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Viva Terlingua

Jerry Jeff WalkerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 11, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002NX9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's no accident that among the great albums Jerry Jeff Walker has made, most of them have been recorded in front of a live audience. If you want to get the feel of the rowdy Texas music scene of the early to-mid-'70s, look no further than ¡Viva Terlingua!, a rowdy, goat-ropin' classic of sing-along mayhem recorded in the tiny town of Lukenbach in the summer of 1973. Walker marshals his Lost Gonzo Band through a number of tunes that went on to become classics, including Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for the Train," Ray Wiley Hubbard's anthemic "Up Against the Wall Redneck," and his own "Sangria Wine" and "Gettin' By." The highlight, though, is an extended take on Gary Nunn's "London Homesick Blues," better known to casual Jerry Jeff fans as the theme song for the long-running PBS show Austin City Limits. --Daniel Durchholz

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Jeff At His Best June 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD really takes me back. I was fresh out of high school, working construction in Phoenix when this came out. One of the guys on the crew had this album and used to crank it up at parties after work. Something about it was mesmerizing. Though Viva Terlingua appeared in the efflorescence of the country-rock/outlaw music scene, it stood out from others of its type in that it really got listeners going. An evening with Viva Terlingua on the turntable often resulted in a mass sing-a-long and howl-in of drunken and stoned revelers.
In addition to the great music, the photos in the album jacket made Texas seem a mighty appealing place to one who hadn't been there. So in 1975, I made a pilgrimage to Luckenbach from Phoenix by hitch-hiking and met all kinds of fine Texas folk including Walker who happened to be there playing dominoes that day. Today, I live less than 30 miles from Luckenbach, but the town itself has been spoiled in my view by a non-stop swarm of tourists who followed on the success of the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson song about the town.
Now back to the music. Not only did Walker bring wide fame to himself with this classic, he jumpstarted the careers of two fellow Texans (Gary P Nunn and Ray Wylie Hubbard) by covering one song written by each. In addition to the rowdy Hubbard classic Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother, Jerry Jeff made Nunn's London Homesick Blues one of Texas' most famous songs. There are few people of my generation here who cannot sing at least the refrain.
If those two songs were the only worthwhile songs on the album, then they would earn it a five-star rating by themselves. But there are other great songs here, no less unforgettable.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Jerry Jeff Walker Album July 3, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is Jerry Jeff's finest hour. At his pinnacle in the early 70's backed by the Lost Gonzo Band, you will find these songs agreeably stuck in your head after the CD is over. Among the great songs: "Gettin' By", "Little Bird", "Get it Out", "Sangria Wine", are even better songs. Everybody's heard "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother," but advance the CD player to Gary P. Nunn's "London Home Sick Blues" for the rousing anthem of Austin City Limits--it will make you feel like your "back in that place." Finally, "Desperados Waiting for the Train" may well be Walker's greatest song--better than Mr. Bojangles. It may tear your heart out. No Jerry Jeff fan can be without this album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva El Scamp March 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Jerry Jeff and the Lost Gonzo band, hitting their stride together.I get this one out more than the others, usually when "I gotta get myself back in that place," (intro to London Homesick Blues). This disc spans the range from tearfully tender on Desperados to roadhouse raw on Sangria Wine. Like a cherished old pickup, it doesn't sound as good as it used to. But it represents an era when, like that beater truck, we all ran harder, pulled stronger, and tried to live like the outlaws who were changing music down in Tejas. Gary P. Nunn nails it when he declares, "Make me feel so good!"
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A balm for any homesick Texan August 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Jerry Jeff Walker and his gonzo style of progressive country in 1973 and have been a fan ever since. This CD captures JJW live in front of an "energized" his best. Backed by the Lost Gonzo Band, this is Texas music, showcasing some of the best and brightest musicians and songwriters . I am on my third copy of this CD having worn out two already, it never leaves my CD rotation. This ia amust have CD for anyone who longs for home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Agree - This is Great for homesick Texans March 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having grown up hearing this album at summer picnics all over the Texas hill country during the 1970's, I had to get this album to take with me when I leave. To me, this captures what live music was like in that area during that time. After having spent many summer nights at places like Floore's Country Store, Gruene Hall and Cibolo Creek, I can certainly feel at home with this album. Imagine a warm night with cool breezes, cold beer and crickets (whose presence is better heard on the CD of this album...). Toss in the smell of cedar and live oak with a dash of a musty walls and you're all set!

This album is not to be taken as a top-notch, pristine live recording of a legend playing his hits and the audience roars with wild applause after each. This is as laid-back as the scene was back then. And this is a fun show. I would like to someday hear an expanded version of this show with any more material that might have been performed that night.

Then I'd have to get more beer.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi Buckaroos! July 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"It's Scamp Walker time again!" And with those words, JJW kicks off one of the essential albums of all time (well, at least essential to the times of my life ;-) Once upon a time, a long, long time ago - in a land far, far away, I used to crank up the stereo - remember stereos? - with those heavy vinyl discs that went around at 33 1/3 rpm? - with this hymn just before walking out the door to do battle with final exams: "Just gettin by on gettin by's my stock in trade - livin it day to day, pickin up the pieces wherever they fall. ...Just living my life easy come easy go."
I am glad I got this on CD! Ain't Modern Technology wonderful? Those old fashioned turn-tables just jumped and scratched all over the place when one tried to play a record whilst driving the pick up truck!
OK, everybody sing now:
He was born in Oklahoma
& his wife's name is Betty Lou Thelma Liz
& he's not responsible for what he's doing
`cause his mother made him what he is.
M is for the mudflaps you gimme for my pickup truck
O is for the oil I put on my hair
T is for T-bird [in this live at Terlingua concert version]
H is for Haggard
E is for eggs and
R is for REDNECK!!!
in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
"Gotta put myself back in that place..."
Listening to this JJW retro makes me "wanna go home with the armadillo."
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Published 2 months ago by JERRY SULLIVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Progressive Music
I am a big fan of Texas progressive music always loved it and always will.
Published 3 months ago by Sandra L. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years
Loved this album back in the old days. Turns out I still do. This CD will take up far less room than the album, although I will keep my album as well.
Published 4 months ago by Jeanine Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
Few artists do smooth like Jerry Jeff Walker with his phrasing and feeling and the stories he weaves in song. And this is my very favorite of his albums...
Published 6 months ago by J. V. Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
.Had the album when it first came out and wore out the cd I've had. Time to get another one.
Published 6 months ago by clyde bachmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JJW ever...
I first heard this album back in the '70s and it's still my favorite Jerry Jeff of all time. Although JJW was busy destroying his liver back in these days, he produced some of his... Read more
Published 7 months ago by RenoGeo
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Had this in vinyl before.. glad to have dvd. love jerry Jeff walker. Nice to be able to get older records on disc
Published 7 months ago by Bette Svoboda
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I'm a Jerry Jeff guy of close to 40 years standing. Nearly all of his albums are worth having. But this one is THE classic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by HeyNow
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I don't know how you can wrong with any music done by jerry jeff walker he is one of best
Published 8 months ago by randy jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Album
If I had it to do over, I'd probably just buy the Ultimate Jerry Jeff Walker album and pass on this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. Turner
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