Ain't Living Long Like This

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Rodney Crowell's auspicious 1978 debut, Ain't Living Long Like This, not only showcases his songwriting prowess, but also his ability to deliver a song, whether it's one of his own or the work of another writer. Crowell possesses a sort of Everly Brothers, Nashville soul in his strong, emotive tenor, that's equally effective on the country-blues of Dallas Frazier's "Elvira," as it is on the rocking title cut or a country-folk ballad such as the self-penned "Song for the Life." Along with producer Brian Ahern Emmylou Harris, Crowell employs a who's who of country and rock'n'roll session players, including James Burton and Glen D. Hardin, both of whom played with Elvis ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Rodney Crowell's auspicious 1978 debut, Ain't Living Long Like This, not only showcases his songwriting prowess, but also his ability to deliver a song, whether it's one of his own or the work of another writer. Crowell possesses a sort of Everly Brothers, Nashville soul in his strong, emotive tenor, that's equally effective on the country-blues of Dallas Frazier's "Elvira," as it is on the rocking title cut or a country-folk ballad such as the self-penned "Song for the Life." Along with producer Brian Ahern Emmylou Harris, Crowell employs a who's who of country and rock'n'roll session players, including James Burton and Glen D. Hardin, both of whom played with Elvis Presley and Gram Parsons, as well as enlisting the aid of artists such as Dr. John, Ry Cooder, Nicolette Larson, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs and Willie Nelson. As a writer, Crowell, who chose to include three terrific covers over any of his backlog of excellent original material, has the knack for mixing a pop sensibility and rock'n'roll vitality, with the heart and reverence of a traditionalist. A song such as "California Earthquake A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," sounds as if it could've been written decades before, while "Voila, An American Dream" hit the pop charts the following year for the Dirt Band. Ain't Living Long Like This became a mining-ground of material for others. Nearly every one of Crowell's tunes from the album was covered within the next few years, spawning at least a couple of major hits. Even "Elvira," which he had resurrected, became an early-'80s smash for the Oak Ridge Boys .
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Audium Entertainment
  • UPC: 684038816422
  • Catalog Number: 8164
  • Sales rank: 49,090

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodney Crowell Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle, Violin, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Nelson Vocals
Ry Cooder Guitar, Slide Guitar
Dr. John Keyboards, Keyboards
Albert Lee Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Amos Garrett Guitar, Electric Guitar
James Burton Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Richard Greene Strings
Nicolette Larson Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Larry Willoughby Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Brian Ahern Guitar, Percussion
Hal Blaine Drums
Byron Berline Fiddle, Violin
Donivan Cowart Vocals
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Hank DeVito Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy Bass
Jerry Jumonville Horn, Saxophone
Tom Sauber Banjo
John Ware Percussion, Drums
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Strings
Technical Credits
John Hartford Composer
Brian Ahern Producer, Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Geoff Sykes Engineer
Bradley Hartman Engineer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Brad Wrolstad Reissue Design
Barry McCloud Liner Notes
Dave Nives Reissue Producer
Pat McDonald Engineer
Bruce Brown Engineer
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