Rockin' Side

Rockin' Side

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by Travis Tritt
     
 

An eight-year (1990-98) retrospective in 16 songs, The Rockin' Side showcases Travis Tritt in full high-octane glory, growling and howling his way through some of the fiercest southern-spiced country rock this side of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Extending well beyond the obvious choices -- the Top 20 hits "Looking Out for Number One" and theSee more details below

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An eight-year (1990-98) retrospective in 16 songs, The Rockin' Side showcases Travis Tritt in full high-octane glory, growling and howling his way through some of the fiercest southern-spiced country rock this side of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Extending well beyond the obvious choices -- the Top 20 hits "Looking Out for Number One" and the Elvis cover "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," as well as the engaging smash-hit duet with buddy Marty Stuart on "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" -- this set merits praise for its left-field selections. Those would include a powerhouse ditty called "Blue Collar Hero," featuring Skynyrd cofounder Gary Rossington adding some trademark searing, serpentine lead lines behind Tritt's roughhouse vocal; the roadhouse barn-burner "Wishful Thinking," also blessed with white-hot Rossington fretwork; the Memphis soul-styled "Start the Car"; two other winning duets with Stuart, "Hard Times and Misery" and "Double Trouble"; and a jubilant interpretation of "Take It Easy" from the tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles. Not to be confused with his remarkably heartfelt The Lovin' Side, the blistering Rockin' Side is a solid demonstration of how Tritt has been able to keep his music fresh by working simple variations on a time-honored template.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In February of 2002, Warner/Rhino offered up two Travis Tritt compilations, one spotlighting his "Rockin' Side," the other his "Lovin' Side." Titles don't come much clearer than that, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that both compilations deliver on their promise without straying from their template. Because they stick to a theme, neither has all of his hits, but that's not a problem since the selected hits -- in this case, tunes like "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" and "Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof" -- are surrounded by sharp selections from his albums, giving each compilation a surprisingly well-rounded feel. Of the two, The Rockin' Side is superior because Tritt sounds livelier, freer, truer in this setting than he does crooning ballads, and the material is also far more consistent. Note that this really does take "rockin'" seriously, meaning that honky tonk numbers (and big hits) like "Country Club" and "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" are entirely absent, but those looking for either the "Rockin' Side" or "Lovin' Side" of Travis Tritt will find either volume satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0081227829728
catalogNumber:
78297
Rank:
19000

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Travis Tritt   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Solo Instrumental,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jude Cole   Guitar
Little Feat   Track Performer
John Jorgenson   Guitar
Matt Rollings   Piano
Paul Barrére   Solo Instrumental,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Dana McVicker   Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Sam Bacco   Percussion,Tambourine
Eddie Bayers   Percussion
Benmont Tench   Piano,Hammond Organ
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Sam Clayton   Conga,Tambourine
John Cowan   Background Vocals
Wendell Cox   Guitar
Terry Crisp   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Kenny Gradney   Bass
Marty Grebb   Piano,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barry Green   Trombone
Portia Griffin   Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Richie Hayward   Drums
Jack Holder   Solo Instrumental,Guitar
Byron House   Bass
Dann Huff   Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
Billy Livsey   Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Vox Organ
Dennis Locorriere   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Guitar
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Bobby Ogdin   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Bill Payne   Piano,Hammond Organ
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Charles Rose   Trombone
Gary Rossington   Guitar
Jimmy Joe Ruggiere   Harmonica
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Lester Snell   Vocal Director
Joe Spivey   Banjo
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Steve Turner   Percussion,Drums
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Billy Joe Walker   Solo Instrumental,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar,6-string bass
Roy Huskey   String Bass
James R. Horn   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornberg   Trumpet
Michael Peterson   Background Vocals
Tim Passmore   Background Vocals
Helen Plummer   Vocals
Sandra Prewitt   Background Vocals
John Wesley Riles   Background Vocals
Patricia Snell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Travis Tritt   Producer
Mad Lion   Composer
Gregg Brown   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Henry Diltz   Cover Photo
Duke Ellington   Composer
Rob Feaster   Engineer
Paul Franklin   Contributor
Chris Hammond   Engineer
John Hampton   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Lynn Peterzell   Engineer
Chris Stone   overdub engineer
James Stroud   Producer
David Thoener   Engineer
Billy Joe Walker   Producer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
James R. Horn   Horn Arrangements
Randee Saint Nicholas   Inlay Photography
Greg Gorman   Inlay Photography
Matthew Barnes   Inlay Photography
Teresa Caffin   Remastering
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Alan Schulman   overdub engineer
Leigh Hall   Liner Note Coordination

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