Category: Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson – Waylon & Willie

ARTIST: Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson  220px-JenningsNelsonWaylon&Willie

TITLE:  Waylon & Willie

YEAR RELEASED: 1978

CHART ACTION: #12, #1 Country

SINGLES: Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (#42, #1 Country), I Can Get Off On You (#1 Country), If You Can Touch Her at All (#104, #5 Country)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Gold Dust Woman

LINEUP: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and players from Nashville and the artist’s bands.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Two of the best ‘outlaw country’ performers collaborate on a full album.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Having already collaborated before, it was natural that Waylon & Willie would record an album together, even though they were on competing record companies. Waylon’s company, RCA, released this and it sold and sold and sold.

It contains the quintessential outlaw country song, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, a song not unknown to country fans as Ed Bruce took it to the country charts in 1974, and that song propelled this album to the stratosphere. The rest of the tracks are good interpretations of the outlaw genre, including a Waylon drawled version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman”

There are three solo songs by each artists and five duets, which seems a little slight on the duets for two stalwarts. I guess I’d want a full album of real duets between the two, but you got what you got.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: At first, Waylon tried to overdub his voice on old Nelson RCA masters, but it didn’t really work.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION:  No.

GRADE: B: I wanted more duets, but what’s here is pretty good. OUTLAW COUNTRY!

Waylon Jennings – Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line

ARTIST: Waylon Jennings 6758985
TITLE: Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting country singles: Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line (#2), Yours Love (#5), Mental Revenge (#12), Walk on Out of My Mind (#5)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covered a lot of Orbison and Holly and some other country songs..
LINEUP: Waylon Jennings and session people.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Collection from Jennings’ 60’s material, which have a few essential tracks for Jennings fans.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Waylon Jennings was an outlaw country icon, but it took a long time for him to get there. Like Willie Nelson he had to suffer through a Nashville production mill that ran contra to his artistic ideas. However, the more hits he got the more he was able to impart his will and vision, until he finally got thoroughly ‘outlaw’ in 1972.

This collection of material dating back from the late 50’s collects singles and album cuts, and may be the best overview of the material Jennings produced at that time. Some of the albums themselves are streaming, but they are hit + filler and the Jennings wasn’t too keen on that filler and it shows. He tried to get as much grit as he could.

The crucial cuts are the singles above, but it’s nice to hear Jennings’ distinctive voice on the covers of some well-known songs. There are a few clinkers, but all in all it’s decent.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: I’m going to start reviewing Jennings’ albums in the 70’s. There are some that are missing from streaming so I’ll try to pick them up somehow around the internet.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but several compilations have some of this material – not all.

GRADE: B-: For advanced Jennings fans, but it fills some gaps in the Jennings’ discography for them.