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The Highwaymen (Country): Live: American Outlaws [CD/Blu-Ray] [Slipcase]

Track List

>Mystery Train [1990 Version]
>Highwayman [1990 Version]
>Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
>Good Hearted Woman
>Trouble Man
>Amanda
>There Ain't No Good Chain Gang
>Ring of Fire
>Folsom Prison Blues [1990 Version]
>Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
>Sunday Morning Coming Down
>Help Me Make It Through the Night
>Best of All Possible Worlds [1990 Version], The
>Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
>City of New Orleans [1990 Version]
>Always on My Mind
>Me and Bobby McGee
>Silver Stallion
>Last Cowboy Song, The
>Two Stories Wide
>Living Legend
>Pilgrim: Chapter 33, The
>They Killed Him
>I Still Miss Someone
>Ragged Old Flag
>(Ghost) Riders in the Sky
>Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
>Night Life
>King Is Gone, The (So Are You) [1990 Version]
>Desperados Waiting for a Train [1990 Version]
>Big River
>Boy Named Sue, A
>Why Me
>Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)
>On the Road Again
>Mystery Train [1992 Version]
>Highwayman [1992 Version]
>King Is Gone, The (So Are You) [Live 1992 Version]
>I've Always Been Crazy
>Best of All Possible Worlds [1992 Version], The
>City of New Orleans [1992 Version]
>Folsom Prison Blues [1993 Version]
>Intro/Highwayman
>Shipwrecked in the Eighties
>Desperados Waiting for a Train [1993 Version]
>One Too Many Mornings - (previously unreleased)
>King Is Gone, The (So Are You) [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Sunday Morning Coming Down [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Night Life [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>(Ghost) Riders in the Sky [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Help Me Make It Through the Night [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Why Me [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Ragged Old Flag [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Pilgrim: Chapter 33 [Live 5.1 Surround Sound], The
>There Ain't No Good Chain Gang [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Trouble Man [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Amanda [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Good Hearted Woman [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Silver Stallion [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>I Still Miss Someone [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Credits [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Willie Nelson [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Waylon Jennings [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Kris Kristofferson [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Johnny Cash [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Odds and Ends [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Big River [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Boy Named Sue [Live 5.1 Surround Sound], A
>On the Road Again [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Folsom Prison Blues [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Intro [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Highwayman [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Best of All Possible Worlds [Live 5.1 Surround Sound], The
>City of New Orleans [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Ring of Fire [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Always on My Mind [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Me and Bobby McGee [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Last Cowboy Song [Live 5.1 Surround Sound], The
>Two Stories Wide [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>They Killed Him [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Living Legend [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Desperados Waiting for a Train [Live 5.1 Surround Sound]
>Intro
>Highwayman
>Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
>Good Hearted Woman
>Trouble Man
>Amanda
>There Ain't No Good Chain Gang
>Ring of Fire
>Folsom Prison Blues
>Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
>Sunday Morning Coming Down
>Help Me Make It Through the Night
>Best of All Possible Worlds, The
>Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
>City of New Orleans
>Always On My Mind
>Me and Bobby McGee
>Silver Stallion
>Last Cowboy Song, The
>Two Stories Wide
>Living Legend
>Pilgrim: Chapter 33, The
>They Killed Him
>I Still Miss Someone
>Ragged Old Flag
>(Ghost) Riders In the Sky
>Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
>Night Life
>King Is Gone, The (So Are You)
>Desperados Waiting for a Train
>Big River
>Boy Named Sue, A
>Why Me
>Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)
>On the Road Again
>Credits
>Willie Nelson
>Waylon Jennings
>Kris Kristofferson
>Johnny Cash
>Odds and Ends

Album Notes

Personnel: Danny Timms (vocals, keyboards); J.R. Cobb, Reggie Young (guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood (keyboards); Gene Chrisman (drums).

Audio Mixer: Tony Castle.

Audio Remixer: Chips Moman.

Liner Note Author: Waylon Jennings.

Recording information: Farm Aid V, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas (03/14/1990); Farm Aid VI, Cyclone Stadium, Ames, Iowa (03/14/1990); Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York (03/14/1990); Farm Aid V, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas (03/14/1992); Farm Aid VI, Cyclone Stadium, Ames, Iowa (03/14/1992); Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York (03/14/1992); Farm Aid V, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas (04/24/1993); Farm Aid VI, Cyclone Stadium, Ames, Iowa (04/24/1993); Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York (04/24/1993).

Directors: Jon Small; Martin Torgoff.

Editors: Adam Little; Greg Dougherty.

Photographers: Jim McGuire ; Alan Messer; Lisa Kristofferson ; Karen Robin .

Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson first performed as the Highwaymen in 1985, after which they became a going concern for the next decade. Hits didn't often arrive -- their 1985 debut reached the top of Billboard's Country Album charts and its title track achieved the same feat on the singles chart -- but they became a reliable concert attraction after the release of Highwayman 2 in 1990. The 2016 archival release of Live: American Outlaws is the first official document of this part of the supergroup's life, providing the first-ever CD release of the March 14, 1990 show recorded at Nassau Coliseum that was previously released on VHS in 1991 (the video portion has been remastered and released as a DVD in this set), along with a third CD featuring a six-song set from 1992's Farm Aid V, four songs from 1993's Farm Aid VI, and a spruced-up outtake of Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings," where Nelson and Kristofferson added new vocal harmonies to a recording from Cash and Jennings' 1986 LP Heroes.

Although all three of the concerts here were events by some measure, the Farm Aid gigs were high-profile charity shows, while the Nassau gig was intended for home video release. Considering this, it's odd how none of the three live dates feel like major events. All are matter-of-fact performances, the four Highwaymen relying on some measure of seasoned chops and personal charm as they trade songs, or perhaps just lines, on a collection of greatest-hits and new tunes they're plugging. The latter served as an excuse to get the band out on the road and they fade into the woodwork here, overshadowed by a collection of tunes that amount to some of the greatest songs of the 20th century. None of the renditions here are anywhere close to definitive -- the Highwaymen wear their age on their sleeves a bit, plus the productions are slick and overblown in a manner standard to big-budget shows of the '80s and '90s -- but something that would've seemed as little more than an enjoyable night out in 1990 now seems like something modestly special. Hearing these four Titans interact on-stage, harmonizing and cracking wise, it's hard not to marvel at the fact that for a while, Jennings, Nelson, Cash, and Kristofferson actually roamed from town to town, singing their songs along the way. This is a simple document of that time that seems more momentous now that the era has passed. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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