The Warner Bros Years

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In his brief intro to this collection, Steve Earle makes one point: that his creativity in recovery is far greater than it was in the throes of addiction. He writes, "I've done way more shit sober than I did fucked up...There are people who would argue that my early albums, Guitar Town and Copperhead Road are better records than Train a Comin' and El Corazón but they're wrong...." Writer/director/colleague David Simon (Homicide, The Wire, Treme) makes a far longer, more detailed, and personal case for the same thing in his lengthy liner essay. The truth is that Earle's right; the three studio albums collected from his tenure with Warner Bros. -- Train a Comin', I Feel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In his brief intro to this collection, Steve Earle makes one point: that his creativity in recovery is far greater than it was in the throes of addiction. He writes, "I've done way more shit sober than I did fucked up...There are people who would argue that my early albums, Guitar Town and Copperhead Road are better records than Train a Comin' and El Corazón but they're wrong...." Writer/director/colleague David Simon (Homicide, The Wire, Treme) makes a far longer, more detailed, and personal case for the same thing in his lengthy liner essay. The truth is that Earle's right; the three studio albums collected from his tenure with Warner Bros. -- Train a Comin', I Feel Alright, and El Corazón -- were all recorded in consecutive years after his getting out of jail and rehab. They are as different from one another as they are from virtually anything else on the Americana scene, and they remain so. Train a Comin' featured current songs ("Goodbye," "Angel Is the Devil") against some of his earliest ("Tom Ames' Prayer," "Ben McCulloch"), stripped to the bone and played acoustically with legends Norman Blake, Roy Huskey, and Peter Rowan. I Feel Alright was the direct opposite, a more roots-oriented return to the rock & roll of Copperhead Road, yet harder and more consistent: evidence lies in tracks such as the title, "Hard-Core Troubadour," "Billy and Bonnie," and "South Nashville Blues." But it's the last of these recordings that is the masterpiece. El Corazón wed country, bluegrass, Celtic folk, and rock & roll in a collection that brought Earle's wide range into clear view. Though there isn't a weak track on the set, the highlights, to name a few, include the protest folk of "Christmas in Washington," which calls on the wandering spirits of Woody Guthrie, Emma Goldman, and Joe Hill to inspire a new generation; the rock & roll indictment of racism in "Taneytown" with Emmylou Harris; "I Still Carry You Around," a busted bluegrass love song with the Del McCoury Band (with whom he would record The Mountain a year later); the hard alt-country of "N.Y.C." with the Supersuckers; and the haunted Celtic/Texas country balladry of "Ft. Worth Blues." Few artists have had a three-album run like that. In addition, there is another disc containing a Nashville concert from 1995 that features guest spots from Bill Monroe and Harris, as well as a DVD with a gig at the Cold Creek Correctional Facility from 1996. It's all packaged in a handsome slipcase, with two separate digipacks illustrated by Tony Fitzpatrick and a handsome booklet with the essays by Earle and Simon and complete lyrics. With the incentive of live material for old fans and the sheer brilliance on offer when these records are taken together, The Warner Bros. Years is a powerful testament to Earle's second act.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663135732
  • Catalog Number: 13573
  • Sales rank: 52,396

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mystery Train, Pt. 2 (2:33)
  2. 2 Hometown Blues (2:41)
  3. 3 Sometimes She Forgets (3:01)
  4. 4 Mercenary Song (2:39)
  5. 5 Goodbye (4:57)
  6. 6 Tom Ames' Prayer (3:02)
  7. 7 Nothin' Without You (3:02)
  8. 8 Angel is the Devil (2:12)
  9. 9 I'm Looking Through You (2:28)
  10. 10 Northern Winds (1:40)
  11. 11 Ben McCulloch (4:09)
  12. 12 Rivers of Babylon (3:03)
  13. 13 Tecumseh Valley (4:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Feel Alright (3:03)
  2. 2 Hard-Core Troubadour (2:40)
  3. 3 More Than I Can Do (2:37)
  4. 4 Hurtin' Me, Hurtin' You (3:20)
  5. 5 Now She's Gone (2:48)
  6. 6 Poor Boy (2:55)
  7. 7 Valentine's Day (2:59)
  8. 8 The Unrepentant (4:30)
  9. 9 CCKMP (4:31)
  10. 10 Billy and Bonnie (3:38)
  11. 11 South Nashville Blues (2:28)
  12. 12 You're Still Standin' There (3:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Christmas in Washington (4:58)
  2. 2 Taneytown (5:13)
  3. 3 If You Fall (4:10)
  4. 4 I Still Carry You Around - The Del McCoury Band (2:45)
  5. 5 Telephone Road (3:42)
  6. 6 Somewhere Out There (3:46)
  7. 7 You Know the Rest (2:11)
  8. 8 N.Y.C. - Supersuckers (3:37)
  9. 9 Poison Lovers (3:47)
  10. 10 The Other Side of Town (4:17)
  11. 11 Here I Am (2:38)
  12. 12 Ft. Worth Blues (4:02)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Mystery Train, Pt. 2 - The Train Band (2:51)
  2. 2 Hometown Blues - The Train Band (2:49)
  3. 3 The Devil's Right Hand - The Train Band (3:21)
  4. 4 Angel is the Devil - The Train Band (2:41)
  5. 5 Walls of Time - The Train Band (5:02)
  6. 6 Sometimes She Forgets - The Train Band (3:35)
  7. 7 You Know the Rest - The Train Band (2:10)
  8. 8 I'm Looking Through You - The Train Band (3:06)
  9. 9 Rivers of Babylon - The Train Band (4:08)
  10. 10 Goodbye - The Train Band (5:30)
  11. 11 Nothin' Without You - The Train Band (3:51)
  12. 12 When Will We Be Married - The Train Band (4:02)
  13. 13 Northern Winds/Ben McCulloch - The Train Band (5:28)
  14. 14 Copperhead Road - The Train Band (5:02)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Feel Alright - The Dukes
  2. 2 Hard-Core Troubadour - The Dukes
  3. 3 The Devil's Right Hand - The Dukes
  4. 4 More Than I Can Do - The Dukes
  5. 5 South Nashville Blues - The Dukes
  6. 6 Ellis Unit One - The Dukes
  7. 7 The Unrepentant - The Dukes
  8. 8 Copperhead Road - The Dukes
  9. 9 Guitar Town - The Dukes
  10. 10 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry - The Dukes
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Earle Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Mandola, Hi String, Interviewee
Norman Blake Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Hawaiian Guitar
Del McCoury Guitar, Vocals
Bill Monroe Vocals, Guest Appearance
Peter Rowan Mandolin, Vocals, Mandola, Gut String Guitar
Emmylou Harris Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ray Kennedy Guitar, Harmonium, Tambourine, Shaker, Hand Drums
The Fairfield Four Vocals
Lucinda Williams Vocals
Ken Moore Organ
Robert Mason Cello
Richard Bennett Guitar, Percussion, Harmonium
Dan Bolton Electric Guitar
Mike Bub Bass
Custer Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Tommy Hannum Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Jim Hoke Baritone Saxophone
Lee Larrison Viola
Andy Logan Vocals
Kelly Looney Bass, Vocals
Rob McCoury Banjo
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin, Vocals
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Michael Smotherman Organ
Garry Tallent Bass
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass, Acoustic Bass
Richard Grosjean Violin
Dancing Eagle Drums
Eddie Spaghetti Bass
Cheri Knight Hand Clapping
Dub Cornett Percussion
Ric Kipp Bass
Rick Schell Drums
Ross Rice Drums, Vocals
David Steele Guitar, Electric Guitar
Renaldo Allegre Electric Guitar
Mark Stuart Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Vocals, Mandola
Scott Miller Vocals
Michael Kelsh Vocals
Justin Townes Earle Electric Guitar
Siobhan Kennedy Vocals
Roy Huskey Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jason Carter Fiddle
Brady Blade Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Rubboard
Kris Wilkerson Conductor
Elisa Sanders Hand Clapping
Brad Jones Bass, Vocals
Kathleen Cotter Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Norman Blake Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Peter Rowan Composer
Ray Kennedy Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Bob Dylan Composer
Steve Earle Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Richard Bennett Producer
Peter Coleman Engineer
Richard Dodd Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Wayne Neuendorf Engineer
Mark Prentice Music Direction
Richard Sturtridge Collage
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Jeff Tamarkin Interviewer
Owsley Manier Art Direction
David Gorman Producer, Art Direction
Brad Talbott Art Direction
Carol Donovan Executive Producer
Joe Perota Director
Jay Vacari Engineer
Twangtrust Producer
Traditional Composer
Tony Fitzpatrick Illustrations, Cover Art, Cover Painting
William Alsobrook Producer
Derek Dressler Producer
Mack Evans Mastering
David Simon Liner Notes
Brian Blum Producer
Hank Williams Mastering
Fritz Hoffman Cover Photo
Mike Elliot Engineer
Roy Huskey Inspiration
Jon Dunleavy Engineer
James McNaughton Composer
Brent Dowe Composer
Kris Wilkerson String Arrangements
Kevin West Producer
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