Compadres: An Anthology of Duets

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The duet has a revered place in country music history, but in the variety of artists he elects to warble with, Marty Stuart has made the form an act of self-definition and self-revelation, while at the same time kicking ass and taking names. History shows that his partners on the other side of the mic know to bring their A games, too, resulting in the best duet recordings of the past decade or so. This anthology, consisting of both previously issued and previously unreleased recordings, takes Stuart from a 15-year-old wunderkind mandolin picker up to the present day. We hear him storming through "Rawhide," following an introduction by Lester Flatt (with whom Stuart began...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The duet has a revered place in country music history, but in the variety of artists he elects to warble with, Marty Stuart has made the form an act of self-definition and self-revelation, while at the same time kicking ass and taking names. History shows that his partners on the other side of the mic know to bring their A games, too, resulting in the best duet recordings of the past decade or so. This anthology, consisting of both previously issued and previously unreleased recordings, takes Stuart from a 15-year-old wunderkind mandolin picker up to the present day. We hear him storming through "Rawhide," following an introduction by Lester Flatt (with whom Stuart began his career at age 13) and offering a soul-deep exploration of Delta gospel in "Move Along Train," a cut from Stuart's powerful 2005 album Soul's Chapel, featuring a sultry Mavis Staples buttressing her male counterpart's bluesy exultation (Handsome Harry Stinson has a star turn, too, with an affecting high tenor lead). Familiar tracks include a touching, topical country blues with Merle Haggard on "Farmer's Blues," a rumbling, ramshackle "Doin' My Time" with former father-in-law Johnny Cash, and a grinding shuffle rendition of Jay McShann's "Confessin' the Blues," from B. B. King's Deuces Wild long-player. Other guests include George Jones, Travis Tritt (this anthology would be incomplete without "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," one of the classic duet hits of the '90s), Del McCoury, and Mrs. Marty Stuart, the legendary Connie Smith, who reflects with her husband on the power of enduring love in the beautiful ballad "Hearts Like Ours." There are no throwaway tracks here -- Stuart's emotional commitment is gripping, and he makes every moment sound like something's at stake.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Marty Stuart released a pair of very fine yet very different recordings in 2005. The first, Souls' Chapel, was an innovative yet rootsy country-gospel set. The second, Badlands: Ballads of the Lakota, was a heart-rending deeply soulful, and sometimes rocking album based on the proud heritage of the Indian-American (the politically correct term in 2007) and what has been lost to the rest of us as this tribe and all others have been decimated by the government sanctioned genocide of the Indian in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Stuart issued a Live at the Ryman disc in 2006, and Compadres is a compilation, along with a pair of unreleased cuts, of Stuart's performances with fellow musicians from country, bluegrass, folk, and gospel musics, almost all of them legends. The unissued tracks are an interesting lot. First up is a beautiful honky tonk duet with Loretta Lynn called "Will You Visit Me on Sunday" (no year), written by the great Dallas Frazier. Both voices are in fine shape, and Lynn's emotive, pure, and classic country alto is just gorgeous. Next is a cover of Pete Townshend's "I Can See for Miles" with Old Crow Medicine Show and his own band the Superlatives. The track keeps its anthemic quality, even with bluegrass fiddle and mandolins ringing along with the acoustic guitars. The vocals are a little ragged and it doesn't quite work for inclusion on any other album, but it would have been a great live collaboration. Other tracks feature Stuart with Steve Earle on a blues rendition of Buddy Holly's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" with a killer acoustic blues slide intro by Stuart before the rest of the band kicks in with Richard Bennett on electric guitar. This one, included from Not Fade Away from 1996, shows the re-emergence of Earle after a long struggle with his own demons. Stuart's electric slide work kicks butt, too. He re-creates the performances of the Band and the Staple Singers on Robbie Robertson's "The Weight," from the various-artists comp Rhythm Country and Blues from 1994 which paired performers from each genre; it's as stirring as anything he's ever recorded. Pops was still alive then (hearing him even now sends chills) and Mavis is in excellent voice (is she ever in anything else?). There's an interesting version of "Rawhide" with Lester Flatt -- Stuart was a member of his band as a teenager -- from a 1974 live album by Flatt, and a 1999 performance with Earl Scruggs from The Pilgrim. Stuart plays mandolin on both cuts. Other tracks include duets with B.B. King, Travis Tritt, Johnny Cash (from 1992 when he was Cash's son-in-law); current wife and country music legend Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Mavis Staples (on a killer read of a Pops Staples tune called "Move Along Train" from the Souls' Chapel disc) and Del McCoury. The Jones track "One Woman Man" (from 1994's Bradley Barn Sessions and written by Johnny Horton) is the only thing here that feels like it doesn't work at all, and sad to say, that has a lot more to do with Jones than Stuart. This is for the hardcore Marty Stuart fan no doubt. That said, it does reveal his tremendous versatility as an instrumentalist, song interpreter, and producer, and the eclectic, wide-ranging nature of his musical obsessions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602517045163
  • Catalog Number: 000737602
  • Sales rank: 14,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Farmer's Blues - Merle Haggard (3:21)
  2. 2 Doin' My Time - Johnny Cash (3:24)
  3. 3 Rawhide - Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass (3:34)
  4. 4 The Whiskey Ain't Workin' - Travis Tritt (2:41)
  5. 5 Will You Visit Me on Sunday - Loretta Lynn (3:40)
  6. 6 Crying, Waiting, Hoping - Steve Smith (3:53)
  7. 7 Mr. John Henry, The Steel Driving Man (1:58)
  8. 8 Hearts Like Ours - Connie Smith (3:39)
  9. 9 The Weight - The Staple Singers (3:36)
  10. 10 One Woman Man - George Jones (2:36)
  11. 11 Confessin' the Blues - B.B. King (4:32)
  12. 12 I Can See for Miles - His Fabulous Superlatives (4:16)
  13. 13 Let Us Travel, Travel On (2:17)
  14. 14 Move Along Train - His Fabulous Superlatives (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Stuart Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Lester Flatt Guitar
Del McCoury Acoustic Guitar
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Matt Rollings Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Don Potter Acoustic Guitar
Richard Rodney Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Brian Ahern Electric Guitar
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Piano, Hammond Organ
Mike Brignardello Bass
Mike Bub Bass
Larry Byrom Acoustic Guitar
Terry Crisp Steel Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Tommy Eyre Hammond Organ
Tony Harrell Hammond Organ
Kevin Hayes Banjo
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
B.B. King Guitar
Dennis Locorriere Vocal Harmony
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Larry Marrs Bass
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Michael Rhodes Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Jimmy Joe Ruggiere Harmonica
Mavis Staples Vocals
Harry Stinson Drums, Vocals
Steve Turner Drums
Robby Turner Steel Guitar
Kenny Vaughan Electric Guitar
Biff Watson Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass
Glenn Worf Acoustic Bass
Johnny Montgomery Bass
Kenny Ingram Banjo
Billy Walker Jr. Electric Guitar
Gary Hogue Steel Guitar
Tim Passmore Vocal Harmony
Stuart Smith Electric Guitar
Steve Arnold Bass
Brian Glenn Bass, Vocals, Upright Bass
Willie Watson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ketcham Secor Fiddle
Critter Fuqua Banjo
Morgan Jahnig Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Little Walter Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Marty Stuart Composer, Producer, Art Direction, Audio Production
Johnny Horton Composer
Connie Smith Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Composer
Richard Rodney Bennett Producer
Brian Ahern Producer
Gregg Brown Producer
Tony Brown Executive Producer
Blake Chancey Executive Producer
Peter Coleman Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Jim DeMain Mastering, Remastering
Gene Eichelberger overdub engineer
Bob Ferguson Producer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Chris Hammond Engineer
Steve Holroyd Engineer
Carl Jackson Producer, Executive Producer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Joe McGrath Engineer
Glenn Meadows Mastering
Justin Niebank Producer, Engineer
Warren Peterson Engineer, overdub engineer
John Porter Producer, Digital Editing
Denny Purcell Mastering
Doug Sax Mastering
Ronny Scaife Composer
Chuck Seitz Engineer
Steve Tillisch overdub engineer
Don Was Producer
Mark Wright Executive Producer
Ron Black Engineer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Tillman Franks Composer
Hollis Flatt Mastering
Kathy Nelson Executive Producer
Geoffrey Himes Liner Notes
Karen Cronin Art Direction
Al Teller Executive Producer
Jamie Tate Engineer
Kathy Louvin Executive Producer
Frank Liddell Executive Producer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Chuck Turner Engineer, overdub engineer
Joey Turner Engineer, overdub engineer
Bruce Hinton Executive Producer
Marc Dottore Management
Hank Williams Mastering
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