The Best of Jerry Wallace [Varese Sarabande]

The Best of Jerry Wallace [Varese Sarabande]

by Jerry Wallace


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The Best of Jerry Wallace [Varese Sarabande]

Jerry Wallace scored his earliest hits on the pop charts in the late '50s, and crossed over to country radio in the '60s without having to change his style much at all; Wallace's early hits were clean, well-behaved stuff that rarely nodded toward rock & roll, and his country & western hits were countrypolitan at its most polished, built around Wallace's well-burnished baritone and arrangements that avoided fiddles and banjos in favor of clean acoustic guitar lines and rich vocal choruses. If Wallace's music wasn't especially bold or innovative, his craft was splendid, and The Best of Jerry Wallace is one of the few collections of his recordings that makes an effort to cover the full spectrum of his career, featuring tunes from his sessions for Challenge, Decca, MCA, and 4 Star. There are still a number of gaps here -- several noted hits, including "Shutters and Boards," are missing, and his recordings for Mercury and MGM have been ignored altogether -- but what's here is music that walks the fine line between country and easy listening with grace and charm, and "Even the Bad Times Are Good," "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry," "My Wife's House," and "What's He Doin' in My World" are Nashville-centric romance delivered with real heart and a showman's touch. The definitive Jerry Wallace collection still waits to be compiled, but this disc is a more than adequate substitute until the real thing comes along.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206685725
catalogNumber: 066857

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Wallace   Primary Artist
Bill Justis   Conductor
Bill Walker   Conductor

Technical Credits

Joe South   Composer
Hal Mooney   Composer
Bill Justis   Arranger
Cindy Walker   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Red Callender   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Dick Monda   Composer
Ed Penney   Composer
Wayne Shanklin   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Bob Jennings   Composer
Lorene Mann   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Steve Massie   Producer
Gerald Sanford   Composer
Jean Chapel   Composer
Joe Johnson   Producer
Bill Walker   Arranger
Clyde Pitts   Composer
Max Powell   Composer
B.J. Moore   Composer

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The Best of Jerry Wallace [Varese Sarabande] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Jerry Wallace was a well-known “smooth” singing pop star in the 60s (“Primrose Lane,” “How The Time Flies”) who easily made the switch to country in the early 70s with his 1972 #1 country and Top 40 smash "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry." The following year, he charted "Do You Know What It's Like to Be Lonesome" and "Don't Give Up on Me" both reaching the Top Five, and "My Wife's House" (Top 10, 1974). This is the first Jerry Wallace hits collection to document his biggest country hits. Ten tracks are making their CD debut. Includes a 1973 reworking of his 1959 top 10 pop hit “Primrose Lane” produced by Bill Justis