Johnny Paycheck 16 Biggest Hits
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- Released: August 10, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Sony
- 1.She's All I Got
- 2.Someone To Give My Love To
- 3.Love Is A Good Thing
- 4.Mr. Lovemaker
- 5.Song And Dance Man
- 6.11 Months And 29 Days
- 7.Slide Off Of You Satin Sheets
- 8.I'm The Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised)
- 9.Colorado Cool-Aid
- 10.Loving You Beat All I've Ever Been
- 11.Friend, Lover, Wife
- 13.Drinkin' And Drivin'
- 14.Me And The I.R.S.
- 15.The Outlaw's Prayer
- 16.Take This Job And Shove It
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Recorded between 1971 and 1978.
Johnny Paycheck's "tough guy" country persona is captured well on this greatest-hits album. Most of these tunes revolve around hard living, heartache, and trouble with the law. Some of the songs retain the old honky-tonk sound, while others are more modern.
"Me and the I.R.S." is a country-rock tune taken from a live show in the 1970s. Paycheck really gets the crowd whooped up on this anti-I.R.S. rant. His biggest hit, "Take This Job and Shove It," is also included here. This song became something of a rallying cry for underpaid blue-collar workers in the late '70s. Two of the songs, "Colorado Cool-Aid" and "The Outlaw's Prayer," are spoken-word stories with musical accompaniment. "Colorado Cool-Aid" is probably the most fascinating. Here, Paycheck weaves an interesting tale of a big bruiser who picks a fight with a young Mexican boy. With few exceptions, most of these songs revolve around either hell-raising or love's misery. Overall, 16 BIGGEST HITS does a fine job of documenting the Outlaw Country style that Paycheck helped to popularize.
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