"Only Daddy That'll
Walk The Line:
The RCA Years<"
May 01 - 07, 2022
Year of Release: 1993
Disc One:Stop The World (ANd Let Me Off)
Love Of The Common People
Walk On Out Of My Mind
Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
Just To Satisfy You
Willie And Laura Mae Jones
Six White Horses
Lovin' Her Was Easier
(Than Anything I'll
Ever Do Again)
Good Hearted Woman
Lonesome On'ry And Mean
Honky Tonk Heroes
You Asked Me To
It's Not Supposed To Be This Way
I'm A Ramblin' Man
Rainy Day Woman
Are You Sure Hank Done It
Dreaming My Dreams With You
T For Texas
Bob Wills Is Still The King
Are You Ready For The Country
(Back To The Basics
Don't You Think This
Outlaw Bit's Done
Got Out Of Hand
I Ain't Living Long Like This
Theme From The
Dukes Of Hazzard
(Good Ol' Boys)
Storms Never Last
Lucille (You Won't Do
Your Daddy's Will)
Never Could Toe The Mark
Looking For Suzanne
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It's hard to believe, that Waylon Jennings has been gone now for 20 years. At age 64, Waylon left us on February 13, 2002. Although he's been gone those
many years, we still enjoy his music. Country Music. One of the true Outlaws, Waylon has left behind a legacy of great country music from his career. This week's
review covers his 2-disc compilation, Only Dadd That'll Walk The Line: The RCA Years. Of course, the 1970s were the peak years, and his most memorable
hits. This compilation begins in 1966 and ends in 1984. What is interesting to hear are the much younger years, before he became well-known with most of the songs
from the 1970s and even part of the 1980s. And, since he was Buddy Holly's band as his guitar player, and had played with him before that unfortunate date, in which
Buddy, J.P. Richardson "The Big Bopper" and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash. Making that date, February 3, 1959, the day the music died.
This compilation credits the years as 1965 to 1985. Disc One contains tracks from 1966 to 1974. Stop The World (And Let Me Off)" (1966) sounds like more
of a song recorded by Buck Owens & His Buckaroos. But then whe hear Waylon's distinctive voice. And from seeing the pictures from his early years here, he is
clean-shaven, and having the Elvis hairstyle. "Nashville Bum" (1966) has a style of Merle Haggard, and Waylon's voice is quite young in sound. "Nashville
Rebel" (1966) is starting of what would be the Waylon sound we would enjoy in his later years. Again, his voice is quite young here, and it would just a matter
of time for him to become a Country legend.
"Green River" (1966) is more of a soft ballad, and it works well with Waylon's voice. "Love Of The Common Man" (1967) is another song,
distinguishing that great "Waylon style" in its humble beginnings. Those humble beginnings continue, with "Walk On Out Of My Mind" (1967).
And from this point on, we are now encountering THE Waylon that we are all familiar with: His voice, and his style. 1968 sees that coming into place,
with "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line." "Just To Satisfy You" (1968 version) is the "Waylon version" here, as many would remember this song most popular
along with Willie Nelson in the next decade. (NOTE: The first 8 tracks songs were produced by Chet Atkins... No wonder these songs are great; a great producer
working with an up-and-coming future Country star.) "Willie And Laura Mae Jones" (1969) has Waylon's voice different in places, yet you know it's him.
Again, it's a legend in the making, on this one. "Six White Horses" (1969) is another softer sounding song, and again, it's putting Waylon as a future Country
star in the making. Likewise, "The Taker" (1970) and "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" (1970) are both songs in the building
of a future Country star.
"Good Hearted Woman" (1971) -- like "Just To Satisfy You," this is the "Waylon version." Co-written by Waylon & Willie, this song would also be
another future popular Waylon & Willie favorite. "Black Rose" (1972) and "Lonesome, On'ry And Mean" (1972) surely now has Waylon in top-notch Country
"Honky Tonk Heroes" (1973) -- ahhhh, this is the Waylon I remember... This song was from the Outlaws album, along with Willie, Jessi Colter, and Tompall
Glaser. Pure Country gets "You Asked Me To," (1973) as it sounds more like a Willie tune, as in "Whiskey River." And speaking of Willie, he wrote the
next track, "It's Not Supposed To Be That Way" (1973), as it is another softer sounding track, and, like the others, it works just great for Waylon. "This
Time" is another great Waylon tune, and Disc One ends with the Waylon classic, "I'm A Ramblin' Man."
Disc Two - 1974-1984: Classic, Ultimate, Waylon
Disc Two has the great songs of Waylon, most of them reached #1 Country. Eight out of the forty tracks were #1: "Amanda," (1974), "Are You Sure
Hank Done It This Way," (1974), "Luckenback Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)" (1977), "I Ain't Living Long Like This," (1979), "Theme From The
Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" (1980), "Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)" (1983) - ALL #1's; the others were from Disc One: "This Time"
and "I'm A Ramblin' Man."
"Rainy Day Woman," (1974) "Waymore's Blues" (1974) definitely have that great waylon sound, where the softer side of Waylon is heard on "Dreaming
My Dreams With You" (1974). "T For Texas" is from the Waylon Live album (1974), a song that I remember well, by Grandpa Jones, from Hee Haw fame.
The next track is also from that live album, as Waylon sings tribute to Bob Wills, one of the founding fathers in the beginnings of Country music - "Bob Wills Is
Still The King." Classic Waylon best describes "Are You Ready For The Country" (1976). A much better question at the time, would be "Are You Ready For
The Waylon." "Jack-A-Diamonds" (1976) is another great, cool Waylon track.
By 1978, Waylon was an "Outlaw," and his song asks the question, "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit Done Got Out Of Hand" (?) For many, that answer would be
"No," as the Outlaw image is what made Waylon (and his fellow Country music "Outlaws" famous. "The Conversation" (1978) was co-written by Waylon, Hank Williams
Jr. and Richie Albright. From Waylon's album Waylon And Company, it's quite obvious, his "Company" helping him out, is -- Hank Williams Jr., another future
Country legend, as Hank Jr. was getting quite popular towards the end of the 1970s, and into the next decade.
That new decade would be the 1980s, as the year 1980 saw the release of his
Music Man album, and from it, these songs makes this compilation: "Clyde,"
the #1 "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" and "Storms Never Last." Two years later, 1982 saw the release of Black On Black.
From that album, "Shine" appears on this compilation. (NOTE: The review link is for BOTH Music Man and Black On Black albums.)
1983 saw his take on Little Richard's "Lucille" where Waylon gives it a whole new approach: Titled as "Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)" --
it gives a Rock and Roll (Little Richard) classic into a great Country sound. The results of Waylon's version would become another #1 hit to his credits. Ending this
great compilation set are two songs from 1984: "Never Could Toe The Mark," and "Looking For Suzanne." To sum up these two songs, there is a great
mention in this compilation's liner notes:
ONLY DADDY THAT'LL WALK THE LINE: THE RCA YEARS concludes with two songs that find Waylon taking on new challenges. "Looking For Suzanne" (1984) is a
sharp Paul Kennerley tune that showcases Waylon's ability to be contemporary without condesceding to fashion. And "Never Could Toe The Mark" (1984) is classic
Waylon, his full-throated baritone wrapping around an undeniable beat. Here, he's restless again, looking for new mountains to climb. It's likely he'll never
In the 1990s, Waylon would release a total of seven studio albums, and one final studio album in the 2010s. More live albums would also be released, after his
death. Waylon still could produce more music after this compilation was released (1993). But it was the 1970s and 1980s decades that truly defined his signature
Outlaw style. Yet, he was still "searching" in the 1990s and onward, he was still achieving more music for his fans and Country music.
Also to mention, his son, Shooter Jennings has an incredible catalog of music. One of his albums is Fenixon, released in 2014. It was recorded by father
and son, when Shooter was 16. in 1996. It was never released on CD, as it was a limited vinyl-only album, as the album's content focused on the industrial sound.
This was by far way different for Waylon, being a Country musician. Read more
here. From these recordings, Shooter and his band would rework some of the songs
into Waylon Forever, released in 2008. Both of these are hard albums to find.
It would be interesting, if this album would be re-released, and not only hearing both father and son together, but hearing Waylon attempting on a different musical
style. Shooter Jennings has recorded 10 studio albums, as of 2005 to 2022, and has released live albums as well.
There were many other popular recordings from Waylon, especially those he recorded with Willie Nelson. There are no duets from Waylon & Willie here on this
compilation (although Willie is heard on "Luckenbach, Texas") Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line: The RCA Years focuses on Waylon, and Waylon only,
likewise, his recordings from the RCA label. (He moved to the MCA label in 1986, and other labels in the 1990s.) And the earliest recordings from the 1960s makes
this compilation even better, as we listen to a legend in the making. We can only imagine if there were to be another future "Outlaw" - Buddy Holly, had he lived.
I'm sure Waylon would have had Buddy, along with Willie, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Or, maybe Buddy would have been with Waylon and not the others? Or,
Buddy as a Country music singer himself? Or Not? So many questions, we'll never know the answers...
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