It's Only Make Believe: The MGM Years

It's Only Make Believe: The MGM Years

by Conway Twitty
     
 
Here it is domestically -- finally -- 18 tracks of prime rockin' Conway Twitty from his first five years in the music biz. That first five years set the template for a remarkable five decades, where he nailed a charting record at one time or another. And he did it while he was alive, so Elvis doesn't count. This set, with impeccable liner notes

Overview

Here it is domestically -- finally -- 18 tracks of prime rockin' Conway Twitty from his first five years in the music biz. That first five years set the template for a remarkable five decades, where he nailed a charting record at one time or another. And he did it while he was alive, so Elvis doesn't count. This set, with impeccable liner notes by the great Colin Escott, begins right where it should with "It's Only Make Believe," the 1958 original hit version and still the best one among the many cover versions of the song out there. Twitty gets extra points because he co-wrote it. But there are 17 others here that reveal the tremendous range of Twitty as a singer, from the Jay Livingston and Roy Evans nugget "Mona Lisa," waxed in 1959 to his devastating rockabilly version of "Danny Boy," which was a number ten hit the same year. While everything here is awesome -- his own "Long Black Train," Dan Penn's "Is a Bluebird Blue," the reading of Chuck Willis' R&B weeper "It's Too Late," Roy Orbison's "I'm in a Blue Blue Mood," and Twitty's own "The Pickup" and "Rosaleena" -- all are killers. For those who only know of Twitty as a the golf-club wielding country crooner who ran the charts in the '70s and '80s, and as the founder of the Twitty City theme and amusement park, this will be nothing less than a revelation and well worth your hard earned dollars. This is primal rock & roll, full of nods to great doo wop, country, boogie, rhythm & blues, and pop, all of them transformed into the sublime by Twitty's golden, grainy voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0602517600201
catalogNumber:
001066202

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conway Twitty   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Conway Twitty   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Art Harris   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Colin Escott   Producer,Liner Notes
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Nance   Composer
Ray Passman   Composer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Cecil McNeely   Composer
Joe Melson   Composer
Ethel Lee   Composer
Henri Betti   Composer
Jerry Seelen   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Russell Brown [7]   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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