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Best of Crystal Gayle [Rhino]

The Best of Crystal Gayle [Rhino]

by Crystal Gayle
Loretta Lynn's little sister by 17 years, Crystal Gayle may be a coal miner's daughter, but she would sound right at home in a New York cabaret. Like Patsy Cline, she came out of the backwoods, grew up loving both country and pop vocalists, and possessed an expressive alto that blurred the boundaries between


Loretta Lynn's little sister by 17 years, Crystal Gayle may be a coal miner's daughter, but she would sound right at home in a New York cabaret. Like Patsy Cline, she came out of the backwoods, grew up loving both country and pop vocalists, and possessed an expressive alto that blurred the boundaries between the two genres. In the heyday limned in this collection -- 1976-1986 -- Gayle's was one of the most recognizable and popular voices in country music. Her story begins with her 1977 pop blues masterpiece, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blues," which towered over the country and pop charts and remains her signature song. In fact, 9 of the 19 tracks here topped the country chart, and 7 were Top 30 Adult Contemporary hits. Gayle can effectively maneuver around an up-tempo song -- her loose, swinging vocal on 1984's No. 1 hit "Turning Away" is one of her best on record -- but she's a juggernaut on deliberately paced ballads and languorous mid-tempo heartbreakers. Check out how she lays the hurt all over 1983's deceptively upbeat "Baby, What About You." On "Everything I Own," she explores places inside her broken heart that David Gates could only hint at in Bread's original version. This hit-filled, multiple-hanky sob fest is a gorgeous testament to Gayle's talents and her enduring legacy.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's 2002 release The Very Best of Crystal Gayle has many of her biggest hits, but it's not necessarily a representative collection. That's because the 19-track compilation concentrates on recordings that WEA, Rhino's parent company, owns -- so after the first two songs, including her defining moment "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," it moves into her recordings for Elektra in the early '80s. Some of these were big country hits, some, like her Eddie Rabbitt duet "You and I," were even crossover hits, but they weren't as definitive as those she made for United Artists and Columbia, nor were they as good. They tend to be a little homogenized, even when they're good, which means this collection is a little too even-keeled for those that are expecting more of "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." Which means that even if this summarizes Gayle's '80s recordings well, it's not really the very best she ever recorded.

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Crystal Gayle   Primary Artist
Rodney Crowell   Vocal Harmony
Eddie Rabbitt   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Paul Davis   Vocal Harmony
Jay Patten   Saxophone
Michael Chapman   Bass
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Jon Goin   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Mike Eldred   Background Vocals
Ava Aldridge   Vocal Harmony
Joseph Allen   Bass
Beth Andersen   Vocal Harmony
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Piano
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Spady Brannan   Bass
Robbie Buchanan   Electric Piano,DX-7
Kathy Burdick   Vocal Harmony
Dennis Burnside   Conductor,fender rhodes
Larry Byrom   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Gene Chrisman   Percussion,Drums
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar
Charles Cochran   Strings,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Piano (Grand)
Jim Colvard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Anthony Crawford   Steel Guitar
Pebble Daniel   Background Vocals
Bruce Dees   Guitar,Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer
Garth Fundis   Background Vocals
Phil Forrest   Background Vocals
Janie Fricke   Background Vocals
Joy Gardner   Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Jim Horn   Piccolo,Saxophone
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Sherilyn Huffman   Vocal Harmony
David Hungate   Bass
Dave Innis   Synthesizer
Jim Isbell   Percussion,Drums
Angie Jaree   Vocal Harmony
John Jarvis   Piano,Piano (Grand)
Randy Kerber   Piano,Electric Piano,DX-7
Dave Kirby   Acoustic Guitar
Darlene Koldenhoven   Vocal Harmony
Mike Lawler   Synthesizer
Mike Leech   Bass
Paul Leim   Drums
Josh Leo   Electric Guitar
Chris Leuzinger   Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Randy McCormick   Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Larry Muhoberac   Conductor
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Billy Puett   Clarinet,Flute
Allen Reynolds   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Cindy Richardson   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tom Roady   Conga,Tambourine
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Keyboards
Andrea Robinson   Vocal Harmony
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Marcia Routh   Background Vocals
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Milton Sledge   Drums
Alan Steinberger   Synthesizer
James Stroud   Percussion,Drums
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bergen White   Conductor
Reggie Young   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Ferguson   Bass,Background Vocals
Larrie Londin   Drums
Sonny Wright   Background Vocals
James Valentini   Background Vocals
Bill Gatzimos   Background Vocals
Frank Saulino   Background Vocals
Neil Steubenhaus   Bass
Peggy Sue Wright   Background Vocals
Sandy Mason Theoret   Background Vocals
Bill Lamb   Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Crystal Gayle   Director
Larry Cansler   String Arrangements
David Gates   Composer
Gene Page   String Arrangements
Dennis Burnside   String Arrangements
Charles Cochran   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lee Holdridge   String Arrangements
Bill Inglot   Producer
Sheldon Kurland   Contributor
Keith Little   Composer
Parker McGee   Composer
Larry Muhoberac   String Arrangements
Frank J. Myers   Composer
Nashville String Machine   Contributor
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Sid Sharp Strings   Contributor
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Allan Delong   String Arrangements
Holly Gleason   Liner Notes
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Harry Langdon   Cover Photo
Leigh Hall   Liner Note Coordination
Bob Gundry   Composer
Reece Kirk   Composer
Frank Myers   Composer

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