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Format: Audio CD
One of those classic Waylon albums. Bought this at the local used record store for $4, brought it back to the house, but it on the stereo, and it sure took me for a ride. This is one of those rare albums (maybe not too rare for Waylon) on which every single song is solid, good, and pure.
This is the first time I did a song-by-song analysis in a review, but I've got some time to kill, so here goes:
"Ramblin' Man" - A foot-stompin' song with some real smooth, hardy vocals from waylon, bright, rich acoustic guitar, and heart beatin' electric guitar thumps.
"Rainy Day Woman" - A soaring song with some great harmony vocals (both by Waylon) and honky tonk electric guitar from Waylon, some beautiful lap steel. One of my favorite songs on the album. And the only one written by Waylon.
"Cloudy Days" - One of the slower, softer, songs on the album. Starts out a bit introspected and reserved. One of those songs for the individual. A confused man thinking about a confused relationship.
"Midnight Rider" - A rolling, bassy cover of the Allman Brother's classic. Waylon offers his own unique vocals to the song, with every success. The great instrumentation and production on this song takes it straight home, and lets you feel it in your heart.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" - A day-dreaming song about a man in the city thinking about the beauty of the countryside. Some of the most beautiful backing vocals I've ever heard in my life. And I'm not kidding about that.
"The Hunger" - A sad, slow, brooding song. The foundation of the song is based off of a circular acoustic guitar riff, a bass that takes its time, slow, methodic drumming, all topped with Waylon's heartfelt voice, and some beautiful orchestration.
"I can't keep my hands off of you" - A very old-fashioned sort of country love song. Beautiful lap-steel. Slow, melodic song.
"Memories of You and I" - Perhaps the highlight of the album. Amazing instrumentation. Waylon's voice is soft and strong all at once. His verses build up, only to end the chorus in a whisper, making way for the band to go on a heartfelt spiritual ride through the wonders of country music. This is a song you're going to want to hear.
"It'll be Her" - A song based on praise of a good woman giving good loving. The sound of the song mirrors this.
"Amanda" - A nice, slow song about a girl named Amanda. Has some very nice backing vocals, guitar solos, and watery keyboards. A very heartfelt song, and great way to end an album.
This album is home to 3 hit radio songs on the country charts, Ramblin' Man at #1, Amanda at #1, and Rainy Day Woman at #2. All in all, the radios could have picked any three songs of of this album, and it would have been a hit.
Quality Waylon album. Definitely worth the price. Moreso than 90 percent of the stuff you'll find on Amazon. If you have a few dollars to spare, and want a great album, this is what you're looking for.