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CD: Joe Ely – The Definitive Collection

Joe Ely – The Definitive Collection

  • CD1: 1. Mardi Gras
  • CD1: 2. I Had My
    Hopes Up High
  • CD1: 3. Gambler’s
  • CD1: 4. Tennessee’s
    Not The State I’m In
  • CD1: 5. If You Were
    A Bluebird
  • CD1: 6. Treat Me
    Like A Saturday Night
  • CD1: 7. Honky
  • CD1: 8. Honky
  • CD1: 9. Tonight I
    Think I’m Gonna  Go Downtown
  • CD1: 10. I’ll Be
    Your Fool
  • CD1: 11.
  • CD1: 12. Fools Fall
    In Love
  • CD1: 13. B.B.Q. &
  • CD1: 14. Crazy
  • CD1: 15. Down On
    The Drag
  • CD1: 16. Time For
  • CD1: 17. Dallas
  • CD1: 18. Hard
  • CD1: 19. Musta
    Notta Gotta Lotta
  • CD1: 20. I Keep
    Gettin’ Paid The Same
  • CD1: 21. Cool
    Rockin’ Loretta
  • CD1: 22. Midnight
    Shift (Live In London)
  • CD1: 23. Not Fade
    Away (Live In London)
  • CD2: 1. Drivin’
    To The Poorhouse
    In A Limousine
    (Live At Liberty Lunch)
  • CD2: 2. Row Of
    Dominoes (Live At Liberty Lunch)
  • CD2: 3. Slow You
  • CD2: 4. Settle For
  • CD2: 5. Every Night
    About This Time
  • CD2: 6. The Road
    Goes On Forever
  • CD2: 7. Highways
    and Heartaches
  • CD2: 8. Saint
  • CD2: 9. Ranches And
  • CD2: 10. Letter to
  • CD2: 11. Gallo Del
  • CD2: 12. She
    Finally Spoke Spanish To Me
  • CD2: 13. All Just
    To Get To You
  • CD2: 14. Up On The
  • CD2: 15. You’re
    For The Man
  • CD2: 16. Sue Me Sue
  • CD2: 17. I’m A
    From Home
  • CD2: 18. You Can
    Bet I’m Gone


of Amarillo, Texas, came a singer/songwriter and super guitarist that
became one of the main movers and shakers of Austin’s progressive
country scene of the 1970s and ’80s. “
was a life-changing childhood experience that inspired him to be a
musician. When he was 7, his parents took him to a local Pontiac
to hear a piano-pounding singer from Ferriday,
Louisiana named Jerry
Lee Lewis
. “I’ll never forget that vision of my childhood,”
Ely remembered years later. “You could hardly see across the
street, and then there’s this madman up there pounding on a piano.
The wind was blowing so hard it would blow the microphone over. Jerry
Lee would be singing and the microphone would go thump! And
somebody’d run over and pick it up and it would fall over again. It
was like a vision from hell. But it was so wonderful because it
seemed like it fit, with the wind blowing and the static electricity
in the air. I always look back at that moment as the very beginning,
the spark that made me consider doing this as my life.”

And one can easily pick up on that influence when listening to Ely’s
Notta Gotta Lotta

that sends us into the same toe-tapping tailspin as Lewis’s Great
Balls Of Fire.
with the influences of others in the music industry, Joe Ely is,
without a doubt, a sound of another color. His music touches on
Texas Country,
Tex-Mex and
rock and roll.
He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce
, Uncle
, Los
Super Seven
, The
and James
in addition to his early
with The
and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle
, John
, and Guy
to name only a few.
Ely’s own first,
self-titled album
was released in 1977. “
albums- HONKY TONK MASQUERADE and DOWN ON THE DRAG showed that the
first album was no fluke. An electric country-rock outfit designed to
up-tempo honky-tonk music for dancing audiences, the Joe Ely Band
proved to be a very popular live act, not only in Texas, but also
Europe. Ely and his band
a mind-blowing celebration of Texas honky-tonk music, mixing rock
sounds with the traditional to bring it slap-bang up-to-date. They
were not from Nashville or Austin and were not even proper Outlaws,
but Ely and band became their own breed of drifters by knocking out
barroom crowds in far-flung places like Manhattan and Minneapolis and
even Manchester.” (Quote: Alan Cackett)
Throughout his
career, Ely has issued a steady stream of albums, most on the MCA
label, and a live album roughly every ten years. The
Ely Band

song “Brainlock” was featured in the 1980 movie
Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, Don Cornelius, and Kaki Hunter. In the late
1990s Ely was asked to write songs for the soundtrack of Robert
‘s movie
Horse Whisperer
which led to re-forming The
with Gilmore and Hancock. A new album from the trio
followed in 2002, with a third in 2004.
In February 2007,
Ely released
Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch

on his own label, Rack ‘Em Records. Ely said in an interview with
Standard Time
that he thought it would be easier to release the
material on his own label instead of dealing with a regular record
and their release cycles. A book of Ely’s writings,
of Roadmaps
was published in early 2007 by the University
of Texas Press
. In early 2008, Ely released a new live album
featuring Joel Guzman on accordion
recorded at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas late 2006. The
released their newest album “Hills and Valleys” on March
31, 2009. In 2011, Ely released the critically acclaimed album,
“Satisfied At Last”.
This reviewer highly
recommends that you stay home, give a party and kick off your shoes
as you listen to the changing genre’ from rock and roll of Musta
Notta Gotta Lotta to seeing DALLAS out of a DC9 at night. The
Definitive Collection of Joe Ely contains a smorgasbord of
arrangements in sound to savor the appetite of feel good music
cravers worldwide… yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (Ps: If you’re
not an avid exerciser, you will be after hearing this one.
Guaranteed you will have a ball.)
Blake for Country Music News International Magazine

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