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Another Waylon Classic--Essential!
on October 19, 1999
Buddah's outstanding reissue program has put another sorely missed (and sorely needed) record back into circulation.
For several reasons, "This Time", originally issued on LP in 1974, stands as a landmark in the "outlaw" (now alt.country) movement in country music. The first Waylon album to be recorded outside of RCA-owned studios since 1964, it was originally declined for release on the grounds that, because it was not recorded in RCA studios and no RCA engineers were used, it violated the contract AFTRA had with RCA. Waylon held firm, and the record was released. Another reason was that then-producer Danny Davis rejected the title song five years earlier. That very song became Waylon's first #1 record (Billboard, 1974). The album that almost wasn't rose to #4 in the summer of 1974.
So, how about the music? The music has held up well. The CD was mastered from the album masters, so it is a bit top-heavy on the treble. But the bass is very present, especially on songs like "Louisiana Women" and "This Time".
The five bonus tracks are a real treat. Three of the tracks, "That'll Be The Day", "If You're Goin, Girl", and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", have never been heard by the public. The other two are previously unreleased alternate versions of previously available tracks.