Take This Job and Shove It (album)

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Take This Job and Shove It
Take This Job and Shove it album.jpg
Studio album by Johnny Paycheck
Released 1977
Recorded 1977
Studio CBS Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee[1]
Genre Country
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
Johnny Paycheck chronology
Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets
Take This Job and Shove It
Greatest Hits 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Take This Job and Shove It is the title of the seventeenth album released by country music artist Johnny Paycheck. It was his second album released in 1977 (see 1977 in country music) and is his most commercially successful album, being certified platinum by the RIAA. It contains his most well known song, the cover of David Allan Coe's "Take this Job and Shove It" from which the album was named. It was his only single ever to reach #1 on the Country charts. Two other singles released from this album, "Colorado Cool-Aid" and "Georgia in a Jug", reached #50 and #17, respectively.


Most of the songs presented on this album are covers of others or were covered later by other country artists. "Take This Job and Shove It" was first recorded by its writer David Allan Coe on his 1977 album, Family Album and since being made famous by Paycheck a multitude of others have covered it. Gene Watson covered "From Cotton to Satin" in 2008. "The Spirits of St. Louis" would be covered in 1979 by Stonewall Jackson on his album Bad Ass. Around that same time he released the single, "Listening to Johnny Paycheck". 1979 also saw Moe Bandy covering "Barstool Mountain" for his album, It's a Cheating Situation as well as Charlie Rich recording "The Fool Strikes Again" for an album of the same name. "Georgia in a Jug" was most recently recorded by Blake Shelton in 2003 for his album The Dreamer. "The Man From Bowling Green", co-written by Troy Seals was first recorded by Tammy Wynette in 1975 for her album titled I Still Believe in Fairy Tales. It would subsequently be recorded by Jody Miller and Bob Luman in 1976. Colorado Kool-Aid was originally recorded by Red Sovine.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Take This Job and Shove It" (David Allan Coe) - 2:35
  2. "From Cotton to Satin (From Birmingham to Manhattan)" (James Vest, David Chamberlain) - 3:05
  3. "The Spirits of St. Louis" (Roger Bowling, Robert John Jones) - 3:03
  4. "The 4-F Blues" (Jerry Foster, Bill Rice) - 2:37
  5. "Barstool Mountain" (Donn Tankersley, Wayne Carson) - 2:50

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Georgia in a Jug" (Bobby Braddock) - 2:41
  2. "The Fool Strikes Again" (Steve Davis, Mark Sherrill, Gary Cobb) - 2:28
  3. "The Man From Bowling Green" (Troy Seals, Max D. Barnes) - 2:49
  4. "When I Had a Home to Go To" (Billy Sherrill, Glenn Sutton) - 2:14
  5. "Colorado Kool-Aid" (Phil Thomas) - 3:35


  • All tracks produced by Billy Sherrill
  • Recorded and engineered at CBS Recording Studios by Lou Bradley[1]


  • The Nashville Edition - background vocals[1]
  • Pete Drake - steel guitar (uncredited)
  • Bill Barnes - album design
  • Slick Lawson - photography


  1. ^ a b c Take This Job and shove It (LP). Johnny Paycheck. Epic Records. 1977. 35045. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Johnny Paycheck — Take This Job and Shove It". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-25.