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White Mansions/Legend of Jesse James

Album: White Mansions/Legend of Jesse James
# Song Title   Time
1)    Story to Tell (The Preface) - White Mansions
2)    Dixie, Hold On - Eric Clapton/White Mansions
3)    Join Around the Flag - White Mansions
4)    White Trash - Eric Clapton/White Mansions/Tim Hinkley
5)    Last Dance & The Kentucky Racehorse, The - Eric Clapton/White Mansions
6)    Southern Boys - Eric Clapton/White Mansions
7)    Union Mare and the Confederate Grey, The - White Mansions/Jessi Colter
8)    No One Would Believe a Summer Could Be So Cold - Eric Clapton/White Mansions/Tim Hinkley
9)    Southland's Bleeding, The - Eric Clapton/White Mansions
10)    Bring Up the Twelve Pounders - White Mansions
11)    They Laid Waste to Our Land - White Mansions/Waylon Jennings
12)    Praise the Lord - White Mansions
13)    King Has Called Me Home, The - Eric Clapton/White Mansions/Tim Hinkley
14)    Bad Man - Eric Clapton/White Mansions
15)    Dixie, Now You're Done - White Mansions
1)    Ride of the Redlegs
2)    Quantrill's Guerillas
3)    Six Gun Shooting
4)    Have You Heard the News? - Bernie Leadon
5)    Heaven Ain't Ready for You Yet - Nick DeCaro
6)    Help Him, Jesus
7)    Old Clay Country, The
8)    Riding with Jessie James
9)    Hunt Them Down
10)    Wish We Were Back in Missouri
11)    Northfield: The Plan - The Plan
12)    Northfield: The Disaster - The Disaster
13)    High Walls - Bernie Leadon
14)    Death of Me, The
15)    Plot, The
16)    One More Shot
17)    Train Robbery, A - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Producer: Glyn Johns.
  • Reissue producer: Kira Florita.
  • Includes liner notes by Paul Kennerley and Robert K. Oermann.
  • Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Universal Music Studios, Edison, New Jersey).
  • Personnel includes: Waylon Jennings (The Drifter, acoustic & electric guitars); John Dillon (Mattew J. Fuller, acoustic guitar, fiddle, dulcimer, acoustic & electric pianos, background vocals); Steve Cash (Caleb Stone, harmonica, background vocals); Jessi Colter (Polly Ann Stafford, background vocals); Rodena Preston's Voices Of Deliverance (The Slaves); Bernie Leadon (acoustic, electric & pedal steel guitars, banjo, mandolin, dobro, background vocals); Eric Clapton (acoustic, electric & electric slide guitars, dobro); Tim Hinkley (piano, organ); Dave Markee (acoustic & electric basses); Henry Spinetti (drums); Paul Kennerley (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England and Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, California.
  • Personnel includes: Albert Lee (Jim Younger, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, background vocals); Paul Kennerley (Sherriff Timberlake, acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Emmylou Harris (Zerelda James, acoustic guitar); Charlie Daniels (Cole Younger, slide guitar, fiddle); Levon Helm (Jesse James, harmonica, drums); Jody Payne (Doc Samuel, background vocals); Donivan Cowart (Bob Ford, background vocals); Johnny Cash (Frank James); Rodney Crowell (The Officer); Rosanne Cash (Ma Samuel); Martin Cowart (Charley Ford); Bernie Leadon (acoustic guitar, banjo); Jesse Ed Davis (electric & slide guitars); Nick De Caro (accordion); Tim Gorman (piano, background vocals); Emory Gordy Jr. (acoustic & electric basses).
  • Recorded at Enactron Studios, Los Angeles, California and Quadrafonic Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Personnel: Waylon Jennings (vocals, spoken vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer, fiddle, piano, electric piano); Eric Clapton (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, dobro); Bernie Leadon (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, background vocals); Albert Lee (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Paul Kennerley (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); John Dillon (vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, fiddle, piano, electric piano, background vocals); Emmylou Harris (vocals, acoustic guitar); Charlie Daniels (vocals, slide guitar, fiddle); Jessi Colter (vocals, gut-string guitar); Levon Helm (vocals, harmonica, drums, background vocals); Steve Cash (vocals, harmonica, background vocals); Tim Hinkley (vocals, piano, organ); Dave Markee (vocals, double bass, bass guitar); Henry Spinetti (vocals, drums); Donivan Cowart, Jody Payne (vocals, background vocals); Martin Cowart, Rodena Preston, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash (vocals); John Dillion (acoustic guitar, dulcimer, fiddle, piano, electric piano); Jesse Ed Davis (electric guitar, slide guitar); Nick DeCaro (accordion); Tim Gorman (piano, background vocals); Emory Gordy (double bass, electric bass).
  • Liner Note Author: Robert K. Oermann.
  • Recording information: Enactron Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Enactron Studios; Los Angeles; Olympic Studios, London, England; Quadrafonic Sound Studios, Nashville TN; Quadrofonic Sound Studios, Nashville, TN; Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA.
  • Illustrator: Howard Chaykin.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Eric Clapton; Rodena Preston & the Voices of Deliverance; Martin Cowart; Rodena Preston; Johnny Cash; Levon Helm; Rodney Crowell; Rosanne Cash.
  • Arrangers: Brian Rogers; Nick DeCaro.
  • The pairing of these two records in a double-CD set, both unusual country-rock concept albums steeped in history from the end of the '70s, is kind of a no-brainer. White Mansions was the better known of the two at the time of their original release, dealing as it does with the history of the American south, and it developed a strong cult following at the time, possibly as a reaction to the success of the television mini-series Roots, and the election of Jimmy Carter (the first Southerner -- apart from Woodrow Wilson -- to reach the White House since the Civil War). The presence of an all-star cast, including Eric Clapton, Jessi Colter, and Waylon Jennings, and Steve Cash and John Dillon of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (then near the height of their popularity) didn't hurt. It's also the more raw and basic of the two -- though a concept album telling the story of the fall of the southern Confederacy and the culture behind it, it is made up of songs that stand up better on their own, and shows a bracing diversity of styles, ranging from faux-19th century popular music to modern country-rock of a century later. Legend of Jesse James is slicker and smoother, and also seems to make the transition to CD a little better on a technical level. The booklet includes full notes and background on each song, as well as bios on all of the participants and a fascinating account of Paul Kennerley, the English advertising executive whose fascination with American history led to his composing the songs for both albums, and the participation of Glyn Johns as the unifying technical force behind the two productions. The sound is excellent on both discs, and the whole set is well worth more than one listen. And this is the only way to get Legend of Jesse James on CD. ~ Bruce Eder
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