Album Reviews

The Mavericks

All Night Live Volume 1

Artist:     The Mavericks

Album:     All Night Live Volume 1

Label:     Mono Mundo

Release Date:     10/14/2016


After the Mavericks’ comeback in 2012 following a seemingly career ending break-up eight years earlier, the band has gone on to achieve far greater success than they managed the first time around. For starters, they’ve finally gotten their rewards for the radio and record industry, which had a hard time confining them to a restricted niche the first time around. Happily, the band’s sound, a hybrid mix of country, roots, Latin and rock, is not a hindrance as far as the gatekeepers are concerned. For another, the Mavericks have affirmed a reputation as an exceptional live band.

As a result, All Night Live Volume 1 suitably sums up the band’s progress to date, gathering a selection of mostly recent material in an attempt to replicate the energy and excitement of a their live performance. Because they’re such a visual ensemble, it’s not easy capturing those elements on record, and yet  the standout selections—“All Night Long,” “Back In Your Arms Again,” “Dance In The Moonlight” and a tender cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” —show off the band at their best, offering further proof of their prowess. The energy and exuberance evidenced here makes the inevitable Volume 2 all the more anticipated.

—Lee Zimmerman

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