On the Road: The Mega Years Plus

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Omni's second collection of Henson Cargill recordings covers his recordings for Mega Records, the label he joined after leaving Monument in 1971. Cargill only released one LP for Mega, 1972's On the Road, which is included here in its entirety along with a bunch of 45s from both early and late in his career, all making their first appearance on CD. He had no hits during this stint -- he was still a couple years away from having his last run on the charts with 1974's This Is Henson Cargill Country -- but Cargill spent plenty of time adapting to the sounds of the passing times, covering hits by Wayne Newton, John Denver, Neil Diamond, the Band, and Merle Haggard, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Omni's second collection of Henson Cargill recordings covers his recordings for Mega Records, the label he joined after leaving Monument in 1971. Cargill only released one LP for Mega, 1972's On the Road, which is included here in its entirety along with a bunch of 45s from both early and late in his career, all making their first appearance on CD. He had no hits during this stint -- he was still a couple years away from having his last run on the charts with 1974's This Is Henson Cargill Country -- but Cargill spent plenty of time adapting to the sounds of the passing times, covering hits by Wayne Newton, John Denver, Neil Diamond, the Band, and Merle Haggard, singing chugging Johnny Cash historical fables in the mid-'60s and slick crossover country-pop in the late '70s. Cargill was skillful enough a singer to sound convincing in all these settings, but the most memorable of the recordings here is indeed the On the Road LP, a cross between Cash's travelogues and Haggard's rolling country-folk, tempered with a considerable dose of Nashville studio craft and a touch of soft Glen Campbell-styled pop. Essentially, it's a period curio but it's a good one, not just because it captures its time, but because Cargill is an effective, plain-spoken country singer -- good enough that he deserved songs that weren't just of their times but rather transcended them. Even if he didn't have those in the '70s, he still eked out some good period recordings, all collected here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Omni
  • EAN: 9311367000413
  • Catalog Number: 130

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henson Cargill Primary Artist
Chip Young Guitar
Jim Isbell Drums
Farrell Morris Percussion
Weldon Myrick Pedal Steel Guitar
Ron Oates Piano
Jerry Shook Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Jerry Whitehurst Piano
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Lionel Delmore Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Kenny Rogers Composer
Buddy Killen Producer
Jim Malloy Producer
Shirl Milete Composer
Taffy Nivert Composer
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Tommy Strong Engineer
Terry Williams Composer
Don Andrews Composer
Sterling Whipple Composer
Don Bartley Remastering
Don Schlitz Composer
David Thrussell Reissue
Richard Ahlert Composer
Gene Dobbins Composer
Diamond Composer
U.S. (United Soul) Composer
G. Stephens Composer
Jason Odd Liner Notes
Nivert Composer
Danoff Composer
Denver Composer
Russell Steagall Composer
D. Kirby Composer
Sanger D. Shafer Composer
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