Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Red SovineRed Sovine


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There isn't a whole lot of middle ground when it comes to the music of Red Sovine -- you're either a soft touch for his brand of sentimental storytelling (usually involving truck drivers and unfortunate children), or it makes your fillings ache like you've eaten too much sugar. This compilation of 18 classic Sovine tracks from his years with the Starday and Gusto labels isn't going to convince anyone from the latter category to change sides, but if you're a fan, this is certainly one of the better compilations covering his career. Greatest Hits includes the teary recitations that made Sovine famous, including "Teddy Bear," "Giddyup Go," and "Phantom 309," and while his technique wasn't exactly subtle, Red sure knew how to spin a tale and make it memorable, and the fact he continued to have hits in this style for a span of more than ten years says a lot about their impact. This set also includes a handful of lesser known recordings that briefly grazed the charts, including a few in which Sovine actually sings, and sings rather well (his cover of "Why Baby Why" won't make anyone forget George Jones, but it actually charted higher than Old Possum's original, and Sovine had an unexpected knack for cheatin' songs), while Bill Dahl contributes a well-written biography of the veteran performer in his liner notes. While Sovine's early sides for MGM and Decca don't make the cut, Greatest Hits indeed offers up this distinctive performer's best-known songs, and presents them in solid form; if it's a shade short of definitive, it's as much Red Sovine as most folks will ever need.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: Varese Fontana
UPC: 0030206665727
catalogNumber: 066657
Rank: 38123

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Sovine   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Jones   Composer
Red Sovine   Composer
Don Reno   Composer
Jerry Crutchfield   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Billy Joe Burnette   Composer
Frank Dycus   Composer
Moe Lytle   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer
Tommy Faile   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Mack Magaha   Composer
Kay Savage   Composer
Sandra Seamons   Composer
Larry Kingston   Composer
Carl Montgomery   Composer
Earl Green   Composer
Glenn Martin   Composer
Red Hayes   Composer

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