Tag: Morello Records
Steve Goodman was a young songwriter who is best known for two classic country/rock standards, but he died before establishing himself as a solo act. These two superb releases from the mid 1970s show him as a fine songwriter and arranger with a knack for superbly recreating the sounds of the past.
After a prolific run with Capitol Records, legendary country crooner Glen Campbell signed to Atlantic America, resulting in three albums that found him being led toward a generic Modern Country sound. Still, for their weaknesses, these albums produced some fantastic singles, returning the fading star to the top reaches of the country charts.
Charlie Walker: Close All The Honky-Tonks/Wine, Women, And Walker/Don’t Squeeze My Sharmon/Honky-Tonkin’ With…
Charlie Walker was a hard-working country musician who loved the honky tonk lifestyle, as witnessed by this two CD set of four of his barroom-minded albums.
Tanya Tucker was just barely in her teens when she first appeared, and her early records coupled with a powerful singing voice belied her young age. This collection compiled all of her recorded material for Columbia Records and is still some of the finest country you will ever hear.
Country singer Bobby Bare Will forever be known for his fine material from the 1970s, but his earlier material is no less grand, either; this two CD set collects three of his mid-1960s albums and is a delightful reevaluation of an often overlooked part of his career.
Between 1981 and 1983, country musician Leon Everette had an amazing run of high-charting singles. Yet less than two two years after that amazing run, would soon stop making music entirely. This two-disc collection compiles the entirety of his output from this era, recorded for RCA, and is his first-ever CD release, a welcome collection of an artist who deserved more than obscurity.
Tammy Wynette’s voice conveyed passion and heartbreak as she sang songs about heartbreak, loss, and disappointment. These two albums, both from 1974, are atypical in that regard, twenty-one emotionally powerful and gorgeously arranged country songs that might best be taken in small doses.
This one-off, one-night-only Outlaw Country supergroup was formed to poke fun and sing about the joys of old age, with all-original material provided by Shel Silverstein. It’s a fun collection of songs, and a fantastic last hurrah for the songwriter, who passed away less than a year later.
The Eighties proved to be a fallow period for a lot of classic country musicians, Tammy Wynette included. These two late-period records are exceptions to the rule; one, a fine take on contemporary sounds; the other, a true retro country record that featured an all-star cast.
Bobby Bare/Skeeter Davis/Liz Anderson/Norma Jean: Tunes For Two/The Game Of Triangles/Your Husband, My Wife (Morello)
This two-disc set compiles two albums of duets and one album of trio recordings pairing Bobby Bare with Skeeter Davis, Norma Jean, and Liz Anderson, and contains some fine performances from the first decade of Bare’s long, storied career.