Joe Ely

Joe ElyJanuary 1, 1977
Rock℗ 1977 Geffen Records
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Joe Ely is the 1977 debut album by Texas singer-songwriter, Joe Ely. The album includes several tracks written by Ely's bandmates from The Flatlanders.
Joe Ely and the follow-up album, Honky Tonk Masquerade, helped establish Ely as a solo artist. Although the reissued CD doesn't credit Ely's backing musicians, the original LP included a one-page insert containing lyrics and musician credits. The core of the backing band that Ely had assembled for his debut was the same Lubbock-based crack team that appeared with him the following year on Honky Tonk Masquerade and continued to follow him on the road until 1982.
Years later Ely would recall that the band had not initially made plans for a recording career:
"We had recorded some songs at [Don] Caldwell's studio," Ely said. "Don took that tape to Jerry Jeff Walker, and Jerry Jeff recorded one of the songs and played it for a guy with MCA Records. Then one night in 1975 at the Cotton Club, an A&R guy with MCA asked, 'Do y'all want to make some records?'"
"I told him we'd sure never planned on it. But we hadn't planned anything else either, so why not?"

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Songs
1
I Had My Hopes Up High3:32
2
Mardi Gras Waltz2:50
3
She Never Spoke Spanish To Me3:34
4
Gambler's Bride2:35
5
Suckin' A Big Bottle Of Gin3:15
6
Tennessee's Not The State I'm In3:04
7
If You Were A Bluebird2:59
8
Treat Me Like A Saturday Night3:01
9
All My Love3:09
10
Johnny's Blues4:09
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Additional Information

Total length
32:13
Tracks
10
Released
June 12, 2007
Label
℗ 1977 Geffen Records
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
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