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Country - Released June 15, 1998 | RCA Camden

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The master songwriter's first two long-players have been released on a single import CD that is more than worth searching out for listeners with a thing for impressionistic story-songs delivered in a voice as dry and true as the dust of West Texas. These classic recordings, including "She Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and "Desperados Waiting for the Train," may date back to the mid-'70s, but their production holds up decades later. None of that horrible Nashville spit and polish of the era distracts from Clark's fine songs. Essential listening for fans of today's alternative country and folk singer/songwriters. © Brian Beatty /TiVo
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Country - Released January 28, 1997 | RCA Records Label Nashville

It took until 1997 for RCA to get it together and replace their Best of Guy Clark with this package, The Essential Guy Clark. The major differences: almost all of the 20 tracks here were cut by Guy Clark on two separate RCA albums -- Old No. 1 and Texas Cookin' -- although "It's About That Time," and "Good to Love You Lady" have been cut from the latter album. RCA's Best of Guy Clark contained only 16 tracks. In their place is a true Guy Clark rarity: a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Don't Let the Sunshine Fool You." Secondly, this collection is represented by an adequate set of liner notes that give all the credits and production information. Lastly, with recordings this important, they are given first-rate sound treatment. All of the cuts on this set have been remastered in 20-bit sound from the original source tapes. Therefore, the original versions of tracks like "Rita Ballou," "The Last Gunfighter Ballad," "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train," and "That Old Time Feelin'" along with as many others, sound better here than they do on any import recordings that are known of. The only complaint concerning this LP is using the term "essential" in the title instead of just using straight reissues of the albums as two-fers with their given titles (The Essential Guy Clark is part of a series RCA had going), which makes it confusing for both the fan and the casual listener. Given this, neither of these records are actually out of print, except individually under their own names, which is ridiculous. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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New Age - Released March 14, 1995 | Compass Records

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Country - Released February 14, 2012 | Icehouse Recording & Distribution Co.

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Country - Released January 1, 1992 | Compass Records

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Country - Released March 1, 2019 | retroworld

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Country - Released January 27, 2017 | New West Records

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Guy Clark is a fine singer and a masterful live performer, but he's a songwriter first and foremost, and the best thing about seeing the man on-stage is hearing him wrap his vocal chords around his beautifully crafted stories, which he relates with a sense of depth and detail no one else can quite match. Live from Austin, TX isn't the first or the best live disc from Guy Clark (that honor in both categories goes to 1997's Keepers), but it does capture about an hour of Clark delivering 14 of his songs for an appreciative audience in his home state, with low-key but effective backing from violinist Stuart Duncan and bassist Edgar Meyer, and it documents Clark in great form. On this set, recorded during a taping of the television show Austin City Limits, Clark is a smart enough showman to throw in a few crowd-pleasers, such as his minor hit "Homegrown Tomatoes" and its sibling "Texas Cookin'," but for the most part he doesn't shy away from the deeper and more personal material in his catalog, such as "Randall Knife," "Immigrant Eyes" or "Texas 1947," and here you can hear the common thread between them. Clark's songs are made of the stuff of human lives and whether they aim for laughter or tears, they speak of emotions that most everyone has confronted at one time or another, and in language that is both artful and straightforward. There aren't a lot of artists who can write like Clark, and fewer still who can share their songs with the same simple eloquence; if the opportunity to see him work his magic in person doesn't present itself often enough for you, this disc will serve as a fine reminder until he arrives in your town again, and it's a welcome souvenir for those who do get to hear him in person on a regular basis. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Country - Released January 1, 1981 | Compass Records

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Country - Released January 1, 1983 | Compass Records

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Country - Released June 15, 1998 | RCA Camden

The master songwriter's first two long-players have been released on a single import CD that is more than worth searching out for listeners with a thing for impressionistic story-songs delivered in a voice as dry and true as the dust of West Texas. These classic recordings, including "She Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and "Desperados Waiting for the Train," may date back to the mid-'70s, but their production holds up decades later. None of that horrible Nashville spit and polish of the era distracts from Clark's fine songs. Essential listening for fans of today's alternative country and folk singer/songwriters. © Brian Beatty /TiVo
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Folk - Released September 15, 2016 | Coffee Break Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 15, 1988 | Marmot Music

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Rock - Released February 16, 1991 | Marmot Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2019 | SHOCKWAVES

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2017 | Keyhole

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