Just for What I Am

Just for What I Am

by Connie Smith


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Just for What I Am

Bear Family's second Connie Smith box Just for What I Am picks up the story in 1968, when she was firmly established as one of the most popular female country singers of her era. She may have not achieved the iconic status of her peers Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, but these five discs chronicling her complete RCA recordings between 1968 and 1972 make a strong case for Smith being in their artistic league. What distinguished Smith was her cool, authoritative ease, a skill that brought her to the attention of some of Nashville's finest songwriters. This means that even if Smith wasn't tearing up the charts -- she performed consistently and respectably, hitting the country Top Ten with regularity -- she had LPs that were stronger than most which, in turn, makes this box set thoroughly enjoyable. That's not to say there aren't a few slow spots along the way -- there is a slight dip in material toward the end of her RCA tenure, yet this is masqueraded by such highlights as an album devoted to Dallas Frazier songs partially cut with the man himself -- but Smith's strength was how she never made these slighter songs sound lesser. Of course, it also helps that her producers created lush, detailed settings for her, expanding Music City signatures like sweet strings and steel guitars with folk-rock flairs and pop orchestration. Sonically, this is good evidence that Nashville at the turn of the '70s had a broader reach than it did a decade earlier, and the songs are also more adventurous, something that may be easy to overlook due to Smith's cool, seemingly effortless touch. She may have been given some of the best songs, but the thing is, she deserved them: few others could give them grace and soul, as this always entertaining box amply proves.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127168146
catalogNumber: 16814
Rank: 100274


Disc 1

  1. Family Bible
  2. The Last Letter
  3. Heartbreak Avenue
  4. Walk Through This World With Me
  5. If the Whole World Stopped Lovin'
  6. That's All This Old World Needs
  7. I Love Charley Brown
  8. There Are Some Things
  9. The Sunshine of My World
  10. Run Away Little Tears
  11. Let Me Help You Work It Out
  12. Between Each Tear
  13. Little Things
  14. What Makes a Man Wander
  15. The Hurt Goes On
  16. What Would I Do Without You
  17. The Deepening Snow
  18. Natchilly Ain't No Good
  19. To Chicago With Love
  20. Just a Little Sunshine In the Rain
  21. Gentle On My Mind
  22. You Are Gone
  23. Sundown of My Mind
  24. Only Mama That'll Walk the Line
  25. A Lonely Woman
  26. Blue Little Girl
  27. Seattle

Disc 2

  1. Gathering Flowers For the Master's Bouquet
  2. Today I Started Loving You Again
  3. Sound of Different Drums
  4. Happy Street
  5. Gotta Lotta Blues To Lose
  6. You
  7. Ribbon of Darkness
  8. You Don't Have Very Far To Go
  9. Let It Be Me
  10. I Got You
  11. Rings of Gold
  12. Together Alone
  13. Two Together
  14. Yours Love
  15. Stand Beside Me
  16. Something Pretty
  17. I'll Share My World With You
  18. Even the Bad Times Are Good
  19. Whispering Hope
  20. Young Love
  21. Back In Baby's Arms
  22. The Wedding Cake
  23. Long Black Limousine
  24. Fool #1
  25. Too Many Rivers
  26. I Can't Get Used To Being Lonely
  27. Now
  28. Gone Too Far
  29. How Great Thou Art
  30. The Call

Disc 3

  1. You and Your Sweet Love
  2. I'm So Glad
  3. Sunday Morning
  4. Daddy Sang Bass
  5. Way Up On the Morning
  6. His Love Takes Care of Me
  7. He Turned the Water Into Wine
  8. If God Is Dead (Who's That Living in My Soul)?
  9. God Will
  10. Now Lord, What Can I Do For You
  11. Well, It's All Right
  12. Crumbs From the Table
  13. Did You Let Your Light Shine
  14. I Never Once Stopped Loving You
  15. The Sun Shines Down On Me
  16. (I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again
  17. Thank You For Loving Me
  18. This Precious Love (We Know)
  19. I Love You More and More Everyday
  20. I'll Fly Away
  21. Think I'll Go Somewhere (and Cry Myself To Sleep)
  22. If My Heart Had Windows
  23. Alone With You
  24. Love Has a Mind of It's Own
  25. Louisiana Man
  26. There's Something Lonely In This House
  27. Clinging To a Saving Hand
  28. Too Good To Be True
  29. Where is My Castle
  30. Before I'm Over You
  31. Hello Darlin'
  32. I Don't Want Your Memories (I Just Want You)

Disc 4

  1. I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me
  2. If We Want Love To Last
  3. Jesus Take a Hold
  4. Darling Days
  5. I'm So Used To Loving You
  6. I Love You More and More Every Day
  7. When a House is Not a Home
  8. My Heart Was the Last One To Know
  9. I Don't Want To Be With You
  10. Don't Walk Away
  11. Just One Time
  12. One More Time
  13. If You Were Mine To Lose
  14. Sweet Memory
  15. Amazing Grace
  16. He is My Everything
  17. Wait For the Light To Shine
  18. As Long As We've Got Each Other
  19. Too Much to Gain, Too Much to Lose
  20. Come Along and Walk With Me
  21. Don't Let Me Walk Too Far From Calvary
  22. I'd Still Want To Serve Him Today
  23. The Bridge of Love
  24. Crumbs From the Table
  25. (In the Valley) He Restored My Soul
  26. Plenty of Time
  27. The Street Where the Lonely Walk
  28. He Touched Me
  29. Take Me Back
  30. I'm Sorry If My Love Got In Your Way
  31. Blue, Blue Day

Disc 5

  1. If I Could Just Get Over You
  2. How Sweet It is
  3. I Know You're Going Away
  4. Love is the Look You're Looking For
  5. Ain't We Havin' Us a Good Time
  6. Just For What I Am
  7. If God Is Dead (Who's This Living in My Soul)?
  8. Way Up On the Mountain
  9. You're Getting Heavy On My Mind
  10. Don't Tell Him That I'm Still Crying
  11. The Laying On of Hands
  12. Everything's Found a Home With Me (But You)
  13. If That Ain't Strong Enough
  14. If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)
  15. For Goodness Sake, It's Love
  16. My Ecstasy
  17. Bringin' It Home
  18. Living Without You (is Too Much To Live With)
  19. Dream Painter
  20. Here Comes My Baby
  21. Just a Little Bit of You
  22. Turn Your Radio On
  23. If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry
  24. I Ain't Never
  25. What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen
  26. All the Praises
  27. He's All I Got
  28. Country Girl
  29. Until My Dreams Come True
  30. Someone To Give My Love To
  31. Connie's Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Connie Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Violin,Leader
Billy Walker   Organ,Leader,Vibes
Jim Glaser   Choir, Chorus
Kossie Gardner   Organ
Stuart Basore   Steel Guitar
George Binkley   Violin
Larry Butler   Piano
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Electric Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Bobby Dyson   Bass,Electric Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Dolores Edgin   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Vibes
Rita Figlio   Choir, Chorus
Dallas Frazier   Vocals
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
John Hughey   Steel Guitar,Leader
Billy Linneman   Bass
Pierre Menard   Violin
Len Miller   Drums
Laverna Moore   Choir, Chorus
Wayne Moss   Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar,Leader
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Billy Sanford   Bass,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Shook   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Henry Strzelecki   Bass,Electric Bass
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Solie Isaac Fott   Viola
Fred Carter   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Earl Dean Porter   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Nat Stuckey   Vocals
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Harold E. Cruthirds   Cello
Stephanie Woolf   Violin
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Doris Allen   Viola
Martin Kathan   Violin
Ernest West   Choir, Chorus
Richard Farrell Morris   Vibes
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale   Organ
Junior Huskey   Bass,Electric Bass
Joseph T. Babcock   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Vibes
James Carlisle Isbell   Drums
June Evelyn Page   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Vibes
David Briggs   Piano
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Leonard B Miller   Drums,Leader
David Carroll Kirby   Electric Guitar,Leader
Raymond Walker   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Grady Martin   Electric Guitar,Leader
Dicky Overbey   Steel Guitar,Leader
Jeanine Walker   Choir, Chorus
Brenton Bolden Banks   Violin,Leader
Suzanne Parker   Violin
Bob L. Moore   Bass,Electric Bass,Leader
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin
Harald Rugg   Steel Guitar
Mildred Kirkham   Choir, Chorus
Diane Harris   Choir, Chorus
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy   Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vibes
Jerry D. Smith   Piano
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton   Choir, Chorus
Byron Theodore Bach   Cello
Thomas Dale Sellers   Rhythm Guitar
Charles "Chuck" Glaser   Choir, Chorus
Snuff Miller   Drums
Lamar J. Watkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Crawford   Steel Guitar
Glenn Huggins   Choir, Chorus
Charles Edward Justice   Fiddle,Leader
Carol Rodgers-Snow   Organ,Leader
Beegie L. Cruser   Organ,Leader
Thomas Paul Glaser   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Sheb Wooley   Composer
Marty Stuart   Illustrations
Doug Kershaw   Composer
Bill Anderson   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Melba Montgomery   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Dottie West   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Bill Gaither   Composer
Dottie Rambo   Composer
Connie Smith   Composer,Illustrations
Bruce Cockburn   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Hal Mooney   Composer
Roy Drusky   Composer
Larry Lee   Composer
Jerry Williams   Composer
Carmol Taylor   Composer
Jan Howard   Composer
Tompall Glaser   Composer
Hugo Montenegro   Composer
Rose Lee Maphis   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Alice Hawthorne   Composer
Jerry Bradley   Producer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Larry Butler   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Carol Joyner   Composer
Jack Keller   Composer
Buddy Killen   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Ronnie Light   Producer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Bill Mack   Composer
Paul Parnes   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Bill Rice   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Robert Tubert   Composer
Porter Wagoner   Composer
L.E. White   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Barbara Miller   Composer
Ernie Sheldon   Composer
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Composer
Margaret Lewis   Composer
Ray Lewis   Composer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Jan Crutchfield   Composer
Jerry Foster   Composer
Jimmy Gateley   Composer
Rex Griffin   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Lawrence Reynolds   Composer
Betty Jean Robinson   Composer
Nat Stuckey   Composer
Van Trevor   Composer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Jack Ripley   Composer
Gerald Sanford   Composer
Vern Stovall   Composer
Jenny Strickland   Composer
Jean Chapel   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Bobby George   Composer
Lester Vanadore   Composer
Ricci Mareno   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dick Heard   Composer
Mickey Jaco   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Jimmy Peppers   Composer
Betty Sue Perry   Composer
Buddy Wayne   Composer
Alda Calongne   Composer
Clyde Pitts   Composer
Bill West   Composer
Lola Jean Dillon   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Composer
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
Gene Thomas   Composer
Stuart Hine   Composer
S. Seamons   Composer
Anne Young   Composer
K. Savage   Composer
Delanoe   Composer
B. Wilson   Composer
Buskirk   Composer
A. L. "Doodle" Owens   Composer
Gordon Galbraith   Composer
Sam Malbuch   Photo Restoration
Marvin Baumgardner   Composer
Carver   Composer
Ric Cartey   Composer
Barry Mazor   Liner Notes
Kay Arnold   Composer
Kathryn Fulton   Composer
Robert E. Filhart   Photo Scanning
Myra Smith   Composer
Joe Simpson   Composer
Jimmy Holder   Composer
Herb Strizik   Composer
Gladness Jennings   Composer
Gary Bonds   Composer
Clay McLean   Composer
Charles P. Williams   Composer
Bette Anderson   Composer
Ted Harris   Composer

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