NRBQ

You Gotta Be Loose: Recorded Live in U.S.A.

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True believers have always maintained that NRBQ's best records reveal only a faint glimmer of the genius they exhibit when you experience them live. With Al Anderson long out of the picture, that genius falls more and more onto the shoulders of Terry Adams, and most of the tunes on this live date are his, musical quirks and all. As for the rest of the crew, the Spampinato brothers do their thing, Tom Ardolino holds the beat down with consummate ease and flair, and the horns blow in tune. Six of the 15 tunes aboard are obscure covers that come from the bowels of NRBQ's own personal record collections -- songs that fit them like a glove, whether it's their take on Jimmie Logsdon's "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket" or putting lyrics to the Rockin' Rebels' instrumental classic "Wild Weekend." With this live effort, NRBQ continue on in their unique musical space, miles from the musical mainstream, preaching to the converted and having a ball every note of the way.

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