White Mansions/Legend of Jesse James

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The pairing of these two records in a double-CD set, both unusual country-rock concept albums steeped in history from the end of the '70s, is kind of a no-brainer. White Mansions was the better known of the two at the time of their original release, dealing as it does with the history of the American south, and it developed a strong cult following at the time, possibly as a reaction to the success of the television mini-series Roots, and the election of Jimmy Carter the first Southerner -- apart from Woodrow Wilson -- to reach the White House since the Civil War. The presence of an all-star cast, including Eric Clapton, Jessi Colter, and Waylon Jennings, and Steve Cash and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The pairing of these two records in a double-CD set, both unusual country-rock concept albums steeped in history from the end of the '70s, is kind of a no-brainer. White Mansions was the better known of the two at the time of their original release, dealing as it does with the history of the American south, and it developed a strong cult following at the time, possibly as a reaction to the success of the television mini-series Roots, and the election of Jimmy Carter the first Southerner -- apart from Woodrow Wilson -- to reach the White House since the Civil War. The presence of an all-star cast, including Eric Clapton, Jessi Colter, and Waylon Jennings, and Steve Cash and John Dillon of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils then near the height of their popularity didn't hurt. It's also the more raw and basic of the two -- though a concept album telling the story of the fall of the southern Confederacy and the culture behind it, it is made up of songs that stand up better on their own, and shows a bracing diversity of styles, ranging from faux-19th century popular music to modern country-rock of a century later. Legend of Jesse James is slicker and smoother, and also seems to make the transition to CD a little better on a technical level. The booklet includes full notes and background on each song, as well as bios on all of the participants and a fascinating account of Paul Kennerley, the English advertising executive whose fascination with American history led to his composing the songs for both albums, and the participation of Glyn Johns as the unifying technical force behind the two productions. The sound is excellent on both discs, and the whole set is well worth more than one listen. And this is the only way to get Legend of Jesse James on CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454079129
  • Catalog Number: 540791
  • Sales rank: 29,235

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Story to Tell (The Preface) (2:52)
  2. 2 Dixie, Hold On - White Mansions (3:16)
  3. 3 Join Around the Flag (2:16)
  4. 4 White Trash - White Mansions (3:54)
  5. 5 The Last Dance & The Kentucky Racehorse - White Mansions (5:25)
  6. 6 Southern Boys - White Mansions (3:02)
  7. 7 The Union Mare and the Confederate Grey (3:53)
  8. 8 No One Would Believe a Summer Could Be So Cold - White Mansions (3:00)
  9. 9 The Southland's Bleeding - White Mansions (4:15)
  10. 10 Bring up the Twelve Pounders (0:26)
  11. 11 They Laid Waste to Our Land (2:38)
  12. 12 Praise the Lord (1:09)
  13. 13 The King Has Called Me Home - White Mansions (3:14)
  14. 14 Bad Man - White Mansions (3:08)
  15. 15 Dixie, Now You're Done (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ride of the Redlegs (3:30)
  2. 2 Quantrill's Guerillas (0:56)
  3. 3 Six Gun Shooting (3:46)
  4. 4 Have You Heard the News? - Bernie Leadon (1:42)
  5. 5 Heaven Ain't Ready for You Yet - Nick DeCaro (3:58)
  6. 6 Help Him, Jesus (3:39)
  7. 7 The Old Clay Country (3:35)
  8. 8 Riding with Jessie James (3:02)
  9. 9 Hunt Them Down (3:33)
  10. 10 Wish We Were Back in Missouri (4:06)
  11. 11 Northfield: the Plan (4:04)
  12. 12 Northfield: the Disaster (3:04)
  13. 13 High Walls - Bernie Leadon (3:16)
  14. 14 The Death of Me (3:07)
  15. 15 The Plot (0:53)
  16. 16 One More Shot (5:11)
  17. 17 A Train Robbery (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Vocals
Rosanne Cash Vocals
Rodney Crowell Vocals
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Waylon Jennings Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Soloist, Dialogue, Spoken Word
Albert Lee Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jesse Ed Davis Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Dave Markee Bass Guitar, Vocals, Double Bass, String Bass
Jessi Colter Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Rodena Preston Vocals
Steve Cash Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Charlie Daniels Fiddle, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Eric Clapton Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Donivan Cowart Vocals, Background Vocals
Nick DeCaro Accordion
John Dillon Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Emory Gordy Electric Bass, Double Bass
Tim Gorman Piano, Background Vocals
Levon Helm Harmonica, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tim Hinkley Organ, Piano, Vocals
Paul Kennerley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bernie Leadon Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Jody Payne Vocals, Background Vocals
Henry Spinetti Drums, Vocals
Martin Cowart Vocals
John Dillion Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Piano, Electric Piano
White Mansions Track Performer
Technical Credits
Big Joe Turner Composer
Johnny Cash Contributor
Rosanne Cash Contributor
Rodney Crowell Contributor
Rodena Preston Contributor
Eric Clapton Contributor
Nick DeCaro Arranger, String Arrangements
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
Levon Helm Contributor
Paul Kennerley Writer
Alan Rogan Guitar Techician
Brian Rogers Arranger, String Arrangements
Doug Sachs Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Doug Sax Mastering
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes
Rodena Preston & the Voices of Deliverance Contributor
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
Ethan Russell Art Direction
Wesley Ligon Graphic Design
Kira Florita Reissue Package, Revision
Martin Cowart Contributor
Todd Fennell Reissue Producer
Howard Chaykin Artwork, Illustrations
Shua Gur Reissue Remastering
Michael Ross Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, both educationally and hearfelt.

    This album is outstanding. I first heard it back in the 80's, given to me by some dear friends from Lousianna and Mississippi. Unfortunately, the CD version that I currently own lacks the pictorial insert that came with the LP (which I also own), but the overall story line and music are awesome. This is, as I said, both historically educating AND intertaining. If at all possible, get your hands on the LP version so you can view the wonderful pictorial outline as you enjoy the songs. It pulls you right into the story line..

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