Waylon Live [The Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Waylon Jennings' 1976 album Waylon Live is generally considered as one of the great live albums in country music -- and, when pressed, it's easy to make an argument that it's among the finest of the decade -- and Buddha's 1999 reissue seemed to be the final word on the record, since it restored the record to its scrapped original double-album running length, taking it from 11 to 20 songs. Just four years later, however, BMG Heritage issued Waylon Live: The Expanded Edition, which more than doubled its length to 42 songs over two discs. Most concerts don't last that long and it is true that this expanded Waylon Live isn't taken from just one gig; it was taken ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Waylon Jennings' 1976 album Waylon Live is generally considered as one of the great live albums in country music -- and, when pressed, it's easy to make an argument that it's among the finest of the decade -- and Buddha's 1999 reissue seemed to be the final word on the record, since it restored the record to its scrapped original double-album running length, taking it from 11 to 20 songs. Just four years later, however, BMG Heritage issued Waylon Live: The Expanded Edition, which more than doubled its length to 42 songs over two discs. Most concerts don't last that long and it is true that this expanded Waylon Live isn't taken from just one gig; it was taken from three concerts in late September 1974: one show at the Western Place in Dallas on the 25th and two dates at the Opry House in Austin on the 26th and 27th. Simply put, Jennings was on fire these three days, at the peak of his powers as a performer, turning out music that was rebelliously rowdy and sweetly poignant. These shows were also at a crucial time, just as he was reaching the summit of his creativity, and this new expanded track listing has him looking back ten years while living thoroughly in the moment. There's a little bit of everything here: hits and album tracks, covers of classic country and current rock hits, newly written songs and tunes he's never sung before, songs recorded for RCA in the '60s, and songs yet to be released. It covers a hell of a lot of ground, but there's not a bad choice or performance here, and its freewheeling, all-encompassing scope makes as strong a case for Jennings' deep, far-ranging gifts as the classic studio albums Honky Tonk Heroes and Dreaming My Dreams. In its own way, it's as good as an introduction to Jennings as either of the double-disc greatest-hits collections Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line and RCA Country Legends; while those contain original hit versions recordings which illustrate how consistent and adventurous he was in the studio, this is similarly eclectic and contains plenty of heart, guts, soul, and fire. These performances are as good as Jennings ever got, which means it's tremendous and one of the rare cases where the album truly deserves such an expanded treatment. Absolutely essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765185523
  • Catalog Number: 51855
  • Sales rank: 3,016

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Waylon Jennings Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ritchie Albright Drums
Roger Crabtree Harmonica
Duke Goff Bass
Ralph Mooney Pedal Steel Guitar
Billy Ray Reynolds Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Larry Whitmore 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
Big Joe Turner Composer
Waylon Jennings Arranger, Producer
Ray Pennington Producer
Randy Kling Mastering
Scott Newton Cover Photo
Al Pachucki Engineer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Fred L. Foster Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Present At The Creation

    Seldom if ever is the true essence, vitality, and peak performance of a major entertainer ever caught for all of posterity, yet we may all rest assured that for this most relevant of country artist, that has been done for Waylon Jennings. Released in the form that it should have been in 30 years ago we finally ar allowed to be right on stage with this giant of the music industry. Long before the "outlaws" and there johnny come lately's discovered Luckenbach, Texas-they discovered Austin. Like most musical movements, the outlaw movement had long seen its' best day before the general populace became "outlaw". And I swear to you that its' heyday in all its'country glory in captured here forever on these two magical discs. Everything is here-Waylon, past, present, and future and all songs absolutely essential for the flow of the concerts. There is no filler here, no B songs, no sloppy tripping, no attitude. Just a man captured live in his best days,with his best voice,with his best songs, with his best version of the Waylors, and last and certainly not least with the greatest steel guitar player of all time Ralph {Moon} Mooney by his side every step of the way. If you want to buy a Waylon Jennings product but don't know which one to get, get this one and stop there. Or if you want to document an important era and movement in country music on two CD's get this one. If you want to hear the most iconic steel guitar riffs there ever were or ever will be then get this album. Finally, Lonesome, Onry, and Mean-live. A killer performance of Mental Revenge, Good Hearted Woman still fresh for the crowd, Amanda-Waylons' favorite song, Donna On My Mind-no overlooked song here, Ladies Love Outlaws-like we loved this song, Big Balls In Cowtown-just to show off the band, my personal favorite-Look Into My Teardrops-and my new favorite Waylon song, the progressive Never Been To Spain with a gun duel outlaw style between Moon and Waylon, the pensive Freedom To Stay, all make this expanded-expanded version a must have for any serious country fan or progressive rock enthusiast. By the way I still can't hear T For Texas as arranged here by Waylon and The Waylors enough times in just one lifetime. Get this recording, because once there was a brief shining moment and it was captured here definitively. The legend lives on. We know the eagle flies high while the "Moon" shines bright.

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