Honky Tonk Heroes/Waylon & Willie

Honky Tonk Heroes/Waylon & Willie

by Waylon Jennings

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Overview

The Legacy X2 series can often be a crapshoot: sometimes two classic albums are packaged together, sometimes one is a dud, and at other times albums from two different periods in an artist's career will be side by side. Ultimately, it's all about clearing inventory off the shelves. In this case, two of Waylon Jennings' most critically acclaimed and aesthetically satisfying albums are placed side by side, 1973's Honky Tonk Heroes and 1978's Waylon & Willie. The former set features a number of tunes written by Billy Joe Shaver that would become staples in Jennings' live shows, particularly the title track and "Ride Me Down Easy." That said, there isn't a weak moment here, and one of the non-Shaver tunes, Donnie Fritts' "We Had It All," was a smash. The latter set is the record that brought to roost worldwide the famed 1970s outlaw movement and set the already successful careers of Jennings and Willie Nelson into hyperdrive. For Jennings this lasted only a few years, but this album was the place where Nelson began in earnest his climb to superstardom, not only in the country genre but in the pop market as well. Nelson had been on the scene in Nashville for a long time, but it wasn't until he returned home to his native Texas that he became an institution. The enduring single from this album was the duet "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." This track, despite the presence of others that are superior, has become the standard-bearer for 1970s outlaw country. Both of these discs are the remastered versions and both contain bonus tracks, making them fine picks for either a novice or a seasoned fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886972966229
catalogNumber: 729662

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waylon Jennings   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Willie Nelson   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jessi Colter   Organ,Piano
Ritchie Albright   Drums
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Duke Goff   Bass
Jerry Gropp   Rhythm Guitar
Lennie Haight   Violin
Buddy Harman   Drums
Sherman Hayes   Bass
Eddie Hinton   Rhythm Guitar
John Leslie Hug   Guitar
Dave Kirby   Rhythm Guitar
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Kyle Lehning   Organ,Piano,Trumpet
Chips Moman   Guitar
Ralph Mooney   Steel Guitar
Fred Newell   Rhythm Guitar
Gordon Payne   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocal Harmony
Billy Reynolds   Rhythm Guitar
Barny Robertson   Organ,Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Carter Robertson   Organ,Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Billy Sanford   Electric Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Rhythm Guitar
Dale Sellers   Electric Guitar
Steven Maxwell Smith   Violin
Bee Spears   Bass
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Rance Wasson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Larry Whitmore   Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Reggie Young   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Becky Williams   Vocal Harmony
Dee Moeller   Organ,Piano
Andy McMahon   Organ
Stephanie Woolf   Violin
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Eddy Anderson   Drums
Lawrence Herzberg   Violin

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Composer,Producer,Author
Willie Nelson   Composer,Producer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Tompall Glaser   Producer
Troy Seals   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Dennis Ferrante   Master Transfers
Ronnie Light   Producer
Ken Mansfield   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Jimmy Moore   Cover Photo
Pachucki   Engineer
Tom Pick   Engineer
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Chet Flippo   Original Liner Notes
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Mike Ragogna   Reissue Producer
Joel Whitburn   Chart Information
Bill K. Myers   Illustrations
Christine Chagnon   Reissue Design
Herb Burnette   Art Direction
Matthew Zeek Harris   Art Direction
Hillman Hall   Composer

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