The Essential David Allan Coe

The Essential David Allan Coe

by David Allan CoeDavid Allan Coe


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Epic/Legacy's 2004 The Essential David Allan Coe is the first non-budget line DAC compilation since 1985's double-album/single-CD For the Record: The First 10 Years, and while it shares some considerable overlap with that 20-track overview (11 of the 14 songs on Essential are on For the Record), it's a welcome addition to his catalog. One of the reasons is that it simply sounds better, thanks to a new round of remasterings, but a more important reason is that this compilation distills Coe's work to a lean, mean 14 songs, containing all of his big hits and signature songs, from the heartbreaking "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)" through such rough, rowdy, funny outlaw anthems as "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," "Tennessee Whiskey," "If That Ain't Country," and "Take This Job and Shove It." The conciseness of this compilation may mean that it doesn't hint at all the odd detours in his career -- if you're looking for that, turn toward For the Record -- but it does provide an excellent introduction to this legendary renegade, and for those already acquainted with this longhaired redneck, it's simply one hell of a good time.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998907324
catalogNumber: 89073
Rank: 2784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Allan Coe   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Adcock   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Hartford   Fiddle
George Jones   Recitation
Johnny Lee   Background Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Dianne Davidson   Background Vocals
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Karen Brooks   Background Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Rita Remington   Background Vocals
Warren Haynes   Guitar
Lea Jane Berinati   Background Vocals
Pete Bordonali   Guitar
Marie Cain   Background Vocals
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Johnny Christopher   Guitar
Bill Clark   Bass
Doug Clements   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Keyboards
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Background Vocals
James Ferguson   Background Vocals
Phil Forrest   Background Vocals
Darlene Groncki   Background Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
Ginger Holladay   Background Vocals
Teddy Irwin   Guitar
Mike Leech   Bass
Kenny Malone   Drums
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Nashville Edition   Background Vocals
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Keyboards
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass,Bass Guitar
Wendy Suits   Background Vocals
Karen Taylor   Background Vocals
Bobby Thompson   Guitar
Reggie Young   Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Martha Adcock   Background Vocals
Jeff Hale   Drums
Lori Westerman Brooks   Background Vocals
Jim Condor   Keyboards
Don Soapes   Drums

Technical Credits

David Allan Coe   Composer,Producer
Waylon Jennings   Producer
Steve Goodman   Composer
Linda Hargrove   Composer
Walt Aldridge   Composer
Ron Bledsoe   Producer
Johnny Cunningham   Composer
J.B. Detterline   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Fred Spears   Composer
T.J. Seals   Composer
Johnny Whiteside   Liner Notes
Gary Gentry   Composer
Billy Henderson   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jimmy Rabbitt   Composer
Peter Kszan   Packaging Manager

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