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The Best of Lefty Frizzell

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's 18-track compilation The Best of Lefty Frizzell set the gold standard for Frizzell collections upon its release in 1991 and remains an excellent, succinct summary of his prime. It has since been surpassed in terms of comprehensiveness by Columbia/Legacy's 1997 double-disc set Look What Thoughts Will Do, which contained 34 songs, including every one that's on this disc, so the serious listener may prefer that to this relatively shorter collection, simply because it digs deeper into one of the richest catalogs in country music. Nevertheless, the Rhino disc may be a more effective introduction for neophytes, since it boils down his catalog to the 18 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's 18-track compilation The Best of Lefty Frizzell set the gold standard for Frizzell collections upon its release in 1991 and remains an excellent, succinct summary of his prime. It has since been surpassed in terms of comprehensiveness by Columbia/Legacy's 1997 double-disc set Look What Thoughts Will Do, which contained 34 songs, including every one that's on this disc, so the serious listener may prefer that to this relatively shorter collection, simply because it digs deeper into one of the richest catalogs in country music. Nevertheless, the Rhino disc may be a more effective introduction for neophytes, since it boils down his catalog to the 18 essentials, offering ample proof of Frizzell's genius as a songwriter and singer, including such classics as "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time," "Look What Thoughts Will Do," "Always Late With Your Kisses," "The Long Black Veil," and "Saginaw, Michigan." Frizzell has often been imitated as a singer but never quite duplicated, and the music here is at the heart of his legend. It's necessary for any country collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/1991
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227100544
  • Catalog Number: 71005

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lefty Frizzell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Bill Pursell Piano
Harold Bradley Guitar
Paul Buskirk Mandolin
Homer "Bill" Callahan Bass
Curly Chalker Dobro, Steel Guitar
Ray Edenton Guitar
Buddy Griffin Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Wayne Raney Harmonica
Leon Rhodes Guitar
Marijohn Wilkin Piano
Joe Zinkan Bass
Fred Cantu Drums
Jimmie Curtis Steel Guitar
Jimmy Rollins Guitar
Jerry Rowley Fiddle
Norman Stevens Guitar
Bobby Williamson Bass
Paul Blunt Steel Guitar
Buddy Brady Fiddle
Eddie Caldwell Fiddle
Harold Cormack Piano
Chubby Crank Drums
Blackie Crawford Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Dennis Drums
Eddie Duncan Bass
Dale Gilley Steel Guitar
Artie Glenn Bass
Tawnee Hall Guitar
Slim Harbert Bass
Jimmy Kelly Steel Guitar
George McCoy Steel Guitar
Pee Wee Reid Bass
Evelyn Rowley Piano
Bill Simmons Piano
R.L. "Pee Wee" Stuart Fiddle
Lum York Bass
Jack Youngblood Fiddle
Charlie White Steel Guitar
Lou Millet Guitar
Buddy Griffin & His Orchestra Rhythm Guitar
Chuck Wells Guitar
Joe Knight Rhythm Guitar
Madge Suttee Piano
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Ray Price Composer
Jimmy Beck Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Bill Inglot Producer
Wayne Walker Composer
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Leslie Lyle Composer
Bryan Adams Composer
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