Small Worlds: The Crowell Collection 1978-1995

Small Worlds: The Crowell Collection 1978-1995

by Rodney Crowell
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Small Worlds: The Crowell Collection 1978-1995

Small Worlds: The Crowell Collection 1978-1995 epitomizes why Rodney Crowell is a perfect example of the "new" country, a combination of styles creating slick pop music that would have had a tougher time in the '60s garnering the country & western play many of these songs achieved. There are lots of names lending their talents on these 21 tracks: Vince Gill, Dr. John, Emmylou Harris, Nicolette Larson, Booker T. Jones, Hal Blaine, and Russ Kunkel, among many others. "Let the Picture Paint Itself" borrows more from Elton John/Bernie Taupin's "Country Comforts" than it does from Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A.," though you can hear nicks of both melodies in this song, which is very different from both those tunes, and Roy Orbison lives again on Crowell's duet with former wife Rosanne Cash on the title track, "It's Such a Small World," as well as on "I Couldn't Leave You if I Tried" and "If Looks Could Kill." "If Looks Could Kill" is certainly not the song by Heart, but when Crowell references the Beatles and quotes their lyrics in "Lovin' All Night," one has to consider if the inspiration is coming from the land of Hank Williams or the realm where the sisters Wilson ruled. These influences seem to be co-writing with Rodney Crowell when he reads a brilliant lyric like, "What kind of love hears you when you pray?" in "What Kind of Love," composed by Crowell with Will Jennings and Roy Orbison, additional voices courtesy of Linda Ronstadt and Don Henley. Emulating Orbison by having his voice go into that texture is a tribute to his hero indeed, and very present on this "first multi-label career overview." Tracks were culled from releases on Warner Bros., Columbia, and MCA, making for another excellent collection from Australia's Raven Records with 21 tracks, over 77 minutes of music, all on one disc. And like 7-N/BMG's meticulous re-releases, Raven's come spilling over with definite and comprehensive liner notes, 16 pages here, making this repackaged music all the more vital for longtime fans as well as a great primer for the uninitiated.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2002
Label: Raven [australia]
UPC: 0661265715223
catalogNumber: 152

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Crowell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion
Rosanne Cash   Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
Patty Loveless   Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Albert Lee   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Amos Garrett   Guitar
James Burton   Guitar
Richard Greene   Fiddle
Nicolette Larson   Background Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Lari White   Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion
Hal Blaine   Drums
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Byron Berline   Fiddle
Tony Brown   Keyboards
Bobby Clark   Slide Guitar
Donivan Cowart   Background Vocals
Mickey Curry   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Keyboards
Hank DeVito   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Shane Keister   Keyboards
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Emory Gordy   Bass
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Dann Huff   Guitar
David Hungate   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jerry Jumonville   Saxophone
Mary Ann Kennedy   Background Vocals
Larry Klein   Bass,Keyboards
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Paul Leim   Drums
John Leventhal   Guitar,Percussion
Mark Luna   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Guitar
Vince Melamed   Synthesizer
Steve Nathan   Harmonium
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals
Frank Reckard   Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Kim Richey   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Pamela Rose   Background Vocals
Vince Santoro   Background Vocals
Preston Smith   Background Vocals
Steuart Smith   Guitar
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
John Ware   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Dr. John   Keyboards
Jim Hanson   Bass
Larrie Londin   Drums
Billy Joe Walker   Guitar
Pete Wosner   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Producer
Joe Jackson   Composer
Brian Ahern   Producer
Tony Brown   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Producer
Larry Klein   Producer
John Leventhal   Producer
Keith Glass   Liner Notes
Peter Shillito   Concept

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