Just Divorced/Darlin' Darlin' Plus

Just Divorced/Darlin' Darlin' Plus

by David Allan Coe


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Germany's Bear Family Records hits the second from last leg of its David Allan Coe two-fer reissue program with this pair of albums released in 1984 and '85, respectively, when Coe was edging toward "legend" status -- meaning he was about to be kicked off the radio charts altogether to make room for Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and the next generation of Nashville hitmakers. Both recordings were produced by Billy Sherrill. Just Divorced features one of Coe's greatest vocal performances in his reading of Johnny Cunningham's "Mona Lisa's Lost Her Smile," which proved to be a bona fide hit. The layered strings and organ work are slick but they add such warmth and depth in contrast to Coe's voice that it works to devastating effect. Coe wrote over half the record, and his own tunes work best on the rest -- "He's Taking It Hard (She's Taking It Easy)," "Sweet Angeline," the stunning third part to "For Lovers Only," and "Thief in My Bedroom" round out the "downside" of the disc. Coe's "Just Divorced" and "It's Great to Be Single Again" sound a little disingenuous coming form the emotional weight of the first half, but they're fine songs nonetheless. The album closes with a soul tune -- believe it or not -- Jerry Butler's fantastic "For Your Precious Love" is carried off convincingly as a country song -- complete with first person confessional as an intro. Darlin' Darlin' is one of the strangest records in Coe's catalog. For starters, Coe wrote only two songs on the set, a spiritual song called "Mary Go Round the Birth of Jesus," and the fourth and last part of "For Lovers Only," which closes the album. Musically, this is a big production number -- even for Sherrill. There are keyboards winding through everything, big backing vocals, and layered pedal steel and electric guitars. Some of the covers are curious choices as well: Smokey Robinson's "My Girl," a soul holdover from Just Divorced, and J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze." The rest were written by the then-current crop of Nashville songwriters, like the spooky minor key "She Used to Love Me A Lot," and Sherrill's brilliant "My Elusive Dreams." There is also a duet on the disc: "Don't Cry Darlin'" puts Coe in the company of George "The Possum" Jones and unfortunately, it's one of Darlin' Darlin''s low points. For the most part, the set showcases Coe as one of the great country singers, wrapping his throaty baritone around love songs, pop songs, and rock tunes. And as a singer's recording, as odd as some of the material choices are, it works, and works well -- check Sharon Rice's "Too Close to Home," with keyboard and saxophone solos, but it's Coe's voice that carries the day. This is not the best place for the curious to begin with D.A.C., but for those who are die-hard fans, this is an essential recording. There are four bonus cuts on this CD -- all rejects taken from the original sessions, and they include "Cocaine Carolina" and the stunning "Drinking to Forget."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127161284
catalogNumber: 16128
Rank: 46694

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Allan Coe   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Vibes,Musician
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar,Musician
Bobby Wood   fender rhodes,Musician
John McEuen   Banjo,Mandolin
Warren Haynes   Guitar
Roger Bissell   Horn
Pete Bordonali   Guitar,Musician
Jerry Carrigan   Musician
Doug Clements   Background Vocals
James Ferguson   Background Vocals
Phil Forrest   Background Vocals
Buddy Harmon   Musician
Jerry Kroon   Musician
Kenny Malone   Drums
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Musician
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Ron Reynolds   Musician
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Musician
Billy Sanford   Guitar,Musician
Dale Sellers   Musician
Billy Sherrill   Musician
Denis Solee   Horn
Henry Strzelecki   Bass,Musician
Wendy Suits   Background Vocals
Bob Wray   Musician
Martha Adcock   Background Vocals,Musician
Jeff Hale   Drums
Lori Westerman Brooks   Background Vocals
Edward "Eddie" "Ed" Adcock   Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Michael Leech   Musician

Technical Credits

David Allan Coe   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Buzz Rabin   Composer
Arthur Brooks   Composer
Johnny Cunningham   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Bill McElhiney   String Arrangements
Curly Putman   Composer
Ron Reynolds   Engineer
Billy Sherrill   Composer,Producer
Gary Gentry   Composer
Phil Wells   Song Transcriptions
Ronald White   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Mark Sherrill   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
E. Moore   Composer

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