12 Classics

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Varese Sarabande's 12 Classics is not a collection of Ed Bruce's original hits. As explained in small type on the back cover, this collection "contains new recordings of Ed Bruce's greatest hits, recorded April 1997," so it's not really a good substitution for Varese's regrettably out of print 18-track 1995 collection The Best of Ed Bruce, although most of these 12 songs were on that collection of 1975-1986 material. These aren't bad recordings by any means. They're a little too laid-back, perhaps, and the arrangements are a little limp, but Bruce is in good voice and they're entirely pleasant. Although they're nice to hear, they're not the kind of recordings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Varese Sarabande's 12 Classics is not a collection of Ed Bruce's original hits. As explained in small type on the back cover, this collection "contains new recordings of Ed Bruce's greatest hits, recorded April 1997," so it's not really a good substitution for Varese's regrettably out of print 18-track 1995 collection The Best of Ed Bruce, although most of these 12 songs were on that collection of 1975-1986 material. These aren't bad recordings by any means. They're a little too laid-back, perhaps, and the arrangements are a little limp, but Bruce is in good voice and they're entirely pleasant. Although they're nice to hear, they're not the kind of recordings you'd seek out unless you were a hardcore fan who might like to have these mellow re-recordings as part of your collection. But anybody who thinks this is indeed a replacement for the previous Varese collection should stay away.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206645125
  • Catalog Number: 066451
  • Sales rank: 24,635

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ed Bruce Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ed Bruce Arranger
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Steve Massie Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Late-90s re-recordings of singer-songwriter's works

    You have to look pretty carefully on the back of this CD to find the minuscule, typed explanation: "Contains new recordings of Ed Bruce’s greatest hits, recorded April 1997." After finding it, one might be inclined to think this was some quick knock-off to fill out a contractual obligation or cash in via a TV offer. But a quick spin through the tracks finds Bruce’s voice in good shape, supported by well-crafted productions that are neither chintzy (okay, there are some less than stellar uses of keyboards), nor overblown with modern studio techniques. ¶ The album opens with Bruce’s largest success as a songwriter, "Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." Though known for its chart-topping version by Waylon & Willie, Bruce himself actually took it to the top-20 three years earlier. Bruce covers eleven additional tunes, seven from his own pen, including a nice rendition of "The Last Cowboy Song" (on which he is remindful of Waylon, himself). ¶ As with most re-recordings, this is not the place to start your appreciation of the artist’s catalog. The best place for that would be Varese’s now out-of-print "The Best of Ed Bruce," featuring most of these songs in their original versions. On the one hand, Bruce’s maturity and rethinking of his songs is worth hearing, on the other, recording many years worth of hits in a short series of sessions can’t help but compress the range these songs originally presented. While these are anything but throwaways, they’re also no substitute for the originals, leaving them mostly for Ed Bruce fans and completists.

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