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The Real Deal


Download links and information about The Real Deal by Billy Joe Shaver. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Country, Outlaw Country genres. It contains 17 tracks with total duration of 01:01:36 minutes.

Artist: Billy Joe Shaver
Release date: 2005
Genre: Country, Outlaw Country
Tracks: 17
Duration: 01:01:36
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No. Title Length
1. Live Forever (featuring Big, Rich) 4:18
2. There's No Fool Like an Old Fool 3:12
3. Livin' a Lovin' Lie 3:48
4. It Just Ain't There for Me No More 3:23
5. Jesus Christ Is Still the King 2:38
6. Slim Chance and the Can't Hardly Playboys 4:50
7. I Changed My Mind 1:41
8. Sweet Melody 3:03
9. Valentine 3:12
10. You Ought to Be With Me When I'm Alone 3:42
11. Down the Road By the Way 3:07
12. West Texas Waltz 4:01
13. The Real Deal 3:24
14. If the Trailer's Rockin' Don't Come Knockin' 3:05
15. Try and Try Again 3:37
16. Aunt Jessie's Chicken Ranch 7:54
17. Feliz Navidad 2:41



If any album will bring Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver the widespread acclaim and commercial success he has deserved for 30 years, The Real Deal is it. Recorded for Compadre Records, it features 14 new songs and a redo of his and his late son Eddy's classic "Live Forever" with Nashville hotshots Big & Rich. The tune's been duded up some and doesn't have the stark power the original does, but as an anthem it works like a charm. In fact, the words still shine through the mix here because at age 66, Shaver's become one hell of a singer. There are other duets here as well. Nanci Griffith makes an appearance on "Valentine," a spare, acoustically driven ballad. Kimmie Rhodes — another Austin songwriter who deserves far more than she's received — duets with him on his "West Texas Waltz." The new version is elegant, deep, and soulful. And Kevin Fowler shows up on the honky tonk strutter "Slim Chance and the Can't Hardly Playboys" with the fine lyric "They've got a new song out on Polish Records/It'll be a Polish hit real soon." Country gospel makes its appearance on "Jesus Christ Is Still the King." "You Ought to Be with Me When I'm Alone" is one of Shaver's great broken love songs. The shuffling title track lays out the truth of Shaver's own story, and it's as down-home, dirt-filled, and dusty as the West Texas landscape. The Real Deal boasts nothing it can't deliver, and it is the album Billy Joe Shaver's been waiting to make all his life. It is full of heart, blood, grit, and poetry.