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Album: Right for the Time
# Song Title   Time
1)    WBPT
2)    Cactus Texas
3)    Most Sensible Thing, The
4)    Boxer, The
5)    Hittin' The Bottle Again
6)    Wastin' Time
7)    Kissing You Goodbye
8)    Carnival Song
9)    Out of Jail
10)    Lines
11)    Deep In the West
12)    Right For the Time
13)    Living Legends, Pt. 2
 

Album: Right for the Time
# Song Title   Time
1)    WBPT
2)    Cactus Texas
3)    Most Sensible Thing, The
4)    Boxer, The
5)    Hittin' The Bottle Again
6)    Wastin' Time
7)    Kissing You Goodbye
8)    Carnival Song
9)    Out of Jail
10)    Lines
11)    Deep In the West
12)    Right For the Time
13)    Living Legends, Pt. 2
 
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  • Personnel: Waylon Jennings (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Jessi Colter (vocals); Jesse Dayton (acoustic & electric guitars); Randall Jamail (acoustic guitar); Jerry Bridges (6- & 12-string acoustic guitars, electric bass); Shawn Jones (12-string & electric slide guitars); Robby Turner (lap steel & pedal steel guitars, dobro, mandolin); Fred Lawrence (piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Jeff Hale (drums, tambourine, ocean drum).
  • Recorded at Woodland Studios, Nashville, Tennessee between January 26 & 31, 1996. Includes liner notes by Randall Jamail.
  • In 1996, Waylon Jennings and the major labels in Nashville weren't having much to say to one another (not an uncommon situation for a veteran country act at that time), so he signed with the Texas-based indie label Justice Records, who were also working with his buddy Willie Nelson, and he was given free rein to do as he pleased. Waylon's first album for Justice, Right for the Time, was an overlooked pleasure, laid-back and relaxed but heartfelt, with Jennings and a compact studio band covering the usual topics -- falling in love, falling out of love, drowning one's sorrows, and trying to make sense of life as it drifts on by -- with his usual blend of cockiness, dignity, and hard-won insight. Some artists create great music out of strong labor, but Waylon's best music has often sounded like his most spontaneous, and that was clearly the formula for Right for the Time -- gather up some good tunes, round up the band, and roll tape. And if the result wasn't a great Waylon Jennings album, it's a damn good one. Maybe the cover of Paul Simon's "The Boxer" wasn't a great idea, but it works better than you might expect, and there are some real winners here, including the swaggering kiss-off "Kissing You Goodbye," the rollicking "Hittin' the Bottle Again," the introspective "WBPT" and "Cactus, Texas," and the bittersweet title track. And the closer, "Living Legends, Pt. 2," is a witty overview of the state of country music circa 1996, and if the names have changed, the basic scenario seems remarkably similar almost 20 years on. By 1998, Waylon would be back in the major-label game, but if Right for the Time wasn't seen as a revelatory comeback for Jennings (like Johnny Cash's albums for American), that's probably not what he wanted, given his personality. Jennings likely wanted to make a good album on his own terms, and he certainly succeeded with Right for the Time. ~ Mark Deming
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Q (8/96, p.121) - 3 Stars - Good "...RIGHT FOR THE TIME is unadorned, backing instruments no more emphatic than gravy....his storytelling instinct is unimpaired, in particular when he lets the inner curmudgeon loose on gleefully acidic unlove songs..."
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