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Honky Tonk Masqueride

Joe ElyAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBUJ
  • ASIN: B000OQDUJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cornbread Moon
2. Because Of the Wind
3. Boxcars
4. Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down)
5. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown
6. Honky Tonk Masquerade
7. I'll Be Your Fool
8. Fingernails
9. West Texas Waltz
10. Honky Tonkin'

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CD consists of 10 tracks and is distributed by CBuJ Enterprises

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is the Cornerstone of Any Joe Ely Collection December 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Any progressive country collection that doesn't include this album and at least one of the other four albums Ely cut for MCA from 1978-1982 has a serious gap in it.
Ely has absorbed the influences of fellow Texans like Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings and gone on to produce some of the best honky tonk, Tex-Mex, rockabilly music of his generation.
This, his second album, includes songs written by former Flatlanders bandmates Jimmie Dale Gilmore ("Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown") and Butch Hancock ("Boxcars" and "West Texas Waltz"). But While Ely would on almost all of his albums rely on these two songwriting pals for great songs, Ely's songwriting is equally strong. He begins the album howling at that big, yellow "Cornbread Moon," and later cries in his beer at that "Honky Tonk Masquerade" and eventually brings down the house with the greatest song Jerry Lee Lewis never wrote, "Fingernails."
Ely's signature sound is provided by bandmates Lloyd Maines on pedal steel and Ponty Bone on Accordian.
At only ten songs and 34 minutes, this album may seem skimpy, but this is the kind of music you wish you could hear in your favorite smoke-filled honky tonk as you put back a few cold longnecks. HIGHLY Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shootin' the Cornbread Moon April 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Joe Ely was probably 3 or 4 albums into his career before my old record collecting pal Pat in Oklahoma turned me onto him in 1980. After hearing his brilliant synthesis of Country, rockabilly,Tex-Mex and R&B I had to have everything he had recorded up until then, right away. Several dollars later I was the proud owner of both LPs and 8 tracks so I could enjoy Joe Ely at home or on the road. Now many years and many fine recordings later I find that this recording,Joe's second releasese is the one I listen to the most. It contains all of the elements of his music listed above, and he was backed by one of the hottest bands he ever had. There's no filler here, but the songs I love the most are 'Because Of The Wind', 'Boxcars" and 'Fingernails". You can't miss with any Joe Ely release (well you can, but they're out of print) but here's where I started and you won't regret hearing this talented Texan's early work either.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive country rock album April 25, 2004
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Joe Ely was (and still is) a hugely talented singer and musician who always did things his way. In the late seventies, he recorded three classic country-rock albums. His debut album was untitled, while his third was Down on the drag. In between came this one, which was the best of the lot. Joe's music did not fit easily into any radio station's play list, being too country for rock and too rock for country, but he did visit the UK a few times during the late seventies and acquired a cult following, although it seems that the main interest lies in those first three albums and, to a lesser extent, the fourth album, Musta notta gotta lotta.
Joe Ely wrote many of his own songs but also recorded some fine covers. Often these covers were of songs by fellow country-rockers Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, both of whom have reciprocated by covering Joe's songs. Thus, this album is made up five songs by Joe, three by Butch, one by Jimmie and just one other song, the Hank Williams classic Honky tonkin', which is ideally suited to Joe's style.
The musicians are Joe Ely (acoustic guitar), Lloyd Maines (steel guitar), Steve Keeton (drums), Gregg Wright (bass), Ponty Bone (accordion and piano), Jess Taylor (electric and acoustic guitar), Chip Young (electric and acoustic guitar), Shane Keister (Moog and acoustic piano) and Farrell Morris (percussion). There aren't many singers who would use such a selection of instruments, but that's what makes Joe's music so distinctive.
Cornbread moon is a great up-tempo song to open the set. Because of the wind is a beautiful ballad. Boxcars is a bluesy train song. Jericho (your walls must come tumbling down) is a great upbeat song with biblical metaphors. Tonight I'm gonna go downtown is a wistful ballad. Honky tonk masquerade is a great cheating song.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ely's Masterpiece July 8, 2007
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In 1978--the year after his stunning self-titled debut--Joe Ely released the best album of his career, HONKY TONK MASQUERADE. Except for a raucus version of Hank Williams' classic "Honky Tonkin'," all of the songs on this album (like his debut) were either written by Ely or fellow Lubbock, Texas songwriters Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Ely's own tunes run the gamut from honky tonk ("Cornbread Moon"), lonesome ballads ("Because of the Wind"), to barrelhouse rock 'n' roll ("Fingernails"). Each song is a classic--even Hancock's two-steppin' "West Texas Waltz" will keep things lively on the dance floor. In addition to the terrific songs, Ely's crack band (especially Ponty Bone on accordion and Lloyd Maines on pedal steel) makes this a memorable listening experience. It's been almost thirty years, but this album has lost none of its power. If you don't own anything by Joe Ely, this is the place to start. [Running Time - 33:57] ESSENTIAL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great blast from the past October 7, 2012
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A great example of music from the past. Joe Ely was a neighor of mine back in the very early 80's. I sure heard some great music coming from his place. Great Texas music. Great value for the money. Listening to the CD as I write this. I am even more convinced I made a good buy.
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