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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B0057OOREY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Raven presents for the first time ever on CD the classic album Jerry Jeff Walker (1972) by the famed Country artist JERRY JEFF WALKER. Most widely known as the writer of the oft-covered and immensely popular 'Mr. Bojangles', Walker came to prominence in the early 1970s as part of the progressive 'outlaw' Country scene around Austin, Texas, alongside Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt. Originally recorded for Decca / MCA in 1972, Jerry Jeff Walker completed his transition from New York folkie to bona fide Texas singer / song writer and this album is considered to be his masterpiece. Walker was at the top of his game here and surrounded by a group of exceptional musicians (including members of the Lost Gonzo Band - Bob Livingstone and Gary P. Nunn, plus Craig Hillis, David Bromberg etc). The playing is earthy, funky and playful. Highlights include his own peerless 'Hill Country Rain' and 'Curly and Lil' plus a pair of Guy Clark's finest songs 'That Old Time Feeling' and 'L.A. Freeway'. 'Jerry Jeff Walker is a spotless masterpiece, full of amazing songs, great playing, a sound that defines the era yet is timeless and plenty of passion and good- time spirit.' - All Music Guide. With superb quality audio, color booklet, detailed notes and six bonus tracks from A Man Must Carry On (1977).

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I have the LP and the tape and have been wating for the CD release.
Blueseasons
Both albums are beautiful messes that bear repeated listening, as you are bound to hear something different each time.
Bootzilla
I've been waiting for twenty-five years to see this album make it to CD.
Houston VanHorn

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Osburn on August 24, 2011
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Like the other reviews posted here, I have waiting all these years for someone to have the good sense to release this fine LP on CD. Thanks to the folks at Raven, and no thanks to MCA, it finally has been.

I'm withholding one star for a few possibly picky but well-deserved (in my humble opinion) reasons. First, the mastering of volume on this disc is about the same as it was/is on the vinyl release: very low. I had to crank my truck's CD player up to 40 just to hear it! There is no reason with the technology available today that the volume could not have been boosted a bit and not compromised the quality. Second, I don't understand why the original artwork was not used in its entirety for this release. The front cover art is the same but the back cover of the booklet photo is from the back cover of "It's A Good Night For Singin'", the back insert (tray) photo and another booklet photo are from "A Man Must Carry On", and other photos in the booklet are from the Elektra CDs. What was the rationale behind that? Maybe I'm being a bit too much of a purist but replication of the original artwork is always preferable to me. Finally, my major complaint is the bonus tracks that were included. If bonuses were going to be included, doesn't it make more sense to use songs that were of the same era or time frame and/or have not already been released? The bonus tracks are not only from several years later but have already been released on CD ("A Man Must Carry On"). If outtakes from the original sessions were not available or even live tracks from the era, how about including tracks from non-issued LPs like "Walker's Collectibles" or "It's A Good Night For Singin'"? Mono versions exist on promo singles (I have some!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By xrey® on February 25, 2012
Here are the tracks listed on the AMZ/CDN site:

1. Hill Country Rain
2. Charlie Dunn
3. That Old Time Feeling
4. Her Good Lovin' Grace
5. Hairy Ass Hillbillies
6. David And Me
7. L.A. Freeway
8. Curly And Lil
9. That Old Beat Up Guitar
10. When I Had You
11. Moon Child
12. The Continuing Saga Of The Classic Bummer
13. Don't It Make You Wanna Dance? (Live Bonus Track)
14. Roll On Down The Road (Live Bonus Track)
15. Song For The Life (Live Bonus Track)
16. Leavin' Texas (Live Bonus Track)
17. Mr. Bojangles (Live Bonus Track)
18. L.A. Freeway (Live Bonus Track)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By jimbobareebobalopbopbam on August 20, 2011
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If, as the Editorial Review asserts, this is considered Jerry Jeff's 'Masterpiece', why did it take so freakin' long to appear on CD? From Australia, no less. I, too have searched for this having long recovered from my vinyl-retentive ways. I find MOST of JJW's releases uneven and have put together a hodgepodge of downloads to represent what I think are his best, even some 'other' versions of songs from this release. But this is the one. Fun, competent, almost every song a classic. I've seen him a couple of times over the years and this represents his real style of songwriting, picking picking partners, and borrowing others' superior songs. What a guy.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Houston VanHorn on August 16, 2011
I am ecstatic! I've been waiting for twenty-five years to see this album make it to CD. The CD revolution really began about 1986, and now CD sales are in the decline as music downloads have become the dominant music format. But, better late than never, right? Jerry Jeff Walker on CD. It is a good thing.
Now, I'll tell you, the "bonus tracks" don't mean anything to me in this case because they are merely tracks taken from the album "A Man Must Carry On" which was already released on CD back in the 90's. But that's okay! In fact, I'm going to assume that half of the tracks from AMMCO means that the other half will be released on an upcoming CD that Raven will release. "Walker's Collectibles" perhaps?
Still waiting in the wings to see the laser-light of day are "Walkers Collectibles", "It's A Good Night For Singing", "Contrary To Ordinary", 'Reunion" and "Cowjazz". Raven Records is a First-Class music label and I'm sure we won't have to wait another twenty-five years to see the release of these titles!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bootzilla on August 28, 2011
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Certain recordings are timeless representations of a particular musical genre. For example, the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street" (1972) is, to many, the epitome of early 1970's classic rock. Likewise, "Jerry Jeff Walker" (1972) is a touchstone of outlaw country.

"Jerry Jeff Walker" and "Exile" are original, inspired, loose, raucous, at times loud and quiet, and never boring. Both albums are beautiful messes that bear repeated listening, as you are bound to hear something different each time.

I have owned an original LP promo pressing of "Jerry Jeff Walker" for years and always wondered why such a stone classic was never released on CD. Thankfully, Raven Records has come to the rescue and, for the most part, done a great job.

First, the sound quality of the "JJW" tracks is stellar (in the sense that the CD sounds a lot like the original LP). The prior reviewer complained that the audio was not mastered loud enough for his tastes. I respectfully disagree. The so-called loudness wars -- using dynamic range compression to boost the decibel level of a recording's softer passages to roughly that of the louder ones, thereby making the whole CD sound 'loud' -- have all but ruined CD sound quality generally. Raven should be applauded for resisting the temptation to turn the dials in such a way that would have crushed the dynamics out of this special recording.

Raven also spared us the deleterious effects of excessive noise reduction. Just listen to the background tape hiss on "David and Me," Jerry Jeff's heartwarming acoustic duet with guitar impresario David Bromberg. A heavy-handed CD remaster would have squelched this tape hiss -- and a lot of precious musical information along with it.
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