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Viva Terlingua Live


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  • Audio CD (May 8 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002NX9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on Sept. 25 2003
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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By A Customer on July 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on April 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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