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Joe Ely - Live Shots

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Live Shots

By  Joe Ely

Recorded in the U.K. in 1980 when Ely was opening for The Clash, Live Shots is a frenzied shot of live rock & roll, west Texas style, with the fierce electric and pedal-(steel)-to-the-metal guitars of band members Jesse Taylor and Lloyd Maines. Although not as accomplished a live set as his later Live at Liberty LunchLive Shots remains the best document of Ely's rock-out phase; a driving, relentless cover of "Not Fade Away" particularly stands out. The quieter ballads are what'll bring you back, though, especially moving versions of Jimmie Dale Gilmore's "Treat Me Like A Saturday Night" and Ely's own "Honky Tonk Masquerade." --David Cantwell

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.



1 Fingernails 3:01
2 Midnight Shift 2:58
3 Honky Tonk Masquerade 3:51
4 Honky Tonkin'
Vocals – Carlene Carter
5 Long Snake Moan 5:09
6 I Had My Hopes Up High 3:13
7 She Never Spoke Spanish To Me 3:53
8 Johnny's Blues 4:48
9 Fools Fall In Love 4:38
10 Boxcars 4:38
11 Crazy Lemon 3:57
12 Not Fade Away 3:43
13 Treat Me Like A Saturday Night 3:09
14 Wishin' For You 4:41


Product details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002OO2

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