Take This Job & Shove It [The Definitive Collection]

Take This Job & Shove It [The Definitive Collection]

by Johnny Paycheck
     
 
Johnny Paycheck was steadily moving his way up the country charts until 1978, when "Take This Job and Shove It" catapulted him to the top. It was a combination of the right song given to the right singer at the right time, but much of that combination was down to producer Billy Sherrill, who had steadily been smoothing out the rough edges in Paycheck's sound while

Overview

Johnny Paycheck was steadily moving his way up the country charts until 1978, when "Take This Job and Shove It" catapulted him to the top. It was a combination of the right song given to the right singer at the right time, but much of that combination was down to producer Billy Sherrill, who had steadily been smoothing out the rough edges in Paycheck's sound while exaggerating his outlaw stance for almost comical effect. No other song quite captured this blend like "Take This Job and Shove It," which took a David Allan Coe original and twisted it into a cartoon that was appealing because of its exaggeration, not in spite of it. The song became an anthem, propelling the album to number two on the country charts, taking Bobby Braddock's drinking song "Georgia in a Jug" to number 20 along the way. "Georgia in a Jug" is one of four explicit drinking songs here -- of course the title track has a drinking undercurrent, it just doesn't make it explicit -- the best of which is the bizarre, funny "Colorado Kool-Aid," a tongue-in-cheek talking blues about Coors, Mexicans, and lopped-off ears, but the punny "The Spirits of St. Louis" is plenty funny in its own right. When Johnny's not drinking here, he's singing tales of heartbreak or barroom blues shuffles, both given the signature Sherrill treatment. Sherrill doesn't pump Paycheck up into some cinematic scope, the way he did with George Jones, but he does give the underpinning melancholy of "From Cotton to Satin (From Birmingham to Manhattan)" and "The Fool Strikes Again" a comforting lushness while turning a boogie like "The 4-F Blues" into something so slick that it obscures the nastiness of those four Fs. Compared to the two albums that preceded it, Take This Job & Shove It is just a bit too slick and silly, even glib, in its songs and presentation, but there's a certain joy in its overblown outlaw stance, as Paycheck and Sherrill aren't only in on the joke, they play it straight as if there wasn't a joke in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2016
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064004479
catalogNumber:
400447
Rank:
8849

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. She’s All I Got
  2. Someone to Give My Life to
  3. It’s Only a Matter of Wine
  4. Let’s All Go Down to the River
  5. Love is a Good Thing
  6. Somebody Loves Me
  7. Something About You I Love
  8. Mr. Lovemaker
  9. Song and Dance Man
  10. For a Minute There
  11. My Part of Forever
  12. Loving You Beats All I ever Seen
  13. Keep On Lovin’ Me
  14. Gone at Last
  15. All-American Man
  16. 11 Months and 29 Days
  17. I'm the Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised)
  18. Slide Off Your Satin Sheets
  19. Hank (You Tried to Tell Me)
  20. The Man From Bowling Green

Disc 2

  1. Take This Job and Shove it
  2. Me and the I.R.S.
  3. Georgia in a Jug
  4. The Spirits of St. Louis
  5. Colorado Cool-Aid
  6. Proud Mary
  7. Friend, Lover, Wife
  8. Thanks to the Cathouse (I'm in the Doghouse with You)
  9. Look What the Dog Drug In
  10. You Can Have Her
  11. Drinkin' and Drivin'
  12. Fifteen Beers
  13. (Stay Away From) The Cocaine Train
  14. You Better Move On
  15. Someone Told My Story
  16. I Can't Hold Myself in Line
  17. Yesterday's News (Just Hit Home Today)
  18. D.O.A. (Drunk on Arrival)
  19. In Memory of a Memory
  20. The Outlaw's Prayer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Paycheck   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

David Allan Coe   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Johnny Paycheck   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Joe Chambers   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Larry Lee   Composer
Jerry Williams   Composer
Sue Richards   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Wayne Carson   Composer
Roger Bowling   Composer
Bill Cook   Composer
Steve Davis   Composer
Robert John Jones   Composer
Bill Rice   Composer
Ronny Scaife   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer,Producer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Phil Thomas   Composer
Bobby Borchers   Composer
Frank Dycus   Composer
Jerry Foster   Composer
Gary Gentry   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
James Valentini   Composer
Gary Adams   Composer
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Frank Saulino   Composer
Don Scaife   Composer
Donn Tankersley   Composer
David Chamberlain   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Composer,Executive Producer
Brenda Davis   Composer
Larry Kingston   Composer
Gladys Scaife   Composer
James Vest   Composer
Russell Pate   Composer
Michael Heeney   Composer
Chris Morris   Liner Notes
Ed Hudson   Composer

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