Never Say Die: Live

Never Say Die: Live

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by Waylon Jennings
     
 

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This live recording captures a rejuvenated Waylon Jennings in fine fighting form, with his ace Waymore Blues Band (complete with a powerhouse horn section led by the estimable Jim Horn) cooking up a righteous country/rock/blues storm, with some special guests showing up to send the whole thing rocketing through the Ryman Auditorium's ancient rafters. John Anderson

Overview

This live recording captures a rejuvenated Waylon Jennings in fine fighting form, with his ace Waymore Blues Band (complete with a powerhouse horn section led by the estimable Jim Horn) cooking up a righteous country/rock/blues storm, with some special guests showing up to send the whole thing rocketing through the Ryman Auditorium's ancient rafters. John Anderson trades low-down verses with Waylon on "Waymore's Blues"; Montgomery Gentry helps take "(I'm a) Ramblin' Man" into feverish country-rock territory; Travis Tritt sounds like he's singing from experience on a foreboding reading of "I've Always Been Crazy"; and Waylon's wife, Jessi Colter, offers up her heartbreak classic "I'm Not Lisa" and duets with Waylon on the poignant "Storms Never Last." Add in some more Waylon classics -- "Amanda," "Good Hearted Woman" -- and the new Waylon-penned gem "Nothing Catches Jesus By Surprise," and the result is a live album that points this veteran outlaw toward a bountiful future.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At age 63, Waylon Jennings may have reached the point that he is commercially marginal, but his long hit-filled career gives him a repertoire that can make for a powerful concert set, and on this album, recorded at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in January 2000, he demonstrates that he remains able to turn in a performance to match. This is a special show, with frequent guest-star appearances from Jennings' acolytes -- John Anderson ("Waymore's Blues"), Montgomery Gentry ("[I'm A] Ramblin' Man"), Travis Tritt ("I've Always Been Crazy") -- as well as his wife, Jessi Colter, who gets a solo spot with her hit "I'm Not Lisa" and duets with Jennings on their hit "Storms Never Last." In addition to the familiar material, Jennings mixes in songs from his little-heard late-'90s albums, such as the title track from his 1998 collection, Closing In on the Fire, and covers the pop hits "Drift Away" and "Never Been to Spain." He makes an engaging host, joking with his guests and talking to the audience, but what matters most is that his bass baritone remains sturdy, while his veteran band (which earns a co-billing) still plays his songs with authority. Jennings vows that he is "Goin' Down Rockin'," and if so, that's appropriate, but this album suggests there's still plenty of life in him.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646385326
catalogNumber:
63853

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Performance Credits

Waylon Jennings   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jessi Colter   Piano,Vocals
Ritchie Albright   Drums
Jerry Bridges   Bass Guitar
Jim Horn   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barny Robertson   Keyboards,Vocals
Carter Robertson   Vocals
Charles Rose   Trombone
Robby Turner   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Rance Wasson   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Producer,Art Direction
Ray Pennington   Composer
Jessi Colter   Composer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Bob Wright   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Tony Castle   Engineer,Vocal Editing

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Never Say Die: Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like fine wine, ol' Waylon gets better with age & has gave his fans a # 1- C.D., he got ol' friends & new friends togther and gave us the next best thing to being at a ''live show. He took the ol' songs and made them new,& made the new ones sound like the ol' Waylon.his song writeing is still one of the best,two ol' friends of Waylon,Rance Wasson & Carter Robertson give there all