Reflections/Should I Come Home

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-fer, compiling Gene Watson's Reflections 1978 and Should I Come Home 1979, is the third entry in Hux Records' reissue project form his Capitol period. 2002 saw the debut CD release of Love in the Hot Afternoon and Paper Rosie, and in 2005 they issued Because You Believed in Me, and Beautiful Country. Watson was a serious chart contender throughout the middle and late '70s he scored 17 charting singles in five years and well into the '80s -- he even scored a couple of chart hits in the '90s. These last two recordings from the Capitol years are rooted at the seam split between classic country ballads, honky tonk, and the emerging urban cowboy sound without losing any ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-fer, compiling Gene Watson's Reflections 1978 and Should I Come Home 1979, is the third entry in Hux Records' reissue project form his Capitol period. 2002 saw the debut CD release of Love in the Hot Afternoon and Paper Rosie, and in 2005 they issued Because You Believed in Me, and Beautiful Country. Watson was a serious chart contender throughout the middle and late '70s he scored 17 charting singles in five years and well into the '80s -- he even scored a couple of chart hits in the '90s. These last two recordings from the Capitol years are rooted at the seam split between classic country ballads, honky tonk, and the emerging urban cowboy sound without losing any of their hard-earned Nashville cred. Watson is a singer who can swagger and croon with acuity and authenticity. His songs contain worlds of emotion, both simple and complex. Check the contrast between the beautiful ballad "One Sided Conversation" and the rocked-up two-stepper "Take Off Them Shoes," the first two tracks on Reflections. It's in the grain of Watson's voice that we hear the man faced with the daunting task of everyday life, and his willingness to surrender what is necessary and fight for what is good and true -- and all this in a voice that is as smooth as blended bourbon. It's true that Watson is best known for his ballads, and that reputation is well earned. But it's in the complexity of the material he relates that his true gifts as a singer are revealed to the listener. Check "Pick the Wildwood Flower," where you can hear the restless road spirit of Merle Haggard calling out over the wilderness, or the languid, midtempo cheating ballad "I Know What It's Like in Her Arms," and you can hear the sound of a roaming spirit, trying to find its way home. On the latter album in this set, wooly, funky, honky tonk like "That Evil Child," with a smoking Rhodes piano juxtaposes with the lonely barroom ballad bandstander "The Heart of a Clown," and the painful weeper "I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love with You." All of it adds up to a killer CD, one that underscores the truth in Hux's commitment to the Watson legacy: that this man is one of the greatest singers country music has ever produced.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Hux Records
  • UPC: 682970001012
  • Catalog Number: 101
  • Sales rank: 48,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One Sided Conversation (2:58)
  2. 2 Take off Them Shoes - The Jordanaires (2:38)
  3. 3 Farewell Party (4:11)
  4. 4 Let's Give It Up or Get It Out (3:18)
  5. 5 For the Memories (3:23)
  6. 6 I Wonder How It Is in Colorado - The Jordanaires (2:58)
  7. 7 Pick the Wildwood Flower (2:28)
  8. 8 I Know What It's Like in Her Arms (3:07)
  9. 9 Mama Sold Roses - The Jordanaires (3:32)
  10. 10 I Don't Know How to Tell Her - The Nashville Edition (3:26)
  11. 11 Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy) (2:39)
  12. 12 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) - The Nashville Edition (3:01)
  13. 13 Nothing Sure Looked Good on You (3:49)
  14. 14 That Evil Child - Sound 70 (2:28)
  15. 15 Circle Driveway - The Nashville Edition (2:27)
  16. 16 The Heart of a Clown - The Nashville Edition (2:52)
  17. 17 After the Party - The Nashville Edition (2:15)
  18. 18 The Beer at Dorsey's Bar - Sound 70 (2:52)
  19. 19 Bedroom Ballad (3:00)
  20. 20 Beautiful You (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Watson Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Joe Babcock Background Vocals
Harold Bradley Guitar
Dolores Edgin Background Vocals
Janie Fricke Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Kenny Malone Drums
The Nashville Edition Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Dale Sellers Electric Guitar
Tommy Williams Fiddle
Jimmy Colvard Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Carroll Kirby Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
The Sound 70 Singers Background Vocals
Murrey Harman Drums
Jeanine Walker Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Wayne Carson Composer
Tom Ghent Composer
Bill Fischer Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Lawton Williams Composer
Jim Rushing Composer
Joe Dougherty Composer
Russell Pay Remastering
Joe Allen Composer
Lola Jean Dillon Composer
Joe Eddie Gough Composer
F. Kane Composer
Dallas Harms Composer
D. Morrison Composer
J. Rollins Composer
R. Lane Composer
S. Nelson Composer
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