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An Outlaw Looks At 75: Legacy Goes Digital With David Allan Coe’s Columbia Collection

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David Allan Coe - Longhaired Redneck

This week, David Allan Coe turns 75.  Over those three-quarters of a century, Coe has given a face to outlaw country, raising rabble and raising hell even as he recorded some of the most enduring albums of the genre.  In celebration of the perennial rebel’s landmark birthday, Legacy Recordings is making 20 of his classic albums (and over 200 songs), originally released between 1974 and 1989, to digital service providers including Amazon MP3, iTunes and Spotify.  The digital initiative launches today with five titles released between 1974 and 1977 (The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy, Once Upon a Rhyme, Longhaired Redneck, Rides Again and Tattoo) and continues weekly through September 23, totaling four batches of five albums.

Legacy’s online collection from the vaults of Columbia Records spans the period between 1974’s major label debut The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy (so named for Coe’s outrageous onstage get-up) and 1989’s Crazy Daddy and includes such signature songs as “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone),” “Take This Job and Shove It,” “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile” and “She Used to Love Me a Lot.”

The controversial, anti-establishment country hero’s body of work remains one of the most exciting and most daring in the country oeuvre, and this one-stop (digital) shopping just might provide a welcome entrée to a daunting, large discography.

After the jump, you can raise a little hell by perusing the complete release schedule to mark David Allan Coe’s 75th!

David Allan Coe, digital release program from Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, 2014

Available at all digital service providers.  We have provided Amazon U.S. links below for the first batch!

09/02/14

1974     The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy

1975     Once Upon a Rhyme

1976     Longhaired Redneck

1977     Rides Again

1977     Tattoo

09/09/14

1978     Family Album

1978     Human Emotions

1979     Compass Point

1979     Spectrum VII

1980     I’ve Got Something to Say

09/16/14

1981      Invictus (Means) Unconquered

1981      Tennessee Whiskey

1983     Castles in the Sand

1983     Hello in There

1984     Just Divorced

09/23/14

1985     Darlin’, Darlin’

1985     Unchained

1986     Son of the South

1987     A Matter of Life…and Death

1989     Crazy Daddy

Written by Joe Marchese

September 2, 2014 at 10:01

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  1. Do you know who remastered this? Just curious. Shame Sony/Legacy’s making this digital only…

    Victor Dang

    September 2, 2014 at 16:22

  2. Pretending like this is a big “Happy Birthday” is a little disingenuous, considering DAC lost all his publishing to these recordings. They were auctioned off to the highest bidder and someone else is about to become even more rich than they already have off of something they had no hand in creating.

    Just Saying

    September 5, 2014 at 11:55


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