Dreaming Waylon's Dreams
published: 10 /
Superb second album this year from former Green on Red man Chuck Prophet, which completely covers Waylon Jennings 1975 album, 'Dreaming My Dreams'
Not happy with delivering one fine album this year, former Green on Red man Chuck Prophet releases the next, originally recorded in two days in January 2006, but now seeing the light during his current UK tour. This whole album is a complete cover version of Waylon Jennings' album, 'Dreaming My Dreams', a number one back in 1975. That first album was a tribute to Jennings'own heroes so it has now come full circle.
Chuck Master of the telecaster opens with an old favourite, 'Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?' which is completely different from the fine version which Green on Red also recorded. This is played in finger picking manner, in a calming, charming manner and, perfect music to chill out too, is ideal for that early morning or late night music session.
The second segment of 'That Is to Start With' is total guitar heaven, has a 70's Stones delivery and is a million miles away from the old country version, which Chuck used to play.
'Waymore's Blues' is delivered in familiar and slick style by Chuck. This is the real reason why the man has kept his loyal fan base. 'I Recall a Gypsy Woman' is laid back cool with a whiskey-soaked vocal and absolutely charming, while 'High Time (You Quit Your Low Down Ways)' is the sort of song that Green on Red would have done with relish, a true bar room blues number with sad violin to add to the sorrow.
'I've Been a Long Time Leaving (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone)' is very sad, very slo-core, a song to make you sob tears into your over priced pint. 'Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues' is sung by Chuck's wife, Stephanie Finch. An old school country and western number, it will be loved and loathed by fans in equal measure.
'The Door is Always Open' is quite odd, experimental, hard to digest but worth it. 'Let's Turn Back the Years' is much more reflective, played on an old acoustic guitar and absolutely lovely.
'She's Looking Good' is a gentle rocker with a decent rhythm and groove. 'Dreaming My Dream With You' has an echo on the vocal and the whole song melts into your heart like a Lee Hazlewood number.
'Bob Willis is Still the King', which closes the album, has a great live feel and is a number to make you move your feet and swing those hips.
A superb album
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
I Recall A Gipsy Woman
High Time (You Quit Your Low Down Ways)
I've Been ALong Time Leaving (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone)
Let's All Help The Cowboys (Sing The Blues)
The Door Is Always Open
Let's Turn Back The Years
She's Looking Good
Dreaming My Dreams With You
Bob Wills Is Still The King