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Jones George - Ladies Choice / My Very Special Guests (CD)€15,00
One of the original intentions of ’Ladies’ Choice’ was to pair George Jones with, mainly, several up and coming female singers although ironically, its biggest success came with its only solo track ’She’s My Rock’ which rose to #2 in the 1984 Billboard Single Charts. George recorded it as a tribute to his wife Nancy who had helped him turn his life around, putting behind him the years of alcoholism and drug addiction.
George Jones helped set a trend for album duet collaborations with ’My Very Special Guests’ bringing together a collection of artists who were admirers and peers. Perhaps the presence of Elvis Costello might have been a little surprising but he was a long-time fan and found inspiration from Jones for his country songwriting, ’Stranger In The House’ being one of those songs. A year later he enjoyed British chart success with the George Jones hit ’A Good Year For The Roses’. First time CD release for ’Ladies’ Choice’. Both albums produced by Billy Sherrill.
Robbins Marty - R.F.D. / My Kind Of Country (CD)€15,00
As it’s been said many times, by many people, Marty Robbins was a truly original stage entertainer and a recording artist without music barriers, although country was his natural forte.
The two vintage albums in this collection clearly proved his country status and why he was – and remains, in the view of numerous fans worldwide – one of this music’s finest. R.F.D.’ and ’My Kind Of Country’ released in 1964 and 1967 respectively well complemented each other and clearly showed the singer’s return to that decade’s root country sound.
Neither contained any classics or covers, but that hardly detracts from the quality of songs, with spare instrumental accompaniment further highlighting the vocals. Several of the songs were penned by band members and Marty only contributed one original to each album. There were no chart singles, though the albums themselves enjoyed high chart places (’R.F.D.’ halted at #4 and ’My Kind Of Country’ at #9 and many fans regard both as among Marty Robbins’ finest work. Incidentally, R.F.D. refers to the U.S. postal service, Rural Free Delivery.
Jones George - A Picture Of Me (Without You) / Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As Losing You) (CD)€15,00
With the death of George Jones on 26th April 2013, country music lost one of its finest exponents, if not the finest. Many name him the greatest male vocalist in country music history and, in an almost 60 year recording career, he not only delighted fans but also influenced many other artists who followed in his footsteps. He was the genuine article, a singer who could involve the listener in the lyrics of his songs. When he sang about heartbreak and past love affairs, you could share the emotion; when he sang about barrooms and the bottle, you could almost taste the liquor; and when he sang about smoky honkytonks and angels at the bar, you were swept into the atmosphere. Very few artists could extract such sincerity from a country music song and he won respect for that skill from audiences and artists alike from all realms of music.
”A Picture Of Me (Without You)” was released in 1972 and reached No. 3 in the Billboard country album chart. The title track was the only single taken from the album, reaching No.5. ”Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As Losing You)” was released in 1973 and produced two chart singles, ”What My Woman Can’t Do” reached No.6 and the title track, No.7.
Robbins Marty - Today / Don`t Let Me Touch You (CD)€15,00
arty Robbins was the master of many musical realms: country and western songs, rockabilly and pop standards, Caribbean and Hawaiian music. Then also, of course, there are the Gunfighter ballads a genre that he virtually made his own. It was such music, along with those unforgettable stage performances, that earned him a well-deserved place in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, just a couple of months before his untimely death in December 1982.
The two albums featured in this collection ’Today’ (1971) and ’Don’t Let Me Touch You’ (1977) mainly spotlight Marty Robbins as a singer of ballads, material that perfectly shows off his effortless, distinctive vocal skills. ’Today’ with its cover portrait paying tribute to the singer’s passion as a NASCAR racing car driver, created three Top 10 chart singles, ’Early Morning Sunshine’ and the double sided ’Seventeen Years/The Chair’ the latter giving Robbins the chance for a powerfully dramatic performance in the tale of a prisoner’s final hours. ’Don’t Let Me Touch You’ contains two Top 10 singles, the title track (co-penned with Billy Sherrill) and ’Return To Me’ a Spanish-flavoured cover of the 1958 Dean Martin hit.
’On both albums there are several fine Marty Robbins original songs proving that, in his third decade as a headlining star, he remained a leader of the country music pack.
West Dottie - Here Comes My Baby / Dottie West Sings (CD)€15,00
Dottie’s first two highly acclaimed RCA albums available for the first time on CD.
Dottie West the first female diva in Nashville to write much of her own material. Born 11th October 1932, Died 4th September 1991 in a car accident. Won a Grammy for her recording of’Here Comes My Baby’ being the first country female to do so.
’Here Comes My Baby ’was released in 1965 and contained two hit singles, the title track and’Didn’t I?’. ’
Dottie West Sings ’from 1966 also contained two hits’Gettin’ Married Has Made Us Strangers’ and’No Sign of Living’. Both albums were produced by Chet Atkins
Wynette Tammy - I Still Believe In Fairy Tales / ’Til I Can Make It On My Own (CD)€15,00
Tammy Wynette : 5th May 1942 – 6th April 1998 Known as The First Lady of Country Music. Two classic albums from 1975 and 1976.
The title tracks of both albums were released as singles. ’Til I Can Make It On My Own’ reached No. 1 on the Country Billboard charts and Tammy often referred to it as her personal favourite of all the songs she had written.
In 1998 Tammy was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, having sold more than 30 million records, reached No. 1 some twenty times and became the first female country artist to sell a million albums.
Both albums were produced by legendary producer Billy Sherrill and both are released on CD for the first time.
Robbins Marty - All Around Cowboy / Everything I’ve Always Wanted (CD)€15,00
A master of many music styles and an entertainer in a class of his own, Marty Robbins was a country music superstar who crossed boundaries, enjoyed chart success in both the country and pop listings and, in concert, presented a show that pleased equally varied audiences. ’All Around Cowboy’ (1979) was the last of Marty Robbins’ western-themed recordings and gave him a couple more chart entries – the title track and ’Buenos Dias Argentina’. The album also includes a revival of an earlier Robbins title, ’San Angelo’, and the rendition of a Bob Nolan (Sons of the Pioneers) classic, ’Tumbling Tumbleweeds’. On hand are long-time friends and band members Bobby Sykes and Don Winters, once again enhancing the singer’s vocals with their fine back-up harmonies.
’Everything I’ve Always Wanted’ was one of Marty’s final albums released in 1981 and at a time when the sound of country music was changing. So this collection is almost deja-vu with his vocals and the accompanying musicians reflecting sounds of an earlier golden era especially so with revivals of Eddy Arnold’s ’There’s No Wings On My Angel’ and his own 1952 chart debut ’I’ll Go On Alone’. Some thirty years after he first appeared on the charts he was still chalking up hits here with ’Completely Out Of Love’ and ’An Occasional Rose’ while another link to the past, western songs, comes with ’Gene Autry, My Hero’.