Dreaming My Dreams
RCA APL 1-1062
Released: June 1975
Chart Peak: #49
Weeks Charted: 21
Certified Gold: 3/24/77
Waylon Jennings is one of the most important and influential singers of his time. Poets as well as musicians are in awe of him, and he's number one with my friend Vicki and with Vicki's grandmother. That's good enough for me, that and what I hear; one would not have thought such a voice were possible, and one still has trouble believing he can do so much with it. You've already heard his influence in pop music, though, suddenly a low-pitched baritone is the kind of voice to have. The other thing I hear, speaking of influence, is that if Waylon wants to grow a beard, well, by God, Waylon grows a beard; you have to be pretty rugged to practice individualism in the country-music business, although (thanks to Jennings) you don't have to be quite so all-fired rugged as you once did.
- Noel Coppage, Stereo Review, 10/75.
Jennings is an ultimate performer. His shows are mixtures of tension, sensitivity, audience interplay and tight, powerful music. In the studio things are more controlled and he seems to aim more for the midnight mind. Several songs here have insistent, pulsing backups. The standouts are "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," an autobiographical commentary about the state of Music City, and the bouncy "Waymore's Blues," a Jimmie Rodgers-like hobo song.
Most cuts are more reflective. In "Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)," Waylon continues his series of Western mythology; he speaks both for himself and a vanishing breed of sensitive studs. Roger Miller wrote "I've Been a Long Time Leaving" but Waylon molds it into his own -- listen to the way he wraps around the line, "I been a fool."
The last track, "Bob Wills Is Still the King," is a live track from an Austin gig. A tribute to the King of Western Swing, it demonstrates how well Waylon knows and moves his fans. The fire and drive in this cut foreshadow an upcoming live album -- and that ought to be the one to spread Waylon into everybody's ears.
- Tony Glover, Rolling Stone, 8/28/75.
Waylon Jennings is probably one of the better examples of why music should not be rigidly categorized, for, though his reputation lies solidly in country, the artist pulls in strains of rock, blues, easy listening and various other hybrids without losing his basic audience or the ability to attract new listeners at the same time. The music here is played by some of Nashville's best (Johnny Gimble, Billy Ray Reynolds, Charlie McCoy, Ralph Mooney, Waylon on lead guitar and a fine string section) but the show belongs to Jennings' powerfully distinctive voice and the excellent production of the artist and Jack Clement (who has been a pioneer himself since the Sun days), whose vocals can be heard in the background of several cuts. Jennings has always called for change, and his "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" may be the most articulate and at the same time musically competent way this message has yet been put across. LP is solid mix of ballad and rockers, some straight country and lots that cannot be classified. Strongest shot at pop crossover he's had yet (last LP went to 105) though a country feel is prevalent. One of the few artists whose voice is immediately recognizable. Best cuts: "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," "Waymore's Blues," "I Recall A Gypsy Woman," "Let's All Help The Cowboys Sing The Blues," "She's Looking Good," "Dreaming My Dreams With You," "Bob Wills Is Still The King" (Cut live in Texas).
- Billboard, 1975.
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