Hollywood, Tennessee/True Love
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- This second pairing in Edsel’s Crystal Gayle reissue programme features two more albums produced by country music legend Allen Reynolds, with three tracks produced by Jimmy Bowen (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Garth Brooks, Steve Earle, The Judds and many more). Nashville’s finest session musicians are featured playing another selection of songs from Nashville’s finest songwriters.
- “Hollywood, Tennessee”, released in September 1981, peaked at # 5 in the country charts and spawned three hit singles: “The Woman In Me” (# 3), “You Never Gave Up On Me” (# 5), and “Living In These Troubled Times” (# 9). “True Love” (December 1982) reached # 14 and produced three # 1 singles in “Our Love Is On The Faultline”, “Baby What About You”, and “’Til I Gain Control Again” on which Crystal duets with the song’s composer Rodney Crowell.
- Crystal also delivers excellent renditions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me”, Bread’s “Everything I Own” and the Everly Brothers’ “Crying In The Rain”.
· The booklet contains all the lyrics and credits, and is extensively annotated by Country Music People magazine’s Tony Rounce. There will be ads in Uncut, Record Collector and Country Music People.
|| ||Keepin' Power|
|| ||The Woman In Me|
|| ||Ain't No Sunshine|
|| ||You Never Gave Up On Me|
|| ||Livin' In These Troubled Times|
|| ||Love Crazy Love|
|| ||Lean On Me|
|| ||Crying In The Rain|
|| ||Our Love Is On The Faultline|
|| ||Deeper In The Fire|
|| ||'Til I Gain Control Again|
|| ||Baby What About You|
|| ||You Bring Out The Lover In Me|
|| ||True Love|
|| ||Everything I Own|
|| ||Let Your Feelings Show|
|| ||Easier Said Than Done|
|| ||He Is Beautiful To Me|
Music Week, 14.06.08
The first in a series of reissues from Crystal Gayle restore four albums unavailable for more that a decade on two mid-priced sets. From 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982 respectively, they represent a period when Gayle’s pop profile was fading but her county kudos was high. Her sweet voice has a unique, yearning quality and is well served by Britain’s Roger Cook, who moved to Nashville and tailored his songs to the requirements of country.
Record Collector, September 08
‘Twofer reissues campaign for a country treasure’
One of Nashville’s most versatile chanteuses, Gayle has always fared better when she strays from the traditional country template. Her work with Tom Waits on the One From The Heart soundtrack is a case in point, and it’s the more blues and jazz-based selections that stand out across these four albums from the 80s. Her take on BB King’s I Just Can’t Leave You Alone, from These Days, is all quivering vulnerability and heart-tugging tenderness, and she brings a subtle femininity to Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City. Gayle approaches the songs like an actress, as if she’s inhabiting a character as opposed to blithely reading from a lyric sheet. Some cover choices are a little too perfunctory (the Everlys’ Crying In The Rain, Bread’s Everything I Own), hardly taxing to what is clearly a powerful and emotive voice, but the duet with Rodney Crowell on ‘Til I Gain Control Again, from True Love, has echoes of Gram & Emmylou classicism.
Trinity Mirror, September 08
This is the second pairing in Edsel’s re-issue series of Crystal Gayle’s country albums from the 1970s and 80s.
Hollywood, Tennessee – originally released on vinyl in 1981 – includes three hits from the American Billboard country album charts: The Woman In Me, You Never Gave Up On Me and Living In These Troubled Times.
True Love, which came out just before Christmas 1982, spawned three number one USA country hits: Our Love Is On The Fault Line, Baby What About You and the excellent Til I Gain Control Again, on which the lovely Christal duets with the song’s composer Rodney Crowell.
She also delivers fine renditions of Bill Withers’ Lean On Me and Ain’t No Sunshine, David Gates’ Everything I Own, and that old Everly Brothers classic from 1962, Crying In The Rain.