Shaver, Billy Joe

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Shaver, Billy Joe - Salt Of The Earth Salt Of The Earth
Country Used - LP 40903 Columbia
Beautiful And Rare 1987 Original With Gold Promo Stamp On Back Jacket. Appears Unplayed. Shaver's Son Eddy Co-Produces And Plays Bad-Ass Guitar. CD Is Criminally Out-Of-Print. “The Fourth And Last Of Billy Joe Shaver's Columbia Records Albums Of The 1980s, Salt Of The Earth Was The Singer/Songwriter's First Album Of All-New Material In Six Years And His Last Recording For Another Six, Making It By Definition A Pivotal Album In His Infrequent Recording Career. It Effectively Encapsulates His Characteristic Style, From The Hard-Rocking Honky Tonk Of "Whiteman's Watermelon" To The Gentle "Hill Country Love Song." Shaver's Conflicted Morality Allows Him To Announce Fervently That "You Just Can't Beat Jesus Christ," Then Follow That Song With "The Devil Made Me Do It The First Time" (The Inevitable Punch Line Being, "The Next Time, I Done It On My Own"). In Shaver's World, Men Work Hard And Play Hard, Too, And Faith Is Observed More In Intention Than Practice. Self-Referential, Funny, And Moving, Shaver's Songs, Sung With Cracked-Voice Conviction And Played With Gutbucket Force, Define Outlaw Style, Here As On His Other Recordings.” – William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide.... more details
 
Shaver, Billy Joe - Gypsy Boy Gypsy Boy
Country New - LP CPN 0192 Capricorn
Sealed 1977 Original. Cut Corner. “For His Second Record On Phil Walden's Capricorn Label, Billy Joe Shaver And Walden Pulled Out All The Stops. Knowing That The Material Was There, It Was Just A Question Of Bringing The Right Group Of Players And A Production Team To Bring It Out And Present It To The Public. Produced By Emmylou Harris' Husband At The Time, Brian Ahern, The Album Features His Nash Vegas New Country Mafia: Emmylou Herself; Rodney Crowell, Then A Member Of Her Hot Band; Ricky Skaggs; Nicolette Larsen; Neil Young's Producer And Pianist, David Briggs; His Steel Player, Ben Keith; Legendary Country Guitarist James Burton; Country Harmonicat Supreme Mickey Raphael; Drummer Karl Himmel; Bassist Norb Putnam; Randy Scruggs; And Others. While Shaver Wrote Most Of The Tunes Here, Including One Of His Signature Anthems, "Honky Tonk Heroes," "Silver Wings Of Time," And His First-Ever Single, "Chicken On The Ground" (Re-Recorded Here), It Is Some Of The Collaborations And Covers That Make The Album A Standout. Most Notably Is Crowell's "In Going Crazy In 3/4 Time," A Masterpiece Written For Shaver's Style Of Slow, Deliberate Delivery That Is So Moving. Add To This Shaver's Collaboration With Bobby Bare On "We Stayed Too Long At The Fair" And The Album Closer, "You Asked Me To," With Willie Nelson And The Evidence Is Plain To See That Shaver And His Team Had Learned How To Make A Songwriter's Album. This Has The Emotional Depth Of His Capricorn Debut, But Places Shaver At The Center Of His Songs Like The Masterful Storyteller He Is. With The Background Singing And Dynamite Playing, Gypsy Boy Really Moves And Stirs. It's One Of Shaver's Finest Moments On Record.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide... more details
 
Shaver, Billy Joe - Old Five And Dimers Like Me Old Five And Dimers Like Me
Country Used - LP KZ 32293 Monument
Rare 1973 Original With Promo Stamp On Rear Jacket. Appears Unplayed. Songs Are: “Black Rose,” “Old Five And Dimers Like Me,” “L. A. Turnaround,” “Jesus Christ, What A Man,” “Played The Game Too Long,” “I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train,” “Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me,” “Low Down Freedom,” “Jesus Was Our Saviour And Cotton Was King,” “Serious Souls” And “Bottom Dollar." “Billy Joe Shaver Slipped Onto The Recording Scene Very Quietly In 1973. He Was Already Heralded A Fine Songwriter By Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, And Waylon Jennings, But Even They'd Recorded One Or Two Songs Of His Up To That Point. After The Issue Of This Debut Album, However, The Floodgates Opened For Shaver With The Aforementioned Trio And Johnny Cash Himself Recording Billy Joe's Songs -- A Trend That Continued 30 Years Later. Old Five And Dimers Like Me Reveals A Songwriter At The Height Of His Power, A Songwriter Who Undersells His Case Via Quiet Melodic Music Steeped In Texas Country, Folk, And The Blues. Shaver Was A Study In Contradictions On This Album And Proved To Be So In Life As Well. He Was A Big Man On The Cover, A Rough And Tumble Farmer Who Liked His Music Hot And Simple And Wrote Words Like A Poet Laureate. His Performances Of His Own Songs Have Been Derided In The Past Because Of The Supposed Limitations In His Voice. But Though He May Not Produce The Performance Drama That Some Of His Peers Can, His Versions Of These Songs Are Far More Poignant Than Any Cover Version Of Them. Old Five And Dimers Like Me Is A Masterpiece Not Only As A Genesis For Outlaw Country, But Of American Songwriting At Its Very Best.” Thom Jurek, AMG.... more details
 
Shaver, Billy Joe - Billy Joe Shaver Billy Joe Shaver
Country Used - LP FC 37959 Columbia
Mint 1982 Original With Press Kit Including The Glossy 8x10 Photo. “On His Third Album For Columbia, Billy Joe Shaver Went Back To The Basics. Issued In 1982, Long After The Sheen Had Faded On The Outlaw Movement, Of Which Kris Kristofferson Called Shaver The Most Authentic Of The Bunch, And Despite Five Albums, He Remained A Figure In The Shadows, Though Most Folks Knew His Songs. Like Dan Penn A Decade Later, Shaver Decided To Record A Set Of His Classics And Put Them Out There For Public Consumption In A Modern Setting. While It Didn't Work Commercially, It Made For A Hell Of A Record. Shaver's Redos Of "Been To Georgia On A Fast Train," "Ride Me Down Easy," "Lowdown Freedom," "Old Five And Dimers Like Me," "One Moving Part," "Tell Me Virginia," "How Many Hearts Must You Break," And Others Are Delivered With The Kind Of Humble Yet Burning Passion That Shaver Put Into The Songs In The First Place. Here He Sings Them For All They're Worth, Wringing Every Ounce Of Spirituality, Emotion, And Texas Grit From The Heart Of Them. Shaver Comes Across As A Bigger-Than-Life Buddha, Recounting Both Good Times And Bad, All Of Them Held In A Kind Of Equanimity To Be Reflected Upon, Learned From, And Imparted From His Experience. This Is A Songwriter's Album To Be Sure, But It Is Also A Singer's Album. Never Had Shaver Sounded So Assured, So Full In Possession Of His Voice, Or So Sure Of His Direction As On This Album From 1982.” Thom Jurek, AMG.... more details
 

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