Just for What I Am

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's second Connie Smith box Just for What I Am picks up the story in 1968, when she was firmly established as one of the most popular female country singers of her era. She may have not achieved the iconic status of her peers Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, but these five discs chronicling her complete RCA recordings between 1968 and 1972 make a strong case for Smith being in their artistic league. What distinguished Smith was her cool, authoritative ease, a skill that brought her to the attention of some of Nashville's finest songwriters. This means that even if Smith wasn't tearing up the charts -- she performed consistently and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's second Connie Smith box Just for What I Am picks up the story in 1968, when she was firmly established as one of the most popular female country singers of her era. She may have not achieved the iconic status of her peers Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, but these five discs chronicling her complete RCA recordings between 1968 and 1972 make a strong case for Smith being in their artistic league. What distinguished Smith was her cool, authoritative ease, a skill that brought her to the attention of some of Nashville's finest songwriters. This means that even if Smith wasn't tearing up the charts -- she performed consistently and respectably, hitting the country Top Ten with regularity -- she had LPs that were stronger than most which, in turn, makes this box set thoroughly enjoyable. That's not to say there aren't a few slow spots along the way -- there is a slight dip in material toward the end of her RCA tenure, yet this is masqueraded by such highlights as an album devoted to Dallas Frazier songs partially cut with the man himself -- but Smith's strength was how she never made these slighter songs sound lesser. Of course, it also helps that her producers created lush, detailed settings for her, expanding Music City signatures like sweet strings and steel guitars with folk-rock flairs and pop orchestration. Sonically, this is good evidence that Nashville at the turn of the '70s had a broader reach than it did a decade earlier, and the songs are also more adventurous, something that may be easy to overlook due to Smith's cool, seemingly effortless touch. She may have been given some of the best songs, but the thing is, she deserved them: few others could give them grace and soul, as this always entertaining box amply proves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127168146
  • Catalog Number: 16814
  • Sales rank: 89,328


Disc 1
  1. 1 Family Bible (3:19)
  2. 2 The Last Letter (4:04)
  3. 3 Heartbreak Avenue (2:26)
  4. 4 Walk Through This World With Me (2:23)
  5. 5 If the Whole World Stopped Lovin' (2:35)
  6. 6 That's All This Old World Needs (2:07)
  7. 7 I Love Charley Brown (2:41)
  8. 8 There Are Some Things (3:01)
  9. 9 The Sunshine of My World (2:11)
  10. 10 Run Away Little Tears (2:31)
  11. 11 Let Me Help You Work It Out (2:18)
  12. 12 Between Each Tear (2:38)
  13. 13 Little Things (3:05)
  14. 14 What Makes a Man Wander (2:46)
  15. 15 The Hurt Goes On (2:48)
  16. 16 What Would I Do Without You (2:20)
  17. 17 The Deepening Snow (3:22)
  18. 18 Natchilly Ain't No Good (2:39)
  19. 19 To Chicago With Love (2:39)
  20. 20 Just a Little Sunshine In the Rain (2:24)
  21. 21 Gentle On My Mind (2:55)
  22. 22 You Are Gone (2:17)
  23. 23 Sundown of My Mind (2:18)
  24. 24 Only Mama That'll Walk the Line (2:26)
  25. 25 A Lonely Woman (2:59)
  26. 26 Blue Little Girl (3:07)
  27. 27 Seattle (2:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gathering Flowers For the Master's Bouquet (2:50)
  2. 2 Today I Started Loving You Again (3:18)
  3. 3 Sound of Different Drums (2:30)
  4. 4 Happy Street (2:34)
  5. 5 Gotta Lotta Blues To Lose (2:15)
  6. 6 You (3:11)
  7. 7 Ribbon of Darkness (2:41)
  8. 8 You Don't Have Very Far To Go (2:35)
  9. 9 Let It Be Me - Nat Stuckey (3:20)
  10. 10 I Got You - Nat Stuckey (2:11)
  11. 11 Rings of Gold - Nat Stuckey (2:40)
  12. 12 Together Alone - Nat Stuckey (2:47)
  13. 13 Two Together - Nat Stuckey (2:27)
  14. 14 Yours Love - Nat Stuckey (3:00)
  15. 15 Stand Beside Me - Nat Stuckey (3:01)
  16. 16 Something Pretty - Nat Stuckey (2:31)
  17. 17 I'll Share My World With You - Nat Stuckey (2:31)
  18. 18 Even the Bad Times Are Good - Nat Stuckey (2:23)
  19. 19 Whispering Hope - Nat Stuckey (3:43)
  20. 20 Young Love - Nat Stuckey (2:19)
  21. 21 Back In Baby's Arms (2:05)
  22. 22 The Wedding Cake (2:30)
  23. 23 Long Black Limousine (3:30)
  24. 24 Fool #1 (2:27)
  25. 25 Too Many Rivers (3:02)
  26. 26 I Can't Get Used To Being Lonely (2:51)
  27. 27 Now (3:41)
  28. 28 Gone Too Far (2:38)
  29. 29 How Great Thou Art (4:12)
  30. 30 The Call (2:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 You and Your Sweet Love (2:50)
  2. 2 I'm So Glad (2:17)
  3. 3 Sunday Morning - Nat Stuckey (2:18)
  4. 4 Daddy Sang Bass - Nat Stuckey (2:25)
  5. 5 Way Up On the Morning - Nat Stuckey (2:35)
  6. 6 His Love Takes Care of Me - Nat Stuckey (2:31)
  7. 7 He Turned the Water Into Wine - Nat Stuckey (3:11)
  8. 8 If God Is Dead (Who's That Living in My Soul)? - Nat Stuckey (2:54)
  9. 9 God Will - Nat Stuckey (2:27)
  10. 10 Now Lord, What Can I Do For You - Nat Stuckey (3:10)
  11. 11 Well, It's All Right - Nat Stuckey (3:04)
  12. 12 Crumbs From the Table - Nat Stuckey (3:28)
  13. 13 Did You Let Your Light Shine - Nat Stuckey (2:30)
  14. 14 I Never Once Stopped Loving You (2:54)
  15. 15 The Sun Shines Down On Me (3:36)
  16. 16 (I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again (2:54)
  17. 17 Thank You For Loving Me (3:13)
  18. 18 This Precious Love (We Know) (2:16)
  19. 19 I Love You More and More Everyday (2:16)
  20. 20 I'll Fly Away (2:20)
  21. 21 Think I'll Go Somewhere (and Cry Myself To Sleep) (2:53)
  22. 22 If My Heart Had Windows (2:56)
  23. 23 Alone With You (1:54)
  24. 24 Love Has a Mind of It's Own (2:37)
  25. 25 Louisiana Man (2:26)
  26. 26 There's Something Lonely In This House (2:52)
  27. 27 Clinging To a Saving Hand (2:42)
  28. 28 Too Good To Be True (2:13)
  29. 29 Where is My Castle (2:41)
  30. 30 Before I'm Over You (2:43)
  31. 31 Hello Darlin' (2:29)
  32. 32 I Don't Want Your Memories (I Just Want You) (2:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me (2:57)
  2. 2 If We Want Love To Last (2:45)
  3. 3 Jesus Take a Hold (2:30)
  4. 4 Darling Days (2:59)
  5. 5 I'm So Used To Loving You (2:51)
  6. 6 I Love You More and More Every Day (2:16)
  7. 7 When a House is Not a Home (2:20)
  8. 8 My Heart Was the Last One To Know (2:35)
  9. 9 I Don't Want To Be With You (2:33)
  10. 10 Don't Walk Away (2:33)
  11. 11 Just One Time (2:30)
  12. 12 One More Time (2:21)
  13. 13 If You Were Mine To Lose (2:31)
  14. 14 Sweet Memory (2:49)
  15. 15 Amazing Grace (2:48)
  16. 16 He is My Everything (2:54)
  17. 17 Wait For the Light To Shine (2:56)
  18. 18 As Long As We've Got Each Other (2:30)
  19. 19 Too Much to Gain, Too Much to Lose (2:49)
  20. 20 Come Along and Walk With Me (3:00)
  21. 21 Don't Let Me Walk Too Far From Calvary (3:51)
  22. 22 I'd Still Want To Serve Him Today (2:21)
  23. 23 The Bridge of Love (2:40)
  24. 24 Crumbs From the Table (3:10)
  25. 25 (In the Valley) He Restored My Soul (2:32)
  26. 26 Plenty of Time (3:07)
  27. 27 The Street Where the Lonely Walk (3:11)
  28. 28 He Touched Me (2:56)
  29. 29 Take Me Back (2:40)
  30. 30 I'm Sorry If My Love Got In Your Way (2:16)
  31. 31 Blue, Blue Day (1:40)
Disc 5
  1. 1 If I Could Just Get Over You (2:39)
  2. 2 How Sweet It is (2:29)
  3. 3 I Know You're Going Away (2:55)
  4. 4 Love is the Look You're Looking For (2:11)
  5. 5 Ain't We Havin' Us a Good Time (2:14)
  6. 6 Just For What I Am (2:26)
  7. 7 If God Is Dead (Who's This Living in My Soul)? (2:51)
  8. 8 Way Up On the Mountain (2:33)
  9. 9 You're Getting Heavy On My Mind (2:53)
  10. 10 Don't Tell Him That I'm Still Crying (2:42)
  11. 11 The Laying On of Hands - Dallas Frazier (2:30)
  12. 12 Everything's Found a Home With Me (But You) (2:19)
  13. 13 If That Ain't Strong Enough - Dallas Frazier (2:38)
  14. 14 If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone) (2:31)
  15. 15 For Goodness Sake, It's Love (2:05)
  16. 16 My Ecstasy (2:53)
  17. 17 Bringin' It Home - Dallas Frazier (2:55)
  18. 18 Living Without You (is Too Much To Live With) (2:54)
  19. 19 Dream Painter (2:47)
  20. 20 Here Comes My Baby (2:35)
  21. 21 Just a Little Bit of You (2:45)
  22. 22 Turn Your Radio On (2:12)
  23. 23 If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry (2:42)
  24. 24 I Ain't Never (2:03)
  25. 25 What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen (2:13)
  26. 26 All the Praises (2:27)
  27. 27 He's All I Got (3:06)
  28. 28 Country Girl (3:04)
  29. 29 Until My Dreams Come True (2:47)
  30. 30 Someone To Give My Love To (2:58)
  31. 31 Connie's Song - Weldon Myrick (2:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Connie Smith Primary Artist, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Violin, Leader
Billy Walker Organ, Leader, Vibes
Jim Glaser Choir, Chorus
Kossie Gardner Organ
Stuart Basore Steel Guitar
George Binkley III Violin
Larry Butler Piano
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jimmy Capps Electric Guitar
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Marvin Chantry Viola
Bobby Dyson Bass, Electric Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Dolores Edgin Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Vibes
Rita Figlio Choir, Chorus
Dallas Frazier Vocals
Hoyt Hawkins Choir, Chorus
John Hughey Steel Guitar, Leader
Billy Linneman Bass
Pierre Menard Violin
Len Miller Drums
Laverna Moore Choir, Chorus
Wayne Moss Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar, Leader
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Billy Sanford Bass, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Shook Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Henry Strzelecki Bass, Electric Bass
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Jerry Whitehurst Piano
Tommy Williams Fiddle
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Solie Isaac Fott Viola
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
Earl Dean Porter Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Nat Stuckey Vocals
William Guilford Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews Jr. Choir, Chorus
Harold E. Cruthirds Jr. Cello
Stephanie Woolf Violin
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Doris Allen Viola
Martin Kathan Violin
Ernest West Choir, Chorus
Richard Farrell Morris Vibes
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale Organ
Junior Huskey Bass, Electric Bass
Joseph T. Babcock Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Vibes
James Carlisle Isbell Drums
June Evelyn Page Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Vibes
David Briggs Piano
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
Leonard B Miller Drums, Leader
David Carroll Kirby Electric Guitar, Leader
Raymond Walker Choir, Chorus
Thomas Grady Martin Electric Guitar, Leader
Dicky Overbey Steel Guitar, Leader
Jeanine Walker Choir, Chorus
Brenton Bolden Banks Violin, Leader
Suzanne Parker Violin
Bob L. Moore Bass, Electric Bass, Leader
Lillian Vann Hunt Violin
Harald Rugg Steel Guitar
Mildred Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Diane Harris Choir, Chorus
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vibes
Jerry D. Smith Piano
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton Choir, Chorus
Byron Theodore Bach Cello
Thomas Dale Sellers Rhythm Guitar
Charles "Chuck" Glaser Choir, Chorus
Snuff Miller Drums
Lamar J. Watkins Guitar, Electric Guitar
James Crawford Steel Guitar
Glenn Huggins Choir, Chorus
Charles Edward Justice Fiddle, Leader
Carol Rodgers-Snow Organ, Leader
Beegie L. Cruser Organ, Leader
Thomas Paul Glaser Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Sheb Wooley Composer
Marty Stuart Illustrations
Doug Kershaw Composer
Bill Anderson Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
John Hartford Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Melba Montgomery Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Dottie West Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Bill Gaither Composer
Dottie Rambo Composer
Connie Smith Composer, Illustrations
Bruce Cockburn Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Hal Mooney Composer
Roy Drusky Composer
Larry Lee Composer
Carmol Taylor Composer
Jan Howard Composer
Tompall Glaser Composer
Hugo Montenegro Composer
Rose Lee Maphis Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Carl Belew Composer
Alice Hawthorne Composer
Jerry Bradley Producer
Walt Breeland Composer
Larry Butler Composer
Bob Ferguson Producer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Carol Joyner Composer
Jack Keller Composer
Buddy Killen Composer
Red Lane Composer
Ronnie Light Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Bill Mack Composer
Paul Parnes Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
Bill Rice Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Robert Tubert Composer
Porter Wagoner Composer
L.E. White Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Barbara Miller Composer
Ernie Sheldon Composer
Jerry Reed Hubbard Composer
Margaret Lewis Composer
Ray Lewis Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Jan Crutchfield Composer
Jerry Foster Composer
Jimmy Gateley Composer
Rex Griffin Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Lawrence Reynolds Composer
Betty Jean Robinson Composer
Nat Stuckey Composer
Van Trevor Composer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Jack Ripley Composer
Gerald Sanford Composer
Vern Stovall Composer
Jenny Strickland Composer
Jean Chapel Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Bobby George Composer
Lester Vanadore Composer
Ricci Mareno Composer
Traditional Composer
Dick Heard Composer
Mickey Jaco Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Jimmy Peppers Composer
Betty Sue Perry Composer
Buddy Wayne Composer
Alda Calongne Composer
Clyde Pitts Composer
Bill West Composer
Lola Jean Dillon Composer
Marcus Heumann Mastering
Bob Montgomery Composer
Mychael Gerstenberger Artwork
Gene Thomas Composer
Stuart Hine Composer
S. Seamons Composer
Anne Young Composer
K. Savage Composer
Delanoe Composer
B. Wilson Composer
Buskirk Composer
Jerry Williams Jr. Composer
A. L. "Doodle" Owens Composer
Gordon Galbraith Composer
Sanger D. Shafer Composer
Sam Malbuch Photo Restoration
Marvin Baumgardner Composer
Carver Composer
Ric Cartey Composer
Barry Mazor Liner Notes
Kay Arnold Composer
Kathryn Fulton Composer
Robert E. Filhart Photo Scanning
Myra Smith Composer
Joe Simpson Composer
Jimmy Holder Composer
Herb Strizik Composer
Gladness Jennings Composer
Gary Bonds Composer
Clay McLean Composer
Charles P. Williams Composer
Bette Anderson Composer
Ted Harris Composer
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