STYLE: Country RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20447- LABEL: Zoo 72445110632 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony May
Shaver-in-chief is Billy Joe, former alcoholic, drug addict and founder member (with Waylon Jennings, Willie Neson & Co) of the Outlaw breed that revolutionised country music in the 70s. In recent years he's turned to the Lord, a change that has been reflected in his music. The other Shaver is son Eddy (a young shaver!) who, with Dad and a bluster of country rockers has formed the band called, yes, Shaver. Some of these songs reveal deep faith that's struggled over many a mountain "If I Give My Soul", "Old Chunk Of Coal", "Live Forever" and "Tramp On Your Street" being amongst these. "When The Fallen Angels Fly" and "Oklahoma Wind" reflect a wary world-view, and the nearest he had to a hit "Georgia On A Fast Train" is included. Others are just fun songs. Forget all notions of syrupy country. BJ's cracked seasoned voice, Ed's semi-metal lead guitar sound and a hot band featuring Al Kooper on organ produces a sound that simmers slowly to the boil. One of my albums of the year, great, great music.
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