Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver: 1973-1987

Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver: 1973-1987

In many respects, the true measure of an artist is his reputation among peers. Using this metric, Billy Joe Shaver remains one of country music’s greatest assets. Culled from six records (three from the ’70s and three from the ’80s), this retrospective not only salutes the songwriter, but also sheds light on the gruff, effortless singer. Assisted along the way by friends including Dickey Betts, Willie Nelson, and son Eddy, Shaver sings with brutal honesty about love, faith, religion, rambling, fighting, and freedom. Despite the varied subjects, he never seems to contradict himself: He knows that all have a place in real life. More than “outlaw country,” this is “outcast country.” Eddy’s guitar work, which accompanies all of the 1980s work, adds even more punch to his father’s sound. By anyone’s expectations, this would have been the definitive Shaver collection, but who’d have thought that Billy Joe and son would still be pumping out superb records throughout the 1990s? –Marc Greilsamer

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2 Responses to Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver: 1973-1987

  • wrj@one.net says:
    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best of his breed!, April 19, 1999
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    wrj@one.net (cincinnati, oh) –

    This review is from: Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver: 1973-1987 (Audio CD)
    As much as I lover Willie and Johnny, they can’t come close to Waylon, and even the God-like Waylon must bow a bit to Billy Joe. Look carefully at the songs from Waylon and crew that you like the most, and very likely they are penned by Shaver. This disc is simply the very best of this type. None even close.

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  • fluffy, the human being. says:
    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    the real deal., March 25, 2007
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    fluffy, the human being. (forest lake, mn) –

    This review is from: Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver: 1973-1987 (Audio CD)
    okay folks, round up all your toby keith, vince gill, and garth brooks cds, take ’em down to the goodwill and leave them there. then get yourself some real country genius. billy joe shaver is about as good a place as any to start your new, more rewarding life.

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