Anthology (1956-1980)

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Brenda Lee hasn't been treated well by reissue culture -- no remastered albums -- and, excepting the Bear Family box set she deserved and received, only a few compilations, like this two-disc set from MCA. Fortunately, Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2 1956-1980 is all most fans will need to appreciate why Lee was one of the most intense performing personalities recording in Nashville, just behind Elvis Presley. But Lee had more power than Presley, and more control as well, and the two ranked nearly even in delivery. Of course, Elvis received song material of a much higher quality than she did. Her first hit, "Dynamite," along with "Sweet Nothin's," and "Bill Bailey Won't You Please...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Brenda Lee hasn't been treated well by reissue culture -- no remastered albums -- and, excepting the Bear Family box set she deserved and received, only a few compilations, like this two-disc set from MCA. Fortunately, Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2 1956-1980 is all most fans will need to appreciate why Lee was one of the most intense performing personalities recording in Nashville, just behind Elvis Presley. But Lee had more power than Presley, and more control as well, and the two ranked nearly even in delivery. Of course, Elvis received song material of a much higher quality than she did. Her first hit, "Dynamite," along with "Sweet Nothin's," and "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home" rank with the best country/pop
ockabilly performances of the era. Lee could pull off bright novelties such as "Let's Jump the Broomstick" or "Dum Dum" with no problem, and add something new to a well-worn standard, like her bluesy, swinging version of Leiber & Stoller's "Kansas City," or the vocal jazz chestnut "You Can Depend on Me." As the later material here proves, Lee also excelled in the melodramatic countrypolitan mode; moving from teenaged exuberance to middle-aged reflection and resignation -- in character, of course; she only turned 30 in 1974 -- to bring across moving country heartbreakers "Johnny One Time," "As Usual," and "Emotions." The track selection is excellent, touching on every major performance of her career, as well as those she's best known for in rock circles: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Is It True?," the latter a 1964 rock & roll hit recorded in London with Jimmy Page on guitar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/1991
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008811038427
  • Catalog Number: 10384
  • Sales rank: 16,265

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brenda Lee Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer Organ, Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
The Oak Ridge Boys Vocals
Jimmy Page Guitar
Al Caiola Guitar
Jay Berliner Guitar
Don Helms Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Bill Pursell Piano
Dave Carey Vibes
Sam "The Man" Taylor Saxophone
The Anita Kerr Singers Background Vocals
Harold Bradley Guitar
Owen Bradley Piano
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Ray Edenton Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Holiday Sisters Background Vocals
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Marty Manning Conductor
Louis Mauro Bass
Boots Randolph Trombone, Saxophone, Vibes
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano, Keyboards
Buddy Saltzman Drums
Don Sheffield Trumpet
Nicholas Tagg Organ
Joe Zinkan Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
Marvin Hughes Piano
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Bob Moore Bass
Andrew Ackers Piano
William K. McElhiney Trumpet
The Ray Charles Singers Background Vocals
Herschel Hewarth Guitar
Edward O'Conner Guitar
Sanford Block Bass
Technical Credits
William Bell Composer
Alan Freed Composer
Budd Johnson Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Toy Caldwell Composer
Ronnie Self Composer
Kim Wilson Composer
Michael Berniker Producer
Bo Diddley Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Ron Chancey Producer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
William "Poogie" Hart Composer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Bill Inglot Mastering, Tape Research
Booker T. Jones Composer
Marty Manning Arranger
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
Mickie Most Producer
Jack Pleis Director
Bergen White String Arrangements
Alex Zanetis Composer
Manos Hadjidakis Composer
Chris Townes Composer
Diana Haig Liner Notes
Diane Lampert Composer
James Martin Composer
Kirby Stone Four Composer
Jim Kemp Art Direction
David Wilkins Composer
Stanley Kay Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Pino Spotti Composer
Dub Albritton Composer
A. Testa Composer
Arnie Altman Composer
Jimmie Hodges Composer
Kathryn R. Fulton Composer
Bill Barnes Art Direction
V F Stewart Composer
Charlie Carpenter Composer
Ioann Idis Composer
Shari Sheeley Composer
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