- Released: December 1, 2009
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
CD Review Reader Consensus - Performance 8.7 / Sound 8.1
- 1.Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics of Love)
- 2.If You See Me Getting Smaller
- 4.Sweet Caroline
- 5.I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself
- 6.Belle of The Ball
- 7.Medley of Elvis Hits: That's All Right / My Baby Left Me
- 8.Till I Gain Control Again
- 9.Brand New Goodbye Song
- 10.Satin Sheets
- 11.This Is Getting Funny (But There Ain't Nobody Laughing)
Personnel: Waylon Jennings (vocals, guitar); Rance Wasson, Gordon Payne (acoustic guitar, background vocals); John Christopher, Reggie Young (guitar); Ralph Mooney (steel guitar); Clifford Robertson (keyboards); Sherman Hays (bass); Richie Albright (drums); Carter Robertson (background vocals)l; Willie Nelson.
Recorded at American Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Originally released on RCA (2317). Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
Ol' Waylon was released when Waylon Jennings had become a superstar. Outlaw was still popular, perhaps at its peak, but it was no longer the movement that it had been just a few short years before. As if offering proof, Waylon cut his most formulaic album since the early '60s, a record that satisfied the demands of outlaw without ever stretching them. Since this was recorded at a near-peak of not only his popularity but his power, there are some great moments on Ol' Waylon, particularly on the lead single "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)," a wonderful reminiscence of times back, "If You See Me Getting Smaller," and "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself." The rest of the record is a little formulaic and reliant on covers, sometimes enjoyably (including a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille"), sometimes not as much ("Sweet Caroline" was never suited for Waylon's style). Overall, Ol' Waylon is pretty enjoyable, but it winds up feeling a little hollow, as if Jennings was trying to give the audience what it wanted. There are enough good moments to make it worthwhile, not just to the dedicated but for some casual fans enamored of the outlaw years, but it's still an album that gets by more on its style than substance. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine