Just Across the River

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fred Molin, a producer and longtime Jimmy Webb collaborator, cajoled the great songwriter to participate in this tribute. Just Across the River features 13 classic Webb tunes performed by the Webb with an all-star band and guest appearances by friends, collaborators, admirers, and fellow recording artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler, J.D. Souther, Vince Gill, and Lucinda Williams. Webb also performs three songs here unaccompanied by other singers. The band Molin assembled includes a host of Nashville's best: John Hobbs (keyboards), Bryan Sutton and John Willis (on guitars, mandolin, and ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fred Molin, a producer and longtime Jimmy Webb collaborator, cajoled the great songwriter to participate in this tribute. Just Across the River features 13 classic Webb tunes performed by the Webb with an all-star band and guest appearances by friends, collaborators, admirers, and fellow recording artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler, J.D. Souther, Vince Gill, and Lucinda Williams. Webb also performs three songs here unaccompanied by other singers. The band Molin assembled includes a host of Nashville's best: John Hobbs (keyboards), Bryan Sutton and John Willis (on guitars, mandolin, and banjo), Larry Paxton (bass), Greg Morrow and Eddie Bayers (drums), Stuart Duncan (fiddle, mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion), Pat Buchanan (electric guitar), and Paul Franklin (pedal steel and dobro). There are instrumental cameos, too, including one by Jerry Douglas, whose dobro adorns "Wichita Lineman." Given Webb's stature, none of this is surprising. What is, however, especially given the gorgeous sound of this set, is that the vasty majority of it was recorded live over two days in a Nashville studio -- vocals were overdubbed. Some of the highlights include "Oklahoma Nights" with Gill's beautiful tenor balancing the harmonies; "The Highwayman," in which Mark Knopfler underscores Webb's vocal with his own, creating a dark, melancholy authenticity; "Wichita Lineman" features Joel, whose empathic feel for the duet is remarkable, and his voice contrasts beautifully with Webb's. Shockingly, Browne's help on "P.F. Sloan" helps to make the song a real tragedy for an era, as well as a for a man, rather than a merely ironic one. Webb's own re-recordings, especially on "It Won't Bring Her Back" and "Cowboy Hall of Fame," display him in excellent voice. The only real downers here are Williams' breathy performance on "Galveston," simply because she overdramatizes a song already so full of it, that it collapses under its lyric weight. Campbell's duet on "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (of course) is too nostalgic and uninspired to resonate; but how could his original single ever be equaled, let alone surpassed? In addition, there are times when the string arrangements are just overblown ("Where Words End"). These complaints aside, for Webb's fans, this is well worth investigating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923206828
  • Catalog Number: 2068
  • Sales rank: 48,138

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oklahoma Nights - Vince Gill (3:24)
  2. 2 Wichita Lineman (4:15)
  3. 3 If You See Me Getting Smaller (4:21)
  4. 4 Galveston (3:57)
  5. 5 P.F. Sloan (4:29)
  6. 6 By the Time I Get To Phoenix (4:05)
  7. 7 Cowboy Hall of Fame (3:11)
  8. 8 Where Words End (4:14)
  9. 9 Highwayman - Mark Knopfler (4:17)
  10. 10 I Was Too Busy Loving You - J.D. Souther (4:09)
  11. 11 It Won't Bring Her Back (3:32)
  12. 12 Do What You Gotta Do (4:23)
  13. 13 All I Know (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Webb Primary Artist, Piano
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Guest Appearance
Eddie Bayers Drums
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Franklin Dobro, Steel Guitar
John Hobbs Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
Jim Hoke Accordion, Steel Guitar, Penny Whistle, Jaw Harp
Mark Knopfler Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Matthew McCauley Guest Appearance
Fred Mollin Synthesizer, Harmonica, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Greg Morrow Drums
Larry Paxton Bass
John Willis Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Electric Guitar
Russell Terrell Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Tania Hancheroff Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jeff Taylor Accordion
Jaime Babbitt Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Troy Johnson Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Johnny A Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jimmy Webb Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes
Greg Calbi Mastering
Kyle Lehning Engineer
Mark Linett Engineer
Matthew McCauley String Arrangements, String Conductor
Fred Mollin Producer
Kerry Cunningham Engineer
Casey Wood Engineer
Stephen Armstrong Engineer
"Teenage" Dave Salley overdub engineer
Jared Nugent Engineer
Jake Burns Engineer
David Stewart Engineer
Jay Frigolleto Guitar Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Great album from a great songwriter. Highly recommended!

    Jimmy Webb is IMHO one of the great American Songwriters of all time. This album features some of his classics along with newer songs. It is beautifully produced and recorded, features Glenn Campbell, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel and other great collaborators, and Mr. Webb's voice is in fine form.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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