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One of the first recorded products of the friendship between Waylon and Willie Nelson, 1974's This Time distinguishes itself as the most laid-back record in Jennings's catalog. The team's coproduction is marked by a lazy-s... more »
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One of the first recorded products of the friendship between Waylon and Willie Nelson, 1974's This Time distinguishes itself as the most laid-back record in Jennings's catalog. The team's coproduction is marked by a lazy-sounding yet rhythmically forceful meld of acoustic guitars (augmented by two rare electric Willie solos). The record moves through a stellar set of Southwestern classics including the Waylon-penned title track, Lee Clayton's "If You Could Touch Her at All," and four Nelson tunes. Their honesty and wide range of moods, along with the album's late-night vibe, remain landmarks in country's evolution. The only flaw in the original LP was its too-brief length, a problem solved by this CD reissue's addition of five cuts (four previously unreleased) made with fellow former Crickets Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis. They do This Time proud. --Rickey Wright
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Another Waylon Classic--Essential!
Patrick Moore | Fulton, MS | 10/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Buddah's outstanding reissue program has put another sorely missed (and sorely needed) record back into circulation. For several reasons, "This Time", originally issued on LP in 1974, stands as a landmark in the "outlaw" (now alt.country) movement in country music. The first Waylon album to be recorded outside of RCA-owned studios since 1964, it was originally declined for release on the grounds that, because it was not recorded in RCA studios and no RCA engineers were used, it violated the contract AFTRA had with RCA. Waylon held firm, and the record was released. Another reason was that then-producer Danny Davis rejected the title song five years earlier. That very song became Waylon's first #1 record (Billboard, 1974). The album that almost wasn't rose to #4 in the summer of 1974.So, how about the music? The music has held up well. The CD was mastered from the album masters, so it is a bit top-heavy on the treble. But the bass is very present, especially on songs like "Louisiana Women" and "This Time".The five bonus tracks are a real treat. Three of the tracks, "That'll Be The Day", "If You're Goin, Girl", and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", have never been heard by the public. The other two are previously unreleased alternate versions of previously available tracks."
Classic Waylon Jennings sound
morrisgirl | 03/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A classic album from Waylon. No one can sing like this, and it stands to remind us how unique he really is among fellow artists. A great surprise are the tracks with Waylon and The Crickets, produced by rock and roll guitar legend Duane Eddy. I had heard about these for years, and now they finally surface. These are not alternate takes, as someone noted in an earlier review. These are the original versions, cut in 1974 at RCA studios in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the project was cut short and we are left with these five tracks, but we'll take 'em gladly. Buy this."
The Start of Something Big
Paul W. Dennis | Winter Springs, FL USA | 10/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS TIME was an excellent album that pointed the way to bigger and better things for Waylon, The title tune "This Time" was the first Waylon tune to hit #1 on the Billboard Country charts ("The Taker hit #1 on the Cashbox charts in 1970). The title tune was the only chart hit on the album but "Pick Up The Tempo" and "Louisiana Woman" were part of his live show for years, and "Slow Movin' Outlaw" could have been his theme song. The five bonus cuts don't really fit the rest of the album as far as the general sound of the album, but I for one am glad to have them.
Three of the tracks are Waylon's tribute to his first producer and former boss Buddy Holly. Waylon's take on Holly's "That'll Be The Day" is very different from Holly's version in tempo and feel with Waylon having altered the lyrics slightly to make it more of a brag than the original. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" again is a bit more resigned than Holly's recording. The third Holly track is a medley of "Well All Right" / "It's So Easy" / "Maybe Baby" / "Peggy Sue".