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Songs of Forbidden Love

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All Music Guide - Jana Pendragon
To say that this release is a breath of fresh air after more than a decade of the almost-pristine, saccharine pop fluff that has been passed off as mainstream country music is an understatement. This project, dedicated to Mel Street, is all about cheating, a subject that used to have a home in country & western music. Always controversial, writers like Street put words to an activity that was ignored by polite society. Ignoring adultery did not make it go away; thus the popularity of such tunes. With an all-star lineup of Rosie Flores, Dale Watson, guitarist Dave Biller, and many others, the Wandering Eyes renew country music's love affair with cheatin' songs. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jana Pendragon
To say that this release is a breath of fresh air after more than a decade of the almost-pristine, saccharine pop fluff that has been passed off as mainstream country music is an understatement. This project, dedicated to Mel Street, is all about cheating, a subject that used to have a home in country & western music. Always controversial, writers like Street put words to an activity that was ignored by polite society. Ignoring adultery did not make it go away; thus the popularity of such tunes. With an all-star lineup of Rosie Flores, Dale Watson, guitarist Dave Biller, and many others, the Wandering Eyes renew country music's love affair with cheatin' songs. Included here are all the background oohs and ahs that gave cheatin' songs a real sense of style, as well as two of Street's biggest hits, "Forbidden Angel," awith lead vocals lovingly done by Jason Roberts, and Dale Watson's solid version of "Lovin' On Backstreets." In addition, "It's a Cheatin' Situation," "Hell Yes, I Cheated" and "In Some Room Above the Street" are outstanding highlights of this project. Watson contributes an original tune, "Unspoken Kind" and brings the genre up to snuff. Outstanding performances abound; Ted Roddy is notable for his work on "Cheatin' Traces," a LeRoy Martin composition. Kelly Willis does an updated version of "Me and Mr. Jones," while Rosie Flores sounds better than she has in years. Produced brilliantly by David Sanger, this is a project that retains all the integrity of the original material while allowing the artists involved to stretch their wings. Solid in every way, Songs of Forbidden Love lets a little reality seep into country music in a most delightful way. Wherever Mel Street is, he surely must be smiling over this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/1998
  • Label: Lazy Sob
  • UPC: 713986000420
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 391,364

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wandering Eyes Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Rosie Flores Vocals
Kelly Willis Vocals
Ray Benson Bass (Vocal)
Floyd Domino Piano
Michael Francis Saxophone
Rick McRae Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Marty Muse Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris O'Connell Vocals
Jason Roberts Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ted Roddy Harmonica, Vocals
David Sanger Drums
Charlie Burton Bass (Vocal)
Dale Watson Electric Guitar, Vocals
Chris Miller Electric Guitar
Dave Biller Electric Guitar
Mary Cutrufello Electric Guitar
Ana Egge Background Vocals
Chris Booher Fiddle
Matt the Electrician Background Vocals
Brendan Booher Fiddle
David Earl Miller Bass, Background Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Frank Campbell Mastering
David Sanger Producer, Engineer
Sterling Whipple Composer
Luke Vibert Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Allen Crider Digital Editing
Russ Smith Artwork
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