The Ballads of Jack Scott

The Ballads of Jack Scott

by Jack ScottJack Scott


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Jack Scott was one of the great voices of early rock & roll, echoing with danger and attitude on tunes like "The Way I Walk" and "Leroy," but at the same time he had a real gift for ballads and mid-tempo love songs (especially those with a sorrowful undertow), and some of his biggest hits found him easing back the tempo in favor of airing his broken heart, such as "Burning Bridges" and "What in the World's Come Over You." After compiling a near-definitive set of Scott's rock & roll classics, simply titled Jack Rocks, the German Bear Family label has released a companion volume, The Ballads of Jack Scott, that does equal justice to Scott's softer side. Drawn from Scott's recordings for Carlton, Top Rank, Groove and Capitol, this set by its definition lacks some of the stylistic diversity of Jack Rocks, but it also offers more in the way of buried treasure, including some fine but lesser-known tunes such as the Italian-flavored "Bella," the understated country weeper "Separation Now Granted," and the quietly bitter closer "This Is Where I Came In." Listening to this disc confirms that Scott's vocal talents only grew with the passage of time, and that unlike most early rockers he had an intuitive understanding of how to deliver a broad variety of material; that the man isn't better remembered today is both sad and puzzling, and this disc is a loving and overdue tribute to a superlative entertainer. As is their custom, Bear Family has done an excellent job with the remastering, and the booklet includes a thoughtful and well-written essay from Deke Dickerson.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2006
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127168474
catalogNumber: 16847
Rank: 86828

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Scott   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Anita Kerr   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar,Leader
Stan Applebaum   Conductor
Joe Babcock   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Byron Bach   Viola
Brenton Banks   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Harold Bradley   Electric Guitar
Jerry Crutchfield   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Wayne Moss   Electric Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
June Page   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Marijohn Wilkin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Norris Wilson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cecil Brower   Violin
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John W. Ragsdale   Tambourine
Dave Rohillier   Guitar
Booker Rowe   Cello
Dominic Scafone   Drums
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Electric Guitar
Ray C. Walker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
William Guilford Wright   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Briggs   Piano

Technical Credits

Jack Scott   Composer
Jimmy Day   Composer
Manny Kellem   Producer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Joe Carlton   Producer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Bill Sanford   Producer
Deke Dickerson   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Ray Griff   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Trevor Cajiao   Reissue Producer
Hans Peter Zdrenka   Illustrations
Laura Veronica   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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