Uncle Walt's Band live recording sees expanded light of day
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
– What was once a private pressing almost four decades ago of Uncle Walt's Band in concert will see the light of day this winter.
The band, which consisted of Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball, will see "Recorded Live at Waterloo Ice House" out on Feb. 5, 202` on Omnivore Recordings.
Originally released as a private pressing in 1982 on the band's Lespedeza label, "Recorded Live" was a document of their shows at Waterloo Ice House in Austin. At the time, 14 tracks were released.
The upcoming release follows an anthology and expanded versions of their self-titled debut and its follow-up," An American in Texas," on Omnivore Recordings.
The collection has been expanded to 21 tracks, with seven songs from the original release, four previously unissued alternate takes, and 10 previously unissued performances. The new package features photos, new liner notes from Peter Blackstock (music writer for the Austin American-Statesman), and mastering from Grammy-winning engineer Michael Graves.
The track listing is:
1. If I Don't Stop Crying
2. Mock, Mock, Mockingbird
3. Love Has Laid Me Down
4. Stagger Lee
5. Since I Fell For You
6. Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better
7. Bye, Bye Baby
8. Motor City Man
9. The More I See You
11. I Gotta Know
12. What Have You Done With My Love
13. I'm Going To Break My Heart In Two
14. Snowing Me Under
15. Country Boy
16. Lose Me Baby
17. Eddie's Girl
18. Georgia Rose
20. Just A Little Understanding
21. Early Morning Love
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Originally released in 1982 as a 14-song set recorded at Austin's Waterloo Ice House, this expanded edition of 21 tracks by the trio of Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball is an entertaining mix of originals and nicely chosen covers.
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