- Released: June 4, 2013
- Label: Real Gone Music
No Depression - 7-8/00, p.97
"...Tasty morsels abound....Their studio precision and insightful writing made them almost a Southern Steely Dan, more soulful or less clever depending on your tastes..."
- 1.Third Rate Romance
- 2.The "Ella B"
- 3.Life's Railway to Heaven
- 4.The Beautiful Lie
- 5.Hit the Nail on the Head
- 6.Who Will the Next Fool Be
- 7.Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)
- 8.Anything You Want
- 9.My Tears Still Flow
- 11.Why Can't I Be Satisfied
- 12.King of the Cowboys
- 13.Mystery Train
- 14.Typical American Boy
- 15.If I Just Knew What to Say
- 16.The End is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune)
- 17.Same Ole' Me
- 18.These Dreams of Losing You
- 19.I'll Be Gone
- 20.Out of the Snow
- 21.Fool for the Woman
- 22.A Little Italy Rag
- 23.Dancing the Night Away
2 LPs on 1 CD: STACKED DECK (1975) & TOO STUFFED TO JUMP (1976).
Amazing Rhythm Aces: Russell Smith (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Butch McDade (vocals, drums); Barry "Byrd" Burton (electric & pedal steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, background vocals); Billy Earheart (piano, organ); James Hooker (piano, background vocals); Jeff Davis (bass, background vocals).
Recorded in 1975 & 1976. Originally released on ABC (LP 913/LP 940).
Personnel: Russell Smith (vocals, harmonica, background vocals); Barry "Byrd" Burton (guitar, dobro, autoharp, mandolin, background vocals); Billy Earhart III (piano, organ); James Hooker (piano, background vocals); Butch McDade (drums, percussion, background vocals); Jeff Davis (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Vic Anesini.
Liner Note Author: Scott Schinder.
Recording information: Sam Phillips Recording Studio, Memphis, TN.
The group's first two LPs assembled together on one CD from Collectors' Choice -- there are no notes, but the original artwork is recreated with full music credits, and beautiful, state-of-the-art sound. The band's music has aged well, and although their master tapes evidently no longer reside with the ABC library (which is part of MCA-Universal), they haven't been lost track of either, to judge from the good results here. ~ Bruce Eder