So where's the rub? For one thing, a DC-9 is the same type of plane feted in "Dallas," a Jimmie Dale Gilmore composition that Ely delivers so indelibly on Musta Notta Gotta Lotta, a 1981 long-player that's among his finest recordings. And so it goes, throughout Sin: The CD sports some fairly rote turns ("Run Little Pony," "Carnival Bum"), but even the impressive tracks, such as "Twisty River Bridge," bring to mind earlier, meatier, more deeply satisfying offerings.
For those who haven't committed Ely's oeuvre to memory, such issues are superfluous. A person fortunate to be starting at square one will probably like the platter just the way it is, completely unaware that it represents mid-level Joe, rather than a high-water mark.