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Genres: Country, Pop
When this record first emerged in April of 1966, RCA Victor wasn't quite sure how to position Waylon Jennings. He wasn't quite an outlaw just yet---he was more of a nuisance who felt constricted by Nashville's rules. The t... more »
When this record first emerged in April of 1966, RCA Victor wasn't quite sure how to position Waylon Jennings. He wasn't quite an outlaw just yet---he was more of a nuisance who felt constricted by Nashville's rules. The title of the album, Jennings's RCA debut, tells you what they decided, although it was probably meant more as a disclaimer than a description. Produced by Chet Atkins, Folk-Country merely hints at the sound that would carry Jennings to stardom in the next decade: Strings and steel guitars are replaced by strumming acoustics and even harmonica at times. Still, it has a number of strong cuts, including the hit "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)," which features a very rock-sounding electric guitar, Harlan Howard's "What's Left of Me," and the honky-tonk weeper "Now Everybody Knows." --Marc Greilsamer
Folk country? Waylon at his best in the early years!
Mike Brown MA, Ph.D. | Oceanside, CA USA | 04/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Get this CD -- It is worth every penny you have to pay for it, since it is now out of print. The phrasing and baritone emphasis is all there - It was an interesting wat for Nashville to attmpt to "classify" one who defied classification -- my favorite!!!!!
Early pre-outlaw recordings show original stripes
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 06/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Long before turning outlaw, Jennings cut his debut under the direction of RCA's "Man in Nashville," Chet Atkins. Although spared some of the era's more syrupy inclinations, this set still finds Jennings a bit constrained by the polished choral vocals and staid tempos.That said, this is still a big cut above the standard mid-60s countrypolitan product. Jennings' blend of folk and country, informed by his time as one of Buddy Holly's Crickets, adds the lighter touches of folk to the tougher world of Texas country. The result is sharply different than that wrought by folkies going electric.The album hit the charts with "That's the Chance I'll Have to Take" and "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)," the latter a staple of Jennings' live set. "Just For You" resounds with echoes of Holly, while Howard Harlan's "What Makes a Man Wander" effectively crosses swagger and self-doubt. The closer, "What's Left of Me" is a wonder of self-pity.Though he'd later trade as an outsider, this reissue of his early "company" work is still a great spin."
hahoksb | Amersfoort, the Netherlands | 01/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like this CD very much because I like the style of the years '65 -'75 so Waylon is one of my favorites."