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By Rickey Wright

Joe Ely's second album is a classic of late-1970s progressive country--but this description hardly does justice to what he did with the music. The Texas-born Ely expanded its expression both lyrically (with the help of fellow ex-Flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, whose songs he covered regularly) and musically, tossing in Tex-Mex accordion and rock guitar lines that competed with the steel guitar parts. That Ely's title song and Hancock's "Jericho," two of the record's more accessible tracks, didn't become radio smashes is criminal, but it's never too late to pick up on them yourself--that is, so long as the CD remains in print.

1. Cornbread Moon6. Honky Tonk Masquerade
2. Because of the Wind7. I'll Be Your Fool
3. Boxcars8. Fingernails
4. Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down)9. West Texas Waltz
5. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown10. Honky Tonkin'


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"One of the five or ten best country albums of all time. every song is a classic. probably the best solo album any of the flatlanders ever released. If you like eclectic country music do yourself a favor and get this album right away."

--warren paine

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Artist: Joe Ely

Released: February 13, 1978

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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