What a Crying Shame

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Mavericks fully hit their stride with their third album, 1994's What a Crying Shame, in which the band's blend of rootsy country and vintage pop sounds finally found the balance they'd been searching for. While producer Don Cook gave the band a significantly glossier sound than that of their first two albums, with a hefty number of guest musicians and guest songwriters on board, remarkably enough the Mavericks' personality wasn't subsumed in the process; if anything, the high-priced help seemed to have prodded the boys into playing at the top of their game. Raul Malo's keening tenor gets a superb workout on "I Should Have Been True" and the title cut the latter of which...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Mavericks fully hit their stride with their third album, 1994's What a Crying Shame, in which the band's blend of rootsy country and vintage pop sounds finally found the balance they'd been searching for. While producer Don Cook gave the band a significantly glossier sound than that of their first two albums, with a hefty number of guest musicians and guest songwriters on board, remarkably enough the Mavericks' personality wasn't subsumed in the process; if anything, the high-priced help seemed to have prodded the boys into playing at the top of their game. Raul Malo's keening tenor gets a superb workout on "I Should Have Been True" and the title cut the latter of which boasts a guitar hook Roger McGuinn would have been proud to come up with, while "Pretend" and "There Goes My Heart" are honky tonk floor-fillers of the first order. Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin are a rhythm section who can give these songs the nervy drive of a rock band without betraying the Mavericks' country leanings, and they give the covers of "All That Heaven Will Allow" and "O What a Thrill" a taut foundation most contemporary Nashville acts lack. Truth to tell, What a Crying Shame doesn't have a single dud track, and offers encouraging proof that it's still possible to make an engaging and idiosyncratic country album while signed to the Nashville division of a major label...and the best news is, the band managed to turn that accomplishment into a hat trick over the next few years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/1994
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008811096120
  • Catalog Number: 10961
  • Sales rank: 18,629

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Mavericks Primary Artist
James House Background Vocals
Trisha Yearwood Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton Steel Guitar
Dennis Burnside Conductor
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Paul Deakin Drums
Connie Ellisor Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
John Jarvis Organ, Piano
Lee Larrison Violin
Stan Lynch Conga, Tambourine, Claves, Timpani, Cabasa
Ted Madsen Violin
Raul Malo Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Robert Reynolds Electric Bass
Alan Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Bass, Upright Bass
John Barlow Jarvis Piano, Hammond Organ
Nick Kane Guitar
Joy White Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mike Bradley Engineer
Dennis Burnside String Arrangements
Don Cook Producer
Buddy Jackson Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Crying Shame If Missed....

    This is the only one that I bought after listening to their other more recent albums. I thought this one is their better effort. For fans of Roy Orbison and those who appreciate the soulfulness of the artists of yesteryear, you would want to check this out. They did not sound overly country and western. I suppose this is why I enjoy it very much.

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