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Viva Terlingua [Live]

Jerry Jeff Walker Audio CD
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It's no accident that among the great albums Jerry Jeff Walker has made, most of them have been recorded in front of a live audience. If you want to get the feel of the rowdy Texas music scene of the early to-mid-'70s, look no further than ¡Viva Terlingua!, a rowdy, goat-ropin' classic of sing-along mayhem recorded in the tiny town of Lukenbach in the summer of 1973. Walker marshals his Lost Gonzo Band through a number of tunes that went on to become classics, including Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for the Train," Ray Wiley Hubbard's anthemic "Up Against the Wall Redneck," and his own "Sangria Wine" and "Gettin' By." The highlight, though, is an extended take on Gary Nunn's "London Homesick Blues," better known to casual Jerry Jeff fans as the theme song for the long-running PBS show Austin City Limits. --Daniel Durchholz

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great older live recording Jan. 9 2014
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Hard to believe that this was actually recorded in a kind of barn/country bar in rural Texas in the 1970's. The sound quality is outstanding for that kind of venue, letting the atmosphere and emotion come through whether it is a rollicking bar room classic like "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother" or a contemplative piece like "Wheel". A real treat, not just for Gonzo nation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Jeff At His Best June 24 2004
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This CD really takes me back. I was fresh out of high school, working construction in Phoenix when this came out. One of the guys on the crew had this album and used to crank it up at parties after work. Something about it was mesmerizing. Though Viva Terlingua appeared in the efflorescence of the country-rock/outlaw music scene, it stood out from others of its type in that it really got listeners going. An evening with Viva Terlingua on the turntable often resulted in a mass sing-a-long and howl-in of drunken and stoned revelers.
In addition to the great music, the photos in the album jacket made Texas seem a mighty appealing place to one who hadn't been there. So in 1975, I made a pilgrimage to Luckenbach from Phoenix by hitch-hiking and met all kinds of fine Texas folk including Walker who happened to be there playing dominoes that day. Today, I live less than 30 miles from Luckenbach, but the town itself has been spoiled in my view by a non-stop swarm of tourists who followed on the success of the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson song about the town.
Now back to the music. Not only did Walker bring wide fame to himself with this classic, he jumpstarted the careers of two fellow Texans (Gary P Nunn and Ray Wylie Hubbard) by covering one song written by each. In addition to the rowdy Hubbard classic Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother, Jerry Jeff made Nunn's London Homesick Blues one of Texas' most famous songs. There are few people of my generation here who cannot sing at least the refrain.
If those two songs were the only worthwhile songs on the album, then they would earn it a five-star rating by themselves. But there are other great songs here, no less unforgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet heartbreak with a side of joy Feb. 12 2004
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JJW's well-traveled voice absolutely masters the spare, poignant storytelling of these songs. This set runs the gamut from hilarious kickers like "Redneck" to what is (I believe) the most beautifully sad song ever "Desperados Waiting for a Train." If you want songs steeped in feeling without being maudlin right alongside exuberant tunes you can howl out together with your drinking buddies in the wee hours to wake up the landlord, this one can't be beat. A true American classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really deserves six stars! Sept. 25 2003
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Format:Audio CD
There is not a bad track on this album. Buy it and you will get hooked on JJ Walkers voice, lyrics and if you can't laugh at "Gettin By" and cry at "Wheel" then I know a good therapist you should see. This album is just pure fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's just too bad.... July 15 2003
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It's just too bad that today's music can't compete with JJW. That great "outlaw" sound is lost in time. I first heard Viva Terlingua in high school ,1979, and wore out the vinyl converting my rock-and-roll buddies to country. I'm voting for "Redneck Mother" as America's 2nd National Anthem, and then I'll chase down some Wild Turkey Liquor......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many Things Go Many Ways Many Times But Once April 10 2003
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If "Little Bird" doesn't make you puddle up and bawl out loud over a lost love, then you'd better find the nearest funeral home because you're just not alive any more.
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