Hits Plus Ones I've Written

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 099923988120
  • Catalog Number: 9881
  • Sales rank: 135,446

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Belew Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Waylon Jennings Guitar
Ray Stevens Piano
The 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 Jr. 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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