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Great Gonzos

Jerry Jeff WalkerAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Gettin' By 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sangria Wine 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mr. Bojangles 6:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Desperados Waiting For The Train 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pick Up The Tempo 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Up Against The Wall, Red Neck 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. London Homesick Blues 7:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Takin' It As It Comes 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Backslider's Wine 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Old Five And Dimers Like Me 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Charlie Dunn 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Railroad Lady 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. L.A. Freeway 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Don't It Make You Wanna Dance? 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OHN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's ironic that the man who made his reputation by writing "Mr. Bojangles," one of the most enduring and oft-covered tunes of the late 20th century, succeeded in his career as a performer by singing the works of others, but that's the case. Walker has always been a fine judge of material, and over the years, picked up on some great stuff, such as Billy Joe Shaver's "Old Five and Dimers Like Me," Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for the Train" and "L.A. Freeway," Gary Nunn's "London Homesick Blues," Ray Wiley Hubbard's "Up Against the Wall Redneck," and Rusty Weir's "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance." This set gathers those remarkable cuts together with some of Walker's own songs, such as the party anthem "Sangria Wine," "Railroad Lady" (written with Jimmy Buffett), and, of course, "Bojangles." Great Gonzos gives you the flavor and the laid-back aesthetic of Jerry Jeff's seminal work of the '70s. There's more to the story, but this is where it all began. --Daniel Durchholz

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Any red-blooded Texan ( or those who want to be ) knows the words to "Redneck Mother" and the following "London Homesick Blues". Add to that the classic "Mr. Bojangles" and you have the definitive JJW album. The recording quality is superior to many other JJW offerings, but still has the "ice-house sound" that comes from the juke box at 1:30 am. This is the one...The cover should hang in a place of honor in the Capitol in Austin, with a map below giving directions to Terlingua.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Jeff Walker - The Great Gonzos CD June 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that started it all for me. This was the first Texas artist I was ever exposed to, and this is the first Texas Music album I ever bought. Now I am a bona-fide "up-against-the-wall" Texas Music NUT! I had to buy this CD because I wore the tape out! This album is not only a staple in a JJW collection, but a must-have in any Texas music collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gonzos April 23, 2012
By Mike
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you only have one Jerry Jeff Walker CD, this would be the one to have. It contains all of his "BIG HITS" over the years (though it's surprising how few of his "HITS" were actually written by Jerry Jeff Walker).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is one of the best! July 16, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great Gonzos is an excellent cd that features all of Jerry Jeff's hit songs throughout the years. This is a one of a kind cd with songs for every Jerry Jeff Walker fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars URBANE, URBAN COWBOY June 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes you just need some old-fashioned rock and rolling, comboy style. That is the roots too. If you, like I do, every once in a while need to hear about whiskey bars, fly-by-night hotels, pool playing hustlers, sad-eyed gals, flossies, no-name susies, broken-down cowboys, low down hotels nighttimes smells, guys saying what the hell at the last chance motel you have come to the right address. Listen on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great! May 22, 2014
By Claire
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is pretty much straight and narrow. Either you love Jerry Jeff Walker or you are trying to find out if you love Jerry Jeff Walker. In either case this cd is for you. A great cd with most of his big hits- the "essential" ones probably. His biggest song wasn't even really considered his-- though he wrote the classic "Mr. Bojangles" (a song I admit I have never appreciated though I love Jerry Jeff's music) it was The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's recording of it first that made it famous I believe. Contained on this cd though is Jerry Jeff's recording of it as well as some of his other classics- Amazon does provide a list of the songs so you can check those out and even listen to samples of them. "London Homesick Blues" also known as "the armadillo song" can be found here. Great Gonzos is definitely an essential for any JJW fan but even if you have never heard of JJW these songs make for great listening. True die-hard JJW fans will be glad to know that The Powers That Be finally released one of the greatest albums ever- JJW's Contrary To Ordinary- on cd. It contains more obscure classics such as We Were Kinda Crazy Then, Carry Me Away, Contrary To Ordinary, Tryin' To Hold The Wind Up With A Sail et al. But if you're trying to decide if you like JJW then Great Gonzos contains his core classics such as Sangria Wine, LA Freeway, Up Against The Wall Redneck et al. Also on this cd are two of his catchiest tunes that always make me wanna dance and sing along: Willie Nelson's Pick Up The Tempo and Takin' It As It Comes. This album should appeal to anyone who likes what I believe is called "progressive" country or rockabilly? Whatever it is it's sure good!
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