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On the Road: The Mega Years Plus
     

On the Road: The Mega Years Plus

by Henson Cargill
 
Omni's second collection of Henson Cargill recordings covers his recordings for Mega Records, the label he joined after leaving Monument in 1971. Cargill only released one LP for Mega, 1972's On the Road, which is included here in its entirety along with a bunch of 45s from both early and late in his career, all making their first appearance on CD. He had no

Overview

Omni's second collection of Henson Cargill recordings covers his recordings for Mega Records, the label he joined after leaving Monument in 1971. Cargill only released one LP for Mega, 1972's On the Road, which is included here in its entirety along with a bunch of 45s from both early and late in his career, all making their first appearance on CD. He had no hits during this stint -- he was still a couple years away from having his last run on the charts with 1974's This Is Henson Cargill Country -- but Cargill spent plenty of time adapting to the sounds of the passing times, covering hits by Wayne Newton, John Denver, Neil Diamond, the Band, and Merle Haggard, singing chugging Johnny Cash historical fables in the mid-'60s and slick crossover country-pop in the late '70s. Cargill was skillful enough a singer to sound convincing in all these settings, but the most memorable of the recordings here is indeed the On the Road LP, a cross between Cash's travelogues and Haggard's rolling country-folk, tempered with a considerable dose of Nashville studio craft and a touch of soft Glen Campbell-styled pop. Essentially, it's a period curio but it's a good one, not just because it captures its time, but because Cargill is an effective, plain-spoken country singer -- good enough that he deserved songs that weren't just of their times but rather transcended them. Even if he didn't have those in the '70s, he still eked out some good period recordings, all collected here.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
Label:
Omni
UPC:
9311367000413
catalogNumber:
130
Rank:
77208

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henson Cargill   Primary Artist
Chip Young   Guitar
Jim Isbell   Drums
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Weldon Myrick   Pedal Steel Guitar
Ron Oates   Piano
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Lionel Delmore   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Kenny Rogers   Composer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Jim Malloy   Producer
Shirl Milete   Composer
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Tommy Strong   Engineer
Terry Williams   Composer
Don Andrews   Composer
Sterling Whipple   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
David Thrussell   Reissue
Richard Ahlert   Composer
Gene Dobbins   Composer
Diamond   Composer
U.S. (United Soul)   Composer
G. Stephens   Composer
Jason Odd   Liner Notes
Nivert   Composer
Danoff   Composer
Denver   Composer
Russell Steagall   Composer
D. Kirby   Composer

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