Are You Ready for the Country

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For the Neil Young song, see Are You Ready for the Country (song).
Are You Ready for the Country
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released June 1976
Recorded March 22, 1976 - April 21, 1976
Genre Outlaw country
Length 36:06
Label RCA Victor
Producer Waylon Jennings
Ken Mansfield
Waylon Jennings chronology
Mackintosh & T.J.
Are You Ready for the Country
Waylon Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (Not Rated) [2]

Are You Ready for the Country is an album by Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1976. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest and appeared in the 1982 film The Executioner's Song. Are You Ready for the Country began an uninterrupted string of #1 albums for Jennings; although his previous two major releases, Dreaming My Dreams and Wanted! The Outlaws, did hit #1, they were followed by the relatively unsuccessful Mackintosh & T.J. soundtrack album. Despite the title, this outlaw country album features covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. "MacArthur Park (Revisited)" is a re-recording of the song which had won Waylon his first Grammy in 1969. "Old Friend" was written by Jennings about Buddy Holly; the latter had been a close friend of his until his death in 1959. Jennings chose the traditional gospel hymn "Precious Memories" as the album's closing track; prior to the record's release, he had included very few such songs on his records. The album was eventually certified gold, with four top ten singles: the title song (#7), "So Good Woman" (#7), "Can't You See" (#4) and "I'll Go Back to Her" (#4). The original record had no liner notes; the 2004 reissue on RCA Records contained extensive liner notes by Rich Kienzle, who provided a song-by-song summary of the album, along with background information on the latter's creation.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Are You Ready for the Country" (Neil Young) – 3:12
  2. "Them Old Love Songs" (Donnie Fritts, Troy Seals) – 3:13
  3. "So Good Woman" (Jennings) – 2:03
  4. "Jack-A-Diamonds" (Daniel Moore) – 3:27
  5. "Can't You See" (Toy Caldwell) – 3:46
  6. "MacArthur Park (Revisited)" (Jimmy Webb) – 6:39
  7. "I'll Go Back to Her" (Jennings) – 3:10
  8. "A Couple More Years" (Dennis Locorriere, Shel Silverstein) – 4:11
  9. "Old Friend" (Jennings) – 3:23
  10. "Precious Memories" (Jennings, Ken Mansfield) – 3:42