Songs of Forbidden Love

Songs of Forbidden Love

by Wandering EyesWandering Eyes


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To say that this release is a breath of fresh air after more than a decade of the almost-pristine, saccharine pop fluff that has been passed off as mainstream country music is an understatement. This project, dedicated to Mel Street, is all about cheating, a subject that used to have a home in country & western music. Always controversial, writers like Street put words to an activity that was ignored by polite society. Ignoring adultery did not make it go away; thus the popularity of such tunes. With an all-star lineup of Rosie Flores, Dale Watson, guitarist Dave Biller, and many others, the Wandering Eyes renew country music's love affair with cheatin' songs. Included here are all the background oohs and ahs that gave cheatin' songs a real sense of style, as well as two of Street's biggest hits, "Forbidden Angel," awith lead vocals lovingly done by Jason Roberts, and Dale Watson's solid version of "Lovin' On Backstreets." In addition, "It's a Cheatin' Situation," "Hell Yes, I Cheated" and "In Some Room Above the Street" are outstanding highlights of this project. Watson contributes an original tune, "Unspoken Kind" and brings the genre up to snuff. Outstanding performances abound; Ted Roddy is notable for his work on "Cheatin' Traces," a LeRoy Martin composition. Kelly Willis does an updated version of "Me and Mr. Jones," while Rosie Flores sounds better than she has in years. Produced brilliantly by David Sanger, this is a project that retains all the integrity of the original material while allowing the artists involved to stretch their wings. Solid in every way, Songs of Forbidden Love lets a little reality seep into country music in a most delightful way. Wherever Mel Street is, he surely must be smiling over this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/1998
Label: Lazy Sob
UPC: 0713986000420
catalogNumber: 4
Rank: 187953

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wandering Eyes   Primary Artist
Rosie Flores   Vocals
Kelly Willis   Vocals
Ray Benson   Bass (Vocal)
Floyd Domino   Piano
Michael Francis   Saxophone
Rick McRae   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marty Muse   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris O'Connell   Vocals
Ted Roddy   Harmonica,Vocals
David Sanger   Drums
Charlie Burton   Bass (Vocal)
Dale Watson   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Chris Miller   Electric Guitar
Dave Biller   Electric Guitar
Mary Cutrufello   Electric Guitar
Ana Egge   Background Vocals
Chris Booher   Fiddle
Matt the Electrician   Background Vocals
Brendan Booher   Fiddle
David Earl Miller   Bass,Background Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Jason Roberts   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Sanger   Producer,Engineer
Sterling Whipple   Composer
Luke Vibert   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Russ Smith   Artwork

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