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Joe Ely / Honky Tonk Masquerade [Import, Original recording remastered]

Joe ElyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
  • ASIN: B00004U682
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Had My Hopes Up High
2. Mardi Gras Waltz
3. She Never Spoke Spanish To Me
4. Gambler's Bride
5. Suckin' A Big Bottle Of Gin
6. Tennessee's Not The State I'm In
7. If You Were A Bluebird
8. Treat Me Like A Saturday Night
9. All My Love
10. Johnny Blues
11. Cornbread Moon
12. Because Of The Wind
13. Boxcars
14. Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down)
15. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown
16. Honky Tonk Masquerade
17. I'll Be Your Fool
18. Fingernails
19. West Texas Waltz
20. Honky Tonkin'

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Digitally Remastered 2-On-1. One Of The Clash's Favorite Rocker's First Two Brilliant Albums From His Progressive Country Days. Includes 'I Had My Hopes Up High', 'Fingernails' & 'West Texas Waltz'. Features Butch Hancock.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Ely's Country-Rock Masterpieces February 6, 2001
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These two late-Seventies albums (his 1977 debut and 1978 follow-up) are watershed marks in Joe Ely's career. Ely and his band combine country, honky-tonk and Tex-Mex sounds with a rock 'n' roll attitude and churn out an exciting blend of country-rock music.
On both albums the band included lead guitarist Jesse Taylor and steel guitar player Lloyd Maines. Accordian player Ponty Bone was brought on board for the second album (tracks 11-20). While these two albums may not have quite the same energy level as 1981's Live Shots, these two albums come awfully close.
In addition to being a powerful singer, Ely is an excellent songwriter. He wrote ten of the tracks here, including the rocking "Cornbread Moon," the plaintive "Honky Tonk Masquerade" and the Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired "Fingernails." Except for the Hank Williams classic "Honky Tonkin'," the other nine tracks were written by his former Flatlanders bandmates and fellow Texans Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Hancock wrote the gorgeous "She Never Spoke Spanish To Me" and the hilarious "West Texas Waltz," among others. [Note: On 1995's Letter To Loredo, Ely recorded Hancock's follow-up song "She Finally Spoke Spanish To Me."] Gilmore contributes "Treat Me Like a Saturday Night" and "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown."
While Ely's record sales never matched his critical acclaim, these are essential purchases. Almost twenty-five years later, Ely still is making quality music--his latest is last year's Live At Antone's--but this is the place to start. ESSENTIAL
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original vinyl is an ancient memory... March 3, 2006
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...but Joey's early music is timeless. Alternately simple and musical, toe-tapping and lyrical, or occasionally loud and rockin', Ely's early band did a little bit of it all. But the predominant styles are rockin' honky-tonk and ballads.

Looking back on it now, living in Lubbock when Joey and the boys first took flight was a distinctly treasured time. Whether at the old Cotton Club on Highway 84, or the long defunct (and always funky) Fat Dawg's on 4th Street, his band never failed to bring the house down. Just like Stevie Ray Vaughn at Stubb's B-B-Q on east Broadway, as good as Joey's early recorded music is, it only hints at the foot-stomping jaw-dropping good-timing sessions his crew could lay down in a small club atmosphere.

As mentioned elsewhere, Jesse "Guitar" Taylor and Lloyd Maines each made their presence well-felt while Joey belted out the vocals. Lloyd's pedal steel wailed when called upon. Before hearing Lloyd, I used to think the only electrified guitar worth listening to hung from a shoulder. And the accordian-squeezing land surveyor P. Bone always added just enough funkiness to the mix so that you didn't completely lose your head. Guest appearances by other local talent, including my ex-boss, Tommie Anderson (may he rest in peace), always added a little bit of variety to make each show unique. You always knew where you were eventually gonna' get to with Joey, you just never quite knew exactly how.

It's too bad they won't let you listen to the samples here. This studio disc captures what it can of that early Ely music, and it's still a favorite. The two-fer is a great deal. Buy it, listen to it a couple times with a beer or two in tow, and just try not to smile. Go ahead and sing along...it won't hurt ya'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honky Tonkin' July 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ex. Flatlander Joe Ely is one of the most important country artists ever. When the Flatlanders (Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely) broke up, he went solo and first two albums that are featured on this cd (Joe Ely and Honky Tonk Masquerade) are fabulous. Ely wrote most of the songs and included few songs of Butch and Jimmie Dale. So here you can find such classics as Hancock's She Never Spoke Spanish To Me, Tennessee's Not The State I'm In, If You Were A Bluebird (later covered by Emmylou Harris), Gilmore's Treat Me Like A Saturday NIght and Ely's own compositions like Fingernails, I Had My Hopes Up High...

Honky Tonk Masquerade was picked by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of the 1970s. This disc contains some of the best work Joe Ely has done.
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