Paul Kennerly & Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash : White Mansions/The Legend of Jesse James

Paul Kennerly & Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash : White Mansions/The Legend of Jesse James

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Previously available only on an expensive import, these two concept albums about the Civil War were written by Paul Kennerly, produced by Glyn Johns and starred an unbelievable cast of musicians: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm (as Jesse James!), Eric Clapton, Charlie Daniels and Rodney Crowell among others! This 2-CD set includes original and new notes and an unreleased bonus track.
This double-disc reissue documents one of the more curious careers in country music. Both 1978's White Mansions and 1980's The Legend of Jesse James are Southern song cycles that were conceived by Britain's Paul Kennerley, then an unknown songwriter who somehow recruited a high-profile cast for each. A Civil War saga from the Southern perspective, White Mansions suffers from caricature and cliché but benefits from signature contributions by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Eric Clapton. Jesse James has more focus and narrative momentum, with Levon Helm, Johnny Cash, and Emmylou Harris in lead roles. Though the albums are more noteworthy for artistic ambition than memorable material, Kennerley subsequently became a successful Nashville songwriter and Harris's husband from 1985 to 1993. --Don McLeese

1. White Mansions: Story To Tell (The Preface)
2. White Mansions: Dixie, Hold On
3. White Mansions: Join Around The Flag
4. White Mansions: White Trash
5. White Mansions: The Last Dance & The Kentucky Racehorse
6. White Mansions: Southern Boys
7. White Mansions: The Union Mare & Confederate Grey
8. White Mansions: No One Would Believe A Summer Could Be So Cold
9. White Mansions: The Southland's Bleeding
10. White Mansions: Bring Up The Twelve Pounders
11. White Mansions: They Laid Waste To Our Land
12. White Mansions: Praise The Lord
13. White Mansions: The King Has Called Me Home
14. White Mansions: Bad Man
15. White Mansions: Dixie, Now You're Done
1. Legend Of Jesse James: Ride Of The Redlegs
2. Legend Of Jesse James: Quantrill's Guerillas
3. Legend Of Jesse James: Six Gun Shooting
4. Legend Of Jesse James: Have You Heard The News?
5. Legend Of Jesse James: Heaven Ain't Ready For You Yet
6. Legend Of Jesse James: Help Him, Jesus
7. Legend Of Jesse James: The Old Clay Country
8. Legend Of Jesse James: Riding With Jesse James
9. Legend Of Jesse James: Hunt Them Down
10. Legend Of Jesse James: Wish We Were Back In Missouri
11. Legend Of Jesse James: Northfield: The Plan
12. Legend Of Jesse James: Northfield: The Disaster
13. Legend Of Jesse James: High Walls
14. Legend Of Jesse James: The Death Of Me
15. Legend Of Jesse James: The Plot
16. Legend Of Jesse James: One More Shot
17. Bonus Track: A Train Robbery

Product UPC: 731454079129

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