The Best of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If there was a corner where the swing revival and the retro-country scene crossed paths, that's just where you would find Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys hanging out, a band led by vocalist Robert Williams (aka Big Sandy) that plays Western swing, hillbilly boogie, traditional country, and rockabilly with impressive instrumental chops, a rock-solid swing, and an infectious sense of fun. Big Sandy and his band cut a handful of fine albums for Hightone Records in the 1990s, and with Hightone out of business, Shout! Factory's Rockbeat imprint has resurrected a few gems from their catalog with this collection. The Best of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys features songs from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If there was a corner where the swing revival and the retro-country scene crossed paths, that's just where you would find Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys hanging out, a band led by vocalist Robert Williams (aka Big Sandy) that plays Western swing, hillbilly boogie, traditional country, and rockabilly with impressive instrumental chops, a rock-solid swing, and an infectious sense of fun. Big Sandy and his band cut a handful of fine albums for Hightone Records in the 1990s, and with Hightone out of business, Shout! Factory's Rockbeat imprint has resurrected a few gems from their catalog with this collection. The Best of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys features songs from the group's four albums for Hightone, one track from their EP Radio Favorites, and three tunes from Big Sandy's solo album Dedicated to You, in which he indulged his taste for classic doo wop and R&B. While the Big Sandy solo tunes stand out just a bit given their different sound and approach, the rest of the album flows together with the grace of a "real" album, and the group's strengths are obvious throughout -- the musicians can play up a storm but have the taste and the smarts not to showboat, they can write originals that sound natural next to the period covers, and Williams is an excellent vocalist with a bright, clear instrument and fine instincts about what to do with it, whether he's singing a sweet love song or raising the roof (and the doo wop material from Dedicated to You suggests this is a side of his musical personality he should explore more often). Since Big Sandy and his band are still active and recording for Yep Roc, calling this The Best of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys is something of a misnomer, but the disc is an enjoyable overview of their Hightone years, and it's a great introduction to one of America's most consistently excellent roots music acts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • UPC: 089353300227
  • Catalog Number: 3002
  • Sales rank: 93,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Greatest Story Ever Told (3:09)
  2. 2 Someone Like You (2:19)
  3. 3 Have Love Will Travel - Big Sandy (2:50)
  4. 4 Jumping From 6 to 6 (3:09)
  5. 5 Lonely Guy - Big Sandy (2:06)
  6. 6 Loser's Blues (2:57)
  7. 7 I Can't Believe I'm Saying This to You - Big Sandy (3:20)
  8. 8 Blackberry Wine (3:22)
  9. 9 Honky Tonk Queen (3:05)
  10. 10 Oochie Coochie - Big Sandy (3:18)
  11. 11 Tequila Calling (4:02)
  12. 12 Feelin' Kinda Lucky (2:51)
  13. 13 When Sleep Won't Come (3:08)
  14. 14 Parts Unknown (2:46)
  15. 15 Backdoor Dan (2:52)
  16. 16 My Sinful Days Are Over (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Primary Artist
Big Sandy Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dewey Terry Guitar, Soloist
Skip Edwards Piano
Wally Hersom Bass Fiddle
Ashley Kingman Guitar
Carl Leyland Piano
Bobby Trimble Drums
Adrian Demain Guitar
Lee Jeffriess Steel Guitar
Russell Scott Standup Bass
Herman Pruitt Background Vocals
Fred Willis Background Vocals
Calvanes Background Vocals
Jimmy Corbitt Background Vocals
Brian Nevill Drums
Bobby Adams Background Vocals
David "Cad" Cadison Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Big Mama Thornton Composer
Dave Alvin Producer
James Austin Liner Notes
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Mark Linett Producer
Larry Sloven Producer
David Harrison Cover Photo
R. Williams Composer
Mike Milchner Mastering
Robert "Big Sandy" Williams Producer
The Fly-Rite Boys Producer
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