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Heaven Help the Working Girl [2011]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite sharing a title and album art, Omni's second collection of Norma Jean material from the '60s and '70s is not a straight-up reissue of her 1968 LP Heaven Help the Working Girl: it is a compilation culled from 13 different LPs and one single. Strangely, it's the comp that they perhaps should have released first because it has more hits than Omni's 2007 set I Guess That Comes from Being Poor, so it winds up as a better representation of the singer's style. Halfway between Loretta Lynn's feisty feminism and Dolly Parton's sly subversive country, Norma Jean didn't have as powerful a persona as those two icons but she exuded plenty of personality on record, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite sharing a title and album art, Omni's second collection of Norma Jean material from the '60s and '70s is not a straight-up reissue of her 1968 LP Heaven Help the Working Girl: it is a compilation culled from 13 different LPs and one single. Strangely, it's the comp that they perhaps should have released first because it has more hits than Omni's 2007 set I Guess That Comes from Being Poor, so it winds up as a better representation of the singer's style. Halfway between Loretta Lynn's feisty feminism and Dolly Parton's sly subversive country, Norma Jean didn't have as powerful a persona as those two icons but she exuded plenty of personality on record, never quite settling into the Music City surroundings but remaining the focus on these productions. Of course, she was helped considerably by excellent production by the likes of Chet Atkins, Felton Jarvis, Jerry Bradley, and Bob Ferguson, who shepherded her toward songs by Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, Liz Anderson, and Bill Anderson, all providing the raw elements for strong state-of-the-art '60s country, all helping Norma Jean build a tough yet feminine image, one that she inhabited fully. Because her music wasn't as fierce as Loretta's nor was she larger than life like Dolly -- whose association with Norma Jean's benefactor and duet partner Porter Wagoner forever doomed Norma to also-ran status -- Norma Jean tends to be overlooked, but this excellent comp proves she was one of the best female country singers of her time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2011
  • Label: Omni
  • EAN: 9326425805435
  • Catalog Number: 147
  • Sales rank: 41,745

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norma Jean Primary Artist, Vocals
Jerry Reed Guitar
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Buck Trent Guitar, Electric Banjo
Jerry Smith Piano
Shot Jackson Dobro
Sandy Posey Background Vocals
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Millie Kirkham Background Vocals
Wayne Moss Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Velma Smith Rhythm Guitar
Don Warden Guitar
Mary Greene Background Vocals
Bob Moore Bass
Priscilla Mitchell Background Vocals
George W. McCormick Guitar
Junior Huskey Bass
David Briggs Piano
Speck Rhodes Bass
Lula Howard Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Nick Nixon Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
David Landis Layout
Bob Morris Composer
Jeannie Seely Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Johnny Wilson Composer
Joe Hayes Composer
Simon Polinski Remastering
Liz Anderson Composer
Lorene Mann Composer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Dusty Rose Composer
George Bailey Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Don Earl Composer
Glenn Martin Composer
Glen Goza Composer
Dolores Tolbert Composer
Jason Odd Liner Notes
John Slate Composer
Jane Abbot Composer
Betty Robinson Composer
Roland Pike Composer
Mel Strickland Composer
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