Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Billy Joe Shaver|
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Unfortunately, the roots of this record stem from a terminal illness in the Shaver family. Yet, as has been proved often, some of the most rewarding music grows out of misery and misfortune. The pared-down gospel originals... more »
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Amazon.com's Best of 1998
Unfortunately, the roots of this record stem from a terminal illness in the Shaver family. Yet, as has been proved often, some of the most rewarding music grows out of misery and misfortune. The pared-down gospel originals offered by Billy Joe and son Eddy perhaps hit a little too close to home. Stark and desolate yet illuminating, Victory vividly illustrates the difference between spirituality and religiousness and the conflict between the worldly and the ethereal. --Marc Greilsamer
The next logical step...
M. Nichols | West Chester, OH United States | 07/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Billy Joe Shaver reminded the world that he was alive and well with 1993's TRAMP ON YOUR STREET (Zoo). From this hard rocker he moved on to the slower, more introspective HIGHWAY OF LIFE (1996, Justice). This release, on New West Records, strips it all down completely. Just Eddy and Billy and two guitars. And the result is astounding.I had heard that this record was "inspirational" in content. I think that that is a bit misleading. I would describe it as wholly "spiritual." This is a raw, personal album, beautifully presented, and equal in its importance and beauty to Johnny Cash's AMERICAN RECORDINGS (American, 1994) and UNCHAINED (American, 1996).Recorded in just seven days, this is Shaver's most impressive album to date in that it shows him at his most vulnerable - in the midst of an extremely personal moment with his guard completely down. And this, in fact, turns out to be his finest form."
A great place to start with.
Sheila Bloom | Alexandria, VA United States | 11/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first Shaver cd and made me a devoted fan. The Cowboy Who Started a Fight always brings tears to my eyes but it's I'm Gonna Live Forever that breaks my heart. I played it many times during the dark days after 9/11 after a friend died in the WTC attacks. That and Barber's Adagio for Strings were the only pieces of music I could listen to in my grief.
A great, great album but then it was my first and one always loves the first one."