BILLY JOE SHAVER

When I Get My Wings / Gypsy Boy (2-for-1) RVCD-365

Raven releases two cornerstone US “Outlaw Country” albums on one CD by BILLY JOE SHAVERWhen I Get My Wings (1976) and Gypsy Boy (1977), inexplicably out of print for years. Shaver first came to prominence as a song writer for Bobby Bare (‘Ride Me Down Easy’), Kris Kristofferson (‘Good Christian Soldier’) and Elvis Presley (‘You Asked Me To’) and his real breakthrough came in 1973 when Waylon Jennings recorded the album Honky Tonk Heroes consisting of Shaver songs and is largely considered the first true “Outlaw” album. Shaver’s debut album was issued on Kristofferson’s Monument label but he made a stronger impression with these two highly regarded landmark albums recorded for Phil Walden’s legendary Capricorn label.

The albums featured brilliant contributions from a stellar cast of Southern rockers (Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Bramlett on When I Get My Wings) and legendary LA and Nashville session players (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Nicolette Larson, David Briggs, Mickey Raphael, Norbert Putnam on Gypsy Boy). The albums mixed powerful rock backing with a defiant “Outlaw” stance. All the way the “power, grace and elegance of Shaver’s songwriting comes through” – All Music Guide. Highlights on When I Get My Wings include the uplifting title track, ‘Ain’t No God in Mexico’ and perhaps his most covered and best loved song ‘Ride Me Down Easy’. Gypsy Boy ups the ante with another of his signature anthems ‘Honky Tonk Heroes’, Crowell’s ‘I’m Going Crazy in ¾ Time’ and ‘You Asked Me To’ featuring Willie Nelson. These important albums remain among Shaver’s finest works. With superb quality audio, three bonus tracks, color booklet and detailed notes.

TRACK LISTING
When I Get My Wings (1976)
1. TEXAS UPHERE TENNESSEE
2. THE GOOD LORD KNOWS I TRIED
3. WOMAN IS THE WONDER OF THE WORLD
4. WHEN I GET MY WINGS
5. AIN’T NO GOD IN MEXICO
6. LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME
7. RIDE ME DOWN EASY
8. WHEN THE WORD WAS THUNDERBIRD
9. AMERICA YOU ARE MY WOMAN
10. A RESTLESS WIND
11. EVERGREEN
Gypsy Boy (1977)
12. BILLY B. DAMNED
13. WE STAYED TOO LONG AT THE FAIR
14. HONKY TONK HEROES
15. I’M GOING CRAZY IN ¾ TIME
16. GYPSY BOY
17. CHICKEN ON THE GROUND
18. EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE’S
19. SLOW ROLLIN’ LOW
20. SILVER WINGS OF TIME
21. THE BELIEVER
22. YOU ASKED ME TO
Bonus Tracks
23. FIT TO KILL AND GOING OUT IN STYLE
24. SATURDAY NIGHT
25. I’M JUST AN OLD CHUNK OF COAL (But I’m Gonna be a Diamond Someday)

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