My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Recorded in Los Angeles and released in September of 1974, Good Old Boys is Newman’s fifth album.
What I think: I was really indifferent to Sailin’ Away as I just never felt a connection with it. I suppose I thought I would feel the same way about this one as well. In fact, I actually spoke to some people about this album and that was sort of the feeling I had kind of like, “Better than I thought it would be, but not great”.
Listening to the album again though while I type this I’m not so sure that is a correct assessment. The social commentary on Southerners and Northerners approach to racism and poverty was/is spot on and I wouldn’t have caught that without reading about the album. The highlight is “Rednecks” which on first listen seems to be an indictment of the Southerner, but closer listening shows that it also indicts the Northerner for their feeling of superiority when they keep Black segregated in Ghettos and prisons. Further indictments go against then president Nixon and the plight of the poor flooded in Louisiana. It’s funny how some things go round and round and round again making an album released 40+ years ago still very relevant.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that it should be here… although the way my feelings are changing if you ask again tomorrow I may feel different.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Good Old Boys Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (260/332)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%