Something I still regularly listen to and have done since the early 1980’s on vinyl, tape, CD and MP3 is the still fresh "Legend of Jesse James". This a timeless gem with the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Charlie Daniels, Alvin Lee, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and Eric Clapton all starring with its predecessor "White Mansions". “Confederate Tales” aka “White Mansions” plus the must have “The Legend of Jesse James” is still available. Buy it! Play it! Enjoy it! You won’t regret it.*
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“Confederate Tales” is the combined double CD re-release of two projects by Paul Kennerley aided and abetted by Producer/Engineer Glyn Johns and a host of famous and less famous names. Originally they were released as separate LP’s, first “White Mansions” followed by “The Legend of Jesse James”. They are still available. It is timeless stuff that hasn’t dated.
Essentially it tells a Confederate story of the American Civil War.
Forget about any prejudices you may have about dead cowboy music, this is a perfect compilation moving between hard driving country rock to baleful ballads and chain gang blues and playing in a seamless story and timeless production whose quality shines. Some of the virtuoso guitar riffs reminiscent of The Who at that time (end of 70’s). It sounds good in the car but amazing on a good, powerful hifi or through proper headphones where you appreciate the production values and contrasts between loud and quiet passages. It’ll give you goose bumps.
The unlikely history is that Liverpudlian singer song writer Paul Kennerley, who married Emmylou Harris, came up with the concept, wrote and put together a star cast – a bit like the Travelling Willburys, except they could not promote the albums due to contractual problems with the artists’ different record companies. Hence, the producers, songwriters and performers did not receive the exposure they deserved so lost out on recognition and reward. I can’t understand why it hasn’t been made into a musical western – the first since Calamity Jane?
Yep, probably down to those darn record companies again. You know. The ones that claim to act in the interests of the artists and soingwriters. Not sure they have cottoned on to the concepts of exploitation, restrictive practices and the internet.
Found these selections from Jesse James You Tube links. A cult following. Try before you buy.
Ride of the Redlegshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdeigQGPPTI&feature=related
Johnny Cash - Legend of Jesse James http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vflehEWIZxg
Charlie Daniels - Riding with Jesse James http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2KUvLMzS7E&feature=fvsr
Charlie Daniels & Levon Helm - The Old Clay County http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H97j5AXXwTQ&feature=fvwrel
Emmylou Harris - Wish We Were Back In Missouri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHZHDjyOmKE
Johnny Cash & Levon Helm - The Death Of Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iss2XcFbnYs&feature=related
Levon Helm, Johnny Cash, & Emmylou Harris- Jesse James, One More Shot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysj0TZ6sB1s&feature=related
Levon Helm - High Wallshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JROEl41Bado&feature=relmfu
Help Him Jesus – Johnny Cashhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIKWCV0V_qM&feature=related
ps true quote from Amazon
By A Customer
This review is from: White Mansions & Jesse James (Audio CD)
If I was marooned on a Desert Island and could only have one Cd to play, the Legend of Jesse James would be the one. The instrumentals and lyrics are just first class. Buy it, listen to it, you will be amazed