Classics

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
John Conlee's robust, expressive baritone voice has been absent from country radio far too long. His run of big-time hits in the '80s was no fluke: His own songwriting is stellar, as is his selection of meaningful material from respected Nashville songwriters. His voice is masculine yet sensitive, and his arrangements are rooted in tradition, employing strings and lush background vocals and weaving in unexpected flavors, such as southern soul grooves, gospel-like choruses, and wailing horn sections (an approach that works beautifully on "I'm Only in It for the Love"). Classics brings 19 of Conlee's most memorable records back to the market in digitally remastered form, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
John Conlee's robust, expressive baritone voice has been absent from country radio far too long. His run of big-time hits in the '80s was no fluke: His own songwriting is stellar, as is his selection of meaningful material from respected Nashville songwriters. His voice is masculine yet sensitive, and his arrangements are rooted in tradition, employing strings and lush background vocals and weaving in unexpected flavors, such as southern soul grooves, gospel-like choruses, and wailing horn sections (an approach that works beautifully on "I'm Only in It for the Love"). Classics brings 19 of Conlee's most memorable records back to the market in digitally remastered form, as well as three new tunes that show the voice and the sensibility undiminished, awaiting a revival. His monumental "Rose Colored Glasses" opens the disc and sets the stage for the ensuing hit juggernaut. Portraits of men left on their own after a breakup have rarely been as piercing as the ones Conlee offers on the honky-tonk weeper "Backside of Thirty" and the steady-grooving mid-tempo musings of "Miss Emily's Picture." Escalating guilt over an extramarital affair is the gut-wrenching fodder for the eerie ballad "She Can't Say That Anymore," whereas its apparent sequel, "What I Had with You," elevates yearning for a lost love to a heartrending yawp. Of the new songs, "She's Mine" is a touching, romantic litany of a good woman's attributes, and "How High Did You Go?" brings a hard-country edge to a cautionary tale of music biz dreams suddenly realized and then quickly dashed. Aging gracefully, John Conlee sounds like he's got a lot more to say.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Classics is is a perfectly respectable, and perhaps definitive collection of John Conlee's hits and best tunes. There are 22 cuts total, 18 of which come from his catalog, and three of which are new songs. What sets this apart from everything else out there is that the tunes in this set have been digitally remastered for excellent sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Rcr
  • UPC: 821771102225
  • Catalog Number: 1102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Conlee Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Cindy Walker Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
The A-Strings Strings
Kelly Back Electric Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Lea Jane Berinati Background Vocals
Dennis Burnside Keyboards
Jimmy Capps Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy Carter Bass
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
Todd Cerney Background Vocals
Terry Choate Steel Guitar
Don Cook Bass
Jackie Cusic Background Vocals
Mary Fielder Background Vocals
Janie Fricke Background Vocals
Lennie Haight Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Randy Hardison Drums
Hoot Hester Fiddle
Ginger Holladay Background Vocals
Sherilyn Huffman Background Vocals
Mitch Humphries Keyboards
John Jarvis Keyboards
Dirk Johnson Strings, Keyboards
Sam Levine Saxophone
Bud Logan Background Vocals
Steve Logan Acoustic Guitar
Rick McCollister Background Vocals
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Nashville Horn Works Horn
Ron Oates Keyboards
Ricky Page Background Vocals
Kathryn Plummer Background Vocals
John Probst Keyboards
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar
Billy Sanford Electric Guitar
Larry Sasser Steel Guitar
Dale Sellers Electric Guitar
Wendy Suits Background Vocals
Rafe Van Hoy Acoustic Guitar
Duane West Background Vocals
Jay Patton Saxophone
Larrie Londin Drums
The Sheldon Kurland Strings Strings
Joe Osborn Bass
Tommy Williams Jr. Fiddle
Robert All Acoustic Guitar
Bird Barry Burton Acoustic Guitar
Judy Taylor Sides Background Vocals
Gail Rudisill Johnson Fiddle
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Conlee Composer, Liner Notes
Don Henry Composer
Bruce Channel Composer
Kix Brooks Composer
Tony Martin Composer
Sammy Johns Composer
Deborah Allen Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
Kieran Kane Composer
Jack Logan Engineer
Harley Allen Composer
Don Cook Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Dirk Johnson Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Les Ladd Engineer
Red Lane Composer
Bud Logan Producer
Alan Moore Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Curly Putman Composer
Skip Shimmin Engineer
Russell Smith Composer
Jimmy Tarbutton Engineer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Rafe Van Hoy Composer
Barbara Wyrick Composer
Thom Schuyler Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Dennis Carney Cover Photo
Nancy Terzian Graphic Design
Leslie Satcher Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
David Womack Composer
George Baber Composer
Jerry Fuller Composer
Mark Nester Composer
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