Blue

Blue

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by LeAnn Rimes
     
 

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Country-music fans couldn't believe their ears when LeAnn Rimes's debut, Blue, was released in 1996. Not only did her voice embody the spirit of Patsy Cline, but the singer was only 13 years old. The title tune was written specifically for Cline, who died in 1963 before getting the chance to cut it. Over the years the song wasSee more details below

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Country-music fans couldn't believe their ears when LeAnn Rimes's debut, Blue, was released in 1996. Not only did her voice embody the spirit of Patsy Cline, but the singer was only 13 years old. The title tune was written specifically for Cline, who died in 1963 before getting the chance to cut it. Over the years the song was recorded unsuccessfully by various artists, but in Rimes's hands it became a thrilling throwback to country's golden era, complete with soulful wail and dead-on Cline-like yodel. It was truly one of the most memorable recordings in years. The rest of Blue features some of Rimes's better moments on record. "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" shows her belting some meaty pop-rock, and "The Light in Your Eyes" proves she can croon a smooth pop ballad. Finally, she duets on Eddy Arnold's "Cattle Call" with Arnold himself -- a move that underscores her instant elevation to Major Player in contemporary country music.

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All Music Guide - Shawn M. Haney
With this fabulous record that brought joy and fun to all avid listeners of country music, LeAnn Rimes arrived just in the nick of time, when country needed it most, amidst all the regulars of the scene such as Garth Brooks, Holly Dunn, etc. The record is a delightful free-for-all of sassy pick-me-up country that spells GOLD in many sorts of ways. Of course, the sleeper hit is "Blue," Rimes' radio-friendly airplay single that landed her a Grammy at the tender young age of 15. "Blue" -- both the song and the record as a whole -- certainly should and does affect listeners in a charismatic and lighthearted way. At the time, since she was still a teen herself, this collection of songs meant so much to Rimes and her adoring fans; it inspired thousands of teens then and continues to inspire them through to this day. Perhaps people of any age or style of interest will feel youthful again after a good listen and a half. This record of songs written by the best songwriters in country music served as a stepping stone for Rimes, and was deservedly a breakthrough album for the country music scene.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/1996
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187782129
catalogNumber:
77821
Rank:
51813

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Performance Credits

LeAnn Rimes   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eddy Arnold   Track Performer
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar
Bob Smith   Bass
Matthew Ward   Background Vocals
Kevin Bailey   Harmonica
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Milo Deering   Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Piano
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Mary Ann Kennedy   Background Vocals
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Pamela Rose   Background Vocals
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Fred Gleber   Drums
Bob Campbell-Smith   Overdubs
Jimmy Kelly   Piano,Keyboards
Paul Goad   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
LaDonna Johnson   Background Vocals
Johnny Mulhair   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Brad Billingsley   Drums
Jerry Matheny   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kayla Powell   Background Vocals
Mike McLain   Piano
Daniel Kresco   Overdubs
Joy McKay   Background Vocals
Curtis Randall   Bass
Bob Smith   Bass
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Crista Carnes   Background Vocals
Lisa Criss   Background Vocals
Kelly Glenn   Keyboards
Dan Huff   Electric Guitar
Dennis Quartet Wilson   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Mike Chapman   Bass

Technical Credits

Mike Curb   Producer
Greg Hunt   Engineer
Glenn Meadows   Mastering
Bob Campbell-Smith   Engineer,overdub engineer
Johnny Mulhair   Producer,Engineer
Wilbur C. Rimes   Producer,Management
Chuck Howard   Producer
Greg White Hunt   Engineer
Keith D. Hinton   Composer
Joyce Harrison   Composer
Coweta House   Composer

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