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Guitar Town - 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Steve Earle

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On Steve Earle's first major American tour following the release of his debut album, Guitar Town, Earle found himself sharing a bill with Dwight Yoakam one night and the Replacements another, and one listen to the album explains why -- while the music was country through and through, Earle showed off enough swagger and attitude to intimidate anyone short of Keith Richards. While Earle's songs bore a certain resemblance to the Texas outlaw ethos (think Waylon Jennings in "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" mode), they displayed a literate anger and street-smart snarl that set him apart from the typical Music Row hack, and no one in Nashville in 1986 was able (or willing) to write anything like the title song, a hilarious and harrowing tale of life on the road ("Well, I gotta keep rockin' while I still can/Got a two-pack habit and motel tan") or the bitterly unsentimental account of small-town life "Someday" ("You go to school, where you learn to read and write/So you can walk into the county bank and sign away your life"), the latter of which may be the best Bruce Springsteen song the Boss didn't write. And even when Earle gets a bit teary-eyed on "My Old Friend the Blues" and "Little Rock 'n' Roller," he showed off a battle-scarred heart that was tougher and harder-edged than most of his competition. Guitar Town is slightly flawed by an overly tidy production from Emory Gordy, Jr., and Tony Brown as well as a band that never hit quite as hard as Earle's voice, and he would make many stronger and more ambitious records in the future, but Guitar Town was his first shot at showing a major audience what he could do, and he hit a bull's-eye -- it's perhaps the strongest and most confident debut album any country act released in the 1980s.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
Guitar Town
00:02:34

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

An MCA Nashville Release; ℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Goodbye's All We've Got Left
00:03:23

John Jarvis, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Stinson, Interprète Instrumental, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Bennett, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Emory Gordy, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Earle, Interprète Instrumental, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville

3
Hillbilly Highway
00:03:37

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMBEAU HINSON, ComposerLyricist - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)
00:03:57

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
My Old Friend The Blues
00:03:07

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Someday
00:03:47

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Think It Over
00:02:15

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Fearless Heart
00:04:05

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Little Rock 'N' Roller
00:04:53

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Down The Road
00:02:38

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMBEAU HINSON, ComposerLyricist - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 1986 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Guitar Town Live In Chicago/1986
00:02:47

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

2
Sweet Little '66 Live In Chicago/1986
00:02:47

Richard Bennett, Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer - The Dukes, MainArtist

℗ 2015 MCA Nashville

3
Goodbye's All We've Got Left Live In Chicago/1986
00:04:05

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

4
Hillbilly Highway Live In Chicago/1986
00:04:33

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - JIMBEAU HINSON, ComposerLyricist - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

5
My Old Friend The Blues Live In Chicago/1986
00:03:05

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

6
Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough) Live In Chicago/1986
00:04:19

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

7
Someday Live In Chicago/1986
00:04:10

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

8
Think It Over Live In Chicago/1986
00:02:49

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

9
Little Rock 'N' Roller Live In Chicago/1986
00:05:15

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

10
State Trooper Live In Chicago/1986
00:05:12

Steve Earle, MainArtist - Tony Brown, Producer - Bruce Springsteen, ComposerLyricist - Tim Devine, Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

11
The Week Of Living Dangerously Live In Chicago/1986
00:05:29

Richard Bennett, Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer - The Dukes, MainArtist

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

12
Angry Young Man Live In Chicago/1986
00:04:49

Richard Bennett, Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer - John Porter McMeans, ComposerLyricist - The Dukes, MainArtist

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

13
Nowhere Road Live In Chicago/1986
00:03:01

Richard Bennett, Producer - Reno Kling, ComposerLyricist - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer - The Dukes, MainArtist

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

14
Fearless Heart Live In Chicago/1986
00:04:14

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

15
I Love You Too Much Live In Chicago/1986
00:03:39

Richard Bennett, Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer - The Dukes, MainArtist

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

16
San Antonio Girl Live In Chicago/1986
00:03:13

Richard Bennett, Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer - The Dukes, MainArtist

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

17
The Devil's Right Hand Live In Chicago/1986
00:03:46

Steve Earle, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

18
Down The Road Live In Chicago/1986
00:03:29

Richard Bennett, Producer, Associate Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - JIMBEAU HINSON, ComposerLyricist - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

19
No. 29 Live In Chicago/1986
00:04:56

Richard Bennett, Producer - Steve Earle, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Brown, Producer - Emory Gordy Jr., Producer - The Dukes, MainArtist

℗ 2016 MCA Nashville

Album Description

On Steve Earle's first major American tour following the release of his debut album, Guitar Town, Earle found himself sharing a bill with Dwight Yoakam one night and the Replacements another, and one listen to the album explains why -- while the music was country through and through, Earle showed off enough swagger and attitude to intimidate anyone short of Keith Richards. While Earle's songs bore a certain resemblance to the Texas outlaw ethos (think Waylon Jennings in "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" mode), they displayed a literate anger and street-smart snarl that set him apart from the typical Music Row hack, and no one in Nashville in 1986 was able (or willing) to write anything like the title song, a hilarious and harrowing tale of life on the road ("Well, I gotta keep rockin' while I still can/Got a two-pack habit and motel tan") or the bitterly unsentimental account of small-town life "Someday" ("You go to school, where you learn to read and write/So you can walk into the county bank and sign away your life"), the latter of which may be the best Bruce Springsteen song the Boss didn't write. And even when Earle gets a bit teary-eyed on "My Old Friend the Blues" and "Little Rock 'n' Roller," he showed off a battle-scarred heart that was tougher and harder-edged than most of his competition. Guitar Town is slightly flawed by an overly tidy production from Emory Gordy, Jr., and Tony Brown as well as a band that never hit quite as hard as Earle's voice, and he would make many stronger and more ambitious records in the future, but Guitar Town was his first shot at showing a major audience what he could do, and he hit a bull's-eye -- it's perhaps the strongest and most confident debut album any country act released in the 1980s.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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