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The Essential Gary Stewart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ESSENTIAL

    The "essential" Gary Stewart is basically EVERYTHING he recorded for RCA under the guidance of Roy Dea. This album gives a reasonable overview of Gary's stint with RCA but leaves out so much excellent material that one could be forgiven for feeling a little short-changed with this album. Stewart is THE greatest honky-tonk singer of all time and if the reader hasn't yet discovered his full repetoire go directly to the CD store and get all you can afford. Start with the two-fer "Out Of Hand"/"Your Place Or Mine". The former is the best honky-tonk album ever released and the latter is one of the best rock & roll/country albums out there. The other two-fer, "Steppin' Out"/"Little Junior" is maybe a little inferior to the "Hand" one but still head and shoulders above any competition. His other RCA albums ("Gary" and "Cactus and a Rose") are available on a harder-to-find two-fer but are well worth seeking out. Get these six albums and THEN you have the "Essential" Gary Stewart. His Hightone albums are good but not really in the same class as the RCA stuff so start with the RCA material and then alight the staircase to honky-tonk heaven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Honky Tonk Voice & Influence

    After listening to Gary Stewart for almost 40 years this collection superbly captures the emotion and depth of his voice. Now being recognized as an influence on numerous younger country stars, including Brooks & Dunn, it embodies smoky southern honky tonks where the beer is cold, food's good, and the music red hot. Do yourself a favor, buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is ''Essential'' to your collection

    This CD compiles all the basic requirements for country songs - drinkin', cheatin', lust, etc. Never listen to this album if you have had a less than faithful spouse, or if you tend to drink your troubles away. It will hit too close to home.

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