David Nelson Band
First Published at The Music Box, October 1998, Volume 5, #10
Written by John Metzger
Considering that it was meant only to be a promotional disc, Limited Edition is a rather intriguing outing from the David Nelson Band. The first three tracks were recorded in the studio and offer a glimpse into a different side of the group than is displayed on the its sophomore outing Keeper of the Key. Yvonne is a spicy, cajun-bluegrass number punctuated by the accordion of keyboardist Mookie Siegel. John Hardy's Wedding, penned by David Nelson and Robert Hunter, updates the Carter Family's John Hardy Was a Desperate Man, and the collective gives it a bluesy inflection. Born Sidestepper is perhaps the best of the studio recordings. It bounces along a Band-like groove and features the twin-guitar interplay of Nelson and Barry Sless. The remaining four songs were recorded live, and though they don't quite reach the heights achieved on Keeper of the Key, they're still quite remarkable. The Wizard's Son blazes with magical momentum, and Freight Train Boogie is guaranteed to get your feet moving as it relentlessly speeds down the track. Extra Sox, an instrumental, gives a rather strong hint at what would later develop into the concluding jam from See So Far on Keeper of the Key.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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