Are You Ready for the Country

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Are You Ready for the Country
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released June 1976
Recorded March 22, 1976 - April 21, 1976
Genre Country
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. 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