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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000250RY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rita Ballou
  2. L.A. Freeway
  3. She Ain't Going Nowhere
  4. A Nickle For The Fiddler
  5. That Old Time Feeling
  6. Texas 1947
  7. Desperados Waiting For A Train
  8. Like A Coat From The Cold
  9. Instant Coffee Blues
  10. Let Him Roll
  11. Texas Cookin'
  12. "Anyhow, I Love You"
  13. Virginia's Real
  14. It's About Time
  15. Good To Love You Lady
  16. Broken Hearted People
  17. Black Haired Boy
  18. Me I'm Feelin' The Same
  19. The Ballad Of Laverne And Captain Flint
  20. The Last Gunfighter Ballad

Product Description



Medium 1
Rita Ballou
LA Freeway
She Ain't Goin' Nowhere
A Nickel For The Fiddler
That Old Time Feeling
Texasw-1947
Desperados Waiting For The Train
Like A Coat From The Cold
Instant Coffee Blues
Let Him Roll
Texas Cookin'
Anyhow, I Love You
Virginia's Real
It's About Time
Good To Love You Lady
Broken Hearted People
Black Haired Boy
Me I'm Feeling The Same
The Ballad Of Laverne And Captian Flint
The Last Gunfighter Ballad

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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great collection of great songs by a great artist. You will find here songs that are well written, beuatifully crafted and played with simple, effective skill. Guy Clark burst onto the alternative country scene with Old Number One and its a mystery how his particular brand of musical story telling didn't catch on to find wider, more lucrative audiences. Guy has eschewed commercialism and missed out on the TV fuelled, cash for cliches bonanza that country has become. Instead he preferred poetry. And here you find that in abundance. The melancholy tale of an old wino and a whore, the final days of a pioneer oil man, the balld of a dying gunfighter bemused by the early twentieth century technology. Themes that reflect the working class Texan culture that Clark grew up in: pain, death, booze, lonliness, but most of all hope. Hope and the irrespressiblity of the human spirit...
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 May 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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This is probably the best CD I own. An example of songwriting perfection, Guy pours his heart out in these albums. The songs are fascinating, the content brutally honest. Mainstream country could learn a helluva lot from this Guy.
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By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Guy Clark's "Old No. 1" album was critically acclaimed when it was released and the passage of time hasn't done anything to dent its reputation as one of the best country folk albums ever. I thought I would use this space to try and figure out just why this album is held in such high esteem. I could say that it's a set of very, very good songs, very well performed, but that doesn't help very much even if it does put the emphasis on the songs. So what are these factors that I think have contributed (in no particular order)?

* Clark was 34 when "Old No. 1" was released so had had plenty of time to hone this first set of songs he was to release. Judging by the gaps between later albums plus comments that have been made about his mode of working, he does spend a considerable amount of time crafting each of his songs, and I think this does show.
* For someone that age (and with the look of a pretty cool guy on the sleeve), Clark's voice is quite something. It has the gravitas and lived-in tone of someone many years older. I'm reminded of the young Cash back in the Sun days. He used to sound much older than he was.
* Quite a few country songwriters have specialised in their use of words and phrases to catch the listener's attention. I'm thinking of things like "She only woke me up to say goodbye". Clark has mastered this skill and arguably, lifted it to the level of poetry - not my words, other critics have said this - to the extent that phrases leap at you while you're listening. I'm thinking of phrases like "Standing on the gone side of leaving", and, "It's ice cream on a stick and it's something you can't buy", and, "like an old grey cat in Winter keeping close to the wall", and, "Run his fingers through seventy years of living". I could go on and on with examples.
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Among roughly two dozen CDs recently ordered, that are taking me more and more to the roots and outer reaches of country music, this one really sticks out most. It's two original albums packed onto one disk. Just having the first would well be worth the money. It's a debut of such monumental quality it really amazes, that it's gotten so little attention, especially because I really think it does get you hooked on the very first listening. Texas Cooking doesn't fully keep up, especially because the clarity of Guy's voice gets very slightly muddled in the production and it's not as distinctly Texan. The storytelling is on par with the stuff Johnny Cash put into the American Recordings, only its all Guy Clark original songs. A must buy for the lonely island. 6 stars.
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