Confederate Tales: White Mansions & Jesse James

Confederate Tales: White Mansions & Jesse James


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The pairing of these two records in a double-CD set, both unusual country-rock concept albums steeped in history from the end of the '70s, is kind of a no-brainer. White Mansions was the better known of the two at the time of their original release, dealing as it does with the history of the American south, and it developed a strong cult following at the time, possibly as a reaction to the success of the television mini-series Roots, and the election of Jimmy Carter (the first Southerner -- apart from Woodrow Wilson -- to reach the White House since the Civil War). The presence of an all-star cast, including Eric Clapton, Jessi Colter, and Waylon Jennings, and Steve Cash and John Dillon of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (then near the height of their popularity) didn't hurt. It's also the more raw and basic of the two -- though a concept album telling the story of the fall of the southern Confederacy and the culture behind it, it is made up of songs that stand up better on their own, and shows a bracing diversity of styles, ranging from faux-19th century popular music to modern country-rock of a century later. Legend of Jesse James is slicker and smoother, and also seems to make the transition to CD a little better on a technical level. The booklet includes full notes and background on each song, as well as bios on all of the participants and a fascinating account of Paul Kennerley, the English advertising executive whose fascination with American history led to his composing the songs for both albums, and the participation of Glyn Johns as the unifying technical force behind the two productions. The sound is excellent on both discs, and the whole set is well worth more than one listen. And this is the only way to get Legend of Jesse James on CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/1999
Label: A&M
UPC: 0731454079129
catalogNumber: 540791
Rank: 29905

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Vocals
Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Waylon Jennings   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Soloist,Dialogue,Spoken Word
Albert Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jesse Ed Davis   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Dave Markee   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Double Bass,String Bass
Jessi Colter   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Rodena Preston   Vocals
Steve Cash   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlie Daniels   Fiddle,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Eric Clapton   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Donivan Cowart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nick DeCaro   Accordion
John Dillon   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Emory Gordy   Electric Bass,Double Bass
Tim Gorman   Piano,Background Vocals
Levon Helm   Harmonica,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tim Hinkley   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Paul Kennerley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Jody Payne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Henry Spinetti   Drums,Vocals
Martin Cowart   Vocals
John Dillion   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Piano,Electric Piano
White Mansions   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Big Joe Turner   Composer
Johnny Cash   Contributor
Rosanne Cash   Contributor
Rodney Crowell   Contributor
Rodena Preston   Contributor
Eric Clapton   Contributor
Nick DeCaro   Arranger,String Arrangements
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
Levon Helm   Contributor
Paul Kennerley   Writer
Alan Rogan   Guitar Techician
Brian Rogers   Arranger,String Arrangements
Doug Sachs   Producer,Engineer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Rodena Preston & the Voices of Deliverance   Contributor
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Ethan Russell   Art Direction
Wesley Ligon   Graphic Design
Kira Florita   Reissue Package,Revision
Martin Cowart   Contributor
Todd Fennell   Reissue Producer
Howard Chaykin   Artwork,Illustrations
Shua Gur   Reissue Remastering
Michael Ross   Art Direction

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