Confidentially [Bonus DVD]

Confidentially [Bonus DVD]

by David Frizzell
     
 

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David Frizzell's new recording, Confidentially, is one of those offerings that makes us remember where country music peaked creatively. This is a double-disc package. The first disc is the new album, with some bonus tracks added -- including "Let the Good Times Roll," the first song the grand duet team of Frizzell and then-partner Shelly West<

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David Frizzell's new recording, Confidentially, is one of those offerings that makes us remember where country music peaked creatively. This is a double-disc package. The first disc is the new album, with some bonus tracks added -- including "Let the Good Times Roll," the first song the grand duet team of Frizzell and then-partner Shelly West ever cut together -- they are responsible for one of the greatest country duets in history with "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma." The new material here is very strong, beginning with "Warm Spanish Wine," a ballad with all the great trappings of a good country song: lost love, regret, memories, and the comfort of alcohol. But this is no hard-bitten honky tonk song; it's full of passion, not pathos. It's a love song that echoes in the hallways of the mind. Frizzell's own "It Takes Me All Night Long," with Jimmy Fortune, is that cut-time honky tonk number, but it's a paean to lost youth. Frizzell's "Why Wasn't It Me,?" (the second of four originals here) with new duet partner Amy Clawson, offers a portrait of the country singer in astonishing form. His voice erases, rather than reminds us, of all the years he's been out there. Clawson's contralto is a perfect foil to float with Frizzell's in this tale of unrequited love, and it comes from the belly as the pedal steel whinnies and whines with strings falling in the middle of the mix and a chorus sweetly crooning behind the entire proceeding. "Cowboy Hats," with Bobby Bare, is a good-time, rollicking country-rocker, full of genuine redneck joy, and a scathing indictment of Nash Vegas' business practices; but it is the oddity here, not the rule, and Frizzell sacrifices not one ounce of his integrity, and neither does Bare. While there are many fine songwriters who contribute to this worthy and skillful rebirth of a genuine legend -- Kostas, Roger Alan Wade, Dennis Knutson, Dewayne Blackwell, and more -- it's Frizzell's songs that are the most satisfying here. One can hear not only the heart in his delivery, but the artful craft, the entire history of country music itself. The second disc here is a revealing DVD that contains an overview and interview with Frizzell about his early years, and some fine solo and duet highlights. Finally there is some current studio and live footage, a photo gallery and an interview of how the man and the artist fares in the present day. Confidentially

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Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
NASHVILLE AMERICA
UPC:
0829569066926
catalogNumber:
669

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