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Essential Guy Clark

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Including his original Desperadoes Waiting for a Train; Texas 1947 (later covered by Johnny Cash); L.A. Freeway; Instant Coffee Blues; Don't Let the Sunshine Fool You; The Last Gunfighter Ballad , and more.

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Despite the misleading title, this collection is actually a straight (albeit reordered) reissue of Clark's first two records: 1975's landmark debut Old No. 1 and Texas Cookin' from the following year. Only one song from the latter title is missing, replaced by the "Fools for Each Other" single from 1978. Though he was in his early 30s when he recorded Old No. 1, Clark's keen, world-weary tales (and equally worn voice) belie his age. With simple arrangements and richly detailed narratives, the record has an air of resignation and melancholy, yet somehow manages to be comforting and uplifting. Texas Cookin' is a fine follow-up, but despite a number of high-profile guests, it never truly reaches the heights of its predecessor. Together, however, they form quite an impressive body of original songs, especially for only one year's worth of recording. --Marc Greilsamer


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  2. Desperados Waiting For A Train 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Like A Coat From The Cold 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Instant Coffee Blues 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Let Him Roll 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Rita Ballou 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. L.A. Freeway 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. She Ain't Going Nowhere 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. A Nickle For The Fiddler 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. That Old Time Feeling 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Texas Cookin' 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Anyhow, I Love You 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Virginia's Real 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Broken Hearted People 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Black Haired Boy 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Me I'm Feelin' The Same 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. The Ballad Of Laverne And Captain Flint 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Don't Let The Sunshine Fool You 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. The Last Gunfighter Ballad 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Fools For Each Others 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002X1C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on March 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Not really a "best of" CD, but pretty much a re-issue of his first two records for RCA back in '75 and '76. They probably sell more now than they did then. Guy Clark was never a comfortable fit with commercial country trends, and the folk revival was already gone when he got started. So he did not achieve mass appeal in his early days. But he sure wrote some fine songs. This CD will give you 73 minutes of good stuff. I actually don't play this as frequently as I do his more recent album, "Old Friends", but when I do play it, I find myself wondering why I hadn't pulled it out sooner. My faves on here include "Like a Coat From the Cold" and "That Old Time Feelin'" and "Don't Let the Sunshine Fool You" and "Broken Hearted People." Probably every listener will have different choices. He is personal, intimate, simple, pleasant and worth getting to know. Anyone who can be a friend to Ramblin' Jack Elliot, the cantankerous old folkie who was one of the last singers to work with Woody Guthrie and one of the first to champion Bob Dylan, has to have what they call "people skills." He also coped with the tormented genius Townes van Zandt and has been an inspiration to Nanci Griffith, among many others. This CD gives you a good idea why Mr. Clark is valued by so many artists who sell more records than he does.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "psychodj" on March 18, 2003
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Guy Clark is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. Just ask Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, or any of the hundreds of others who have been influenced by him. This collection contains all of "Old No. 1" and all but one song from "Texas Cookin'." If you can find the Sugar Hill re-releases of those original albums, buy them. If you can't find these, buy this CD, then buy his later albums. It's a great starting point for any newcomer to Guy's music. You'll still hear many of these songs in his live show.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Toula Gator on July 25, 2004
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I own the original discs of OLD NO.1 (1975) & TEXAS COOKING (1976). It's a great idea to pair Guy's first two albums together. The first 10 songs on ESSENTIALS are from OLD NO.1 but in a scrambled order. Song 11-13 are from TEXAS COOKING in order but songs 4.IT'S ABOUT TIME & 5.GOOD TO LOVE YOU LADY from the single album cd are ommitted completely. Songs 14-17 continue in order to be followed by song 18.DON'T LET THE SUNSHINE FOOL YOU that was not on the TEXAS COOKING album but they give credit to it coming from it. Is this an outake of that session? It doesn't say and the song can not be traced to any other album. Song 19 is the last song from TEXAS COOKING but wait song 20 is acually from his third album self titled Guy Clark (1978). I'm not really sure why anyone who loves Guy Clark's music would drop those two songs from this collection.I would recommend getting the first two cds individually and of course the rest of his albums. If you love the style of Guy Clark give Billy Joe Shaver and Ray Wylie Hubbard a try. Another couple of great Texas guitarslingin'singer songwriters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bufohack@eudoramail.com on September 8, 1999
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This man does work of the highest order. He is a true artist in his song writing, in his mastery of the music, and in his vocal delivery. No complexities, no pretension, no compromises. Simply put, it is true artistry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas W. Storey on July 24, 1998
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Guy Clark has depicted Texas as it truly is, whether it be a shrimp boat, domino parlor, bar room, or at home on the front porch. Texas' greatest songwriter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darren Fowler on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is essentially his first two albums compiled, with the exception of a few songs. His first two albums are great. "Old # 1" and "Texas Cookin'". Great songs: Desperado's Waiting for a Train, Old Time Feeling, Let Him Roll, LA Freeway' and many more.
The opening lines to LA Freeway go something like this:
"Pack up all your dishes, Make note of all good wishes, Say 'Good-bye' to the landlord for me, That son of a bitch has always bored me". Have you ever heard better lyrics. The words to 'Old Time Feeling' are among the best ever written. Such great imagery: "Like an old bluestime picker, who don't recall who you are". I could go on forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elbrfld on June 12, 1999
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Guy Clark is definitely one of the best songwriters ever. There is not a bad song from this artist. His music will take you back to a time when life was simple and good. Popular songs which are performed by the original artist are the best. Even his relatively unknown songs are very good. Guy Clark's voice and style will leave you searching for more of his music. "The Essential Guy Clark" is just as it says. Essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thayli on January 14, 2002
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Guy Clark is a songwriter. His music is all heart, and you can hear that in every line he sings. His style of music is the pinnacle of singer-songwriters. The words paint a visual, and the music provides a background that sets the mood. Both elements weave together to allow the listener to believe in these songs, and this singer. It's impossible not to love this cd for it's music.
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