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Last Train to Lubbock: The Early Years [Remaster]

  • 1. Crying
    2. Abilene
    3. It's So Easy
    4. Love's Gonna Live Here
    5. Don't Think Twice
    6. Dream Baby
    7. Burning Memories
    8. White Lightnin'
    9. Big Mamou
    10. Money
    11. Sally Was a Good Old Girl
    12. Lorena
    13. When Sin Stops
    14. Jole Blon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 126

  • Credits
    ProducerPat Thomas (Reissue); Russ Tolman (Reissue)

    Liner Note Author: Kurt Wolff.
    There are more than a few compilations out there that feature the earliest solo work of the late Waylon Jennings after he left Buddy Holly's Crickets. This version of Last Train to Lubbock: The Early Years was issued by DBK Works, and it features material that predates both the A&M and RCA material; it's from the infinitesimal Bat label. These cuts represent the range of Jennings interests and include folk, R&B, country, rockabilly, pop, and more. Holly produced some of the stuff here, and King Curtis is on sax in a place or two. But what really matters aren't even the performances. They are admittedly workmanlike, but it's clear that Jennings isn't just trying to find a formula that works, but to find the authority with which to perform anything he likes. The arrangements are not the wild and woolly rave-ups that he would later make his trademark. While the original LP these cuts appeared on is as rare as can be (Waylon Jennings Live at JDs), there have been numerous CD issues of it, along with Abilene, on Prestige, Don't Think Twice on Time, and White Lightning on both Delta and Castle, so it hardly matters. Hardcore Jennings fans will have this stuff already, and for those just coming into the fold, there are other records to pick up first, but this set should not be overlooked. His versions of the Cajun tunes, "Jole Blon" and "Big Mamou" are stellar; his readings of Roy Orbison's "Crying" and "Dream Baby" are better than average, and his version of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright," offers a completely different read on the song. His version of the Motown classic "Money" is just plain brave, and is in a different man's voice. He also takes this R&B tune and strips it down to its backbeat. Killer. ~ Thom Jurek

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