I'm Jessi Colter/Diamond in the Rough

I'm Jessi Colter/Diamond in the Rough

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by Jessi Colter
     
 

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) isSee more details below

Overview

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:
08/16/2011
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
9398800034129
catalogNumber:
341
Rank:
75934

Tracks

  1. Is There Any Way (You'd Stay Forever)
  2. I Hear a Song
  3. Come On In
  4. You Ain't Never Been Loved (Like I'm Gonna Love You)
  5. Love's the Only Chain
  6. I'm Not Lisa
  7. For the First Time
  8. Who Walks Thru Your Memory (Billy Jo)
  9. What's Happened To Blue Eyes
  10. Storms Never Last
  11. Diamond In the Rough
  12. Get Back
  13. Would You Leave Now
  14. Hey Jude
  15. Oh Will (Who Made It Rain Last Night)
  16. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
  17. Ain't No Way
  18. You Hung the Moon (Didn't You Waylon?)
  19. A Woman's Heart (Is a Handy Place to Be)
  20. Oh Will (Reprise)
  21. Black Haired Boy
  22. That's the Way a Cowboy Rocks and Rolls
  23. Cowboy's Last Ride

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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
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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