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I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal...But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday


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  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000006J5Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fit To Kill And Going Out In Style
2. Blue Texas Waltz
3. Saturday Night
4. Ragged Old Truck
5. I'm Just And Old Chunk Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)
6. When The Word Was Thunderbird
7. (We Are) The Cowboys
8. Mexico
9. It Ain't Nothing New Babe
10. The Road

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Billy Joe Shaver was making "outlaw country" before they had a name for the stuff; knocking out tough-as-nails Texas tunes and singing them in a voice like rough-hewn timber. He's never garnered the fame of pals like Waylon and Willie, but he's certainly earned their respect (Jennings, in fact, recorded a 1973 album full of his songs, Honky-Tonk Heroes). This 1981 outing features some of Shaver's best known, and hardest rocking, tunes--including the title track, "Fit to Kill and Going Out in Style" and the rollicking "Ragged Old Truck"--as well as the debut of his guitar-wielding son, Eddy. Shaver also scores with the ballads "Blue Texas Waltz" and "It Ain't Nothing New Babe." --Michael Ruby

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly on August 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Billy Joe's songs on Waylong Jennings' landmark 1973 album, Honky Tonk Heroes and was hooked. I first saw him on an Austin City Limits show in about 1980 and couldn't believe what I was seeing. The man's lyrics, along with his own exuberance in performance coupled with son Eddy's electrifying electric guitar work was damn near a spiritual experience.

"I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal" was originally released in 1981 on Columbia, undoubtedly at the urging of Johnny Cash who's publishing house published over half of the songs on the LP. This CD would make a great introduction to Billy Joe's music as it features some of his best work including "Ragged Old Truck" and the title cut, but it also marks Eddy's recording debut.

I wore out the original LP, two cassettes, and now I've loaned the CD to a friend who has yet to return it. I think the next time I order it, I might as well take a dozen. You don't need to start out with that many, but you might end up using it to turn friends on to Shaver's work so you might as well get a couple copies.
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By Lola on June 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this because I wanted to have the song "Ragged Old Truck" and I couldn't find it ANYWHERE else. "Ragged Old Truck" is, in my opinion, one of the finest songs ever penned, right up there with "Whiskey River". Billy Joe Shaver remains one of the all-time greatest songwriters, and an excellent performer!
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By stephen paulos sr. on November 6, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
ONE HECK OF A SONG WRITER
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph McKinney on May 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good songs, good singing, good back up. Even the lyrics are great. What a find.
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