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The Best of Joe Ely

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For all his critical hosannas, Joe Ely is something of an acquired taste, since his rebellious neo-traditionalist country fluctuates between heartfelt honky tonk evocations, self-conscious modern-day mocking, and material that falls somewhere in between. He did cut a series of albums that were acclaimed and influential, including the rollicking Live Shots, one the great country live albums of its time, but MCA Nashville's 2000 The Best of Joe Ely is the best introduction to his sound and aesthetic. Spanning his career from his 1977 debut to 1995's Letter to Laredo, this touches on every defining moment Ely had, including songs that he initially cut with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For all his critical hosannas, Joe Ely is something of an acquired taste, since his rebellious neo-traditionalist country fluctuates between heartfelt honky tonk evocations, self-conscious modern-day mocking, and material that falls somewhere in between. He did cut a series of albums that were acclaimed and influential, including the rollicking Live Shots, one the great country live albums of its time, but MCA Nashville's 2000 The Best of Joe Ely is the best introduction to his sound and aesthetic. Spanning his career from his 1977 debut to 1995's Letter to Laredo, this touches on every defining moment Ely had, including songs that he initially cut with the Flatlanders. In this setting, his blend of honky tonk, folk, and rock & roll is remarkably effective and consistent, with "She Never Spoke Spanish to Me," "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown," "Musta Notta Gotta Lotta," and "Letter to Laredo" all standing out as progressive/alternative country classics. Given his cult status -- the kind of cult where all his recordings are acclaimed equally -- this is the best way for outsiders to fall in love with Ely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008817015125
  • Catalog Number: 170151
  • Sales rank: 16,512

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Ely Primary Artist
Butch Hancock Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Composer
Joe Ely Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Michael Brovsky Producer
Tony Brown Producer
Chip Young Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Andy McKaie Producer
John Reed Composer
Doug Schwartz Remastering
John Morthland Liner Notes, Compilation Assistant
Vartan Art Direction
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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Good Intro

    This was my first Joe Ely CD. It works quite well as an introduction although 7 of the 20 cuts come from his first two LPs. Ely is the kind of artist that only seems to come from Texas. He steps across the barriers between rock, folk, and country without thinking about them. To be honest, there is enough good Ely for a double set. As an alternative, you might want to track down his first two albums on one one CD on the BGO label.

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