-track set that has the feel of a post-modern, Americana version of the Band's The Last Waltz.

On the first CD, the Sadies marry surf guitars and rockabilly backbeats on such instrumentals as "Cheat" and "Lay Down Your Arms," while the traditional "Higher Power" and the Bob Wills classic "Stay a Little Longer" include countrified performances by the Good Brothers. The highlight of the first disc, however, is Kelly Hogan's Loretta Lynn-inspired duet on "1,000,002 Songs."

The second disc consists mostly of the Sadies backing other artists, beginning with Heavy Trash leader Jon Spencer's fuzzy Elvis-meets-Jim Morrison wail on bluesy rockers "Back Off" and "Justine Alright." Neko Case puts her trademark contralto to good use on a sublimely mellow cover of Roger Miller's "Home," while former Jayhawks' leader Gary Louris takes the helm for a menacing version of Syd Barrett's "Lucifer Sam."

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