Logansport 1984-04-29

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Logansport 1984-04-29 - Records Sidemen Accent Waylon's Album "Waylon...
Records Sidemen Accent Waylon's Album "Waylon and Company" (RCA AHLl-4826) is a remarkable new album from Waylon Jennings and a most impressive list of sidemen on a choice selection of tunes. "Vocal Sidemen," as they are billed, include Jerry Reed, Hank Williams Jr., Ernest Tubb, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Tony Joe White, Jessie Colter, James Garner, (James Garner?), and Mel Tillis. Williams duets with Waylon twice, on "Leave them Boys Along" and "The Conversation," both of which Williams co-authored. Ernest Tubb also shares vocals on "Leave them Boys Alone." The least of the album is a spirited version of the old Memphis hit, "Hold On, I'm Coming" with Jerry Reed assisting on vocals. Jessie sings on just one tune, "Sight for Sore Eyes," and Willie Nelson sings only on "Just to Satisfy You." Tillis can be heard on the uptempo beauty, "Mason Dixon Lines." It's a pleasant, spirited album of very good country music (for the most part) with some of the most impressive talent in country music, all wrapped up in a very neat, very enjoyable package. It's a unique format which may be imitated in the future, for it opens up all sorts of possibilities for country classics. Tony Joe White hasn't made an album in years, so his new "Dangerous" (Columbia PC 38817) is a pleasant if predictable surprise. Known as a semi-prolific hitmaker but one who seems to hit it big when he does, White's only strong personal hit tune over the years was 1969's funky "Polk Salad Annie." But he Waylon Jennings has composed hits for others ranging from Ray Charles to Elvis. His best-known composition is "Rainy Night in Georgia," made famous by Brook Benton in 1970. This album is a predictably funky collection of tunes for his deep, breathy voice, performed to funky perfection by a strong group of sidemen. White composed or co-composed most tunes here. They are nice country funk ballads and light, uptempo tunes, including the schmlatzy "Our Day Will Come," with a Barry White rap intro. Really, T.J., lighten up. Playing catch-up after a month in Southern Mexico: The Cars redeem themselves with "Heartbeat City" (Elektra 60236-1), their fifth and arguably their best. More importantly, the album brings the group's vision into focus again, giving meaning to the "genius" label attached to group lead Rick Ocasek. Coming on the heels of Ocasek's own solo debut, the accomplishments of "Heartbeat City" take on even greater importance. Progressive pop produced with sizzling techno-excellence, the album features several tunes of classic new music standards, songs which you will surely hear soon. "N.E.W.S." (21 Records Tl-1-9008) is a perfunctory effort by Golden Earring, despite its solid structure. Lacking anything approaching their hit "Twilight Zone" from their last album, this effort is strong, but it just dosen't grab your attention. A disappointment, too, for Golden Earring has been a favorite since it first toured the U.S. in 1968. You may hear "Mission Impossible," however.

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  1. Logansport Pharos-Tribune,
  2. 29 Apr 1984, Sun,
  3. Page 14

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