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Pasture Prime

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All Music Guide - Ann Wickstrom
Part of Stony Plain's Classics series, this is actually a re-release of an album that was originally released in 1984 on vinyl in Canada and England. Pasture Prime was a comeback of sorts for the band; they had not recorded in five years, and -- had it not been for the generosity of one Willie Nelson -- this one might not have happened either. Nelson, a big fan of the band, graciously offered his Briarcliff, TX, studio for the recording of several of the songs here. Pasture Prime sports just two originals: founder Ray Benson's "Shorty" and "Liar's Moon." There are three Bob Wills tunes: "Across the Alley From the Alamo," the instrumental "Big Beaver," and the traditional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ann Wickstrom
Part of Stony Plain's Classics series, this is actually a re-release of an album that was originally released in 1984 on vinyl in Canada and England. Pasture Prime was a comeback of sorts for the band; they had not recorded in five years, and -- had it not been for the generosity of one Willie Nelson -- this one might not have happened either. Nelson, a big fan of the band, graciously offered his Briarcliff, TX, studio for the recording of several of the songs here. Pasture Prime sports just two originals: founder Ray Benson's "Shorty" and "Liar's Moon." There are three Bob Wills tunes: "Across the Alley From the Alamo," the instrumental "Big Beaver," and the traditional "Deep Water." Fiddler Johnny Gimble is on board for nearly all cuts, and Jr. Brown makes one of his first recording appearances, playing lap steel guitar on "Deep Water" and "That's Your Red Wagon." The entire Roomful of Blues horn section brings an extra helping of Kansas City-style swing to Big Joe Turner's "Switchin' in the Kitchen," and female vocalist Chris O'Connell is in top form throughout. Not without a laugh, Willie Nelson contributes a hilarious song he wrote as a jab at music industry executives and country "purists" called "Write Your Own Song." As a duet between Nelson and Benson, it neatly segues into the traditional "Cotton Eyed Joe," which features some very nice piano playing at the hands of Floyd Domino. This CD of classic western swing closes with a friendly, informative, 17-minute interview with Benson, conducted by Holger Petersen just prior to the re-release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1998
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532125123
  • Catalog Number: 1251
  • Sales rank: 280,080

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asleep at the Wheel Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Johnny Gimble Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Paul Anastasio Fiddle
Tom Anastasio Bass
Ray Benson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Junior Brown Lap Steel Guitar
Floyd Domino Piano
Michael Francis Saxophone
Kerri Lay Strings
Danny Levin Strings
Chris O'Connell Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Spencer Starnes Bass
Steve Schwelling Drums
Andy Murphy Background Vocals
Mike Watkins Guitar
Tim Alexander Piano
Falkner Evans Piano
Technical Credits
Johnny Gimble Arranger
Willie Nelson Producer
Seal Composer
Paul Young Composer
Bobby Arnold Engineer
Ray Benson Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Remastering
Frank Campbell Remastering
Bob Enos Contributor
Jim Finney Engineer
Bill Ginn String Arrangements
Joe Green Composer
Larry Greenhill Engineer
Paul Harrison Engineer
Rich Lataille Contributor
Holger Petersen Reissue Producer, Interviewer
Spencer Starnes Horn Arrangements
Doug Schecht Contributor
Rob Storeshaw Reissue Design
J. Michael Greene Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Greene Composer
Rudolph Moore Composer
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