Just Divorced/Darlin' Darlin' Plus

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Germany's Bear Family Records hits the second from last leg of its David Allan Coe two-fer reissue program with this pair of albums released in 1984 and '85, respectively, when Coe was edging toward "legend" status -- meaning he was about to be kicked off the radio charts altogether to make room for Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and the next generation of Nashville hitmakers. Both recordings were produced by Billy Sherrill. Just Divorced features one of Coe's greatest vocal performances in his reading of Johnny Cunningham's "Mona Lisa's Lost Her Smile," which proved to be a bona fide hit. The layered strings and organ work are slick but they add such warmth and depth in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Germany's Bear Family Records hits the second from last leg of its David Allan Coe two-fer reissue program with this pair of albums released in 1984 and '85, respectively, when Coe was edging toward "legend" status -- meaning he was about to be kicked off the radio charts altogether to make room for Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and the next generation of Nashville hitmakers. Both recordings were produced by Billy Sherrill. Just Divorced features one of Coe's greatest vocal performances in his reading of Johnny Cunningham's "Mona Lisa's Lost Her Smile," which proved to be a bona fide hit. The layered strings and organ work are slick but they add such warmth and depth in contrast to Coe's voice that it works to devastating effect. Coe wrote over half the record, and his own tunes work best on the rest -- "He's Taking It Hard She's Taking It Easy," "Sweet Angeline," the stunning third part to "For Lovers Only," and "Thief in My Bedroom" round out the "downside" of the disc. Coe's "Just Divorced" and "It's Great to Be Single Again" sound a little disingenuous coming form the emotional weight of the first half, but they're fine songs nonetheless. The album closes with a soul tune -- believe it or not -- Jerry Butler's fantastic "For Your Precious Love" is carried off convincingly as a country song -- complete with first person confessional as an intro. Darlin' Darlin' is one of the strangest records in Coe's catalog. For starters, Coe wrote only two songs on the set, a spiritual song called "Mary Go Round the Birth of Jesus," and the fourth and last part of "For Lovers Only," which closes the album. Musically, this is a big production number -- even for Sherrill. There are keyboards winding through everything, big backing vocals, and layered pedal steel and electric guitars. Some of the covers are curious choices as well: Smokey Robinson's "My Girl," a soul holdover from Just Divorced, and J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze." The rest were written by the then-current crop of Nashville songwriters, like the spooky minor key "She Used to Love Me A Lot," and Sherrill's brilliant "My Elusive Dreams." There is also a duet on the disc: "Don't Cry Darlin'" puts Coe in the company of George "The Possum" Jones and unfortunately, it's one of Darlin' Darlin''s low points. For the most part, the set showcases Coe as one of the great country singers, wrapping his throaty baritone around love songs, pop songs, and rock tunes. And as a singer's recording, as odd as some of the material choices are, it works, and works well -- check Sharon Rice's "Too Close to Home," with keyboard and saxophone solos, but it's Coe's voice that carries the day. This is not the best place for the curious to begin with D.A.C., but for those who are die-hard fans, this is an essential recording. There are four bonus cuts on this CD -- all rejects taken from the original sessions, and they include "Cocaine Carolina" and the stunning "Drinking to Forget."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127161284
  • Catalog Number: 16128
  • Sales rank: 109,472

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Allan Coe Primary Artist, Guitar, Bass (Vocal), Vibes, Musician
Pete Drake Steel Guitar, Musician
Bobby Wood fender rhodes, Musician
John McEuen Banjo, Mandolin
Warren Haynes Guitar
Roger Bissell Horn
Pete Bordonali Guitar, Musician
Jerry Carrigan Musician
Doug Clements Background Vocals
James Ferguson Background Vocals
Phil Forrest Background Vocals
Buddy Harmon Musician
Jerry Kroon Musician
Kenny Malone Drums
Terry McMillan Harmonica, Musician
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Ron Reynolds Musician
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano, Musician
Billy Sanford Guitar, Musician
Dale Sellers Musician
Billy Sherrill Musician
Denis Solee Horn
Henry Strzelecki Bass, Musician
Wendy Suits Background Vocals
Bob Wray Musician
Martha Adcock Background Vocals, Musician
Jeff Hale Drums
Lori Westerman Brooks Background Vocals
Edward "Eddie" "Ed" Adcock Guitar, Background Vocals, Musician
Michael Leech Musician
Technical Credits
David Allan Coe Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
J.J. Cale Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Buzz Rabin Composer
Arthur Brooks Composer
Johnny Cunningham Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Bill McElhiney String Arrangements
Curly Putman Composer
Ron Reynolds Engineer
Billy Sherrill Composer, Producer
Gary Gentry Composer
Phil Wells Song Transcriptions
Ronald White Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Mark Sherrill Composer
Ulli Gladisch Mastering
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
E. Moore Composer
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