Music Review: Sir Douglas Quintet’s ‘Live Love’

Sir Douglas Quintet's 'Live Love'

Recorded early last year at Austin’s Armadillo World Headquarters, the delightful, albeit poorly mixed Live Love reunites the Sir Douglas Quintet, which first achieved fame with 1965’s “She’s About a Mover.” That song isn’t on the bill here, but the concert LP does include the similarly styled “Dynamite Woman,” a warm, bluesy “Driving Wheel,” a country/blues version of “My Girl,” and a lot more.

Confronted by such songs, which collectively fuse everything from Tex-Mex, rockabilly, and blues to country and rock, one reviewer summed up: “It’s the equivalent of taking a West Side tamale, stuffing it with East Side barbecue and then chicken frying the whole affair to give it a country flavor.” Aside from noting that the result tastes just fine, I can’t add anything to that.

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