Reflections/Should I Come Home

Reflections/Should I Come Home

by Gene Watson
     
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Hux Records
UPC:
0682970001012
catalogNumber:
101
Rank:
82559

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Watson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
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
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
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
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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