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THE SADIES:: In Concert, Vol. 1 (Album Review)

Back in February, the Sadies held a two-night rip through their back catalog with friends and family at Lee’s Palace and brought in Steve Albini to record the shows for posterity. The two-disc, 41-track In Concert, Vol. 1 turns out to be a straight-up document of the proceedings stripped of the woozy banter, miscues and most of the audience participation. The advance planning that made it a relatively hitch-free affair didn’t leave much room for happy accidents, impromptu bursts of inspiration or the brotherly stage squabbling that can add a lot to the entertainment value of a Sadies show. Still, there are stellar performances by Jon Spencer, Neko Case, the Good Brothers, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, and particularly impressive vocal contributions from mom Margaret Good, who really should be making albums of her own. (Tim Perlich)