Border Town: The Very Best of J.D. Souther

Border Town: The Very Best of J.D. Souther

by J.D. Souther


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J.D. (for John David) Souther was never a front-runner during the peak of the L.A. singer/songwriter boom of the '70s and '80s, but he was never far from those who were. His songwriting for one-time lover Linda Ronstadt and for the Eagles, which evolved out of Ronstadt's backing band, provided them both with some fine material (including the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight," "Best of My Love," and "New Kid in Town"), and as one-third of the underrated Souther-Hillman-Furay Band with ex-Poco frontman Richie Furay and original Byrds member Chris Hillman, he was briefly in the spotlight as a performer. Souther also recorded four solo albums, two of which charted but didn't really establish him as a major force, but until now his representation on CD has been slim. This British compilation draws from all four of those solos and Souther-Hillman-Furay, and reveals Souther to be a smart craftsman of up-tempo country-rock and ballads. "If You Have Crying Eyes," a duet with Ronstadt, is typical, driven by a shimmering acoustic guitar, Souther's plaintive lead vocals, the pair's close harmonies, and tight backing from an orchestra's worth of support musicians. The title track, by the SHF band, is a spirited tune from 1974 filled out by pedal steel guitar and Joe Lala's crisp percussion, and "You're Only Lonely," Souther's best known solo song, pays a respectful tribute to his fellow Texan Roy Orbison without really mimicking him.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Salvo
UPC: 0698458811325
catalogNumber: 13
Rank: 18858

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.D. Souther   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician,Vocal Harmony
Chris Hillman   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jackson Browne   Vocal Harmony
Don Henley   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Don Grolnick   Piano
Don Menza   Alto Flute
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Jorge Calderon   Vocal Harmony
Andrew Gold   Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Richie Furay   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Gordon   Percussion,Drums
Ned Doheny   Guitar,Background Vocals
Peter Asher   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
James E. Bond   Double Bass
David Campbell   Conductor,Viola
Charles Veal   Violin,Viola
Stanley Clarke   Double Bass
Earl Dumler   Flute,Oboe
Robert Dubow   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Glenn Frey   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
Gib Guilbeau   Fiddle
Hayden Gregg   Vocal Harmony
Ron Grinel   Drums
James William Guercio   Guitar
David Hungate   Bass
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Joe Lala   Percussion
Josh Leo   Guitar,Soloist
Rick Marotta   Drums
Randy McCormick   Keyboards
Perkins   Dobro,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Roy Poper   Flugelhorn
Paul Stallworth   Bass
Joel Tepp   Harp
Billy Joe Walker   Guitar
John Wittenberg   Violin
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Ray Kelly   Cello
Steve "Golde" Goldstein   Keyboards
David P. Jackson   Bass,Piano
Paul "Blind Man" Harris   Flute,Keyboards
Danny Kootch   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Peter Asher   Producer
David Campbell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Fred Catero   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Coffin   Author
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Larry Cox   Engineer
Henry Diltz   Photo Courtesy
Tom Dowd   Producer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Val Garay   Engineer
Peter Granet   Engineer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
Greg Ladanyi   Engineer
David Malloy   Producer
J.D. Souther   Composer,Producer
Jeff Guercio   Engineer
Mark Guercio   Engineer
Loyd Clifft   Engineer
Garth Cartwright   Liner Notes

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