Sing: Chapter 1

Sing: Chapter 1

by Wynonna
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Sing: Chapter 1

Wynonna Judd's excellent 2003 outing What the World Needs Now Is Love was steeped in rock & roll and country tunes done in her inimitable fashion. It reflected Judd's uncanny ability to sing new music with the passion, style, and finesse of the old gems. Country and pop radio being what they are -- namely, paranoid frightened defective computers with human faces -- all but ignored it. The radio and video channel worlds reflect the very definition of insanity: doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Rather than trying something different by showcasing real quality and individualism, they become narrower and more paranoid with each passing year as they program recycled crap. Update 2009: Wynonna Judd is back with Sing: Chapter 1, a collection of standards and cover tunes that have inspired her throughout her life and career. And it's a stunner. Produced by Brent Maher and Don Potter, this set contains 12 tracks that range from country music standards to blues tunes, R&B nuggets, and American pop radio classics by the masters. The opener is a reading of the prewar 1932 finger-poppin' swinger "That's How Rhythm Was Born" (wherein Judd and Vicki Hampton do their own Andrews Sisters on the backing chorus). Judd delivers it effortlessly with all the good time verve -- and a smoking Stéphane Grappelli-inspired violin solo by Fats Kaplan -- the original contained, but with a bit more sass. She counters this with a gorgeous, deeply emotional, string-laden version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," that is as dramatic and darkly dreamy as ANYTHING k.d. lang ever attempted. This is followed by a beautiful version of Sippie Wallace's "Women Be Wise," with all of its sassy natural inflections retained even as Judd updates the context, and then a version of Dave Bartholomew's New Orleans R&B stomper "I Hear You Knockin'" that gives the Dave Edmunds cover a run for its money -- and comes damn close to Fats Domino's. Other country classics include Merle Haggard's "Are the Good Times Really Over for Good," Stevie Ray Vaughan's "The House Is Rockin'" (and here it really does), and a completely shocking, utterly bereft deep soul-blues reading of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." Here, the simmering, smoldering eros in Judd's voice is tempered with genuine loneliness, accented by the nylon-string guitar and a convincing string arrangement. It's devastating. Add to this a shuffling bluesy rocker in Leiber & Stoller's "I'm a Woman," with some smoking Rhodes piano, and you have the uptempo part of the program covered. But add the three ballads that close the set -- the Bacharach/David "Anyone Who Had a Heart," the 1952 standard "When I Fall in Love," and the closing title track by Rodney Crowell -- and you have true classicism. This final track is a new pop country anthem; it underscores Judd's sheer individualism and style, and offers a complete illustration of her gifts as a singer. Sing: Chapter 1 is perfection in performance, material, production, and musical execution. Judd is reinventing herself AS herself: she is a country singer every bit the individual that Patsy Cline was, and is so iconoclastic with her phrasing, tension, shading, and drama that she is a truly unique stylist (a rarity in the 21st century). If you want to hear a singer's singer, one who can move you to the core of your being with her way of interpreting a song, Wynonna Judd's deeply moving, authentic Sing: Chapter 1 is a fine place to begin. This may be her finest hour.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2009
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187913325
catalogNumber: 79133
Rank: 99326

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynonna   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Don Potter   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Gut String Guitar,Soloist,Archguitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Bob Britt   Electric Guitar
Mark Douthit   Tenor Saxophone
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Sam Levine   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Brent Maher   Percussion,African Drums
Mike Maple   Drums
Gordon Mote   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Mike Rojas   Organ,Piano
Larry Strickland   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Keb' Mo'   Slide Guitar
Spencer Campbell   Bass
Charles McCoy   Harmonica
Roy Agee   Trombone
Mark Selby   Harmonica
Maurice Carter   Background Vocals
Fats Kaplan   Fiddle,Accordion
Elicia Brown   Background Vocals
Prentiss Hobbs   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo
Kerry Beatty   Background Vocals
Brian Beatty   Background Vocals
Jeremy Calloway   Background Vocals
Bruce Dailey   Piano
Wes Foy   Bass
Jaimee Paul Shires   Background Vocals
Brian Betty   Background Vocals
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Conga,Drums

Technical Credits

Sippie Wallace   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Larry Henley   Composer
Don Potter   Arranger,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Edward Heyman   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Brent Maher   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike Stoller   Composer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger,String Arrangements
George Whiting   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Gordon Robinson   Colorist
Kerry Hansen   Management
Pearl King   Composer
Nat Burton   Composer
Charles Yingling   Engineer
Linda Carbone   Publicity
Brian Krause   Engineer
Tami Olin   Shoot Coordinator
Jennifer Witherell   Management
Wynonna   Liner Notes
Thalia Regas   Management

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Sing: Chapter 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
melaniejudd More than 1 year ago
I'm probably going to wear this CD out soon. Just when I thought she couldn't get any better, she tops herself again. The CD is very upbeat with a variety of genres from bluegrass to rock-n-roll. She is AMAZING.