by John Conlee


John Conlee's robust, expressive baritone voice has been absent from country radio far too long. His run of big-time hits in the '80s was no fluke: His own songwriting is stellar, as is his selection of meaningful material from respected Nashville songwriters. His voice is masculine yet sensitive, and his arrangements are rooted in tradition, employing strings and lush background vocals and weaving in unexpected flavors, such as southern soul grooves, gospel-like choruses, and wailing horn sections (an approach that works beautifully on "I'm Only in It for the Love"). Classics brings 19 of Conlee's most memorable records back to the market in digitally remastered form, as well as three new tunes that show the voice and the sensibility undiminished, awaiting a revival. His monumental "Rose Colored Glasses" opens the disc and sets the stage for the ensuing hit juggernaut. Portraits of men left on their own after a breakup have rarely been as piercing as the ones Conlee offers on the honky-tonk weeper "Backside of Thirty" and the steady-grooving mid-tempo musings of "Miss Emily's Picture." Escalating guilt over an extramarital affair is the gut-wrenching fodder for the eerie ballad "She Can't Say That Anymore," whereas its apparent sequel, "What I Had with You," elevates yearning for a lost love to a heartrending yawp. Of the new songs, "She's Mine" is a touching, romantic litany of a good woman's attributes, and "How High Did You Go?" brings a hard-country edge to a cautionary tale of music biz dreams suddenly realized and then quickly dashed. Aging gracefully, John Conlee sounds like he's got a lot more to say.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Rcr
UPC: 0827177110222
catalogNumber: 1102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Conlee   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Cindy Walker   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
A-Strings   Strings
Kelly Back   Electric Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Lea Jane Berinati   Background Vocals
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Jimmy Capps   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy Carter   Bass
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Todd Cerney   Background Vocals
Terry Choate   Steel Guitar
Don Cook   Bass
Jackie Cusic   Background Vocals
Mary Fielder   Background Vocals
Janie Fricke   Background Vocals
Lennie Haight   Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Randy Hardison   Drums
Hoot Hester   Fiddle
Ginger Holladay   Background Vocals
Sherilyn Huffman   Background Vocals
Mitch Humphries   Keyboards
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Dirk Johnson   Strings,Keyboards
Sam Levine   Saxophone
Bud Logan   Background Vocals
Steve Logan   Acoustic Guitar
Rick McCollister   Background Vocals
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Nashville Horn Works   Horn
Ron Oates   Keyboards
Ricky Page   Background Vocals
Kathryn Plummer   Background Vocals
John Probst   Keyboards
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Billy Sanford   Electric Guitar
Larry Sasser   Steel Guitar
Dale Sellers   Electric Guitar
Wendy Suits   Background Vocals
Rafe Van Hoy   Acoustic Guitar
Duane West   Background Vocals
Jay Patton   Saxophone
Larrie Londin   Drums
Sheldon Kurland Strings   Strings
Joe Osborn   Bass
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Robert All   Acoustic Guitar
Judy Taylor Sides   Background Vocals
Gail Rudisill Johnson   Fiddle
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Barry "Byrd" Burton   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

John Conlee   Composer,Liner Notes
Don Henry   Composer
Bruce Channel   Composer
Kix Brooks   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Sammy Johns   Composer
Deborah Allen   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
Jack Logan   Engineer
Harley Allen   Composer
Don Cook   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Dirk Johnson   Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ladd   Engineer
Red Lane   Composer
Bud Logan   Producer
Alan Moore   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Curly Putman   Composer
Skip Shimmin   Engineer
Russell Smith   Composer
Jimmy Tarbutton   Engineer
Sonny Throckmorton   Composer
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Barbara Wyrick   Composer
Thom Schuyler   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Dennis Carney   Cover Photo
Nancy Terzian   Graphic Design
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
David Womack   Composer
George Baber   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Composer
Mark Nester   Composer

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