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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B00A8F0HGE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fit to Kill and Going Out in Style
2. Blue Texas Waltz
3. Saturday Night
4. Ragged Old Truck
5. I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal
6. When the Word Was Thunderbird
7. (We Are) The Cowboys
8. Mexico
9. It Ain't Nothing New Babe
10. The Road
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ride Me Down Easy
2. Tell Me Virginia
3. Low Down Freedom
4. One Moving Part
5. I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train
6. Love You till the Cows Come Home
7. Sweet Mama
8. Hardworkin' Man
9. Manual Labor
10. Hill Country Love Song
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

He almost died by the hand of his father while he was still in his mother's womb. He's lost parts of three fingers, broke his back, suffered a heart attack and a quadruple bypass, had a steel plate put in his neck and 136 stitches in his head, fought drugs and booze, and buried his wife, son, and mother in the span of one year.

He's Billy Joe Shaver, and he doesn't just sing outlaw country songs, he lives them. And here are three of his greatest albums plus a non-LP single side, everything he recorded for the Columbia label from 1981-1987.

1981's I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (but I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday) is bookended by couple of stone-cold Shaver classics, the title tune and "The Road," but the whole album comes from place deep in the soul, with Billy Joe's son Eddy providing the guitar heat. That release has been out of print for years; Shaver's next album, 1982's self-titled Billy Joe Shaver, has never been on CD, an oversight particularly inexplicable since it was something of a greatest hits album featuring starkly compelling interpretations of such enduring Shaver songs as "Old Five and Dimers Like Me," "Been to Georgia on a Fast Train," "Ride Me Down Easy" and "How Many Hearts Must You Break." Finally, 1987's Salt of the Earth was his first album of new material in six years and his last recording for another six; it neatly sums up Shaver's world view by placing the songs "You Just Can't Beat Jesus Christ" and "The Devil Made Me Do It the First Time" back to back! It, too, has been out of print for years.

Our Real Gone collection of these essential country music albums features the original album artwork to all three plus notes by Austin Chronicle writer Doug Freeman featuring quotes from Shaver himself. Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, Billy Joe Shaver: The Complete Columbia Recordings presents 31 tracks of pure Texas outlaw country from a man larger than life.

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A must have for anyone who appreciates the songwriter.
truckdriver
In the booklet you get full CD size replications of each album cover, front, back and sleeve artwork!
Houston VanHorn
Really enjoy the recordings, learning a few favorites to play and sing.
john

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Houston VanHorn on February 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I bought my copy of this CD from another on-line retailer and received it a couple of weeks ago. With the release of this compilation, all of Billy Joe's early work are now available on CD. On this two CD set you get the never available before on CD, self-titled "Billy Joe Shaver" as well as two other CD's which have been out of print for some time now, "Chunk Of Coal" and "Salt Of The Earth", and the B-side single, "Love You Till The Cows Come Home" (different from the version on "When I Get My Wings).
The music sounds great! Someone did a really fantastic job of packaging! In the booklet you get full CD size replications of each album cover, front, back and sleeve artwork! This should be the model for which all re-releases are done. I know there are many, like me, who believe in staying faithful to the original artwork, as much as possible!
The label, Real Gone Music, is apparently a division of Sony/Columbia. I never heard of them before but I hope that changes!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leigh W Cole on December 5, 2013
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This is the foundation writings of one of Country Music's finest songwriters of all time. The man isan American treasure. If you are familiar with this Texan, get it. If you aren't, and love real Texas music, take a chance here. No filler on this album and chances are you know half the songs other artists recorded. You'll wear this one out, I promise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Preston M. Cluff on May 14, 2013
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I purchased this CD for one reason only; it's Billy Joe Shaver and he is my second favorite country artist. Even though I have the individual cuts here on different CDs, I wanted to enjoy them in a single package.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aphra Wannabe on August 8, 2014
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Early Billy Joe Shaver--what more needs to be said. He started out as a brilliant songwriter; he remains a brilliant, talented, and impressive songwriter. A must have!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By truckdriver on April 7, 2013
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For anyone who has discovered Billy joe Shaver in the past 15yrs, you will find out that most of his old stuff is out print. This collection solves part of that problem. A must have for anyone who appreciates the songwriter. Want to know the hundred some odd artist who have done his songs. Go to his website and look on the link"Owed to Billy Joe".

He jump started Waylon Jennings career with his songs on "honky Tonk Heroes" and is the father of the outlaw movement.His songs are from the heart and you can feel it in his voice. If he wrote about it, then he did it. No fake BS here.Long live Billy Joe Shaver.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Robson on March 25, 2013
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I have been a Billy Joe Shaver fan for a long time. It is great to have this set from his early days. I enjoy hearing some of his best known songs on this cd from his younger days and also listening to his more recent recordings. Billy Joe is one of my favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Tietje on March 24, 2013
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These recordings have accompanied me for many of miles down the road. I have these recordings on vinyl and have been waiting for there release on CD for quite some time. I especially like this version of Ride Me Down Easy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Austin on July 25, 2014
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Inspired productions of songs by America's greatest living poet.
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