Label: MCA Nashville
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Joe Ely Honky Tonk Masquerade 180g LP

Joe Ely

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1978 Solo Album Remastered on 180g Vinyl LP!

Since his debut in the 1970s, Joe Ely has blended rock n' roll sensibilities with hardcore honky-tonk to become one of the most recognizable and respected artists from the Lone Star State.

Ely's first three solo albums have been remastered and sourced from the original production masters. This LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl with restored album jacket artwork.

1978's Honky Tonk Masquerade features "Honky Tonk Masquerade" and "Boxcars."

As strong as Joe Ely's self-titled solo debut was, his second album, 1978's Honky Tonk Masquerade, actually managed to top it, and the album remains one of the great creative triumphs of the Texas singer/songwriter community, as well as a high-water mark in Ely's career... Ely's band deserves a special nod as well, especially steel guitarist Lloyd Maines and Ponty Bone on accordion, who can seemingly conjure up an orchestra or a horn section at will. And as strong as Ely's songs are, he has the good sense to also accept contributions from fellow ex-Flatlanders Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, whose more introspective lyrical approach makes for a satisfying contrast to Ely's more down to earth style. Smart without sounding pretentious, and musically ambitious without losing focus or drive, Honky Tonk Masquerade is a superb album that captures Ely and his band at their best.
-Mark Deming, AllMusic, 5/5


  • 180g Vinyl
  • Remastered
  • Sourced from the Original LP Production Masters
  • Restored Jacket Art
  • Made in Canada


Side One:

  1. Cornbread Moon
  2. Because of the Wind
  3. Boxcars
  4. Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down)
  5. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown

Side Two:

  1. Honky Tonk Masquerade
  2. I'll Be Your Fool
  3. Fingernails
  4. West Texas Waltz
  5. Honky Tonkin'

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