RCA Country Legends

RCA Country Legends

by Keith Whitley
     
 

With a voice that blended the soulful expressiveness of bluegrass with the brio of honky-tonk, Keith Whitley ranked with country music's great vocalists. Alcoholism claimed his life in 1989, when he was only 35, but he left behind a substantial body of work, ranging from bluegrass in the traditional and progressive modes (with Ralph Stanley<…  See more details below

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With a voice that blended the soulful expressiveness of bluegrass with the brio of honky-tonk, Keith Whitley ranked with country music's great vocalists. Alcoholism claimed his life in 1989, when he was only 35, but he left behind a substantial body of work, ranging from bluegrass in the traditional and progressive modes (with Ralph Stanley's band and J. D. Crowe and the New South, respectively) to classic contemporary country as a solo artist. His work in the latter field, especially, sounds as good today as it did in Whitley's lifetime, an assertion underscored by this RCA Country Legends. Most of the songs were Top 20 singles, including four chart-toppers sequenced in breathtaking succession: "Don't Close Your Eyes," the heart-tugging "When You Say Nothing at All," "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," and "I Wonder Do You Think of Me." These vibrant classics are bolstered by classy B-sides, including a swingin' take on the Harland Howard chestnut "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down"; standout album tracks, such as a soulful take of Lefty Frizzell's timeless "I Never Go Around Mirrors," complete with weeping pedal steel and bluesy piano; and two evergreen duets -- a warm recollection of familial bonds in "Brotherly Love" with Earl Thomas Conley and a beautiful vow of everlasting love, " 'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose," with Whitley's wife, Lorrie Morgan. A classicist with a modern sensibility, Keith Whitley stood for all the right things, and his music stands the test of time.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
This is an enjoyable sampler from one of the leaders of the new traditionalist movement, Keith Whitley. The 16 tracks stem from his mid- to late-'80s RCA material, including the hits "When You Say Nothing at All," "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," and "Ten Feet Away." Whitley's widow, Lorrie Morgan, appears on "Til a Tear Becomes a Rose," which was released posthumously following Whitley's accidental death from alcohol poisoning in 1989.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636510323
catalogNumber:
65103
Rank:
25037

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Whitley   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Lorrie Morgan   Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
Gary Prim   Keyboards
Don Potter   Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Chip Young   Rhythm Guitar
Earl Thomas Conley   Vocals
Garth Fundis   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,pedabro
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Jim Horn   Saxophone
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Mitch Humphries   Keyboards
David Hungate   Bass
Jerry Kroon   Drums
Red Lane   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Lawler   Keyboards,Keyboard Synthesizer
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass
Dave Pomeroy   Bass,Electric Upright Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Brent Rowan   Dobro,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Billy Sanford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Denis Solee   Saxophone
Pete Wade   Guitar
Biff Watson   Keyboards
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Allen Frizzell   Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Keith Whitley   Producer
Garth Fundis   Producer
Elliott Federman   Mastering
Blake Mevis   Producer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Billy Sanford   Tic Tac
Jimmy Stewart   Composer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Mike Dekle   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Roger D. Ferris   Composer

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