VA - Confederate Tales: White Mansions & The Legend Of Jesse James (1997) 2CDs
EAC | WavPack | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 613 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 236 Mb | Scans ~ 185 Mb | 01:41:30Country Rock, Country, Folk, Roots Rock | Label: Mercury | # 314-540 791-2
This double-disc reissue documents one of the more curious careers in country music. Both 1978's White Mansions and 1980's The Legend of Jesse James are Southern song cycles that were conceived by Britain's Paul Kennerley, then an unknown songwriter who somehow recruited a high-profile cast for each. A Civil War saga from the Southern perspective, White Mansions suffers from caricature and clichÃ© but benefits from signature contributions by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Eric Clapton. Jesse James has more focus and narrative momentum, with Levon Helm, Johnny Cash, and Emmylou Harris in lead roles. Though the albums are more noteworthy for artistic ambition than memorable material, Kennerley subsequently became a successful Nashville songwriter.