JERRY JEFF WALKER (354)

It's a Good Night for Singin' & Contrary to Ordinary... Plus (Double CD) RVCD-354

It’s rare to find original albums by major artists that have never been re-issued on CD. Due to repeated requests and by popular demand Raven presents, on great value Double CD, the classic MCA albums It’s a Good Night for Singin’ (1976) and Contrary to Ordinary (1978) by the famed Country artist JERRY JEFF WALKER. Widely known as the writer of the oft-covered and immensely popular ‘Mr. Bojangles’, Walker came to prominence in the early 1970s as part of the progressive “outlaw” Country scene around Austin, Texas, alongside Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt. The landmark albums Jerry Jeff Walker (Raven RVCD-320), Walker’s Collectibles and Ridin’ High (Raven RVCD-349) marked his transition from New York folkie to bona fide Texas singer / song writer.

His fifth MCA album It’s a Good Night for Singin’ “stands as one of Walker’s high water marks, a consistent and superior work” All Music. It features his classic, stirring covers of Tom Waits’ ‘(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night’, Lee Clayton’s ‘Won’t You Give Me One More Chance’ and Billy Joe Shaver’s ‘Old Five and Dimers like Me’ plus one original tune, the immortal ‘Stoney’. Contrary to Ordinary is another fine album, upping the ante with great covers of Pat Garvey’s Calypso-styled ‘Tryin’ to Hold the Wind up with A Sail’, Susanna Clark’s ‘We Were Kinda Crazy Then’ and Rodney Crowell’s ‘Till I Gain Control Again’. Lastly, the self-penned ‘Contrary To Ordinary’ is “a Walker anthem that comes off purely and without artifice” All Music. With color booklet, detailed notes and eight bonus tracks from A Man Must Carry On (1977).

TRACK LISTING
DISC ONE – It’s a Good Night for Singin’
1. (Looking For) THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT
2. STANDIN’ AT THE BIG HOTEL
3. COULDN’T DO NOTHIN’ RIGHT
4. WON’T YOU GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE
5. HEAD FULL OF NOTHIN’
6. OLD FIVE AND DIMERS LIKE ME
7. VERY SHORT TIME
8. SOME DAY I’LL GET OUT OF THESE BARS
9. STONEY
10. DEAR JOHN LETTER LOUNGE
11. LEROY
12. IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR SINGIN’
DISC TWO – Contrary to Ordinary… Plus
1. TRYIN’ TO HOLD THE WIND UP WITH A SAIL
2. SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL
3. SUCKIN’ A BIG BOTTLE OF GIN
4. WHAT ARE WE DOING?
5. TILL I GAIN CONTROL AGAIN
6. CONTRARY TO ORDINARY
7. WE WERE KINDA CRAZY THEN
8. DEEPER THAN LOVE
9. I SPENT ALL MY MONEY LOVIN’ YOU
10. CARRY ME AWAY
Bonus tracks from A Man Must Carry On
11. HONKY TONK MUSIC
12. RAILROAD LADY
13. RO-DEO-DEO COWBOY
14. DERBY DAY
15. LONG AFTERNOONS
16. ROCKIN’ CHAIR
17. MY BUDDY
18. THE STRANGER (He was the Kind) Reprise

ALSO AVAILABLE
JERRY JEFF WALKER - Jerry Jeff Walker (RVCD-320)
JERRY JEFF WALKER - Walker’s Collectibles & Ridin’ High (RVCD-349) Double
JERRY JEFF WALKER - Mr. Bojangles, Five Years Gone, Bein' Free (RVCD-375) Double

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AUD$ 20.95 (available)


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