Waylon Live

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Waylon Live
Live album by Waylon Jennings
Released December 1976
Recorded February 26 and September 25, 1974
Genre Country, outlaw country
Length Original release: 39:36
Bonus tracks CD: 1:09:19
Expanded CD edition: 2:07:22
Label RCA Victor
Producer Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings chronology
Are You Ready for the Country
(1976)
Waylon Live
(1976)
Ol' Waylon
(1977)

Waylon Live is an live album by Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1976. Recorded at the Dallas and Opry House in Austin and with a setlist that selects the best songs from Jennings' outlaw era, this serves as a greatest hits album of sorts, and is one of Jennings' most highly praised releases. The songs covered by Jennings on the album include the well-known folk song "The House of the Rising Sun", as well as "Me and Bobby McGee", one of Kris Kristofferson's signature songs. The record itself peaked at #1 on the country charts, a statement on the influence and esteem of the outlaw movement in country music at the time. Waylon Live was re-released in 1999 through Buddah Records on CD as a single disc with nine bonus tracks and in 2003 as a double CD with a total of 42 tracks entitled Waylon Live: The Expanded Edition.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "T for Texas" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 4:03
  2. "Rainy Day Woman" (Waylon Jennings) – 2:33
  3. "Me and Paul" (Willie Nelson) – 3:33
  4. "The Last Letter" (Rex Griffin) – 3:54
  5. "I'm a Ramblin' Man" (Ray Pennington) – 2:46
  6. "Bob Wills Is Still the King" (Jennings) – 3:18
    Tracks 7-15 are bonus tracks from the CD reissue.
  7. "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" (Kris Kristofferson) – 4:08
  8. "Look Into My Teardrops" (Don Bowman, Harlan Howard) – 2:39
  9. "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" (Steve Young) – 3:13
  10. "Freedom to Stay" (Bill Hoover) – 3:59
  11. "Big Ball's in Cowtown" (Hoyle Nix) – 2:36
  12. "The Taker" (Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein) – 2:12
  13. "Mississippi Woman" (Red Lane) – 2:02
  14. "Mona" (Miriam Eddy) – 3:21
  15. "Never Been to Spain" (Hoyt Axton) – 5:05
  16. "Pick Up the Tempo" (Nelson) – 3:37
  17. "Good Hearted Woman" (Jennings, Nelson) – 2:59
  18. "House of the Rising Sun" (Alan Price) – 3:41
  19. "Me and Bobby McGee" (Fred Foster, Kristofferson) – 4:46
  20. "This Time" (Jennings) – 4:14

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 46
Preceded by
Conway Twitty's Greatest Hits Vol. II by Conway Twitty
Top Country Albums number-one album
January 15-February 19, 1977
Succeeded by
Luxury Liner by Emmylou Harris