The Legend of Jesse James

The Legend of Jesse James is a 1980 country music concept album by various artists singing songs by English songwriter Paul Kennerley, based on the story of American Old West outlaw Jesse James.

The Legend of Jesse James
Studio album by
various artists
ProducerGlyn Johns
The original CD cover.
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The album features Levon Helm singing the role of Jesse James, Johnny Cash as Frank James, Charlie Daniels as Cole Younger and Emmylou Harris as Jesse James' wife, Zerelda James. Other artists included Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and Albert Lee.

The album was re-released in 1999 in a two-for-one package with Kennerley's 1978 concept album, White Mansions, about the Confederate States of America.

The album art was painted by noted comic book artist Howard Chaykin.[2]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Paul Kennerley.

1."Ride of the Redlegs"Rodney Crowell, Jody Payne, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash3:30
2."Quantrill's Guerillas"Levon Helm0:56
3."Six Gun Shooting"Johnny Cash3:46
4."Have You Heard the News?"Albert Lee1:42
5."Heaven Ain't Ready for You Yet"Emmylou Harris3:58
6."Help Him, Jesus"Johnny Cash3:39
7."The Old Clay County"Charlie Daniels and Levon Helm3:35
8."Riding with Jesse James"Charlie Daniels3:02
9."Hunt Them Down"Albert Lee3:33
10."Wish We Were back in Missouri"Emmylou Harris4:06
11."Northfield: The Plan"Levon Helm4:04
12."Northfield: The Disaster"Charlie Daniels3:04
13."High Walls"Levon Helm3:16
14."The Death of Me"Johnny Cash and Levon Helm3:07
15."The Plot"Paul Kennerley0:53
16."One More Shot"Levon Helm and Emmylou Harris5:11
17."The Train Robbery" (extra track in 1999 CD re-issue)Paul Kennerley4:10



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