Cactus and a Rose/Collector's Series

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Honky tonk and country singer Gary Stewart released plenty of albums for RCA. It was his mainstay for over a decade. While much of his material has been reissued in Europe and Japan on CD, other than compilations there have only been a few titles briefly issued -- and now deleted -- in the United States. Wounded Bird addresses the problem with the release of a stellar catalog album from 1980 and a best-of on a single disc -- which seems weird because there are also many great catalog titles that could have been paired with this, but oh well. Cactus and a Rose is a truly great Stewart album. Produced by Chips Moman, it featured studio contributions from Gregg Allman, Dickey ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Honky tonk and country singer Gary Stewart released plenty of albums for RCA. It was his mainstay for over a decade. While much of his material has been reissued in Europe and Japan on CD, other than compilations there have only been a few titles briefly issued -- and now deleted -- in the United States. Wounded Bird addresses the problem with the release of a stellar catalog album from 1980 and a best-of on a single disc -- which seems weird because there are also many great catalog titles that could have been paired with this, but oh well. Cactus and a Rose is a truly great Stewart album. Produced by Chips Moman, it featured studio contributions from Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Reggie Young, Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Emmons, Gary Scruggs, and others. It's a killer collection of tunes that reflects Stewart's honky tonk and the sound of smoother '70s Southern rock. His voice is one of the most soulful, atypical, and expressive ever heard in Nashville and that's underscored here, especially on the ballads. And while his singles charted on the country charts throughout the early '70s, this set was his only album to make the Billboard pop charts, albeit at number 165. Every track is a winner, but the standouts include the opener, "Okeechobee Purple"; the title track ballad; and "Lover's Knot," written with Allman (who sings backup) and featuring stellar guitar work by Betts. "Harlan County Highway," written with Betts, is another excellent cut, as is the wild honky tonk of "Roarin'," with Bramlett singing barrelhouse with Stewart like the house is on fire. Collector's Series was issued immediately after he left RCA. It features 12 of his jukebox and country hits, including "Drinkin' Thing," "Out of Hand," "She's Actin' Single (And I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," "Little Junior," "In Some Room Above the Street," "Drinkin' Again," "Whiskey Trip," "Flat Natural Born Good-Timin' Man," and "I See the Want to in Your Eyes" -- cult classics all. This is as good a place as any to start with Stewart, but listening to the CD in reverse halves might be a better way to approach his work for the newcomer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140362727
  • Catalog Number: 3627

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Stewart Primary Artist
Gregg Allman Vocals, Musician
Dickey Betts Musician
Bonnie Bramlett Vocals
Mark Morris Musician
Jerry Carrigan Musician
Johnny Christopher Vocals, Musician
Johnny Cobb Vocals
Tommy Cogbill Musician
Shane Keister Musician
Bobby Emmons Musician
Sonny Garrish Musician
Sheri Kramer Vocals
Richard Mainegra Vocals
Chips Moman Vocals, Musician
Fred Newell Musician
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Musician
Gary Scruggs Musician
Lisa Silver Vocals
Jeff West Musician
Toni Wine Vocals
Reggie Young Musician
Murrel Counts Musician
Eddy Anderson Musician
Tony Wine Vocals
Hayward Bishop Musician
Mike Lawier Musician
Technical Credits
Gary Stewart Composer
Gregg Allman Composer
Dickey Betts Composer
Billy Burnette Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Wayne Carson Composer
Tom Jans Composer
Mary Beth Anderson Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
John Bettis Composer
Johnny Christopher Composer
Johnny Cobb Composer
Bobby Emmons Composer
Don Goodman Composer
Chips Moman Composer, Producer
Billy Ray Reynolds Composer
Richard Supa Composer
Sterling Whipple Composer
Carol Anderson Composer
Dave Gillon Composer
Rory Bourke Composer
Donn Takersley Composer
Mike Lawier Composer
Michael Murphey Composer
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