Includes liner notes by Diana Haig.
ANTHOLOGY, VOLUMES 1 & 2 is available on cassette as 2 separate volumes.
Personnel: Brenda Lee (vocals); The Oak Ridge Boys (vocals); Don Helms, Herschel Hewarth, Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, Edward O'Conner, Jay Berliner, Jerry Kennedy, Jimmy Page, Al Caiola, Ray Edenton (guitar); Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Charlie McCoy (harmonica); Boots Randolph (saxophone, trombone, vibraphone); Sam "The Man" Taylor (saxophone); Don Sheffield, William K. McElhiney (trumpet); Floyd Cramer (piano, organ); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano, keyboards); Marvin Hughes, Andrew Ackers, Owen Bradley, Bill Pursell (piano); Nicholas Tagg (organ); Dave Carey (vibraphone); Douglas Kirkham, Buddy Saltzman, Jimmy Crawford , Farris Coursey, Buddy Harman (drums); Holiday Sisters, The Anita Kerr Singers, The Ray Charles Singers (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Diana Haig.
Recording information: Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (09/17/1956-09/05/1980); Bradley's Barn, Mount Juliet, TN (09/17/1956-09/05/1980); Columbia Recording Studio, New York, NY (09/17/1956-09/05/1980); London, England (09/17/1956-09/05/1980); Pythian Temple, New York, NY (09/17/1956-09/05/1980); Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, TN (09/17/1956-09/05/1980).
Director: Jack Pleis.
Arranger: Marty Manning.
This collection is an excellent mixture of Brenda Lee's big pop hits and the more overtly country-oriented material that the Georgia native began recording in the late 1960s. The 40-track ANTHOLOGY VOLUMES 1 & 2 isn't complete--Lee had over 50 charting pop and country hits from 1960's "Sweet Nothin's" into the 1980s--but the two-disc set is well compiled and hits all of her high points. Though best known for "I'm Sorry" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Lee was a varied, sensitive singer, able to handle sorrowful ballads and sassy rockers with equal aplomb, approaching her material with a verve that belied her surprisingly young age. (Lee was only 11 when she recorded her first single.) The casual fan probably won't need anything beyond this collection, but those intrigued by these early blends of country twang and rock & roll will find plenty more where this came from.