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Wolf Creek Pass [Omni]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's anyone's guess why truck drivers and the citizens' band radios they used to communicate with one another suddenly became a major part of America's cultural Zeitgeist in the mid-'70s, but William Fries and Chip Davis managed to help create this phenomenon and cash in on it at the same time. Fries and Davis were working for an advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska when they came up with a series of commercial jingles for a bakery chain that featured a laconic but fast-talking truck driver as their narrator. The commercials were successful enough that Fries and Davis cut a single in which they spun two musical shaggy-dog stories out of the eccentric trucker; they gave the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's anyone's guess why truck drivers and the citizens' band radios they used to communicate with one another suddenly became a major part of America's cultural Zeitgeist in the mid-'70s, but William Fries and Chip Davis managed to help create this phenomenon and cash in on it at the same time. Fries and Davis were working for an advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska when they came up with a series of commercial jingles for a bakery chain that featured a laconic but fast-talking truck driver as their narrator. The commercials were successful enough that Fries and Davis cut a single in which they spun two musical shaggy-dog stories out of the eccentric trucker; they gave the character the name C.W. McCall, and after the single became a local hit, Fries and Davis scored a deal with MGM Records, and landed a handful of minor country hits with "Wolf Creek Pass," "The Old Home Filler-Up an' Keep on A-Truckin' Café," and "Classified." In 1975, C.W. McCall crossed over to the pop charts in a big way with the song "Convoy," and for a year or two Fries became a genuine star as McCall until the nation's obsessions turned elsewhere. Wolf Creek Pass is an expanded reissue of the first C.W. McCall album, with the first ten tracks taken from the 1975 Wolf Creek Pass album (albeit in a different sequence), and the remaining 15 drawn from the three other C.W. McCall albums that were cranked out in less than two years following. The selections from Wolf Creek Pass have best stood the test of time, with their oddball humor and winning sense of playfulness, while the character got more serious after "Convoy" became a hit, making the late-inning selections something of a chore. But the expanded Wolf Creek Pass is probably as close to definitive as a C.W. McCall collection is ever going to get, and it captures the good humor of Fries and Davis' early sides as well as their moment of chart-topping success. (And this was just a few years before Davis would become a cottage industry with his pop/classical project Mannheim Steamroller.) Fine listening for gear jammers and those who love them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Omni
  • EAN: 9326425806777
  • Catalog Number: 163
  • Sales rank: 25,336

Album Credits

Performance Credits
C.W. McCall Primary Artist, Vocals
Jackson Berky Percussion, Strings, Keyboards
Ron Cooley Guitar
Gary Morris Background Vocals
Curtis McPeake Banjo
Chip Davis Drums, Background Vocals
Ron Agnew Guitar
Stuart Basore Steel Guitar
Bill Berg Drums
Bill Buntain Trombone
Carol Rogers Background Vocals
Ron Steele Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Terry Waddell Drums
Mortimer Alpert Strings
Dorothy Brown Strings
Miriam Duffelmeyer Strings
Ginni Eldred Strings
James Hammond Strings
David Kappy French Horn
Joe Landes Strings
Beth McCollum Strings
Alex Sokol Strings
Gene Badgett Trumpet
Milt Bailey Background Vocals
Jim Schanilec Strings, Tuba
Phillip Wachowski Strings
Larry Morton Guitar
Don Simmons Drums
Eric Hansen Bass, Harmonica
Steve Hanson Banjo, Mandolin
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Chuck Sanders Bass
Brian Sampson Bass
Gregg Fox 12-string Guitar
Bobbie Thomas Banjo
Barbara Potter Strings
The Puffys Background Vocals
Sarah Westphalen Background Vocals
Ruth Horn Background Vocals
Myrtle Bowman Strings
Morton Schatzkin Strings
Mike Hirsch Background Vocals
Mel Olsen Background Vocals
Lucinda Gladies Strings
Jerry Smithers Background Vocals
Jean Allen Keyboards
Jan Sheldric Background Vocals
Irene Brandt Strings
Hugh Brown Strings
Dick Solowicz Background Vocals
Christopher Cable Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chip Davis Arranger, Composer, Producer
John Boyd Engineer
David Landis Layout
Don Sears Producer, Engineer
Warren Barnett Remastering
Alvin Lucia Liner Notes
Bill Fries Composer
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