The Legend and the Legacy

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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
The highest possible rating for this project reflects its brilliance as a grand statement about country & western music, especially the incredible loyalty its artists have toward historic figures in the genre. In this case, the giant being saluted is Ernest Tubb, a colossus who had such vast influence on country music that they probably had to barricade the studio doors just to keep all the performers in Nashville from trying to get in and pay their respects. In terms of an Ernest Tubb record, this is a very, very good one, although one certainly could argue that albums he cut in his prime with the finest versions of his bands should stand as the high points in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
The highest possible rating for this project reflects its brilliance as a grand statement about country & western music, especially the incredible loyalty its artists have toward historic figures in the genre. In this case, the giant being saluted is Ernest Tubb, a colossus who had such vast influence on country music that they probably had to barricade the studio doors just to keep all the performers in Nashville from trying to get in and pay their respects. In terms of an Ernest Tubb record, this is a very, very good one, although one certainly could argue that albums he cut in his prime with the finest versions of his bands should stand as the high points in his career. Yet again, the power of this album extends beyond the Tubb career and includes performances by many big names in country music, all done on the sly. The history of these sessions and their subsequent releases, reissues, and repackagings is long and confusing. At the center of it all is guitarist and producer Pete Drake, another country music giant who really loved Tubb. He got his idol to record a bunch of his old songs in the late '70s, during a period when the aging Texan was beginning to think his career was about over. Figuring it to be a solo project, Tubb about went through the roof with excitement when he heard the finished mixes. Suddenly there was Willie Nelson, singing the second verse of "Waltz Across Texas." Then there was the surprising presence of Loretta Lynn, Tubb's singing partner from years back. As the playbacks rolled on, each song revealed an exciting guest shot, including performances by Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, and many others. The listener who has never heard a bit of country & western except for whatever got through the radio scan can be directed to this album as an example of the genre's great qualities. It is all here, from the stellar instrumental playing done in a confident yet relaxed manner to the many different vocal styles, each soaked through and through with personality. The production itself achieves its various glories through a rare combination of traditional musical approaches and relationships and the modern studio art of overdubbing, which allows artists who weren't even in the same room together at one time the chance to sing a duet. The contents of the album's initial release represent a shortened version of the entire session output, thus "Vol. 1" was attached to the Legend and the Legacy title. However, the first pressing on the Canadian Cachet label joined the list of album releases that were given a first volume number, only to never be followed by a subsequent edition. As well as Drake did with the artistic production, he appears to have floundered with the business of this album, resulting in a variety of pressings and more confusion than there are potatoes in a Texas breakfast burrito. There was at first a long delay in release as Drake begged for a major label to put out the project, all in vain. Tubb was considered too old for the big-shots in the country music industry by this time. The initial self-produced album that came out was badly distributed, and, in fact, when Cachet got a Canadian option on this material, there were many consumers in the United States who found it easier to get the release from Up North than the domestic issue. In the '90s, the material was finally repackaged in its entirety, meaning suckers who had the first volume and had been waiting for the second had to buy everything all over again. One repackaging from Intercontinental includes just enough of the first volume and the other material to irritate all those attempting to complete their collections. The Cachet set may be a case where less is more, as some Tubb fans feel the best material from these sessions was all packed onto the first volume.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155151720
  • Catalog Number: 517

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ernest Tubb Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Chet Atkins Guitar
Johnny Cash Vocals, Track Performer
Vern Gosdin Track Performer
Merle Haggard Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Waylon Jennings Guitar
George Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Loretta Lynn Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Nelson Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Paycheck Vocals, Track Performer
Charlie Rich Vocals
Marty Robbins Vocals, Track Performer
Cal Smith Vocals, Track Performer
Conway Twitty Vocals, Track Performer
The Wilburn Brothers Track Performer
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Linda Hargrove Vocals
Carmol Taylor Vocals
Justin Tubb Vocals, Track Performer
Phil Baugh Guitar
Simon Crum Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Grammer Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Tim Boone Vocals
Hayword Bishop Drums
Harold Bradley Guitar
Owen Bradley Piano
Billy Byrd Guitar
Jimmy Capps Guitar
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Charlie Daniels Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Edenton Guitar
Wayne Hammond Guitar
Ferlin Husky Vocals, Track Performer
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Mary Ann Kennedy Vocals
Shorty Lavender Fiddle
Billy Linneman Bass
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton Vocals
George Richey Piano
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Pamela Rose Vocals
Billy Sanford Guitar
Dale Sellers Guitar
Jerry Shook Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Norro Wilson Vocals
Randy Woolery Drums
Lawrence Blackwell Guitar
Tommy Hill Guitar
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Bob Moore Bass
Doyle Wilburn Vocals
Teddy Wilburn Vocals
Rusty Adams Guitar
Johnny Cox Steel Guitar
Jimmy Crawford Steel Guitar
David Briggs Piano
Jack Solomon Guitar
Technical Credits
Pete Drake Producer
Scotty Moore Engineer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Randy Best Engineer
Lou Bradley Engineer
Selby Coffeen Engineer
Rex Collier Engineer
Billy Cox Composer
Al Gore Engineer
Harold Lee Engineer
David McKinley Engineer
Joe Mills Engineer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Tom Sparkman Engineer
Mort Thomasson Engineer
Neil Wilburn Engineer
Jim Williamson Engineer
Reggie Young Contributor
Chet Flippo Liner Notes
Jim Osborn Illustrations
Glenn Snoddy Engineer
Johnny Drake Engineer
Don Sessions Composer
Talmadge Tubb Composer
Clark VanNess Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
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