Beyond Country: The Best of Alt Country

Beyond Country: The Best of Alt Country


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Beyond Country: The Best of Alt Country

Subtitling this compilation The Best of Alt-Country would lead listeners to believe that there might actually be some alternative country performers on the CD. Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh, but while Alison Krauss, Jerry Jeff Walker, Buck Owens, John Hiatt, and Don Williams are all spectacular performers, lumping them in as alt-country seems to be missing the mark. To be fair, Steve Earle, BR5-49, Iris DeMent, Junior Brown, and Lucinda Williams all make appearances, showcasing their uniquely "alternative" brands of soulful, introspective country music, which is a million miles away from the Nashville hitmaking machine. There isn't a bad tune on the record (although it could be argued that Rosanne Cash's version of "Tennessee Flat-Top Box" isn't nearly as rule-breaking as her father's), but many of them have a slicked-up sound that is usually more associated with the contemporary side of country music. A little more grit and innovation would have made this a more fitting compilation -- that and some tunes by Gillian Welch, Richard Buckner, Robbie Fulks, and the Flatlanders, and maybe then Time-Life would have an alt-country collection to be proud of.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Time Life Records
UPC: 0610583085327
catalogNumber: 18898

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Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Guy Clark   Composer
Nanci Griffith   Composer
Iris DeMent   Composer
Butch Hancock   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Red Simpson   Composer
Billy Altman   Producer,Liner Notes
Homer Joy   Composer
Kostas   Composer
Raul Malo   Composer
Ray Rush   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Dennis Payne   Composer
Gary Bennett   Composer
Tony Macaulay   Composer
Joe Sasfy   Product Development
Kostas Lazarides   Composer
Robert Hull   Executive Producer
Gene Zacharewicz   Product Development
Jeffrey Peisch   Product Development
Suzanne Manlove   Creative Services Director
Sloan Carroll   Creative Services Coordinator
Francesca Chalukoff   Creative Services Coordinator
Mitchell Peyser   Marketing
John MacLeod   Composer

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