403. Joe Ely - Honky Tonk Masquerade (1978)
1. Cornbread moon
2. Because of the wind
4. Jericho (your walls must come tumbling down)
5. Tonight I think I'm gonna go downtown
6. Honky tonk masquerade
7. I'll be your fool
9. West texas waltz
10. Honky tonkin'
I am sorry the picture is so small today, but the album has been reissued with another album and therefore the cover on the CD is the two album covers side by side. So getting this by itself was more of a problem than usual.
Administrative concerns aside, this is a kind of blahish album. Yes, it is quite good country music, and that is a find in itself, now it does innovate quite a bit, using a lot of things that would not be that common in Country, it has a definite pop/rock influence to it, but in the end it does not use its innovation for anything tremendously interesting.
The album is good however, and the song writing is witty and well paced, in the best tradition of country. The music is quite good with a special nod to Fingernails and Cornbread Moon for that, but it really doesn't impress tremendously. The album should have been freer, Joe Ely should have blown up the Country music establishment a lot more than he did... but this was hard enough on the Nashville assholes for him never to be as successful as he deserves.
2. Cornbread Moon
3. West Texas Waltz
Ely's second album has been highly regarded by critics around the world. It was included in the 2005 book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Writer Steve Pond places the album at number 40 on Rolling Stone's list of "50 Essential Albums of the 70s", calling it "the decade's most sure-footed country-rock collaboration". Pond places the album in the same class as such 1970s "country landmarks" as Guy Clark's Old No. 1, Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, and Terry Allen's Lubbock (On Everything). In addition, New Zealand critic Fred Muller places the album on his list of the top ten "best albums of the rock era.
Fingernails... it doesn't make much sense if he isn't playing the piano... but hey: