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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ark 21
  • ASIN: B000007OG9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Closing In On The Fire
2. I Know About Me, Don't Know About You
3. Best Friends Of Mine
4. Just Watch Your Mama And Me
5. She's Too Good For Me
6. Back Home (Where I Come From)
7. Be Mine
8. Easy Money
9. The Blues Don't Care
10. Untitled Waltz
11. No Expectations
12. Audio Liner Note

Editorial Reviews

Some of Waylon Jennings's brightest moments have come with galloping Texas near-rockers like "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," so Closing In on the Fire's emphasis on boogie and blues is no surprise. Nor is the basic thrust of many of the songs here; Waylon will continue delivering bemused observations like "Back Home (Where I Come From)" till the planet spins off its axis. Exceptions include the sweetly effective ballad "Be Mine" (with guitar support by Mark Knopfler) and one real clunker, Sting's "She's Too Good for Me," which suggests that its writer should stop trying to tell jokes. Although not stunning like the belated reissue of 1975's Dreaming My Dreams, Closing In still puts Jennings's point across satisfactorily. --Rickey Wright


It's ridiculous that nobody listens to Waylon anymore--he sounds every bit as good as he did 25 years ago.... On the opening track, he sounds husk-like and horribly aged (as befits his recent ill health), but he rebounds to race, rage, and brood through the next 10. -- Entertainment Weekly

Many of the tracks are cranked up on guitar power chords, snare-drum shots and rampaging piano as if the singer were trying to smudge out the boundary between Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. -- Country Music Magazine

Customer Reviews

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Diehard fans will love it.
Casey Newbold - Kerr
A great album that gets better with each listen.
His voice always comes across as perfect.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Carley on May 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In another review (click on my name to see it), I stated that "Waymore's Blues (part II)" was Waylon's best album of recent years. I still think that one was great, but somehow this CD seems to find it's way into my stereo more and more.
Waylon states in the final track (a hidden track in which he discusses the background of some of the songs and the production of the CD) that he told his collaborators (which include Sting, Sheryl Crow, Travis Tritt, Mark Knopfler, Marty Stuart, Carl Smith, Randy Scruggs, and of course, his wife Jessi Colter) to ignore everything he had previously done and start anew. The result is the most rock-oriented album of his career. Buddy Holly's influence was never more evident.
The mood is set by the title track, Tony Joe White's "Closing In On the Fire" an outstanding blues-rock number that radiates sexuality with every beat (if not the lyrics). "Just Watch Your Mama and Me" may just be the best ballad Waylon has ever written. "She's Too Good For Me" is Sting's contribution, and although some of the lyrics are corny, it is a fun song. Sheryl Crow duets on this one. "Back Home (Where I Come From)" is typical Waylon swagger, mixed with a little country humor. "Be Mine" is a sweet ballad written by Texas singer/songwriter Kimmie Rhodes. (The two have a great duet version of the song on Rhodes' now out of print album "West Texas Heaven"). "Easy Money" and "The Blues Don't Care" are two more blues-rock numbers that fit the album well. And, while the world may not have needed another cover of the Stones "No Expectations", Waylon fans will probably enjoy his.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Casey Newbold - Kerr on July 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an odd album in that Waylon attempts some new sounds... but those new sounds certainly work. Diehard fans will love it. Others should listen to a few earlier albums before this one... but if they do that, they'll love it. Either way, this is a great album.
On this album, Waylon branches out. It's got some great blues-rock stuff on it. Waylon and the band on this album really rock out, and it sounds great. It's different from, say, Waylon Live or Dreaming My Dreams in that it's not about the "Waylon sound," but you can still tell it's Waylon's music. If you want to hear Waylon doing rock and Tony Joe White-style swampy music, this is the album. After you buy the essential Waylon classics, this is a good modern Waylon album, along with Waymore's Blues Pt II, Right For The Time, and Never Say Die: Live. The latter day albums may not be up there with Honky Tonk Heroes and Dreaming My Dreams with the critics, but in my opinion these albums are as essential in a Waylon collection as the others.
If you're getting into Waylon and want something different, this is a modern classic that you'll love. His last 5 or so albums (including the Highwaymen releases) are pretty essential, in my opinion. Waylon's voice aged like a fine wine. In about 1994 he started sounding like a wise old man -- one with a very, VERY good voice. His voice developed a quality that suggested he'd lived everything he was singing about... possibly because, well, he HAD lived most of what he sang about!
Another classic Waylon album. It deserves to be in your collection, like most of his releases.
(Also, the audio liner notes are great! You can tell Waylon is trying to be serious... but we still get a few glimpses of that classic Waylon sense of humour!)
Oh, and... WAYLON RULES!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
But this album shows why Waylon is more than just a singer. He wrote a lot of this, it's very different than things he's done in the's fresh and new. It's not my favorite version of Waylon's music by any stretch. But at least it's a stretch. Waylon has always been a pioneer, unlike people like George Strait that keep making the same album over and over and simply re-titling it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on July 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Throughout his career, especially since gaining creative freedom in the early 1970's, Waylon Jennings has pushed and pulled his sound, molding it and remolding it around good songs. This album lives up to all his previous work, and shines on it's own. Definitively Waylon (all the songs have been thoroughly "Waylon-ized"), he chose a true cross-section of musical styles on this one. From Blues ("The Blues Don't Care") to ballads ("Be Mine" and "Just Watch Your Mama and Me") to country rockers ("I Know About Me - Don't Know About You") and honky-tonkers ("Easy Money"). He wrote many of the songs on the album, living proof that you're never too old to be fresh. And it's just plain fun to listen to Waylon light a fire under The Rolling Stones' "No Expectations". Despite recent health woes, and his frustration with Nashville and Country radio, 'ol Waylon is still 'ol Waylon. Just better than eve! r.
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I dont have it yet ,, but of course I know the tracks , Waylon sounds as great as he used to did it back in the 70's , at the top of his career . As we all know , its hard to be in the spotlight as new sounds shows up with every new decade but Waylon never lost the touch , his voice and the sound is great as always .
Im a Waylon's fan and Im very sad that his discs from the 80's and 90's are runnin' out and the prices of the few ones are real high because , it seems , it will never be re-issue , anyway I think it worthwhile ... I have to say that I dont like new fashion Country ,, Im still stick to Willie,Johnny,Merle,and "The Possum" George ...." Lord , who's gonna fill their shoes .....
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