Title - 'Cest La Vie' [Import]
Artist - Billie Jo Spears
For those not in the know, Billie Jo Spears was an American country music singer. She reached the top 10 of the country music chart five times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest being "Blanket on the Ground", a 1975 number-one hit.
Spears also had a large following in the United Kingdom with two of her singles reaching the pop top five. Her 1976 country top-five record "What I've Got in Mind" was followed up by "Sing Me an Old Fashioned Song", a track that was just an album cut in the US.
In fact, Spears' first hit came in 1969, when her Capitol Records release "Mr. Walker, It's All Over", which reached number four on the country chart. It also reached the pop charts at number 80.
The song told of a secretary who resigned a job where she was unappreciated for her skills and encountered sexual harassment. She gained four more top-40 country hits during the next two years, but by late 1972, was off Capitol and had two years without a charting release.
In 1975, Spears signed again with United Artists Records, now the home to some of country music's pop-based acts such as Kenny Rogers and returned to the charts with the aforementioned "Blanket on the Ground".
Funnily enough, the song had been previously turned down by Nashville producers who feared controversy due to the phrase "slip around", though the tune was not about adultery. The expected controversy never materialized, and it became her only number-one song.
On August 18th, 2017, Goldenlane Records proudly released C'est La Vie from Billie Jo Spears, an album of hers lost in time and now out on CD for the first time ever!
Having been rescued from the archives, remastered and released here now to the delight of all her fans, C'est La Vie was recorded circa 1982 by producer John Blower for Double D Records.
1. '(You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie'
2. 'Apart At The Dreams'
3. 'I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me'
4. 'Why Don’t We Go Dancing'
5. 'Reaching Out For Someone'
6. 'When I Dream'
7. '7 Lonely Days'
10. 'That Wrong Road'
12. 'Everytime Two Fools Collide'
Opening with the Chuck Berry monster smash '(You Never Can tell) C'est La Vie', complete with incredible guitar work, it is also one of my own personal favorites out of the baker's dozen. That's followed by 'Apart At The Dreams' and then the upbeat, free flowing country vibe of 'I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me.'
Next up is 'Why Don't We Go Dancing' which is backed by the country ballad 'When I Dream'. The pacey country vibe is back on '7 Lonely Days' which in turn is followed by 'Fool,' and then the pop-country spoken, banjo delight 'That Wrong Road.'
The beautiful 'Things' is a right royal darling of a track, and that's backed by the piano and echoing guitar stretched moments of 'Dreaming', before the album comes to a close with the lush honky tonk flow of 'I'm Not Good At Goodbye.'
An incredible discovery (for there really is no other way to describe now hearing this long lost, thought to be forgotten album of country music from Spears), these 13 tracks from the legend Billie Jo Spears are enough to make you pine for the long-lost days of country too!
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