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Ralph's Last Show: Live in Santa Cruz

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Disc 1 of 2
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Intro
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Freight Train
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105
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Mighty Big Car
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White Trash
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Good Enough
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Livin' Out on the Road
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Carter
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Time to Get a Gun
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Flowers in the Dell
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He's a Good Dog
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Lucille
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How's Ernie
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Pretty Good Guy
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The Old John Deere
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Carmelita
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Benchseat Baby
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Spookin' the Horses
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Crazier
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Big Hair
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I Like Trains
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Rodeo Boy
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Crashin' and Burnin'
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Alcohol and Pills
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49 Tons
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Total Tracks: 25   Total Length: 81:06

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Great live album

Bummydavis

Like a couple of other folks have said, this is a good intro to Fred's music. Personal faves are Alcohol and Pills, 49 tons, and A Pretty Good Guy. If you like Steve Earle's early stuff, you should definitely like Fred E.

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A near perfect live release

FervorCoulee

Fred has a number of live recordings, but this one is the most widely available. "How's Ernie" is mighty funny, and way too true for some, I'm sure. I kinda feel that way about my father-in-law some nights. A fine sampling of mid-career Eaglesmith tunes from the silly- "Big Hair" and "White Trash"- to the essential- "Flowers in the Dell", "Alcohol & Pills" and "Time to Get a Gun." Fred scares the hell out of me sometimes. A very fine way to discover this Canadian treasure. RIP Willie P.!

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great writing and performance

weirduncledaverome

Hey, I had only the vaguest of ideas who Fred Eaglesmith was when I was led to this by other members. It rapidly became one my favorites. Eaglesmith has a style all his own. The funny stuff is REALLY funny(and what is this obession with machinery- Fred must have lost his virginity in one of those big old cars)-but it's the sense of reality in those heartfelt ballads that makes it all work. I can hardly wait to check out some of his older stuff-I don't see any of it on emusic, so I guess I'll look elsewhere. Great stuff.

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very good

tomemusic

This is a great album. Listen to "Alcohol and Pills" or "Carmelita", you'll see.

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Live Fred Worth Price of Admission

merfdawg

If you don't have any Fred Eaglesmith music, this live two-disc set is a great place to start. He's a southern Ontario boy who writes smart and funny tongue-in-cheek country songs, and character sketches of lonely and eccentric people. Canadian legend Willie P. Bennett also plays in the band. This is the only place besides actually attending a live show (which I highly recommend - Fred has quite a stage presence) to hear the very funny "White Trash".

They Say All Music Guide

Fred Eaglesmith may sound like another hardened Texas singer/songwriter, but he originally hails from Ontario, Canada. Ralph’s Last Show finds him performing a live, two-disc set, featuring both old and new material, in Santa Cruz, CA. Things get started with “Freight Train” and “105,” two hard-driving acoustic numbers, featuring Eaglesmith’s rough-hewed vocals and down-to-earth lyrics. The poignant “Alcohol and Pills” takes a straight-ahead look at the substance abuse of performers like Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. The song wryly notes, “Fame doesn’t take away the pain, it just pays the bills, and you wind up on alcohol and pills.” The day-to-day life of migrant workers is explored in “Carmelita,” a song once covered by the Cowboy Junkies. With his angry voice and driving sound, Eaglesmith’s music might be described as aggressive acoustic. He nonetheless aptly handles more sensitive material like “Livin’ on the Road,” a poignant portrait of a lonely life, and “Carter,” a heartfelt tribute to bluegrass legend Carter Stanley. The small backing band, while mostly acoustic, makes a big sound. Willie P. Bennett adds tasteful flourishes of dobro and mandolin on cuts like “He’s a Good Dog” and “I Like Trains.” Bennett, Washboard Hank, and Ralph Schipper (the “Ralph” who is playing his last show) also fill out the sound with some fine harmony. Of course one wouldn’t want to miss Eaglesmith’s humorous side, finely displayed on “White Trash,” a song that ponders the joys of downward mobility. Ralph’s Last Show finds Eaglesmith in his element, and will be appreciated by fans and anyone who enjoys literate singer/songwriters. – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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