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The Mavericks

It's now! It's live – 1997 (MCA Canada)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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The import only live disc from The Mavericks was recorded in Canada (it almost didn't even happen due to weather problems), and the seven-song disc captures the country side of The Mavs where they may be best, onstage. Self-produced, the mix is top-notch with Malo's vocals clear, but the band pushing along the songs (the lead-off "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down").

Long-time sidekick/keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden gets a turn on lead vocals with a version of Merle Haggard's "(Tonight) The Bottle Let Me Down." At 31-minutes, this is far from greatest hits live. "There Goes My Heart" and "What A Crying Shame" are the only other two hits here. The disc closes with a studio cut of "I Don't Care If You Love Me Anymore." Fine album with one problem - at 31 minutes, it's too short.