The Essential David Allan Coe

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Epic/Legacy's 2004 The Essential David Allan Coe is the first non-budget line DAC compilation since 1985's double-album/single-CD For the Record: The First 10 Years, and while it shares some considerable overlap with that 20-track overview 11 of the 14 songs on Essential are on For the Record, it's a welcome addition to his catalog. One of the reasons is that it simply sounds better, thanks to a new round of remasterings, but a more important reason is that this compilation distills Coe's work to a lean, mean 14 songs, containing all of his big hits and signature songs, from the heartbreaking "Would You Lay with Me In a Field of Stone" through such rough, rowdy,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Epic/Legacy's 2004 The Essential David Allan Coe is the first non-budget line DAC compilation since 1985's double-album/single-CD For the Record: The First 10 Years, and while it shares some considerable overlap with that 20-track overview 11 of the 14 songs on Essential are on For the Record, it's a welcome addition to his catalog. One of the reasons is that it simply sounds better, thanks to a new round of remasterings, but a more important reason is that this compilation distills Coe's work to a lean, mean 14 songs, containing all of his big hits and signature songs, from the heartbreaking "Would You Lay with Me In a Field of Stone" through such rough, rowdy, funny outlaw anthems as "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," "Tennessee Whiskey," "If That Ain't Country," and "Take This Job and Shove It." The conciseness of this compilation may mean that it doesn't hint at all the odd detours in his career -- if you're looking for that, turn toward For the Record -- but it does provide an excellent introduction to this legendary renegade, and for those already acquainted with this longhaired redneck, it's simply one hell of a good time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998907324
  • Catalog Number: 89073
  • Sales rank: 1,027

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Allan Coe Primary Artist
Eddie Adcock Guitar, Background Vocals
John Hartford Fiddle
George Jones Recitation
Johnny Lee Background Vocals
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Dianne Davidson Background Vocals
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Karen Brooks Background Vocals
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Bobby Wood Keyboards
Rita Remington Background Vocals
Warren Haynes Guitar
Lea Jane Berinati Background Vocals
Pete Bordonali Guitar
Marie Cain Background Vocals
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Johnny Christopher Guitar
Bill Clark Bass
Doug Clements Background Vocals
Shane Keister Keyboards
Ray Edenton Guitar
Dolores Edgin Background Vocals
James Ferguson Background Vocals
Phil Forrest Background Vocals
Darlene Groncki Background Vocals
Buddy Harman Drums
Ginger Holladay Background Vocals
Teddy Irwin Guitar
Mike Leech Bass
Kenny Malone Drums
Terry McMillan Harmonica
The Nashville Edition Background Vocals
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Keyboards
Billy Sanford Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Wendy Suits Background Vocals
Karen Taylor Background Vocals
Bobby Thompson Guitar
Reggie Young Guitar
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Martha Adcock Background Vocals
Jeff Hale Drums
Lori Westerman Brooks Background Vocals
Jim Condor Keyboards
Don Soapes Drums
Technical Credits
David Allan Coe Composer, Producer
Waylon Jennings Producer
Steve Goodman Composer
Linda Hargrove Composer
Walt Aldridge Composer
Ron Bledsoe Producer
Johnny Cunningham Composer
J.B. Detterline Jr. Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Fred Spears Composer
T.J. Seals Composer
Johnny Whiteside Liner Notes
Gary Gentry Composer
Billy Henderson Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Jimmy Rabbitt Composer
Peter Kszan Packaging Manager
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