Viva Terlingua Live
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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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"It's Scamp Walker time again!" And with those words, JJW kicks off one of the essential albums of all time (well, at least essential to the times of my life ;-) Once upon a time, a long, long time ago - in a land far, far away, I used to crank up the stereo - remember stereos? - with those heavy vinyl discs that went around at 33 1/3 rpm? - with this hymn just before walking out the door to do battle with final exams: "Just gettin by on gettin by's my stock in trade - livin it day to day, pickin up the pieces wherever they fall. ...Just living my life easy come easy go."
I am glad I got this on CD! Ain't Modern Technology wonderful? Those old fashioned turn-tables just jumped and scratched all over the place when one tried to play a record whilst driving the pick up truck!
OK, everybody sing now:
He was born in Oklahoma
& his wife's name is Betty Lou Thelma Liz
& he's not responsible for what he's doing
`cause his mother made him what he is.
M is for the mudflaps you gimme for my pickup truck
O is for the oil I put on my hair
T is for T-bird [in this live at Terlingua concert version]
H is for Haggard
E is for eggs and
R is for REDNECK!!!
in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
"Gotta put myself back in that place..."
Listening to this JJW retro makes me "wanna go home with the armadillo."
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.Read more ›
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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"... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003
It's just too bad that today's music can't compete with JJW. That great "outlaw" sound is lost in time. Read morePublished on July 15 2003
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.Published on April 10 2003
JJF has mostly wasted his talent, but this collection of songs shows what he was capable of at one time.Published on Feb. 26 2003
i HAVE FOLLOWED JJ SINCE 72'AND DON'T REGRET ANY OF THE TIME i LEFT SAT IN 95 AND HE WAS STILL FILLING THE GROUNDS IN A SMALL TOWN ABOUT 25 MILES AWAY EVERY OTHER WEEKEND. Read morePublished on March 7 2001 by cowboy joe