I've Always Been Crazy

I've Always Been Crazy

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by Waylon Jennings
     
 

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By 1978 Waylon Jennings had been through the wringer with his position as one of the most visible "outlaw" country stars: he'd been busted for drugs and was addicted to both cocaine and alcohol and was tired of the hype surrounding Nashville's co-opting what he, Willie Nelson, and a handful of others started in the name of greaterSee more details below

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By 1978 Waylon Jennings had been through the wringer with his position as one of the most visible "outlaw" country stars: he'd been busted for drugs and was addicted to both cocaine and alcohol and was tired of the hype surrounding Nashville's co-opting what he, Willie Nelson, and a handful of others started in the name of greater artistic control. I've Always Been Crazy is his first "political" statement about his feelings. And while it may not be as great an album as Ol' Waylon or Dreaming My Dreams, it's still a fine one. With a cast of players that includes the great Tony Joe White, Ralph Mooney, Carter Robertson, Reggie Young, and Bee Spears, the band assembled here smokes. In addition to the title track, this set also features the classic "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Outta Hand." But even though these two cuts would have been worth the purchase of the album, the rest is nothing to dismiss. There are fine covers of a medley of Buddy Holly hits, a poignant, barely disguised ode to old friend and rambling mate Billy Joe Shaver, the glorious "A Long Time Ago," and the outlaw shuffle "As the 'Billy World Turns." There are also fine, heartfelt covers of Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" and Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line." The set closes with a pair of ballads, which is uncharacteristic of Jennings during this period; there's "Girl I Can Tell (You're Trying to Work It Out)," with its folk song melody and country music bridge. And finally, the four-and-a-half-minute "Whistlers and Jugglers," a broken love song by Shel Silverstein that talks of surrender and loss so poignant and sharp, it numbers among Jennings' finer performances of the late '70s. In all, I've Always Been Crazy is a solid recording, still possessing the piss and vinegar of Jennings' best work with a deeper lyrical edge on most tracks. In fact, despite its obvious origins, the Holly medley is the only thing that keeps the album from being as stellar as the aforementioned ones. Nonetheless, this is necessary for any fan of outlaw country in general and Jennings in particular. As a perverse side note, it inexplicably took BMG until 2004 to issue this record on CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766262124
catalogNumber:
62621

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waylon Jennings   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tony Joe White   Guitar,Vocals
Ritchie Albright   Drums
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Sherman Hayes   Bass
Ralph Mooney   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Gordon Payne   Guitar,Vocals
Barny Robertson   Keyboards
Carter Robertson   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Clifford Robertson   Keyboards
Bee Spears   Bass
Rance Wasson   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Carter   Guitar
William Joor   Guitar
Fred Carter   Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Duane Eddy   Producer,Audio Production
Buddy Holly   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Ritchie Albright   Producer,Audio Production
J.I. Allison   Composer
Ken Mansfield   Producer,Audio Production
Joe Mauldin   Composer
Stan Reece   Contributor
Travis Turk   Engineer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Ron Jaramillo   Reissue Design
Rick Horton   Engineer
Charlyn Zlotnik   Cover Photo
Herb Burnette   Art Direction

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