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Essential Gary Stewart
     

The Essential Gary Stewart

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by Gary Stewart
 
Over the course of these 20 tracks, listeners get to encounter the rare and focused genius that was Gary Stewart. Covering his career from the late '60s through the 1970s while he was with RCA, these songs testify to a fine singer and interpreter, a great pianist and guitarist, and a singular songwriter. Among the many gems here -- there's nary an unnecessary cut in

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Over the course of these 20 tracks, listeners get to encounter the rare and focused genius that was Gary Stewart. Covering his career from the late '60s through the 1970s while he was with RCA, these songs testify to a fine singer and interpreter, a great pianist and guitarist, and a singular songwriter. Among the many gems here -- there's nary an unnecessary cut in the bunch -- are his anthems "Drinkin' Thing" and "Out of Hand" as well as many of his stellar but underappreciated singles, including "She Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," his fine interpretations of Danny O'Keefe's "Quits" and Michael Murphey's "Backsliders' Wine," and his rather raucous original "Flat Natural Born Good-Timin' Man." Stewart was really a cross-genre artist who rocked as hard as he twanged and had more in common with Jerry Lee Lewis than he did with George Jones, and Essential testifies to this in spades.

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Release Date:
02/11/1997
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636693224
catalogNumber:
66932
Rank:
5633

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The Essential Gary Stewart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The "essential" Gary Stewart is basically EVERYTHING he recorded for RCA under the guidance of Roy Dea. This album gives a reasonable overview of Gary's stint with RCA but leaves out so much excellent material that one could be forgiven for feeling a little short-changed with this album. Stewart is THE greatest honky-tonk singer of all time and if the reader hasn't yet discovered his full repetoire go directly to the CD store and get all you can afford. Start with the two-fer "Out Of Hand"/"Your Place Or Mine". The former is the best honky-tonk album ever released and the latter is one of the best rock & roll/country albums out there. The other two-fer, "Steppin' Out"/"Little Junior" is maybe a little inferior to the "Hand" one but still head and shoulders above any competition. His other RCA albums ("Gary" and "Cactus and a Rose") are available on a harder-to-find two-fer but are well worth seeking out. Get these six albums and THEN you have the "Essential" Gary Stewart. His Hightone albums are good but not really in the same class as the RCA stuff so start with the RCA material and then alight the staircase to honky-tonk heaven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD compiles all the basic requirements for country songs - drinkin', cheatin', lust, etc. Never listen to this album if you have had a less than faithful spouse, or if you tend to drink your troubles away. It will hit too close to home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to Gary Stewart for almost 40 years this collection superbly captures the emotion and depth of his voice. Now being recognized as an influence on numerous younger country stars, including Brooks & Dunn, it embodies smoky southern honky tonks where the beer is cold, food's good, and the music red hot. Do yourself a favor, buy it!