Miss The Mississippi/These Days
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- Crystal Gayle is one of the most consistently successful country stars ever (also known for her trademark ankle-length hair and for being the sister of Loretta Lynn), scoring 52 hit singles (and counting) on the Billboard Country Charts, including 34 Top Ten entries, eighteen of which reached # 1. Crystal still tours all the year round, and all around the world.
· Edsel is proud to announce a reissue programme of her nine albums (originally released on the Columbia, Elektra and Warner Bros labels between 1979 and 1988) over five releases. None of these albums have been available in the UK or US for over ten years.
- Both albums on this first pairing were produced by country music legend Allen Reynolds (producer for Garth Brooks, Don Williams, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris and many more) with the backing of Nashville’s finest session musicians, and a selection of songs from Nashville’s finest songwriters.
- “Miss The Mississippi”, released in October 1979, peaked at # 3 in the country charts and spawned three hit singles: “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye” (# 1), “Half The Way” (# 2), and “The Blue Side” (# 8). “These Days” (September 1980) reached # 6 and produced two # 1 singles in “Too Many Lovers” and “If You Ever Change Your Mind”, and “Take It Easy” (# 17), as well interesting covers of Bobby Bland’s “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” and B.B King’s “I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone”.
· 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.
|| ||Half The Way|
|| ||The Other Side Of Me|
|| ||Room For One More|
|| ||Don't Go My Love|
|| ||Dancing The Night Away|
|| ||It's Like We Never Said Goodbye|
|| ||The Blue Side|
|| ||A Little Bit Of Rain|
|| ||Danger Zone|
|| ||Miss The Mississippi And You|
|| ||Too Many Lovers|
|| ||If You Ever Change Your Mind|
|| ||Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City|
|| ||Same Old Story (Same Old Song)|
|| ||Help Yourselves To Eachother|
|| ||Take It Easy|
|| ||I Just Can't Leave Your Love Alone|
|| ||You've Almost Got Me Believing|
|| ||Lover Man|
|| ||What A Little Moonlight Can Do|
Loretta Lyn’s youngest sister, Crystal Gayle is oine of the most consistently successful country stars ever. These two albums, paired together on one CD, were produced by country music legend Allen Reynolds, who has also produced Garth Brooks, Don Williams and Emmy Lou Harris.
Miss The Mississippi, originally released in 1979, peaked at No 3 on the USA country charts ans spawned hit singles It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye, Half The Way and The Blue Side.
These Days, released in 1980, reached No 6 and included country chart-toppers Too Many Lovers, and If You Ever Change Your Mind, as well as interesting cover versions of Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City and BB King’s I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone. I once met Crystal Gayle in Memphis, Tennessee in the late 1970s and what a lovely, petite Southern belle she was. She had the longest hair I have ever seen – down to her ankles!
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.