Live Shots

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Live Shots
Live album by The Joe Ely Band
Released 1980
Recorded 1980, London, England
Genre Texas Country, progressive country, country rock, outlaw country
Length 54:21
Label MCA
Producer Michael Brovsky
The Joe Ely Band chronology
Down on the Drag
(1979)
Live Shots
(1980)
Musta Notta Gotta Lotta
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B+) [2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

Live Shots is a live album recorded in London by American country outfit The Joe Ely Band during a 1980 tour supporting The Clash. The tour occurred at a high point in The Clash's popularity just after the release of the album, London Calling.

The album was first only released in the UK, but a US release soon followed due to high demand. The 1993 reissue CD included the tracks from the Texas Special bonus EP that had accompanied the Live Shots LP.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Joe Ely, except as indicated.

Side One (of original LP):

  1. "Fingernails" — 3:00
  2. "Midnight Shift" (Jimmie Ainsworth, Earl Lee) — 3:00
  3. "Honky Tonk Masquerade" — 3:49
  4. "Honky Tonkin'" (Hank Williams) — 3:12
  5. "Long Snake Moan" (arranged/adapted by Ely) — 5:10

Side Two:

  1. "I Had My Hopes up High" — 3:13
  2. "She Never Spoke Spanish to Me" (Butch Hancock) — 3:53
  3. "Johnny's Blues" — 4:48
  4. "Fools Fall in Love" (Hancock) — 4:37
  5. "Boxcars" (Hancock) — 4:37

Texas Special EP:

  1. "Crazy Lemon" — 3:56
  2. "Not Fade Away" (Norman Petty, Charles Hardin) — 3:42
  3. "Treat Me Like a Saturday Night" (Jimmie Dale Gilmore) — 3:09
  4. "Wishin' for You" (Hancock) — 4:41

Live Shots credits[edit]

The Joe Ely Band[edit]

  • Joe Ely — electric guitar & vocals
  • Ponty Bone — accordion
  • Robert Marquam — drums
  • Jesse Taylor — electric lead guitar
  • Gregg Wright (credited as "Greg Wright") — Bass
  • Lloyd Mainespedal steel and background vocals

Guest musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Recorded live in London, a Free Flow Production in association with Joe Ely
  • Produced by Michael Brovsky
  • Engineered by Chet Himes, Remix-Pecan Street Studios, Austin, Texas
  • Assistant Engineer — Greg Klinginsmith

Artwork[edit]

  • Graphics & design — Guy Juke, Austin, Texas
  • Artwork — Cream, Bayswater, London
  • Snapshots — Pete Vernon
  • Repackage design — Carmelo Roman
  • Liner notes — Max Bell

Texas Special credits[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Michael Robberson — bass guitar
  • Michael Kindred — keyboards
  • Smokey Joe Miller — saxophone,

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Al Kooper
  • Recorded live in Texas by Reelsound
  • Engineered by Bob Edwards
  • Remixed at Studio South, Austin, Texas
  • "Not Fade Away" recording courtesy of WLIR in New York

Artwork[edit]

  • Photography/design — Patti Heid/Art Ache
  • Ely lettering — Guy Juke
  • Art production — Dick Reeves and John Wilson, Austin, Texas

Charts[edit]

year chart peak
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 159

Releases[edit]

year format label catalog #
1980 LP MCA 5262
1980 LP Southcoast/MCA MCAD-10816
1993 CD MCA 10816
1993 cassette MCA 10816

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brett Hartenbach, "Review: Live Shots", Allmusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau, Consumer's Guide February 2, 1981
  3. ^ Ken Tucker, "Album review: Joe Ely - Live Shots", Rolling Stone, 321, July 10, 1980

External links[edit]