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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-fer contains all 20 songs from singer and songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore's first two albums. They were originally released by Hightone Records in 1988 and 1989, respectively. What's ironic is that it had taken almost two decades for Gilmore to record on his own. He'd been a fixture in Austin's music scene for nearly two decades by that time. His high tenor voice is in excellent form on both recordings, though it is more immediate, reedy, and less warm than on his bigger-budget Elektra/Nonesuch debut, After Awhile, from 1991. These songs meld originals with tunes by Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt, Melvin Eddy, David Halley, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock --...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-fer contains all 20 songs from singer and songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore's first two albums. They were originally released by Hightone Records in 1988 and 1989, respectively. What's ironic is that it had taken almost two decades for Gilmore to record on his own. He'd been a fixture in Austin's music scene for nearly two decades by that time. His high tenor voice is in excellent form on both recordings, though it is more immediate, reedy, and less warm than on his bigger-budget Elektra/Nonesuch debut, After Awhile, from 1991. These songs meld originals with tunes by Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt, Melvin Eddy, David Halley, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock -- the latter two Gilmore's running partners since high school in Lubbock and his partners in the Flatlanders. The highlights are many. The opening reading of Van Zandt's "White Freight Liner Blues" places it in a wild lonesome setting that fits the songwriter's intention perfectly. Ely's "Honky Tonk Masquerade" is less honky tonk and more old-time country; it stands in stark contrast to the songwriter's original version. Gilmore's own "Dallas" and "Deep Eddy Blues" are among his most enduring numbers; these performances may be the definitive ones. Hancock's "When the Nights Are Cold" closes the set. This stands as one of the most moving country love songs of the last 50 years, and this is the version that counts. Given the price tag and the fine remastering job, this is an excellent value; it provides a solid, deep-roots introduction to Gilmore's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Floating World
  • UPC: 805772614727
  • Catalog Number: 7261472
  • Sales rank: 155,046

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Freight Liner Blues - Continental Drifters (2:41)
  2. 2 Honky Tonk Masquerade - Continental Drifters (3:09)
  3. 3 Fair & Square - Continental Drifters (3:11)
  4. 4 Don't Look For a Heartache - Continental Drifters (3:07)
  5. 5 Trying To Get You - Continental Drifters (4:47)
  6. 6 Singing the Blues - Continental Drifters (3:49)
  7. 7 Just a Wave, Not the Water - Continental Drifters (2:49)
  8. 8 All Grown Up - Continental Drifters (2:57)
  9. 9 99 Holes - Continental Drifters (3:25)
  10. 10 Rain Just Falls - Continental Drifters (3:12)
  11. 11 Honky Tonk Song (3:26)
  12. 12 The Doors Are Wide Open (2:05)
  13. 13 See the Way (3:17)
  14. 14 Beautiful Rose (3:22)
  15. 15 Dallas (3:29)
  16. 16 Up To You (3:17)
  17. 17 Red Chevrolet (2:36)
  18. 18 Deep Eddy Blues (3:19)
  19. 19 That Hardwood Floor (3:00)
  20. 20 When the Nights Are Cold (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Walter Hyatt Background Vocals
Joe Ely Background Vocals
Mitch Watkins Bass, Guitar
Paul Glasse Mandolin
David Halley Guitar
Harold Bradley Acoustic Guitar
Augie Brown Background Vocals
John Inmon Guitar
Jerry Kroon Drums
Lloyd Maines Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Larry Paxton Bass
Dale Sellers Electric Guitar
Linda Shaw Bass
Wes Starr Drums
Tommy Williams Fiddle
David Briggs Keyboards
Fred KRC Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Butch Hancock Composer
Joe Ely Composer, Producer
Paul Glasse Composer
David Halley Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Harold Bradley Tic Tac
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Little Johnny Fader Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Lloyd Maines Producer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
James Tuttle Engineer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Bill Harris Engineer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Buck Peddy Composer
C. Arrowsmith Composer
W. R. Skaggs Composer
Charles Singleton Composer
Mike Crowley Management
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