I Will Stand by You: The Essential Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While it's true that Curb Records just keeps churning out the same Judds material over and over again, as single-disc compilations go, I Will Stand by You, with its 14 tracks, offers something different in two respects. The first is sound; the remastering here is easily the best of any compilation released under the Judds' name; the second is that even though the expected hits are all here, it does include the first new material by the duo in over a decade in the title track and "Back Home," which were cut for their reunion tour. The title track, co-written written by Steven Lee Olsen, Robert Ellis Orrall, and Angelo Petraglia, is the Judds at their most alien from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While it's true that Curb Records just keeps churning out the same Judds material over and over again, as single-disc compilations go, I Will Stand by You, with its 14 tracks, offers something different in two respects. The first is sound; the remastering here is easily the best of any compilation released under the Judds' name; the second is that even though the expected hits are all here, it does include the first new material by the duo in over a decade in the title track and "Back Home," which were cut for their reunion tour. The title track, co-written written by Steven Lee Olsen, Robert Ellis Orrall, and Angelo Petraglia, is the Judds at their most alien from themselves. Drenched in contemporary country production by Don Potter, the tracks' lyrics are a post-Gretchen Wilson anthem of seeming independence and strength, surrounded by a skittering blend of acoustic guitars, dobro, mandolin, a banjo, and thundering kick drums, that are all but replaced by blazing '70s arena rock electric guitars and pulsing keyboards as the track goes on; it nearly overwhelms the natural harmonic vocals of Naomi and Wynonna. "Back Home" co-written by Darrell Scott and Bruce Robison fares better. Though it too was recorded with Potter at the helm and bears traces of his excesses, it's a much more organic affair that offers the Judds' signature, symbiotic vocal interplay in the front of the track. The addition of the high lonesome harmony vocals by Alison Krauss is a nice touch to boot. Another plus is the inclusion of "Flies on the Butter You Can't Go Home Again," from Wynonna's album What the World Needs Now with Naomi on harmony vocals. Those who've already purchased other Judds compilations, or the mammoth, three-disc Collector's Edition Tin, may be wary of making an album-priced purchase for two new songs, and they're right to be wary. That said, Curb is betting that the promise of new material is enough to make the faithful step up to the counter one more time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187923423
  • Catalog Number: 79234
  • Sales rank: 19,407

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Judds Primary Artist
Don Potter Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Eddie Bayers Drums
Bob Britt Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote Synthesizer, Piano
Nir Zidkiyahu Percussion, Drums
Tim Akers Organ, Keyboards
Spencer Campbell Bass
Maurice Carter Background Vocals
Jaimee Paul Shires Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Overstreet Composer
Robert Ellis Orrall Composer
Don Potter Producer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Craig Bickhardt Composer
Chuck Cannon Composer
Austin Cunningham Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Dann Huff Arranger, Producer
Naomi Judd Composer
Wynonna Judd Arranger, Producer
Paul Kennerley Composer
Brent Maher Composer, Producer
Jamie O'Hara Composer
Angelo Petraglia Composer
Bruce Robinson Composer
Darrell Scott Composer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
John Barlow Jarvis Composer
Kenny O'Dell Composer
Kent Robbins Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
Geoff Bullock Composer
Matt Coles Engineer
Colin Heldt Engineer
Steven Lee Olsen Composer
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