3 for the Road: Live! at Eddie’s Attic

Lowen & Navarro

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3 for the Road: Live! at Eddie’s Attic Review

by William Ruhlmann

As its title suggests, 3 for the Road: Live! at Eddie's Attic is something of a successor to Don Conoscenti's previous live albums One for the Road and Extremely Live at Eddie's Attic, particularly the latter, since, once again, a complete show has been recorded at the Decatur, GA, nightclub in a sort of audio-verité style, with no editing as long as somebody's on-stage. The big difference, of course, is that not only the nominal headliner, Conoscenti, but also his nominal opening act, Lowen & Navarro, are included. In addition, the use of the word "nominal" is significant in that the performers opted to employ only the barest outlines of the billing, joining forces for much of the two lengthy sets captured here over four CDs in an evening running nearly four-and-a-half hours. Conoscenti comes on at the outset to introduce Lowen & Navarro and explain the ground rules, then replaces them on-stage after four songs for his own five-song solo set, after which they play together. The second set follows the same pattern, but is, as usual for second sets, much looser. There is very little overlap: Conoscenti does play John Lennon's "Love" twice, and Lowen & Navarro tell the same tuning joke twice ("We tune because we care"), but that's about it for repetition. The listener gets a large chunk of Conoscenti's standard repertoire, including songs that have turned up previously on his other live albums, and of the highlights of Lowen & Navarro's extensive catalog, along with three excellent new songs -- "Raining in My Eyes," "If You Love Me Like That," and "The Opposite of Everything" -- which is to be expected, since they haven't had a new studio album out in five years. Especially in the second set, the performers present an eclectic range of covers including songs by Woody Guthrie, the Bee Gees, and Robert Johnson (a slightly retitled "Sweet Home Chicago" here called "Sweet Home Decatur") before things get really strange, as Led Zeppelin is turned bluegrass in a version of "Whole Lotta Love" dubbed "Hoedown of Love"; the Beatles' "Rain" is combined with the Brook Benton hit "Rainy Night in Georgia"; and the proceedings finally come to a close with an audience-participation rendition of Lowen & Navarro's biggest hit (as writers for Pat Benatar), "We Belong," which somehow morphs into the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and then the McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy." The unedited approach leaves in plenty of tuning, in-jokes, and calls to the bar for drinks to be delivered to the stage. This is a long, well-lubricated, enjoyable night in a Georgia club with three good friends who play guitars and sing, together and apart, along with a crowd that is having almost as much fun as they are.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Lowen & Navarro 02:19 Amazon
2 Lowen & Navarro 06:34 Amazon
3 Lowen & Navarro 03:40 Amazon
4
Lowen & Navarro 01:32 Amazon
5 Lowen & Navarro 04:45 Amazon
6
Lowen & Navarro 01:38 Amazon
7 Lowen & Navarro 05:32 Amazon
8
Lowen & Navarro 02:23 Amazon
9 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 04:22 Amazon
10 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 03:29 Amazon
11 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 03:59 Amazon
12 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 03:24 Amazon
13 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 05:10 Amazon
14 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 10:17 Amazon
15 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 09:10 Amazon
16
Lowen & Navarro Amazon
17
Lowen & Navarro 01:39 Amazon
18 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 06:03 Amazon
19
Lowen & Navarro 01:47 Amazon
20 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 07:04 Amazon
21
Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 06:45 Amazon
22
Lowen & Navarro 01:31 Amazon
23 Lowen & Navarro 06:13 Amazon
24 Lowen & Navarro 04:23 Amazon
25
Lowen & Navarro 04:42 Amazon
26 Lowen & Navarro 07:30 Amazon
27 Lowen & Navarro 05:20 Amazon
28 Lowen & Navarro 03:31 Amazon
29
Lowen & Navarro 01:51 Amazon
30 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 05:05 Amazon
31
Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 04:52 Amazon
32
Lowen & Navarro Amazon
33 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 09:08 Amazon
34
Lowen & Navarro 02:27 Amazon
35
Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 04:27 Amazon
36 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 03:48 Amazon
37 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti 04:54 Amazon
38
Lowen & Navarro 02:54 Amazon
39 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 06:14 Amazon
40
Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 06:35 Amazon
41
Lowen & Navarro 01:15 Amazon
42 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 06:54 Amazon
43 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 06:32 Amazon
44
Lowen & Navarro 02:42 Amazon
45 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 05:24 Amazon
46
Lowen & Navarro Amazon
47 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 05:04 Amazon
48
Lowen & Navarro 01:12 Amazon
49 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 05:02 Amazon
50 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 04:24 Amazon
51
Lowen & Navarro 02:27 Amazon
52 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 05:33 Amazon
53 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 05:01 Amazon
54 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 06:33 Amazon
55 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 09:16 Amazon
56
Lowen & Navarro 02:41 Amazon
57 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 09:01 Amazon
58 Lowen & Navarro feat: Don Conoscenti / Eric Lowen / Dan Navarro 10:16 Amazon
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