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The Best of Crystal Gayle [Rhino]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Loretta Lynn's little sister by 17 years, Crystal Gayle may be a coal miner's daughter, but she would sound right at home in a New York cabaret. Like Patsy Cline, she came out of the backwoods, grew up loving both country and pop vocalists, and possessed an expressive alto that blurred the boundaries between the two genres. In the heyday limned in this collection -- 1976-1986 -- Gayle's was one of the most recognizable and popular voices in country music. Her story begins with her 1977 pop blues masterpiece, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blues," which towered over the country and pop charts and remains her signature song. In fact, 9 of the 19 tracks here topped the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Loretta Lynn's little sister by 17 years, Crystal Gayle may be a coal miner's daughter, but she would sound right at home in a New York cabaret. Like Patsy Cline, she came out of the backwoods, grew up loving both country and pop vocalists, and possessed an expressive alto that blurred the boundaries between the two genres. In the heyday limned in this collection -- 1976-1986 -- Gayle's was one of the most recognizable and popular voices in country music. Her story begins with her 1977 pop blues masterpiece, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blues," which towered over the country and pop charts and remains her signature song. In fact, 9 of the 19 tracks here topped the country chart, and 7 were Top 30 Adult Contemporary hits. Gayle can effectively maneuver around an up-tempo song -- her loose, swinging vocal on 1984's No. 1 hit "Turning Away" is one of her best on record -- but she's a juggernaut on deliberately paced ballads and languorous mid-tempo heartbreakers. Check out how she lays the hurt all over 1983's deceptively upbeat "Baby, What About You." On "Everything I Own," she explores places inside her broken heart that David Gates could only hint at in Bread's original version. This hit-filled, multiple-hanky sob fest is a gorgeous testament to Gayle's talents and her enduring legacy.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's 2002 release The Very Best of Crystal Gayle has many of her biggest hits, but it's not necessarily a representative collection. That's because the 19-track compilation concentrates on recordings that WEA, Rhino's parent company, owns -- so after the first two songs, including her defining moment "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," it moves into her recordings for Elektra in the early '80s. Some of these were big country hits, some, like her Eddie Rabbitt duet "You and I," were even crossover hits, but they weren't as definitive as those she made for United Artists and Columbia, nor were they as good. They tend to be a little homogenized, even when they're good, which means this collection is a little too even-keeled for those that are expecting more of "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." Which means that even if this summarizes Gayle's '80s recordings well, it's not really the very best she ever recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227828226
  • Catalog Number: 78282
  • Sales rank: 6,208

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Crystal Gayle Primary Artist
Rodney Crowell Vocal Harmony
Eddie Rabbitt Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Paul Davis Vocal Harmony
Jay Patten Saxophone
Michael Chapman Bass
Steve Gibson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Jon Goin Guitar
Bobby Wood Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Mike Eldred Background Vocals
Ava Aldridge Vocal Harmony
Joseph Allen Bass
Beth Andersen Vocal Harmony
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Piano
Bruce Bouton Steel Guitar
Spady Brannan Bass
Robbie Buchanan Electric Piano, DX-7
Kathy Burdick Vocal Harmony
Dennis Burnside Conductor, fender rhodes
Larry Byrom Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Gene Chrisman Percussion, Drums
Johnny Christopher Acoustic Guitar
Charles Cochran Strings, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Piano (Grand)
Jim Colvard Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Anthony Crawford Steel Guitar
Pebble Daniel Background Vocals
Bruce Dees Guitar, Background Vocals
Shane Keister Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer
Garth Fundis Background Vocals
Phil Forrest Background Vocals
Janie Fricke Background Vocals
Joy Gardner Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
John Hobbs Keyboards
Jim Horn Piccolo, Saxophone
Sherilyn Huffman Vocal Harmony
David Hungate Bass
Dave Innis Synthesizer
Jim Isbell Percussion, Drums
Angie Jaree Vocal Harmony
John Jarvis Piano, Piano (Grand)
Randy Kerber Piano, Electric Piano, DX-7
Dave Kirby Acoustic Guitar
Darlene Koldenhoven Vocal Harmony
Mike Lawler Synthesizer
Mike Leech Bass
Paul Leim Drums
Josh Leo Electric Guitar
Chris Leuzinger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Kenny Malone Percussion, Drums
Randy McCormick Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Larry Muhoberac Conductor
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Billy Puett Clarinet, Flute
Allen Reynolds Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes Bass
Cindy Richardson Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tom Roady Conga, Tambourine
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Keyboards
Andrea Robinson Vocal Harmony
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Marcia Routh Background Vocals
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Milton Sledge Drums
Alan Steinberger Synthesizer
James Stroud Percussion, Drums
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bergen White Conductor
Reggie Young Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Ferguson Bass, Background Vocals
Larrie Londin Drums
Sonny Wright Background Vocals
James Valentini Background Vocals
Bill Gatzimos Background Vocals
Frank Saulino Background Vocals
Neil Steubenhaus Bass
Peggy Sue Wright Background Vocals
Dan Huff Electric Guitar
Sandy Mason Theoret Background Vocals
Bill Lamb Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Crystal Gayle Director
Larry Cansler String Arrangements
David Gates Composer
Gene Page String Arrangements
Dennis Burnside String Arrangements
Charles Cochran Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dan Hersch Remastering
Lee Holdridge String Arrangements
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Sheldon Kurland Contributor
Keith Little Composer
Parker McGee Composer
Larry Muhoberac String Arrangements
Frank J. Myers Composer
The Nashville String Machine Contributor
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
The Sid Sharp Strings Contributor
Bergen White String Arrangements
Allan Delong String Arrangements
Holly Gleason Liner Notes
Maria Villar Art Direction
Harry Langdon Cover Photo
Leigh Hall Liner Note Coordination
Bob Gundry Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Reece Kirk Composer
Frank Myers Composer
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