Overnight Sensation: Country Hits 1974-1984

Overnight Sensation: Country Hits 1974-1984

by Mickey Gilley
     
 

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Mickey Gilley had a long run as a country hitmaker, reaching the top spot twice in 1974 with "I Overlooked an Orchid" and "Room Full of Roses" and then staying in the Top Ten for nearly a decade, logging his last Top Ten country hit in 1986 with "Doo-Wah Days." Raven's comprehensive 2007 compilation Too Good to Stop: Greatest Hits 1974-1985 stops a year earlierSee more details below

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Mickey Gilley had a long run as a country hitmaker, reaching the top spot twice in 1974 with "I Overlooked an Orchid" and "Room Full of Roses" and then staying in the Top Ten for nearly a decade, logging his last Top Ten country hit in 1986 with "Doo-Wah Days." Raven's comprehensive 2007 compilation Too Good to Stop: Greatest Hits 1974-1985 stops a year earlier than that, but none of the handful of hits he had after 1985 are missed. If anything, this is a perfect example of a compilation that is too generous to its detriment. To be sure, this is as exhaustive a Gilley collection as can be assembled: it has all the big hits, and it paints a portrait of the progression of his career. The problem is, as his popularity grew, his music grew stale. During the first part of his career he pretty much devoted himself to mimicking his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis -- and to his credit, he did it splendidly, capturing the Killer's cadence and energy so well that it never seemed like copying, it seemed as if they were coming from the same place. Which, of course, they were: they shared much of the same background, and he could do honky tonk balladry with the same easy touch as he could rock & roll, and that made his '70s records real treats. As the '70s gave way the '80s and Urban Cowboy mania spread through the land, bringing Gilley's nightclubs huge popularity along with it, Mickey turned toward slick, smooth ballads -- love songs that became indistinguishable in sound and style, yet still topped the charts. These were occasionally interspersed with oldies numbers reminiscent of Ronnie Milsap's "Lost in the Fifties Tonight," but the overall effect was to turn Gilley into something opposite of what he was at the outset: all calculation, no heart. It's possible to hear this all unfold on Too Good to Stop, but anybody wanting to hear Mickey at his peak should turn to Koch's two-fer of his first two albums, or Epic's 1984 double-LP Ten Years of Hits collection, which has a higher concentration of Gilley at his peak.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657024423
catalogNumber:
244
Rank:
20078

Tracks

  1. Room Full of Roses
  2. I Overlooked an Orchid
  3. City Lights
  4. Window Up Above
  5. Overnight Sensation
  6. Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time
  7. Bring It on Home to Me
  8. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  9. She's Pulling Me Back Again
  10. Honky Tonk Memories
  11. True Love Ways
  12. Stand by Me
  13. That's All That Matters
  14. A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)
  15. You Don't Know Me
  16. Lonely Nights
  17. Tears of the Lonely
  18. Put Your Dreams Away
  19. Talk to Me
  20. Fool for Your Love
  21. Your Love Shines Through
  22. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
  23. Paradise Tonight
  24. Candy Man
  25. Too Good to Stop Now
  26. Your Memory Ain't What It Used to Be

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mickey Gilley   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Mark Wright   Composer
Bill Kenner   Composer
Joe Seneca   Composer
Keith Glass   Annotation
Jerry Foster   Composer
Beverly "Ruby" Ross   Composer
Tim Spencer   Composer
Warren Barnett   Mastering
Peter Shillito   Concept
Robert Lee McDill   Composer
Charles Rains   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer

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