Ain't Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection

Ain't Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection

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by Steve Earle
     
 
Alt-country pioneer Steve Earle put himself on the map during his five-album stint with MCA Records, during which time he established himself as an iconoclast whose stubborn individualism doomed his attempts to slot into Nashville's hidebound marketing system. It wasn't Earle's stripped-down, melodically accessible music that was the problem; what made Earle

Overview

Alt-country pioneer Steve Earle put himself on the map during his five-album stint with MCA Records, during which time he established himself as an iconoclast whose stubborn individualism doomed his attempts to slot into Nashville's hidebound marketing system. It wasn't Earle's stripped-down, melodically accessible music that was the problem; what made Earle unpalatable to the Music City establishment was his stubbornly gritty lyrics, which delved deeper into personal and political territory than the mainstream country gatekeepers could handle. In hindsight, it's just as well that Nashville rejected Earle; after being transferred to MCA's rock division, Earle took advantage of his new freedom to carve out a tougher, more distinctive sound that was ultimately better suited to his songs. This two-CD, 30-track retrospective distills the highlights of Earle's MCA tenure, with the topical post-rockabilly of such early tunes as "Guitar Town," "Good Ol' Boy," "I Ain't Ever Satisfied," and "The Rain Came Down" giving way to edgier, more personal efforts, e.g. the Celtic-rocking "Copperhead Road," the slyly political "Snake Oil," the brooding "The Other Kind," and the stark anti-capital punishment tract "Billy Austin." The set also features a handful of unreleased tracks, plus Earle's purposeful covers of such seminal tunes as Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper," the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers," Doug Sahm's "She About a Mover," and the trucker country standard "Six Days on the Road."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Although his personal life was plagued with troubles during the late '80s, Steve Earle wrote a wealth of first-rate songs during that time and the majority of those tunes are collected on the double-disc set Ain't Ever Satisfied. Spanning his career from 1985's Guitar Town to 1991's Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator, Ain't Ever Satisfied hits nearly every high point. It's an excellent retrospective, illustrating exactly why Earle was one of the most acclaimed country singer/songwriters of the latter half of the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/1996
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0076744000620
catalogNumber:
40006
Rank:
16931

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Guitar Town
  2. Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)
  3. Hillbilly Highway
  4. My Old Friend the Blues
  5. Fearless Heart
  6. Think It Over
  7. Someday
  8. Goodbye's All We've Got Left
  9. State Trooper
  10. I Ain't Ever Satisfied
  11. Nowhere Road
  12. The Rain Came Down
  13. I Love You Too Much
  14. The Week of Living Dangerously
  15. Continental Trailways Blues
  16. Six Days on the Road

Disc 2

  1. Copperhead Road
  2. Snake Oil
  3. Even When I'm Blue
  4. Devil's Right Hand
  5. Nothing But a Child
  6. Johnny Come Lately
  7. Dead Flowers
  8. The Other Kind
  9. When the People Find Out
  10. Billy Austin
  11. She's About a Mover
  12. West Nashville Boogie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Earle   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,6-string bass
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Bill Lloyd   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar
Edgar Meyer   Bass
Maria McKee   Background Vocals
Ken Moore   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Bucky Baxter   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,6-string bass
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,6-string bass
Philip Chevron   Guitar,Vocals
John Cowan   Background Vocals
Custer   Drums
James Fearnley   Accordion
Jem Finer   Banjo
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass,Mandolin
Darryl Hunt   Bass
John Jarvis   Piano,Keyboards
Kelly Looney   Bass
Shane MacGowan   Banjo,Bodhran
Mike McAdam   Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,6-string Electric Bass
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Donnie Roberts   Electric Guitar
Lester Snell   Organ
Spider Stacy   Vocals,tin whistle
Harry Stinson   Drums,Vocals
Terry Woods   Cittern
Craig Wright   Drums
Reno Kling   Bass
Stacey Earle-Mims   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
K-Meaux Boudin   Accordion
Zip Gibson   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Arden Ranken   Drums
Patrick Earle   Percussion

Technical Credits

Steve Earle   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Pogues   Contributor
Dukes   Contributor
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Bucky Baxter   Contributor
Richard Bennett   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Tim Devine   Producer
Emory Gordy   Producer
Joe Hardy   Producer
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Telluride   Contributor
Terry Woods   Contributor
Reno Kling   Composer
Bruce Resnikoff   Executive Producer

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