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Live in Texas: Waylon Live Two Week Event

This week’s album will be a two-week event with Waylon Live.

  1. T for Texas
  2. Rainy Day Woman
  3. Me and Paul
  4. The Last Letter
  5. I’m a Ramblin’ Man
  6. Bob Wills Is Still the King
  7. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  8. Look into My Teardrops
  9. Lonesome, On’ry and Mean
  10. Freedom to Stay
  11. Big Ball’s in Cowtown
  12. The Taker
  13. Mississippi Woman
  14. Mona
  15. Never Been to Spain
  16. Pick Up the Tempo
  17. Good Hearted Woman
  18. House of the Rising Sun
  19. Me and Bobby McGee
  20. This Time

 

AllMusic Review by Thomas Erlewine

 

As one of the great live albums, Waylon Live is nearly flawless, a snapshot of Waylon Jennings at the height of his powers and, not so coincidentally, at the peak of the outlaw movement. At this time, he was popular and powerful, creating a mythos out of his performances and songs, delivering first-rate material both on record and in concert. This is where it all came together, since a set list limited Waylon to his best songs, whether his own hits or carefully selected covers. This is especially true of 1999’s Buddha reissue that included nine bonus tracks (all put into the middle of the record), restoring Waylon Live to the double-LP running time it was designed to have. With the restoration of this section — containing such perennials as “Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean,” “The Taker,” “Look Into My Teardrops,” and “Never Been to Spain” — the record really becomes a definitive statement on outlaw country and how it bent the rules, borrowing from country and rock and twisting them into something thoroughly distinctive. On top of it all, Waylon and his band give a bracing, terrific performance, investing these songs with more passion than they had previously seen on record. It winds up as one of the great country records and one of the great live albums, capturing a movement at its peak and transcending it.

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