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Five Years Gone [Original recording remastered]

Jerry Jeff WalkerAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Koch Imports
  • ASIN: B00003WGJZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Help Me Now
2. Blues In Your Mind
3. Season Change
4. About Her Eyes
5. Janet Says
6. Dead Men Got No Dreams
7. Tracks Run Through The City
8. Happiness Is A Good Place To Visit But It Was So Sad In Fayetteville
9. Courage Of Love
10. A Letter Sung To Friends
11. Mr. Bojangles
12. Born To Sing A Dancin' Song

Editorial Reviews

Upstate New York native Jerry Jeff Walker truly hit his artistic stride after relocating to Austin in 1970 and hooking up with the soon-to-be-dubbed "outlaw" crowd of songwriters. This dubious 1969 album, his third solo effort, finds him still struggling to find his voice and his sound. Things don't begin auspiciously here: the opening "Help Me Now" is a hopelessly dated, fuzzed-up bit of pop psychedelia that calls to mind the First Edition. Through much of the album, his stiff delivery sounds somewhat like that of Neil Diamond. Even so, there are some hidden gems, most notably the hushed, dreary "Janet Says" and the simple, upbeat little ditties "Dead Men Got No Dreams" and "Born to Sing a Dancin' Song." There are pretty covers of Keith Sykes and Lewis & Clarke Expedition songs, as well as a requisite but appealing version of his trademark tune, "Mr. Bojangles" (referred to as the "famous drunken recording made early in the morning on WBAI"), but overall Five Years Gone is not as great or as gonzo as what followed it. --Marc Greilsamer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage JJW at its best March 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is truly vintage Jerry Jeff. It has the lyrics from and the heart and soul of a true Gypsy songman. This is the young Jerry Jeff, searching the world for answers through his songs. This is the Jerry Jeff prior to the fame and the pain. If you are a new JJW fan, take a step back in time and give this album a spin. It is quite different from the alternative progressive country rock you might be used to, but regardless, the songs are from the heart. Get JJW's autobiography to ground yourself in the music on this album. Then sit back and enjoy. from the High Plains Drifter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound of the Sun Going Down September 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the soundtrack for a sunset--this isnt a rowdy country record--its a mildly psychedelic treat. This is the soundtrack for a house/apartment/living space when the windows are open and the sun is going down with no lights on. Lonely. Best way to describe it. Lonely and beautiful. This album never received its due and by the amount of reviews on here it seems like its never gonna get it....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A darker young Jerry Jeff August 20, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An early release that is a forerunner of his best work. He seemed intense then, but loosened up considerably a little later.................thank goodness! This is a must for a true fan. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Jerry Jeff December 29, 2008
By KWullen
Format:MP3 Music
Coming back to replace a well worn original LP, this is, by far, Jerry Jeff's best album. Oops, that album word dates me......
This is probably Jerry Jeff's most serious attempt at making both great music and a solid recording. Some of Jerry Jeff's other works of this era are such poor recordings, they are hard to listen to. Not this one.
From Gypsy Songman to his two Michael Murphy covers, this is Jerry Jeff at his best.
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