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Old No. 1 / Texas Cookin Import, Original recording remastered


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000250RY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rita Ballou
2. L A Freeway
3. She Aint Goin Nowhere
4. A Nickel For The Fiddler
5. That Old Time Feeling
6. Texas 1947
7. Desperados Waiting For The Train
8. Like A Coat From The Cold
9. Instant Coffee Blues
10. Let Him Roll
11. Texas Cooking
12. Anyhow I Love You
13. Virginias Real
14. Its About Time
15. Good To Love You Lady
16. Broken Hearted People
17. Black Haired Boy
18. Me Im Feeling The Sme
19. The Ballad Of Laverne And Captain Flint
20. The Last Gunfighter Ballard

Editorial Reviews

Guy Clark is a Texan alt-country legend, a craftsman of songs whose body of work never met with much commercial success. Influenced heavily by folk & blues, friend to the great Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin' Hopkins, & Mance Lipscomb. This exclusive 20 track package features his first & only two RCA albums, 'Old #1' (1975) & 'Texas Cookin'' (1976), on the one CD. Camden. 1998.

Customer Reviews

My son told me about this CD so I bought it and I am glad I did.
J. Robson
For anyone that truly love country western/blue grass music;I would totally recommend this CD.
Kathleen Villarreal
Contains one of the best songs ever written: Desperados Waiting for a Train.
Darren Fowler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Delfield on January 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Guy Clark is, with out a doubt, one of the greatest songwriters out there still doin' his thing. These two records, rereleased on one cd, consist of his earliest recordings, and they're great - I'd say his best. The 20 highly crafted songs found here are just as humorous as anything written by John Prine, just as down-to-earth as Hank Sr, and just as potent as Dylan. Anyone interested in folks like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, even y'allternative types like Wilco and Son Volt, will want to check this out.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Potter on December 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's not like this record needs more recommendation than it has already gotten here, but I'll chime in. Once you start playing this CD, you'll have a hard time stopping. It's dangerous. I just got it a week ago. I miss it when I'm away from it. My wife and I look at each other when we're off doing other things and we chuckle because we're both still grooving on it. Our kids, too. At 2 and 5 they're both into this record as well. Pity me, I never knew of it until just recently. I've just started exploring what I guess you might call the heart of Texas music. I've heard it said that it's a world of its own. They seem to have a special relation with the 'writers.' It's what singer/songwriter is all about. This is my first stop. If you already love Willy and Jerry Jeff, you owe it to yourself to take the next step up and in and check out this particular CD. It's the real thing. It's hard to imagine that Guy Clark isn't as well known as anyone. But if we gradually get a million raves up here... Maybe he's like the finest wines--give em a lot of long, slow years and they eventually end up on top. --JP
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Better known as a songwriter, Guy's always-brilliant albums never sold in big quantities. Maybe Guy's voice didn't appeal to mainstream country radio, or maybe his lake of stage presence when performing live counted against him. Although he never became a major star, Guy built up a significant fan base in Britain and America. More significantly, other singers appreciated the quality of his songs and have recorded many of them as well as lending their support on Guy's own recordings. Thus, even if you've never heard any of Guy's own music, you may well have heard some of his songs. This twofer contains Guy's two albums for RCA - the first two albums of his career.

Guy's debut album (Old No 1) occupies the first ten tracks here and is generally regarded as the best album of his career. Among the stars providing harmony vocals are Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Sammi Smith. It is extraordinary to think that Steve Earle (whose own music was influenced by Guy's to some extent) didn't make his own breakthrough until more than a decade after this album was recorded. The set opens with Rita Ballou, later covered by Vince Gill (you can find it on his breakthrough album, When I call your name). The most famous songs here are LA freeway (a minor American hit for Jerry Jeff Walker), Texas 1947 (covered by Johnny Cash) and Desperadoes waiting for a train (covered by many different artists).

Following the critical acclaim of his debut, Guy followed it up with the almost equally brilliant Texas cooking, which occupies the last ten tracks here. Rodney and Emmylou again provide harmony, this time joined by Jerry Jeff Walker, Nicolette Larson, Waylon Jennings, Hoyt Axton and Tracy Nelson among others.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Guy Clark's first two and very best albums finally available on CD! I spent 25 years wearing out the original LPs, what an incredible experience to now here the clear and crisp fidelity of all these classics - Texas Cookin', Virginia's Real, L.A. Freeway, Rita Ballou - every last song is pure magic. It doesn't get any better than this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By peter fjeld on November 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Guy Clark in Santa Cruz, Cal. during the early 1970's I heard Jerry Jeff's version of LA Freeway, loved it, and went to buy it. I saw that it was written by someone named Guy Clark and I set out to see if he recorded anything. I found "Old No 1" and took it home. From the very first track, "Texas 1947", this album tore me up. This was pure soul, every word right from heart. There is not a phoney word on any cut here. In the almost 30 years that I have owned this album I have never grown tired of a single song. The songs are so powerful and so real they are truly the essense of living. I mean life ain't always pretty, and most of us have had some real ups and downs. "Instant Coffee Blues" catches perfectly that awkward feeling of waking up with someone you crawled home with the night before. And "Coat From The Cold" about a man who's suffered a lot is arguably the greatest love song ever written. I played it for my wife and she cried. And "Desperados Waiting For a Train" may be the greatest song ever written about growing up and reaching that epiphany that puts it all in perspective. Whether you're a country fan or not, this is one album that you should own. Guy Clark makes us believe he's lived his words. We want more. If you're someone who can appreciate honesty in music, this album will touch your soul. I have purchased over 50 copies of it and gave it to all the people I love. If we all did that the world would probably be just a little bit more soulful.
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