All Star Jam [Coming Home/Chordant]

All Star Jam [Coming Home/Chordant]


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All Star Jam [Coming Home/Chordant]

This album presents the audio portion of the television special Coming Home: Ralph Emery and Friends, which found a group of country stars gathering on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville without an audience for a session of song and story swapping. Emery himself and the stories are absent along with the visuals, but what remains is a collection of largely off-the-cuff performances of country hits from several decades. In many cases, the artists essentially recreate their hit recordings, but the most interesting tracks are the ones on which people do songs not associated with them or help each other out in remembering how the tunes go. Willie Nelson's rendition of the 1940s pop hit "Linda," for example, is so casual it ends abruptly, but not before Nelson has put his stamp on the song, and one of the funnier moments comes when Bobby Bare hands over the narrated section of his hit "Detroit City" to the famed stutterer Mel Tillis, who navigates so well he rushes the tempo. The novelty group the Geezinslaws fit right in with a grammatically challenged version of the show tune "On the Street Where You Live," which becomes "On the Street Where You Live At" in their interpretation. And Porter Wagoner, the reigning monarch of the Grand Ole Opry, contributes a good-natured version of his 1962 hit "Misery Loves Company," joking about the instrumental break that never comes. But the most dominant presence is Kris Kristofferson, who opens the proceedings with "Me and Bobby McGee," his most famous song, and closes them with "Here Comes That Rainbow Again," a terrific 1981 song that never got the recognition it deserved. This may not be the place to start a country music collection, but fans should find it a delight.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2001
Label: Chordant
UPC: 0617884230425
catalogNumber: 42304

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Bare   Track Performer
Crystal Gayle   Track Performer
Geezinslaws   Track Performer
Mickey Gilley   Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson   Track Performer
Lorrie Morgan   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Mel Tillis   Track Performer
Gene Watson   Track Performer
Billy Joe Shaver   Track Performer
Janie Fricke   Track Performer
B.J. Thomas   Track Performer
Porter Wagoner   Track Performer
George Lindsey   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Barry Jennings   Executive Producer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction
Tom Davis   Engineer
Bart Howard   Composer
Johnny Mears   Composer
Fred L. Foster   Composer

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