Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Billy Joe Shaver - When I Get My Wings (Capricorn)

1Texas Uphere TennesseeBilly Joe Shaver2:42
2The Good Lord Knows I TriedBilly Joe Shaver2:43
3Ride Me Down EasyBilly Joe Shaver3:21
4When I Get My WingsBilly Joe Shaver2:54
5Ain't No God In MexicoBilly Joe Shaver2:19
6Love You Till The Cows Come HomeBilly Joe Shaver3:39
7Woman Is The Wonder Of The WorldBilly Joe Shaver2:39
8When The Word Was ThunderbirdBilly Joe Shaver2:56
9America You Are My WomanBilly Joe Shaver3:01
10A Restless WindBilly Joe Shaver2:22
11EvergreenBilly Joe Shaver3:00


  • Billy Joe Shaver: vocal
  • Ron Cornelius: electric and acoustic guitar
  • Kenny Tibbetts: electric bass guitar
  • Willie Hall: drums
  • Neil Larsen: piano
  • Tommy Tolton: electric lead, slide, and acoustic guitar
  • Charlie Daniels: fiddle and background vocals
  • Dickey Betts: electric lead and slide guitar
  • Bonnie Bramlett: background vocals
  • Chuck Leavell: piano
  • Janita & Jenovra Bailey: background vocals on America You Are My Women

Billy Joe Shaver's sophomore effort came three years after 1973's Old Five and Dimers Like Me. Issued on Phil Walden's Capricorn label, Shaver was in the company of some serious Southern rockers as well as a small crew of his own and recorded a program entirely comprised of his own songs. Like many things coming from Capricorn at the time, including some of Delbert McClinton's early records, production was a bit heavier than suited the material. Nonetheless, the power, grace, and elegance in Shaver's songwriting come through even when his voice is mixed a bit low. Some of the standout tracks here are the title track, with its awesome hook in the refrain; the down-and-out "There Ain't No God in Mexico," which has been covered by everyone from Waylon Jennings to Steve Young live; the nostalgic party anthem "When the Word Was Thunderbird"; and one of Shaver's most covered and beloved songs, perhaps his anthem, "Ride Me Down Easy." This track alone is worth the purchase price of the album in that it carries within its simple melody and burning, honest lyric the nature of Shaver's life as an artist: communicate as directly as possible, never lie, and say it as if you mean it. The entirety of When I Get My Wings is a testament to an artist who has found his way as a songwriter and is aspiring to make records as good as the gems he pens. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting.

I forgot all about this release. Yoru post contains an alternate version of Texas Uphere Tennessee that I never heard before. I went and pulled my old LP from the heap and sure enough, the LP version I have is a little more rock feel with some nice slide guitar work.

Great choice. thanks again


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