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Ol' Waylon

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ol' Waylon was released when Waylon Jennings had become a superstar. Outlaw was still popular, perhaps at its peak, but it was no longer the movement that it had been just a few short years before. As if offering proof, Waylon cut his most formulaic album since the early '60s, a record that satisfied the demands of outlaw without ever stretching them. Since this was recorded at a near-peak of not only his popularity but his power, there are some great moments on Ol' Waylon, particularly on the lead single "Luckenbach, Texas Back to the Basics of Love," a wonderful reminiscence of times back, "If You See Me Getting Smaller," and "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ol' Waylon was released when Waylon Jennings had become a superstar. Outlaw was still popular, perhaps at its peak, but it was no longer the movement that it had been just a few short years before. As if offering proof, Waylon cut his most formulaic album since the early '60s, a record that satisfied the demands of outlaw without ever stretching them. Since this was recorded at a near-peak of not only his popularity but his power, there are some great moments on Ol' Waylon, particularly on the lead single "Luckenbach, Texas Back to the Basics of Love," a wonderful reminiscence of times back, "If You See Me Getting Smaller," and "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself." The rest of the record is a little formulaic and reliant on covers, sometimes enjoyably including a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille", sometimes not as much "Sweet Caroline" was never suited for Waylon's style. Overall, Ol' Waylon is pretty enjoyable, but it winds up feeling a little hollow, as if Jennings was trying to give the audience what it wanted. There are enough good moments to make it worthwhile, not just to the dedicated but for some casual fans enamored of the outlaw years, but it's still an album that gets by more on its style than substance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Dcc Compact Classics
  • UPC: 010963014723
  • Catalog Number: 147

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Waylon Jennings Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jessi Colter Background Vocals
Ritchie Albright Guitar, Drums
Harrison Calloway Jr. Horn
Johnny Christopher Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Eades Horn
Sherman Hayes Bass
Larry Keith Background Vocals
Ralph Mooney Guitar, Steel Guitar
Gordon Payne Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Pippin Background Vocals
Carter Robertson Vocals, Background Vocals
Clifford Robertson Keyboards
Charles Rose Horn
Harvey Thompson Horn
Rance Wasson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Toni Wine Background Vocals
Reggie Young Guitar
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Composer
Buddy Knox Composer
Willis Alan Ramsey Composer
Muscle Shoals Horns Horn Arrangements
Jimmy Webb Composer
Roger Bowling Composer
Harrison Calloway Horn Arrangements
Don Cobb Engineer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Chips Moman Composer, Producer
Charles Rose Horn Arrangements
Michael Smotherman Composer
Harvey Thompson Horn Arrangements
Neil Wilburn Engineer
Reggie Young Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Vic Anesini Mastering
Marcia McGovern Contributor, Pre-Production Director
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Melinda Wickman Cover Photo
Hal Bynum Composer
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Herb Burnette Artwork, Graphic Design, Concept
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