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Beyond Time
     

Beyond Time

by Ray Benson
 
Without fanfare, Asleep at the Wheel major domo Ray Benson has become one of the best crooners in the land. He's been single-minded in his drive to keep western swing vital, and it appears he's applying the same tenacity to classic American popular music. The nine-time Grammy winner's long-awaited solo debut is simply marvelous: 11

Overview

Without fanfare, Asleep at the Wheel major domo Ray Benson has become one of the best crooners in the land. He's been single-minded in his drive to keep western swing vital, and it appears he's applying the same tenacity to classic American popular music. The nine-time Grammy winner's long-awaited solo debut is simply marvelous: 11 original songs plus a tasty Tex-Mex interpretation of Marty Robbins's classic "El Paso" (with Flaco Jimenez on accordion), all delivered in the lyrical, poetic style of the venerated tunesmiths of yore, with lush, romantic arrangements worthy of giants such as Nelson Riddle and Owen Bradley. Throughout, Benson's plainspoken vocals weave magic not by vocal pyrotechnics but by being real and heartfelt, as he sings of love in all its complex dimensions. On the dreamy, bittersweet "Sorry," a string-rich heartbreaker in the Patsy Cline mode, he communicates anguish over the end of an affair with deep regret over words left unsaid, as ascending horns and strings mirror his inner turmoil. A lilting pop-country arrangement is the framework for a resigned kiss-off to "Annabelle," a woman who's her own worst enemy in matters of the heart. Guest guitarist Jimmie Vaughan adds some bluesy wails to the stomping "Mary Anne" and returns at the end with Delbert McClinton for a greasy slice of lowdown, brokenhearted blues on "Clearing Up to Be Cloudy." Lightening things up, Dolly Parton lends a feisty second voice to "Leave That Cowboy Alone," a western swing delight she and Benson penned together. In spirit and in execution, Beyond Time is an unalloyed delight -- one of this year's gems.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0684038816828
catalogNumber:
8168
Rank:
138937

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Benson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Delbert McClinton   Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Tony Campise   Alto Saxophone
Stanley Jordan   Electric Guitar
Mike Judge   Bass
Jon Blondell   Trombone
Floyd Domino   Piano
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Chris Layton   Drums
Lloyd Maines   Steel Guitar
Steve Meador   Drums
Riley Osbourne   Piano
Jason Roberts   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle
David Sanger   Drums
Larry Seyer   Electric Guitar
Spencer Starnes   Bass
Jimmie Vaughan   Electric Guitar
Redd Volkaert   Electric Guitar
Paul White   Tenor Saxophone
Greg Wilson   Alto Saxophone
Keith Winking   Trumpet
Jimmy Shortell   Trumpet
Tracy Seeger   Violin
Jim "Miracle" Murphy   Tenor Saxophone
John H.R. Mills   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ames Asbell   Viola
Sara Nelson   Cello
Leigh Mahoney   Violin
Shawn Somerville   Viola
Wallace Jr. DePue   Violin
Jamie Desautels   Violin
Ann Marie Harrop   Bass
Douglas Harvey   Cello
Eric Johnson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ray Benson   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements
Larry Seyer   Engineering
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
Matt Andrews   Engineer
John H.R. Mills   String Arrangements
John "Sly" Wilson   Art Direction
Chris Burns   Engineering

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