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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Never deliberately flashy, Don Gibson had an unerring ability to take complex emotions and turn them into deceptively simple-sounding songs, and as any songwriter knows, that's far from an easy trick to pull off, but Gibson did it time and time again. Unassuming to a fault, his best songs like "Sweet Dreams" a hit initially for Faron Young in 1955 but ultimately defined a few years later by Patsy Cline's version, "Oh Lonesome Me" slowed down, a key track on Neil Young's After the Gold Rush album, and "I Can't Stop Loving You" covered by countless artists, but most notably by Ray Charles are models of graceful construction amazingly, the latter two songs were written by ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Never deliberately flashy, Don Gibson had an unerring ability to take complex emotions and turn them into deceptively simple-sounding songs, and as any songwriter knows, that's far from an easy trick to pull off, but Gibson did it time and time again. Unassuming to a fault, his best songs like "Sweet Dreams" a hit initially for Faron Young in 1955 but ultimately defined a few years later by Patsy Cline's version, "Oh Lonesome Me" slowed down, a key track on Neil Young's After the Gold Rush album, and "I Can't Stop Loving You" covered by countless artists, but most notably by Ray Charles are models of graceful construction amazingly, the latter two songs were written by Gibson in a trailer park on the exact same afternoon. Of these, only "Oh Lonesome Me" from 1958 is included in this 33-track set drawn from Gibson's second tenure with RCA Victor he had been signed to the label in 1950 but was let go, only to resign in 1957, but there are several other fine Gibson-penned songs here, including 1958's "If You Don't Know It," 1960's "What About Me," and 1961's "Lonesome Number One," among others, and if this isn't exactly the ideal introduction to Gibson it leans toward his more uptempo material, it does spotlight his unique rhythm guitar style, which always had more to do with Django Reinhardt than it did Maybelle Carter. Gibson's second stint with RCA lasted until 1969, after which he signed with Wesley Rose's Hickory Records and remained there from 1969 until 1980, when he left Hickory and promptly re-recorded his hits for K-Tel Records before leaving the music business for good, remaining relatively reclusive between 1980 and his death in 2003. Again, this set is skewed toward his uptempo side, so it isn't a complete portrait of this fine singer, guitarist, and songwriter, but it is certainly revealing in its own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169914
  • Catalog Number: 2716991
  • Sales rank: 162,870

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Gibson Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar, Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
The Jordanaires Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin Guitar
Jerry Smith Piano
Johnny Smith Guitar
Will Ackerman Drums
The Anita Kerr Singers Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Brenton Banks Organ
Harold Bradley Guitar
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Ray Edenton Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Choir, Chorus
Hugh Jarrett Choir, Chorus
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Harold Rugg Steel Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Leonard Sutton Guitar
Marijohn Wilkin Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Joe Zinkan Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
Priscilla Ann Hubbard Choir, Chorus
Charlie McCoy Harmonica, Vibes
Culley Holt Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
Luke Brandon Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Troy M. Hatcher Drums
Summie L. Hendrick Steel Guitar
Jerry Reed Hubbard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Thomas Jackson Fiddle
Walter Lenk Drums
Morris Palmer Drums
James "Jimmie" Selph Guitar
Morris Wilson Harpsichord
Charles McCoy Harmonica
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews Jr. Choir, Chorus
Velma E. Williams Smith Guitar
George W. McCormick Guitar
Russell Lee "Rusty" Kershaw Guitar
James "Jimmy" Riddle Harmonica
Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett Guitar
Mary Frances Lyell Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Raymond Walker Choir, Chorus
Troy Hatcher Drums
Summie L. Hendricks Steel Guitar
Russell Kershaw Guitar
Leon Sutton Guitar
Joseph Layne Organ
James Selph Guitar
Harold Rugg Steel Guitar
Charles R. McCoy Harmonica
Brenton Bolden Banks Organ
Walter L. Garland Guitar
Priscilla Hubbard Vocals
Mildred Kirkham Vocals
James Clayton Day Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Chet Atkins Producer, Audio Production
Don Gibson Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Brook Benton Composer
Jimmie Grier Composer
Roy Drusky Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Martha Carson Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Paul Hampton Composer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
Hal David Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Willie Jones Composer
Kenneth S. Morris Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Dave Rich Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Discographical Information
Pinky Tomlin Composer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Cirino Colacrai Composer
Earl Hatch Composer
Jimi Westbrook Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Floyd Jenkins Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Reinhard Pietsch Illustrations
Coy Poe Composer
Marcus Heumann Mastering
Stephen C. Foster Composer
Walton Composer
Curt Peeples Composer
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