Out of Left Field: Where Soul Meets Country

Out of Left Field: Where Soul Meets Country


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Ace spent three volumes chronicling country-soul, digging out the best country songs sung by soul singers. Their 2016 Out of Left Field: Where Soul Meets Country flips the equation, presenting 24 soul songs as sung by country singers. Compiler Tony Rounce doesn't limit himself to the '60s and '70s, commonly seen as the heyday of country-soul, which is to the collection's benefit; by having this extend all the way into 1993, it forces listeners to reckon with just how deeply the Southern sounds of country and soul are intertwined. Such an extensive time frame does mean that there's a great variety of production styles on display -- Don Gibson's 1978 rendition of "Starting All Over Again" flirts with smooth soft rock, Chips Moman's precise '80s production takes the edge off of David Allan Coe, and Hank Jr.'s 1993 take on "Out of Left Field" has a digital gleam -- but the strength of this collection is how the sensibility shines through the varying sounds. Throughout it all, these country singers -- Bobby Bare, Waylon & Willie, Johnny Paycheck, Tanya Tucker, Jerry Reed, Conway & Loretta, and Johnny Cash are all featured -- not only tackle R&B standards but are informed by soulful phrasing. While some of these singers always have shown a soulful edge -- Ronnie Milsap is as good a blue-eyed soul singer as there is -- the revelation of this wildly enjoyable collection is how both pure Nashville vocalists and outlaws drew lasting inspiration from soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667075121
catalogNumber: 5082449
Rank: 49707

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Sonny James   Arranger
Ronnie Milsap   Producer
William Bell   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Donald Davis   Composer,Producer
Van McCoy   Composer
Jerry Williams   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Charlie Bragg   Producer
Larry Butler   Producer
Ron Capone   Producer
Calvin Carter   Composer
Tom Collins   Producer
Jerry Crutchfield   Composer
Roy Dea   Producer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Ronnie Gant   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
David Malloy   Producer
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
Chips Moman   Composer,Producer
Ron Oates   String Arrangements
Spooner Oldham   Composer
David Porter   Composer
George Richey   Producer
Billy Lee Riley   Producer
Frank Robinson   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Steve Singleton   Producer
Richard Spencer   Composer
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Hank Williams   Producer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
Jeannie Kendall   Producer
Royce Kendall   Producer
O.B. McClinton   Producer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Cliff Thomas   Composer
Ida Irral Berger   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Earl Cage   Composer
Donald Lane   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Bob McRee   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Producer
Marcell Strong   Composer
Eric Charge   Illustrations
Joe Deaton   Producer
Ed Thomas   Composer
Barbara Ozen   Composer
Gary Bonds   Composer
Leo O'Nell   Arranger

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