Joe Ely/Honky Tonk Masquerade

Joe Ely/Honky Tonk Masquerade

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by Joe Ely
     
 

This two-for-one disc, remastered from the original tapes, combines two of Joe Ely's very best recorded works; in fact, Honky Tonk Masquerade was picked by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of the 1970s. The energy and intensity delivered here remain true to his stage shows, and those who have seen him know that he…  See more details below

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This two-for-one disc, remastered from the original tapes, combines two of Joe Ely's very best recorded works; in fact, Honky Tonk Masquerade was picked by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of the 1970s. The energy and intensity delivered here remain true to his stage shows, and those who have seen him know that he takes nothing back to the dressing room with him, as it is all left on the stage. The band has that tightness that only comes from years of constant touring and playing to all kinds of crowds. This is roots music before it was a genre, heightened by the energy of the musicians' believing in the music they are playing. The songwriting is exemplary, as the songs are primarily by Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale. The latter two are known mainly as songwriters, and have begun to get some recognition for their own discs. Early versions of the songs hold up to later versions, which is the sign of a strong song. There is a beautiful rendition of "If You Were a Bluebird," which inspired the title of an Emmylou Harris LP and became a big hit for her. This collection of rocking roots country music from one of the hardest workers around gives ample indication of the work to come. The energy heard here comes from a combination of dedication to craft, good songwriting, and the desire to give it all each and every time. At the same time, this disc contains some of the best work this performer has done. Three cheers to BGO for combining these two previously hard to find discs.

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Release Date:
10/17/2000
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261205025
catalogNumber:
502
Rank:
69337

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Joe Ely/Honky Tonk Masquerade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Joe Ely has never topped the one-two punch of his first two albums, compiled here on one CD by Beat Goes On. Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, all former members of an obscure Texas acoustic band called the Flatlanders, wrote all the songs but one. They had a wry sensibility that elevated the music above late 70s country rock. Check out Hancock's Boxcars and West Texas Waltz, two of the best numbers he ever wrote. Ely brought an everyman quality to the vocals and the band was a no frills outfit that added subtly to each tune. Lloyd Maines, father of Dixie Chick Natalie, played steel guitar Fans of outlaw country, Texas songwriters, or roots music should not pass up this excellent collection.