STWOF Mix #2:
01. Gene Clark – Silver Raven (0:00)
02. John Hartford - Back In The Goodle Days (4:44)
03. Paul Siebel – Pinto Pony (7:56)
04. Willis Alan Ramsey– Northeast Texas Women (10:14)
05. Tom T. Hall - Tulsa Telephone Book (14:58)
06. Steve Young – Lonesome On'ry And Mean (17:16)
07. Kris Kristofferson – The Best Of All Possible Worlds (20:50)
08. John Prine – Spanish Pipedream (23:27)
09. Townes Van Zandt – Tecumseh Valley (26:02)
10. Gram Parsons – Return Of The Grievous Angel (30:13)
This is the second part of a two-part series. Read about the series (and see part 1) here.
Without further ado, here are my picks for the remaining ten of the 20 essential "alt" country albums of the 1970s:
Gene Clark – No Other (1974)
I sense that appreciation for Gene Clark's excellent body of work is on the upswing, much like appreciation for Gram Parsons' work increased considerably in the 1990s. This founding member of the Byrds recorded a number of great albums in the 1960s and 1970s, both on his own and as half of Dillard & Clark.
Featured Song: Silver Raven
John Hartford – Aereo-Plain (1971)
Just listen to the featured song and you will understand.
Rising Storm Review
Stylus Magazine Review
Featured Song: Back In The Goodle Days
(out of print)
Paul Siebel – Jack-Knife Gypsy (1971)
This is the less celebrated of Paul Siebel's two stellar albums, but it is my favorite (probably because of Clarence White's contributions on guitar). Read about Siebel's other great album at The Rising Storm.
Featured Song: Pinto Pony
Willis Alan Ramsey – Willis Alan Ramsey (1972)
Here is the one and only legendary album from this artist.
Featured Song: Northeast Texas Women
Tom T. Hall – In Search Of A Song (1971)
Longtime readers of this blog know that Tom T. stands right up there with Hank, Merle and Gram in my pantheon of greats. This album is his best and most consistent.
Featured Song: Tulsa Telephone Book
Steve Young - Seven Bridges Road (1972)
Steve Young is an unsung musical genius with an uncanny knack for avoiding the spotlight.
Featured Song: Lonesome, On'ry & Mean
(out of print)
Kris Kristofferson – Kristofferson (1970)
Thanks in large part to the songs on this album, Kristofferson was a major player in country music scene in the 1970's. The featured song is an instant classic with several great lines: "Well, I woke up next mornin' feelin' like my head was gone, and like my thick old tongue was lickin' something sick and wrong." (Apparently, Kris was often inspired by hangovers--see also Sunday Morning Coming Down). My favorite line from Kristofferson is the refrain: "There's still alot of drinks that I ain't drunk, and lots of pretty thoughts that I ain't thunk. . . ."
Featured Song: The Best Of All Possible Worlds
John Prine – John Prine (1971)
Check out my review at The Rising Storm
Featured Song: Spanish Pipedream
Townes Van Zandt – Live At The Old Quarter (1973)
You couldn't go wrong with any of Townes' 1970s albums, but this live recording from 1973 (released in 1977) is probably the best place to start.
Rolling Stone Review
Featured Song: Tecumseh Valley
Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel (1974)
"Pick it for me James..."
Featured Song: Return Of The Grievous Angel
Kris Kristofferson – Kristofferson
John Prine – John Prine
John Hartford – Aereo-Plain
Paul Siebel – Jack-Knife Gypsy
Tom T. Hall – In Search Of A Song
Steve Young - Seven Bridges Road
Willis Alan Ramsey – Willis Alan Ramsey
The Flatlanders – More A Legend Than A Band
Billy Joe Shaver – Old Five And Dimers Like Me
Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes
Doug Sahm – Doug Sahm and Band
Jerry Jeff Walker – Viva Terlingua
Willie Nelson – Shotgun Willie
Townes Van Zandt – Live At The Old Quarter
Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
Gene Clark – No Other
Guy Clark – Old No. 1
Butch Hancock - West Texas Waltzes & Dust-Blown Tractor Tunes
Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade
Terry Allen – Lubbock (On Everything)
(Tip: This podcast together with Part 1 make a really nice CD when burned together on a disc.)