Skeeter Davis She Sings, They Play
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- by NRBQ ~ NRBQ at Yankee Stadium ~ $7.79
- Released: November 2, 1988
- Label: Rounder Select
- 1.Things To You
- 2.Everybody Wants A Cowboy
- 3.I Can't Stop Loving You Now
- 4.Heart To Heart
- 5.Ain't Nice To Talk Like That
- 6.Everybody's Clown
- 7.Someday My Prince Will Come
- 8.How Many Tears
- 9.You Don't Know What You Got Til You Lose It
- 10.Roses On My Shoulder
- 11.Temporarily Out Of Order
- 12.May You Never Be Alone
Personnel: Skeeter Davis (vocals); Joey Spampinato (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass); Al Anderson (vocals, guitar); Buddy Emmons (pedal steel guitar); Larry Packer (violin); Donn Adams (trombone); Tom Ardolino (drums).
Skeeter Davis, a country legend known mostly for her gigantic '60s cross-over hit, "End Of The World," has released an unlikely album. There's a simple premise to SHE SINGS, THEY PLAY, a loopy, highly enjoyable 1986 release: the Grande Ole Opry member provides her unique vocals, and the left-of-center NRBQ--a multi-talented genre-happy quartet from Connecticut--provide the wide-ranging music. They are aided by guest musicians on violin, trombone and viola.
From the opening Roche Sisters-sounding "Things To You," it is apparent that this is going to be an eclectic album. Davis' "Everybody Wants A Cowboy"--all twang and drawl, and tongue-in-cheek--is a humorous response to the commercialization of country artists. She ends the track with the line "I can sing just like Skeeter Davis...", whereupon she sings a bar of "End Of The World." "Ain't Nice To Talk Like That" is a give-and-take R&B duet. The simple "Heart To Heart," the Snow White standard, "Someday My Prince Will Come," done in 4/4 country time, and Hank Williams' mournful "May You Never Be Alone" display Skeeter's fragile vocals and NRBQ's musical diversity to full effect. SHE SINGS, THEY PLAY offers pop, hard country and R&B, all done with great enthusiasm; the fun they had creating it is obvious.
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