Family Album is an album released by country musician David Allan Coe. It was released in 1978 on Columbia.

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Track Listing
All Songs written by David Allan Coe except where noted.

  1. “Family Album” – 7:11 icon-lyrics
  2. “Million Dollar Memories” (Coe, Carol G. Anderson) – 3:12 icon-lyrics
  3. “Divers Do It Deeper” – 3:02 icon-lyrics
  4. “Guilty Footsteps” (Coe, Margaret Smith, Nova Fitgerald) – 2:49 icon-lyrics
  5. “Take This Job and Shove It” – 2:59 icon-lyrics
  6. “Houston, Dallas or San Antone” – 3:38 icon-lyrics
  7. “I’ve Got to Have You” – 5:56 icon-lyrics
  8. “Whole Lot of Lonesome” (Coe, George Jones) – 3:29 icon-lyrics
  9. “Bad Impressions” – 3:06 icon-lyrics
  10. “Heavenly Father, Holy Mother” – 5:26 icon-lyrics

Liner Notes

Dear Family and Friends, My life and my music change like the seasons. I hope you never expect me to stand still either musically or personally. My life has taken on new dimensions with each passing day. I continue to grow both as a person and as an artist. The past year has been a full and rewarding one for me; I’ve written a book about my life (which is being published by Easy Rider magazine) and titled Just for the Record. With it’s completion, I’ve begun to work on another book as an aid to men in prison, which deals with the problems of parole. I also co-starred in a movie, the title of which will be either Seabo or Buckstone County Prison Farm, and is due to be released sometime in the spring of 1978. In addition, I wrote “Take this job and shove it,” a big hit for Johnny Paycheck, which has been included on this album. Currently, I am working with a new band featuring Wendell Atkins. Wendell and the band work out of Dallas, Texas, when they’re not out on the road with me. My personal life is happy and contented, and, as most of you know, I’m now living in the Florida Keys with my family. Letters or other inquiries you want me to receive should be sent to me in care of Dream Enterprises, Route 1, Box 610B, Big Pine Key, Florida, 33043. So, as you can see, although the “Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy” may be dead, David Allan Coe is very much alive. I hope this album shows you a few more sides to me and helps you to get to know me a little better. As a magician, I’ve become one of the greatest close-up performers in the world and will soon have a magic surprise for all my fans as part of our new road show. Love, David Allan Coe The High Priest of Country Music

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  1. 1978’s Family Album features one of the most bizarre covers in David Allan Coe’s — hell, anybody’s — catalog. He is dressed in a minister’s black, flowing robe with an Amish hat, a little blonde girl in his lap, his two — yes, two (of three at one time) — wives standing behind him, and behind them, a black Lincoln Town Car and Coe’s Silver Eagle tour bus. The album is dedicated to his two mothers — he’s apparently from a Mormon family — and stipulates how difficult it is for a child to have two mothers. It’s so surreal one is almost afraid to play the recording. Family Album marks the first time Coe worked with Billy Sherrill as well as his regular producer, Ron Bledsoe. It begins with the title track, dedicated to those mothers, and you never know which one he is speaking of — though it hardly makes a difference, it’s a beautiful country song. “Million Dollar Memories,” co-written with Carol Anderson, is a honky tonk piano number stylistically reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis’ Mercury years and of his cousin, Mickey Gilley’s piano work, played wonderfully by Hargus “Pig” Robbins. The album also features Coe’s first attempt at emulating Jimmy Buffett with “Divers Do It Deeper,” an excellent choice for the guy in a minister’s robe on the cover. This song belongs somewhere, but not on this recording. Other worthy honky tonk numbers here include “Guilty Footsteps,” “Bad Impressions,” and “Whole Lot of Lonesome,” co-written with George Jones. But the album’s high point is Coe’s version of “Take This Job and Shove It,” a song he authored that Johnny Paycheck took into the stratosphere. Coe’s own version is more than credible. It lacks the outlaw swagger and big production of Paycheck’s version, but none of its conviction. Family Album is a fine album except for the strange look and feel of its cover and the aforementioned Buffett rip-off, but it’s not the place to start if you are seeking an introduction to Coe.

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