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Complete Columbia Recordings
     

The Complete Columbia Recordings

by Billy Joe Shaver
 
Billy Joe Shaver came to the major labels a little too late to capitalize on the outlaw country boom of the '70s. He spent the back half of that decade on Capricorn, more of a rock label than a country imprint, jumping ship to Columbia in 1981 and staying with the label until 1987. During that time, Columbia and its sister label, Epic, turned many veteran country

Overview

Billy Joe Shaver came to the major labels a little too late to capitalize on the outlaw country boom of the '70s. He spent the back half of that decade on Capricorn, more of a rock label than a country imprint, jumping ship to Columbia in 1981 and staying with the label until 1987. During that time, Columbia and its sister label, Epic, turned many veteran country singers into reliable hit-makers -- Willie Nelson, George Jones, Merle Haggard, all ruled the charts -- but Shaver never managed to break beyond his cult audience despite a very subtle polishing of his hardcore Texas country. This may not have resulted in big hits, but it was his greatest, sustained creative record making, with each of his three Columbia albums -- 1981's I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal, 1982's Billy Joe Shaver, 1987's Salt of the Earth -- offering strong new originals and nimble covers of some of his old classics. All three, plus a non-LP single, are combined on Real Gone's 2013 double-disc set The Complete Columbia Recordings, which brings this material back into print for the first time in years (in the case of the 1982 LP, this is the first time the album has ever seen digital release). Occasionally, the punch of the professional production doesn't quite jibe with the grit of Shaver's voice and songs, but it never overwhelms him -- it does help that he's supported by a crack team, supplemented by a few of his favorite guns, including his son Eddy -- and it's often appealing on its own terms. So, this era winds up as perhaps the most satisfying of Shaver's career, both in terms of sound and content: he revived his core songbook and added to it significantly, and revisiting these three albums on this Real Gone set is a pleasure indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064001133
catalogNumber:
400113

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joe Shaver   Primary Artist
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Marshall Chapman   Vocal Harmony
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Kurt Howell   Piano,Clavinet
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Jerry Bridges   Bass
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Russ Hicks   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Jim Isbell   Drums
Leo Jackson   Acoustic Guitar
Bunky Keels   Piano,Keyboards
Dave Kirby   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Leech   Bass
Jimmy Lester   Drums
Kelly Looney   Bass
Kenny Lovelace   Fiddle
Gordon Payne   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Bill Rice   Vocal Harmony
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Dale Sellers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bee Spears   Bass
Bobby Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Eddy Shaver   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mimi Nuyens   Background Vocals
Daniel Sarenana   Background Vocals
James Cromwell   Drums
Leland Waddell   Drums
Hayward Bishop   Drums
Richie Albright   Percussion
David Cochran   Bass
Kenny Hoelsher   Bass
Pete Schellhardt   Piano

Technical Credits

Billy Joe Shaver   Composer,Lyricist
Joe Hardy   Engineer
Eddie Kilroy   Producer
Tom Pick   Engineer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Neil Wilburn   Engineer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Doug Wygal   Producer
Gordon Anderson   Producer
Jeff James   Producer
Richie Albright   Producer

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