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Long Lonesome Road

The Long Lonesome Road

by Dick Curless
     
 
Arriving three years after Dick Curless' big breakthrough hit "A Tombstone Every Mile," the 1968 album The Long Lonesome Road is something of a trucker classic: a rough-and-tumble pseudo song cycle about the pleasures and perils of the road. Curless cut the record in Memphis after a prolonged spell on the West Coast and the LP is appealingly caught between

Overview

Arriving three years after Dick Curless' big breakthrough hit "A Tombstone Every Mile," the 1968 album The Long Lonesome Road is something of a trucker classic: a rough-and-tumble pseudo song cycle about the pleasures and perils of the road. Curless cut the record in Memphis after a prolonged spell on the West Coast and the LP is appealingly caught between these two worlds, retaining the lean, lanky masculinity of Bakersfield but given a cinematic sweetness that points the way toward the Music City. This makes The Long Lonesome Road distinctly a creation of the late '60s, part progressive and part pop, aware that the times are changing and "You Can't Go Back Again," yet keenly yearning for tradition. Curless' fathomless baritone anchors these songs, not lending them gravity but rather a weathered reality. Unlike his clear predecessor Johnny Cash, Curless never mines these tunes for pathos -- not even when he's singing "Bury the Bottle with Me," a song that plays less fatalistic than its lyrics -- he is matter-of-fact, shrugging off any traces of sadness and emitting only the wriest chuckle on the happier tunes. Any embellishments are left to producer Jack Clement, who gives The Long Lonesome Road textures heretofore unheard on a Curless record, and this richness makes it one of his very best LPs. Omni's greatly expanded 2011 reissue of The Long Lonesome Road adds 19 bonus tracks to the original album. Per Omni tradition, the bonus tracks are selected for theme, not popularity: the big hit "A Tombstone Every Mile" is here and so are the early-'70s drinking songs "Loser's Cocktail" and "Stonin' Around," but earlier and later hits are passed by, particularly if they have a little levity to them (no "Chick Inspector [That's Where My Money Goes]," in other words). There is some, but not much, overlap with Razor & Tie's 1998 collection Drag Em Off the Interstate, Sock It to Em: The Hits of Dick Curless collection, so this winds up as an excellent supplement to that fine comp, particularly considering that there is a distinct dearth of digital Dick Curless: it's either these single discs or Bear Family's big boxes.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
Label:
Omni
UPC:
9326425805886
catalogNumber:
152

Tracks

  1. You Can't Go Back Again
  2. Wrinkled, Crinkled, Wadded Dollar Bill
  3. Bury the Bottle with Me
  4. End of the Road
  5. Just for the Record
  6. Shoes
  7. I Ain't Got Nobody
  8. The Heartline Special
  9. Bummin' on Track "E"
  10. When Dad Was Around
  11. A Tombstone Every Mile
  12. Six Times a Day
  13. Foggy Foggy Day
  14. Down by the Old River
  15. Highway Man
  16. The Wild Side of Town
  17. The Good Old Days
  18. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  19. It's Nothing to Me
  20. Long Lonesome Highway
  21. Goin' Down That Road Feeling Bad
  22. The Lonesome Road
  23. Loser's Cocktail
  24. Woman Don't Try to Sing My Song
  25. Travelin' Light
  26. Stonin' Around
  27. Been There People
  28. Lazy Bones
  29. Old Bob Burton

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Curless   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer,Producer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Dick Curless   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nick Nixon   Composer
Jim Hendricks   Composer
Joe Allison   Producer
Jack Clement   Producer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Jerry Crutchfield   Composer
Roger Graham   Composer
David Landis   Layout
Red Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Rich   Composer
George Richey   Producer
Velma Smith   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Pat Patterson   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Harlan Sanders   Composer
David Thrussell   Reissue Executive Producer
Don Choate   Composer
Don Earl   Composer
Bobby George   Composer
Hawkes   Producer
Charlie Williams   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dan Fulkerson   Composer,Producer
Ed White   Composer
Jason Odd   Liner Notes
Jimmie Cox   Composer
Gary Paxton   Composer
Michael Hobbs   Composer
Vincent Matthews   Composer
Lee Soloman   Composer
Corky Bennett   Composer
Tommy Stephens   Composer

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