Hits Plus Ones I've Written

Hits Plus Ones I've Written

by Carl Belew
     
 

Carl Belew enjoyed greater success as a songwriter than as a recording artist, which is a shame; while his songs were very good indeed (and artists ranging from Gene Vincent to Debbie Reynolds had hits with them), Belew had a strong, clear voice (sounding a bit like a folksier EddySee more details below

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Carl Belew enjoyed greater success as a songwriter than as a recording artist, which is a shame; while his songs were very good indeed (and artists ranging from Gene Vincent to Debbie Reynolds had hits with them), Belew had a strong, clear voice (sounding a bit like a folksier Eddy Arnold) that could communicate both good times and heartbreak with equal skill, and he interpreted his own material with intelligence and sensitivity, knowing when to play up the frequent sentimentality of his lyrics without pushing it too hard. Hits Plus Ones I've Written collects 19 out of print sides from Belew's sessions for RCA (with Chet Atkins serving as producer on the lion's share of the tracks), and this is countrypolitan at its best. While this is low on Belew's best-known compositions ("Stop the World [And Let Me Off]," "Lonely Street," and "What's He Doing in My World" are not to be found here), the material that has been included is top-shelf stuff, and from the playful "Girl Crazy" to the honky tonk attitude of "Boston Jail" and the lost romance of "I Spent a Week There One Day," this disc shows Belew knew how to write a great song and bring it across. It's worth noting there are also a few great tracks here that Belew didn't write, and "Crystal Chandelier," "Walking Shadows, Talking Memories," and "Hello Out There" make it clear this guy should have been able to make it on his skill as a vocalist alone, while Atkins' settings are subtle and effective. While a compilation of Belew's best recordings for Decca would be more than welcome, Hits Plus Ones I've Written finally puts a quality sampling of his recordings back in print, and anyone who love sophisticated country from the 1960s ought to investigate this collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923988120
catalogNumber:
9881
Rank:
162197

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Belew   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Waylon Jennings   Guitar
Ray Stevens   Piano
Jordanaires   Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr   Vocals
Grady Martin   Guitar
Anita Carter   Vocals
Bobby Dyson   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Paul Ferrara   Drums
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Velma Smith   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Vocals
Herman Wade   Guitar
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Organ,Harmonica,Trumpet,Vibes
Winifred S. Breast   Vocals
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar
Charles McCoy   Guitar
John W. Greubel   Drums
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Thomas E. Martin   Guitar
Eddie Bush   Guitar
Arthur Bishop   Guitar
W.M. G. Wright   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Ted Harris   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Kent Westbury   Composer
Daniel Cooper   Liner Notes
Tommy Blake   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Jean Chapel   Composer
Dave Nives   Executive Producer
Nick Hunter   Executive Producer
Clyde Pitts   Composer
Van Givens   Composer
Tony Senn   Composer

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