I'm Jessi Colter/Diamond in the Rough

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Australia's Raven Records has packaged Jessi Colter's Capitol Records debut and her third album for the label in a two-fer that contains bonus tracks, excellent remastered sound, and a fine liner essay. While it's confusing that 1975's I'm Jessi Colter isn't paired with its actual successor, Jessi (1976), Diamond in the Rough (also 1976) is a suitable companion since all three hit number four on the charts. I'm Jessi Colter had a number one hit with "I'm Not Lisa" as its single. Colter wrote the entire set, and its sound crosses proper "country music" boundaries, making her as much an "outlaw" as her husband, Waylon Jennings. (She was the only woman included on the ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Australia's Raven Records has packaged Jessi Colter's Capitol Records debut and her third album for the label in a two-fer that contains bonus tracks, excellent remastered sound, and a fine liner essay. While it's confusing that 1975's I'm Jessi Colter isn't paired with its actual successor, Jessi (1976), Diamond in the Rough (also 1976) is a suitable companion since all three hit number four on the charts. I'm Jessi Colter had a number one hit with "I'm Not Lisa" as its single. Colter wrote the entire set, and its sound crosses proper "country music" boundaries, making her as much an "outlaw" as her husband, Waylon Jennings. (She was the only woman included on the platinum-selling The Outlaws compilation a year later.) Jennings and legendary Capitol house legend Ken Nelson co-produced the sessions in L.A. and Nashville with a host of musicians who included Jennings, Reggie Young, and Ralph Mooney, L.A. session pros, Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, Muscle Shoals bassist Tommy Cogbill, and a horn section among them. Alongside the classic American gothic balladry of the single, the rest of the album is even better. Its first half has as much swampy, funky soul as anything by Tony Joe White ("Is There Any Way [You'd Stay Forever]" and "Love's the Only Chain") and as much gospel swagger as anything by Leon Russell ("Come on In"), and the second side contains truly serious honky tonk tunes ("For the First Time," "Who Walks Through Your Memory [Billy Jo]," and "Storms Never Last"). Colter's songwriting chops were on par with virtually any pop or country songwriter of her generation. Underscoring it all is Colter's brazen sensuality. Diamond in the Rough is a more stripped-down affair. It contains more covers (it was her second record in a year amid constant touring), including a country-funk take on the Beatles' "Get Back," the sultry jazzy soul of the title track (written by Spooner Oldham and Donnie Fritts), and the country standard "I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name." It did include some fine originals in "You Hung the Moon (Didn't You Waylon?)," the punchy country-soul number "Ain't No Way," and two excellent ballads in "Would You Leave Now" and "Oh Will (Who Made It Rain Last Night)." Also included is a fine reading of Marshall Chapman's classic "A Woman's Heart (Is a Handy Place to Be)." Raven also includes three appropriate bonus cuts from the 1978 album That's the Way the Cowboy Rocks and Rolls.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800034129
  • Catalog Number: 341
  • Sales rank: 95,299

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessi Colter Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Waylon Jennings Guitar, Vocals
Don Robertson Keyboards
Jim Gordon Horn
Ritchie Albright Drums
Lea Jane Berinati Background Vocals
Denyse Buffum Strings
Julianna Buffum Strings
Thomas Buffum Strings
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Maurice Dicterow Strings
Ronald Folsom Strings
Duke Goff Bass
Billy Graham Fiddle, Mandolin
Sherman Hayes Bass, Vocals
John Leslie Hug Guitar
Todd Miller Horn
Lee Montgomery Background Vocals
Ralph Mooney Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Larry Muhoberac Piano, Strings
Weldon Myrick Pedal Steel Guitar
Elmo Peeler Strings
Billy Ray Reynolds Background Vocals
Barny Robertson Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals
Carter Robertson Vocals
Wendy Suits Background Vocals
Craig Ware Horn
Robert Ware Horn
Marijohn Wilkin Background Vocals
Reggie Young Guitar
Mack Johnson Horn
Bruce King Background Vocals
Karen Jones Strings
Richie Albright Drums
John Buck Wilkins Guitar, Background Vocals
Sharon Vaughan Background Vocals
Marge McMahon Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Guy Clark Composer
Waylon Jennings Arranger, Producer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Marshall Chapman Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Jessi Colter Composer
Susanna Clark Composer
Ken Mansfield Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Spooner Oldham Composer
Barny Robertson Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Keith Glass Liner Notes
Warren Barnett Mastering
Lee Emerson Composer
Cort Casady Composer
Louise Cook Layout
Richie Albright Producer
Teresa Mansfield Composer
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