Essential Joe Diffie

Essential Joe Diffie

by Joe Diffie
     
 

In the '90s, Joe Diffie had little competition when it came to putting a contemporary spin on traditional honky-tonk, a fact abundantly evident on The Essential Joe Diffie, a hit-packed retrospective of his work in that decade. An expressive male baritone crooner in the style of Frizzell-Jones-Haggard and his contemporaries Randy Travis and Alan Jackson, DiffieSee more details below

Overview

In the '90s, Joe Diffie had little competition when it came to putting a contemporary spin on traditional honky-tonk, a fact abundantly evident on The Essential Joe Diffie, a hit-packed retrospective of his work in that decade. An expressive male baritone crooner in the style of Frizzell-Jones-Haggard and his contemporaries Randy Travis and Alan Jackson, Diffie exhibits an immaculate sense of the song in his interpretive choices, whether the tunes require a straightforward expression of longing, as on the gentle ballad "Home," or some lighthearted philosophizing, as on the lively western swing two-step "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)." A weeping pedal steel sets the mood on the devastating "Is It Cold in Here," as Diffie relates the scathing details of love coming apart, his voice climbing from a whisper to an anguished cry. Diffie and Mary Chapin Carpenter exchange vows of trust and commitment on the classic country (and Grammy-nominated) duet "Not Too Much to Ask," backed by a honky-tonk piano, a romantic Spanish guitar, and soaring pedal steel lines. On the rowdy side, drinkin' songs don't rock much harder or get more sensible than "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)," whereas "Honky Tonk Attitude" is a Brooks & Dunn–style dance-floor scorcher and "John Deere Green" blazes a southern rock trail for Diffie, who belts out a jubilant story of small-town love. Joe Diffie's got a lot more good music in him, but The Essential puts a big exclamation point on the important body of work he laid down during the '90s.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Epic/Legacy's 2003 collection The Essential Joe Diffie weighs in at 14 tracks, just two less than the 2002 collection 16 Biggest Hits, with which it shares a whopping 12 tracks. Given that considerable overlap, it's not surprising that the two collections are essentially interchangeable, but 16 Biggest Hits has the edge, not just because it has two more tracks, but because the four songs unique to that collection are stronger than the two unique songs here (for the record, they are the Mary Chapin Carpenter duet "Not Too Much to Ask," which has never appeared on a Joe Diffie album, and the modest hit "This Is Your Brain"). That said, The Essential Joe Diffie is hardly a bad album -- after, it's pretty much the same album, down to identical sequencing for the first three cuts -- and it is also an effective overview of the peak of Diffie's career. 16 Biggest Hits may be slightly stronger, but that's all it is: a slight difference. On its own terms, The Essential Joe Diffie is a first-rate collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998906921
catalogNumber:
89069

Tracks

  1. Home  - Joe Diffie
  2. If You Want Me to  - Joe Diffie
  3. If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)  - Joe Diffie
  4. Is It Cold in Here  - Joe Diffie
  5. Not Too Much to Ask  - Mary Chapin Carpenter
  6. Ships That Don't Come in  - Joe Diffie
  7. Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)  - Joe Diffie
  8. Honky Tonk Attitude  - Joe Diffie
  9. John Deere Green  - Joe Diffie
  10. Pickup Man  - Joe Diffie
  11. Third Rock from the Sun  - Joe Diffie
  12. So Help Me Girl  - Joe Diffie
  13. Bigger Than the Beatles  - Joe Diffie
  14. This Is Your Brain  - Joe Diffie

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Diffie   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Matt Rollings   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Mensy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Walt Cunningham   Piano,Keyboards
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Bill Hullett   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals
John Jennings   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Larry Keith   Background Vocals
Robbie Magruder   Percussion,Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Mike McAdam   Guitar (Tremolo)
Randy McCormick   Piano,Keyboards
Kenny Mims   Electric Guitar
Kim Morrison   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
Ron Oates   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Paxton   Bass
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Michael Severs   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Lee Bogan   Background Vocals
Terry MacMillan   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Bell   Acoustic Guitar
Clay Keith   Background Vocals
Mike Chapman   Bass

Technical Credits

Joe Diffie   Composer,Producer
Larry Williams   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Composer,Producer
D. Gibson   Composer
John Jennings   Producer
Danny Morrison   Composer
Paul Nelson   Composer
Johnny Slate   Producer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Lee Bogan   Composer
Sterling Whipple   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Fred Lehner   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Andy Spooner   Composer
Jeb Stuart Anderson   Composer
Rick Blaylock   Composer
Steve Dukes   Composer
Brian Mansfield   Liner Notes
John Greenebaum   Composer
Ken Williams   Composer
Kerry Kurt Phillips   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
William Morrison   Composer
Howard Perdew   Composer
Ken Spooner   Composer

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