The Complete MCA Recordings

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Waylon Jennings left his longtime home of RCA for MCA in 1986, it was time for a change. As the halcyon outlaw days of the late '70s gave way to the polished peak of urban cowboy in the early '80s, Waylon started to drift, and by mid-decade he wasn't having hits like he used to and his records weren't as strong, so changing labels made good sense. Teaming up with producer Jimmy Bowen, he updated his classic sound on 1985's Will the Wolf Survive?, his first album for MCA, which featured Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand" and Los Lobos' title track. At the time, both artists were on the roots rock cutting edge, and they lent a hip veneer to the record, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Waylon Jennings left his longtime home of RCA for MCA in 1986, it was time for a change. As the halcyon outlaw days of the late '70s gave way to the polished peak of urban cowboy in the early '80s, Waylon started to drift, and by mid-decade he wasn't having hits like he used to and his records weren't as strong, so changing labels made good sense. Teaming up with producer Jimmy Bowen, he updated his classic sound on 1985's Will the Wolf Survive?, his first album for MCA, which featured Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand" and Los Lobos' title track. At the time, both artists were on the roots rock cutting edge, and they lent a hip veneer to the record, which was primarily written by Nashville pros and given a big, clean production that was just this side of slick, yet used for most country, blues, and roots rock albums of the late '80s. As MCA Nashville's double-disc 2004 collection The Complete MCA Recordings proves, that is the sound and aesthetic that came to mark his work for MCA. Two years later, Jennings and Bowen gave Waylon an even bigger, varnished sound on Hangin' Tough, where he wrapped his powerful baritone around Sammy Johns' wimp-rock anthem "Chevy Van," which is a good indication of the quality of that record although he did a remarkably effective interpretation of Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" on this same record. He bounced back somewhat that same year with the doggedly biographical A Man Called Hoss, which may hammer its theme home with each song bearing a chapter title separate from its song title, but is one of his more interesting latter-day albums, and helped point the way toward 1988's Full Circle, which found him co-writing the majority of the material for the first time at MCA with the exception of A Man Called Hoss. There are interesting moments on each of these records, but they're balanced out by too many faceless album tracks -- professionally written and performed, but not memorable -- and even the best moments are undercut by the overbearing production, which is way too slick and sequenced and has dated very badly. Waylon was making better, more interesting albums than he was at the end of his term with RCA, but despite his ambition, they're not all successful, and that production can make this collection a bit of a tiring listen. Nevertheless, this is a valuable package for the hardcore fan, since it contains the entirety of all four albums plus a few loose ends, making it a good library piece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602498605813
  • Catalog Number: 000092602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Will the Wolf Survive?
  2. 2 They Ain't Got 'Em All
  3. 3 Working Without A Net
  4. 4 Where Does Love Go
  5. 5 That Dog Won't Hunt
  6. 6 What You'll Do When I'm Gone
  7. 7 Suddenly Single
  8. 8 The Shadow of Your Distant Friend
  9. 9 I've Got a Woman
  10. 10 The Devil's Right Hand
  11. 11 Baker Street
  12. 12 I Can't Help the Way I Don't Feel About You
  13. 13 Rose in Paradise
  14. 14 Crying Don't Even Come Close
  15. 15 Chevy Van
  16. 16 Fallin' Out
  17. 17 Deep in the West
  18. 18 Between Fathers and Sons
  19. 19 The Crown Prince
  20. 20 Defying Gravity (Executioner's Song)
  21. 21 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Disc 2
  1. 1 Prologue
  2. 2 Chapter One...Childhood: Littlefield
  3. 3 Chapter Two...Texas: You'll Never Take Texas Out of Me
  4. 4 Chapter Three...First Love: You Went Out with Rock 'N' Roll
  5. 5 Chapter Four...Lost Love: A Love Song (I Can't Sing Anymore)
  6. 6 Chapter Five...Nashville: If Old Hank Could Only See Us Now
  7. 7 Chapter Six...Crazies: My Rough And Rowdy Days
  8. 8 Chapter Seven...Drugs: I'm Living Proof (There's Life After You)
  9. 9 Chapter Eight...Jessi: You Deserve The Stars In My Crown
  10. 10 Chapter Nine...Reflections: Turn It All Around
  11. 11 Chapter Ten...The Beginning: Where Do We Go From Here
  12. 12 Trouble Man
  13. 13 Grapes On The Vine
  14. 14 Which Way Do I Go (Now That I'm Gone)
  15. 15 Yoyos, Bozos, Bimbos and Heroes
  16. 16 It Goes with the Territory
  17. 17 How Much Is It Worth to Live in L.A.?
  18. 18 Hey Willie
  19. 19 You Put the Soul in the Song
  20. 20 G.I. Joe
  21. 21 Woman I Hate It
  22. 22 Somewhere Between Ragged and Right
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Waylon Jennings Primary Artist
Johnny Cash Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
John Anderson Producer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Waylon Jennings Producer
Steve Earle Composer
Gerry Rafferty Composer
Jesse Winchester Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Sammy Johns Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Larry Butler Composer
J.B. Detterline Jr. Composer
Michael Garvin Composer
Steve Gillette Composer
Don Goodman Composer
Stewart Harris Composer
David Hidalgo Composer
John Jarvis Composer
Johnny MacRae Composer
Jim McBride Composer
Chips Moman Producer
Roger Murrah Composer
G. Nicholson Composer
C. Waters Composer
T.J. Seals Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
John Barlow Jarvis Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Louie Pérez Composer
S.K. Russell Composer
Denny Lile Composer
Tim Gaetano Composer
DB Cook Composer
Kelly Martinez Licensing
Dr. W.A. Jennings Composer
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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