Greatest Hits [Atlantic]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Not to be confused with the Greatest Hits collection that Columbia released in 1989, this 1991 CD focuses on Billy Joe Royal's Atlantic output of the 1980s. Although this pop and pop-country material on the whole is much too slick, hits like "Old Bridges Run Deep," "'Til I Can't Take It Any More," and "Burned Like a Rocket" are likable enough. The CD's excessive slickness doesn't erase the fact that Royal's voice has a highly soulful quality. Black R&B has had a major impact on his vocal style, and it's obvious that he's spent a lot of time listening to Aaron Neville a major influence, as well as Sam Cooke and Al Green. In fact, one of the CD's high points is a cover...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Not to be confused with the Greatest Hits collection that Columbia released in 1989, this 1991 CD focuses on Billy Joe Royal's Atlantic output of the 1980s. Although this pop and pop-country material on the whole is much too slick, hits like "Old Bridges Run Deep," "'Til I Can't Take It Any More," and "Burned Like a Rocket" are likable enough. The CD's excessive slickness doesn't erase the fact that Royal's voice has a highly soulful quality. Black R&B has had a major impact on his vocal style, and it's obvious that he's spent a lot of time listening to Aaron Neville a major influence, as well as Sam Cooke and Al Green. In fact, one of the CD's high points is a cover of Neville's signature song, "Tell It Like It Is." Royal and Simply Red leader Mick Hucknall may have gone down very different roads, but they do have a lot of common ground in terms of influences. Not for country purists, this is a collection that pop and R&B fans will find to be a decent listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/1991
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075678219924
  • Catalog Number: 82199
  • Sales rank: 9,042

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joe Royal Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Warren Haynes Vocals, Voices
Spady Brannan Bass
Richard Brannon Bass
Mickey Buckins Percussion
Larrice Byrd Vocals, Voices
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
Gregg Galbraith Electric Guitar
Sonny Garrish Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Roger Hawkins Drums
Jim Horn Horn, Saxophone
Bill Hullett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Huntsinger Synthesizer
Clayton Ivey Keyboards
Wayne Jackson Horn
Larry Keith Vocals, Voices
Jerry Kroon Percussion, Drums
Gary Lunn Bass
Michael Mishaw Vocals, Voices
Kim Morrison Vocals, Voices
Ron Oates Synthesizer, Keyboards
Ron Reynolds Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Voices
Charles Rose Horn
Brent Rowan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Billy Sanford Acoustic Guitar
John Slick Synthesizer
Denis Solee Saxophone
Harry Stinson Vocals, Voices
Wendy Suits Vocals, Voices
Harvey Thompson Horn
Lonnie Wilson Vocals, Voices
Bob Wray Bass
Curtis Young Vocals, Voices
Kenny Mimms Electric Guitar
Kenny Bell Acoustic Guitar
Billy Hullet Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Roderick Owens Vocals, Voices
Joe Osborn Bass
Kenneth "Scat" Springs Voices
Mark Steel Acoustic Guitar
Michael Black Vocals, Voices
Dennis Wilson Voices
Technical Credits
Faron Young Composer
Marvin Rainwater Composer
Ronnie Brookshire Engineer
Nelson Larkin Producer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Ron Reynolds Engineer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Bill Johnson Art Direction
Rollow Welch Art Direction
Leslie Cabarga Illustrations
Doug Johnson Contributor
Hank Williams Mastering
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