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Freedom's Child

Billy Joe ShaverAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Freedom's Child 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. That's Why The Man In Black Sings The Blues 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Good Ol' U.S.A. 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Corsicana Daily Sun 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. That's What She Said Last Night 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. We 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Wild Cow Gravy 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Magnolia Mother's Love 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Merry Christmas To You 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Necessary Evil 7:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compadre Records
  • ASIN: B000075A0N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Legendary songwriter and performer releases his first solo album in over twenty years. Produced by R.S. Field, this record features new material including a duet with Todd Snider. This record is a number one record on Americana radio and a top 40 record on the AAA/non-comm radio format.Medium 1
  1. Freedom's Child
  2. Good Ol' USA
  3. That's Why The Man In Black Sings The Blues
  4. Honey Chile
  5. We
  6. Wild Cow Gravy
  7. Corsicana Daily Sun
  8. Day By Day
  9. That's What She Said Last Night
  10. Drinkin' Back
  11. Deja Blues
  12. Hold On To Yours (And I'll Hold On To Mine)
  13. Melody
  14. Magnolia Mother's Love
  15. Merry Christmas To You

Only Billy Joe Shaver could inject salacity into a line like "I went down to Kinko's / To get some faxing done." It's a renaissance that began when his Tramp on Your Street album heralded a dramatic, triumphant return of a long-overlooked pillar of the Outlaw movement. On it, Shaver's creative grit, enhanced by son Eddy's roaring lead guitar, resurged with a vengeance. That consistency held through every subsequent album despite multiple tragedies in recent years: the successive deaths of his mother, wife, and Eddy, and Shaver's own onstage heart attack. Here, accompanied by a first-rate studio band, he rocks with Todd Snider on "Déjà Blues" and waxes patriotic ("Freedom's Child" and a swinging remake of "Good Ol' U.S.A."). "Day by Day" showcases his knowing, evocative storytelling, which carries over to his Johnny Cash homage "That's Why the Man in Black Sings the Blues." As always, each performance has the feel of an ancient field recording or Walker Evans photograph, one more reason Shaver remains a national treasure. --Rich Kienzle

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, moving return to solo work November 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Though Shaver's songs are better known than he is, his records, particularly in the last decade, have been every bit as good as the classic outlaw discs he helped pen. His hard-scrabble childhood, a tour in the Navy and a series of dead-end jobs provided the early grist for his songwriting mill, leading to his breakthrough writing for Waylon Jennings' "Honky Tonk Heroes." Capitalizing on this success, Shaver recorded a series of fine album throughout the 70s and 80s, incorporating his son Eddy's as he went on.
The early 90s found father and son recording with equal billing, releasing a series of albums as "Shaver." Eddy's hotshot guitar playing amped-up his dad's songs, reinvigorating the elder Shaver. After releasing several fine albums, decade's end brought several difficult turns. Billy Joe's wife passed away, as did his mother, and perhaps most distressing of all, his son Eddy died of a drug overdose at the end of 2000.
This then, is Billy Joe Shaver's first solo release in 15 years, his first record without his son in a decade-and-a-half. Though only one song, "Day By Day," directly mourns his losses, the damning lyric of "That's Why the Man in Black Sings the Blues" says as much about his son's death as it does about Johnny Cash. Billy Joe Shaver is weary and troubled, but far from beaten. There's resolve to experience the heartache, but not be hamstrung by it, and songs like "Freedom's Child" show both his songcraft and singing at a peak. The lyrics, written several years ago, take on additional layers of meaning in our post-9/11 world, and Shaver's singing is all the more potent for the way it hangs back, rather than competing with the electric backing.
The album's poignancy is extended by the nostalgia of "Corsicana Daily Sun," "We", and "Magnolia Mother's Love.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home December 13, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Welcome home, Billy Joe. It's been too long. There's a maturity in Billy Joe's voice, and more modern instrumentation. That's a good thing! But the roots and essence of this man's music is right up front. I guess I'm one of the few that really didn't appreciate Shaver with a rock background. This is a country singer the way country singers should sound. GREAT recording; keep 'em coming billy Joe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaver has soul November 26, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
All who buy this disc are in for a soul-baring musical journey of a man who has felt life - the good and the bad. Billy Joe's voice is friendly and fragile. He makes me feel like I'm listening to him tell stories on a lazy Saturday afternoon. All the songs are great! I'm going to see him live on 11/29 in Atlanta - first time. I am looking forward to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honky Tonk Hero Extraordinaire November 21, 2002
By Les
Format:Audio CD
After listening to Billy Joe Shaver's "Freedom's Child", you really feel like you've known him forever. I've been a fan of his for years and this album ranks up there with "Tramp on Your Street". If you are a fan of Waylon, Willie and the other outlaws of country music, check out "Freedom's Child".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Friend Returns November 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Long time Billy Joe Shaver fans already knew this new album would be great, and it is. Billy Joe's friends / fans don't need me to tell them to buy this album because either they already did or are here about to order it.
If you stumbled onto this page by accident or any other reason, then this is for you: Do yourself a big favor and buy this album and you will be glad you did. If you've never heard Billy Joes music firsthand, listen to this album and I guarantee you'll be back to buy more of his albums and again you'll be doing yourself a favor. You'll soon be one of his fans / friends too. A friend of Billy Joe Shaver is a friend of mine, let me know what you think.
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