Because You Believed in Me/Beautiful Country

Because You Believed in Me/Beautiful Country

by Gene Watson
     
 

Having previously combined Gene Watson's first and third albums (1975's Love in the Hot Afternoon and 1977's Paper Rosie) onto one CD, the Hux label paired the moderately popular honky tonk singer's second and fourth albums (1976's Because You Believe in Me and 1978's Beautiful Country) onto oneSee more details below

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Having previously combined Gene Watson's first and third albums (1975's Love in the Hot Afternoon and 1977's Paper Rosie) onto one CD, the Hux label paired the moderately popular honky tonk singer's second and fourth albums (1976's Because You Believe in Me and 1978's Beautiful Country) onto one disc for this release. Because You Believe in Me featured a Top 20 hit in the title track, and a considerably smaller one in "Her Body Couldn't Keep You Off My Mind," whose title is rather more memorable than its tune. These actually aren't the highlights of what's a pretty solid (if slightly laid-back) honky tonk record, with little in the way of slickness beyond the maudlin orchestration of "Because You Believed in Me" itself, and plenty in the way of heartfelt, straight-ahead vocal delivery. Larry Gatlin's "Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall" in particular is an overlooked cut, veering a little close to the kind of balladry more associated with Southern deep soul than country. There's lots of variety, however, from the peppy fiddle'n'steel-driven shuffle "When My World Left Town" and the barroom boogie-inflected "Sorry Willie" to "Hey Louella," which is as close as the material gets to honky tonk stomp. The less impressive Beautiful Country did feature some of Watson's most successful singles, including the Top Ten "I Don't Need a Thing at All" and two cuts that just missed the Top Ten, "Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All the Time" and "The Old Man and His Horn." However, while the album's not seriously flawed, it's not the best of his work either, presenting rather matter-of-factly written and arranged '70s country honky tonk, though Watson's vocals remain engaging. Most of the songs are low-energy sentimental pieces, though things perk up a little for the happy-go-lucky, down-on-my-luck tune "Hey Barnum and Bailey," while "I Knew We Could Never Love for Long" has a brighter, more pop-friendly melody than the other material.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Hux Records
UPC:
0682970000725
catalogNumber:
72
Rank:
60194

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Tracks

  1. Because You Believed in Me
  2. I'm a Fool for Leaving
  3. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
  4. When My World Left Town
  5. Worry Willie
  6. How Good a Bad Woman Feels
  7. Her Body Couldn't Keep You (Off My Mind)
  8. I Fell Apart
  9. Hey Louella
  10. And Then You Came Along
  11. The Old Man and His Horn
  12. Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All the Time
  13. I Won't Be Sleeping Alone
  14. Hey Barnum and Bailey
  15. I'd Love to Live with You Again
  16. I Don't Need a Thing at All
  17. Raining in Dallas
  18. It Don't Hurt Me Half as Bad
  19. I Knew We Could Never Love for Long
  20. He Little Thinged Her out of My Arms

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Watson   Primary Artist
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Tommy Allsup   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jim Isbell   Drums
Kenny Malone   Drums
Leon Rhodes   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Pete Wade   Guitar
Jimmy Colvard   Guitar
Joe Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Jim Williamson   Engineer
Ed Keeley   Original Liner Notes
Russ Reeder   Producer
C. Stewart   Composer
Jon Philibert   Liner Notes
Bobby Webster   Producer
Ralph Emery   Original Liner Notes

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