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It Happened One Night & It Never Happened at All

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
John Wesley Harding makes a confession in the liner notes of his latest release: It Happened One Night, his first album, should've never been his first album. It was live, which meant it would never get radio play, and he was bored with the songs by the time he recorded them. It Never Happened at All, on the other hand, is an imaginary reconstruction, an album Harding says was much more representative of where he was at the time. This previously unreleased material the second disc of this collection should have been his first release. Whatever one thinks of Harding's revisionist history of his own career, it's easy to listen to It Happened One Night and think it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
John Wesley Harding makes a confession in the liner notes of his latest release: It Happened One Night, his first album, should've never been his first album. It was live, which meant it would never get radio play, and he was bored with the songs by the time he recorded them. It Never Happened at All, on the other hand, is an imaginary reconstruction, an album Harding says was much more representative of where he was at the time. This previously unreleased material the second disc of this collection should have been his first release. Whatever one thinks of Harding's revisionist history of his own career, it's easy to listen to It Happened One Night and think it rather old-fashioned. His topical songs sung to the tune of an acoustic guitar remind one of Phil Ochs without the humor and 25 years too late, and one imagines that he's instructing the audience more than entertaining them. It Never Happened at All, recorded with a full band in the studio, sounds like a lush product of the 20th century by comparison. The comparison is most obvious on a piece like "The Devil in Me," a cut that appears on both albums. The studio version, spruced up by Steve Donnelly's spunky guitar work, is far superior and really doesn't seem like the same song. Even Harding's vocal is much more spry, which makes the rather heavy lyric much easier to listen to. These observations are true across the board. Whether or not It Never Happened at All should've been Harding's first album, it is a much superior work than It Happened One Night, and a fine addition to his catalog. Fans should be ecstatic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587108326
  • Catalog Number: 1083
  • Sales rank: 325,299

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Wesley Harding Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Julian Dawson Banjo, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Geraint Watkins Piano
Paul Bass Bass
Ken Craddock Keyboards
Colin Gibson Bass
Mike Leahy Electric Guitar
Bruce Thomas Bass
Pete Thomas Drums
Steve Donnelly Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Adam Hinojosa Barker Electric Guitar
Andy Thurston Bass
Uncle Dave Lewis Background Vocals
Brian Lohmann Background Vocals
Roger Hubbard national steel guitar
Technical Credits
Shel Silverstein Composer
John Wesley Harding Composer
Prince Composer
Steve Nieve Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Paul Bass Engineer
Ken Craddock Engineer
Barry Farmer Engineer
Colin Gibson Engineer
David Seitz Producer, Engineer, Digital Enhancement
Adam Hinojosa Barker Composer
Bobby Whitfield Tape Archivist
David Lewis Composer
Roger Chatterton Engineer
Abbey Tyson Cover Design
Emily Lazar Mastering
Andrew Solin Digital Enhancement
Wesley Stace Producer
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