Title - Together Again
Artist - Jeannie Seely & Jack Greene
For those unaware, during the 1970s Jeannie Seely & Jack Greene were one of the most popular country music duos with their uptown road show that was more Las Vegas than down-home country.
The pair were both enjoying successful solo careers when they began performing duets on the Ernest Tubb TV show.
Jack had been drummer with Tubb’s Texas Troubadours when he was signed to Decca Records and hit paydirt in 1967 with his chart-topping There Goes My Everything.
Jeannie reached number two on the country charts in 1966 with Don’t Touch Me, a soulful country ballad penned by her then-husband Hank Cochran.
In 1969 they merged their respective bands and toured all over the USA with the Green Giants, and also became hugely popular at the Wembley Country Music Festivals, regularly gaining standing ovations and in the mid-1970s were co-hosts of the Festival.
Both signed to Decca Records, their first duet single, Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You, reached number two on the country charts in early 1970.
This just-released 15-track album entitled Together Again (released to retail and digital music platforms via Country Rewind Records) features both solo and duet recordings that the pair made for transcription discs that the US Military used for recruitment purposes.
They were usually 15-minute programs that were sent out to radio stations with the performers singing their latest hits and extolling how patriotic it would be for young men and women to join the army, air force or navy.
These were usually recorded with either the performers regular band, or occasionally utilizing Nashville’s A-team studio players. They are quite different to the commercial records that were released at the time, as they were recorded live, in one take.
1. Mr. Record Man (Willie Nelson)
2. There Goes My Everything (Dallas Frazier)
3. Our Chain Of Love (Willie Nelson)
4. Don’t Touch Me (Hank Cochran)
5. All The Time (Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis; Wayne P. Walker)
6. Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You (Dave Kirby; Hank Cochran)
7. Love Takes Care Of Me (Jimmy Peppers)
8. Welcome Home To Nothing (Hank Cochran)
9. Love Is No Excuse (Justin Tubb)
10. Enough To Lie (Jeannie Seely)
11. Please Be My New Love (Hank Cochran)
12. The Great Speckled Bird / It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Medley (Reverend Guy Smith; J.D. Miller)
13. There’s A Whole Lot About A Woman (A Man Don’t Know) (Bill Eldridge; Gary Stewart; Walter Haynes)
14. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kris Kristofferson)
15. Sidewalks Of Chicago (Dave Kirby)
This elegant flashback to a time since long past opens on the mid-tempo, twanging hipsway of Mr. Record Man and the lonesome ode within There Goes My Everything and backs those up seamlessly with the quietly rambunctious Our Chain Of Love, the forthright observations within Don’t Touch Me and then come both the joyously uplifting All The Time and the free flowing ride of Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You.
Next up is the gentle 70’s psych sway of Love Takes Care Of Me and the feisty Welcome Home To Nothing and they are themselves backed by the fiddletastic Love Is No Excuse, the lonesome sway of Enough To Lie, the dulcet old school country tones of Please Be My New Love, one of my own favorites, the upbeat and harmonious The Great Speckled Bird / It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Medley, the album rounding out with the gentle observational twang of There’s A Whole Lot About A Woman (A Man Don’t Know), coming to c lose on a magnificent rendition of Kris Krisofferson’s Help Me Make It Through The Night and a low key Sidewalks Of Chicago.
“I was thrilled that these recordings were still in existence and that they would be available to the public once again,” said an excited Jeannie Seely when she heard that these long-forgotten tapes had been re-discovered.
“I was so thrilled to hear I would be working with Paul Martin on this project,” Paul Martin is not only one of the nicest guys you could ever know, but he is absolutely brilliant musically.”
“I knew this would be fine-tuned to be the best it could possibly be, and he didn’t disappoint. I’m also proud to call him and his family close personal friends.”
Seely added, “It will always be special to remember the years Jack and I worked together with an incredible group of musicians. We were both excited to carry on the traditions of country music, but also to update our sound and presentation to expand the limits as far as we could. The friendships we formed with each other, and our fans, are treasures.”
“These recordings brought back wonderful memories of that very busy time in my career,” added Seely. “This also reminded me that we really did have a great sound and a great show, as these are the arrangements that we used in our live stage shows.”
“It was an honor to work on this particular project,” said Martin. “Jeannie and Jack have always been two of my musical heroes. I am grateful that I have gotten to know them through the years. Growing up working with my parents’ country band in the 70s, I performed many of the songs you will hear on this project with my folks back then.”
“These songs seem so familiar, but they also show just why these two artists are true legends. It always takes a great song, but combined with 2 great singers, you get a timeless piece of art.”
Additionally, for this album, those original recordings have been updated with overdubs of guitars, bass and keyboards by producer Paul Martin and additional background vocals sung by Martin, Nora Lee Allen and Jamie Lee Martin.
The result is a fresh-sounding record from another time, indeed throwback music that’s a nod to both Jeannie and Jack’s best-known songs with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners.
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