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Gene Watson has been singing professionally since the late 1950s & has been a country music (album) recording artist since the late 1960s.
Gene Watson steps into a recording studio and, like a great chef, uses the perfect ingredients to create an aural feast. When Gene Watson takes a step behind the microphone, magic happens.
Gene Watson's contribution to the country music genre is immeasurable and it is here that you have an opportunity to read reviews of Gene Watson's albums, as published in Country Music People.
Country Music People is the United Kingdom's No. 1 Award Winning Country Music Magazine, and was the recipient of the Country Music Association's 2003 Wesley Rose International Achievement Award.
Country Music People was first published in 1970 and protects its integrity fiercely. The magazine has always brought its readers detailed, honest record reviews untainted by advertising considerations, as well as genuine interviews with country stars that are not faked from interview discs sent out by publicists and record labels.
Country Music People have long ago nailed its colours to the mast where Gene Watson is concerned. The magazine has rigorously championed Gene's cause down through the years and have published a number of reviews of his album releases.
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This CMP review by Duncan Warwick, which was published in the March 2009 issue of Country Music People, is reproduced here with the kind permission of the publishers.
Album Review by Duncan Warwick
CD of the Month
(***** out of 5)
'Gene Watson has always been nothing less than excellent, and always country. The hits began in 1975 and Hux Records have been issuing digitally re-mastered two-on-one CDs in chronological order over the last few years. This one is number three (and therefore Watson's fifth and sixth albums - originally released in 1978 and 1979 respectively).
With a 40+ year career Gene Watson has long been a big favourite of all at CMP, but sometimes it takes a re-issue like this to remind us just how great he really is, and how influential these early Watson albums have been on artists of the next generation like George Strait and Alan Jackson.
Sounding timeless, the only thing that hints these weren't recorded last year are the sometimes cheesy Nashville Edition backing vocals on some of the tracks. Many of these recordings have become classics, most notably, 'Farewell Party' and 'Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)', which are permanently etched into the consciousness of any country fan (even relatively new ones) and have literally never sounded better.
The other tracks here which were hit singles are 'One Sided Conversation', 'Pick The Wildwood Flower', 'Nothing Sure Looked Good On You', and the celebration of infatuation (or real love?) of 'Bedroom Ballad'. But the tracks that never managed a single release are in the same league, most notably the B. Fischer and Sonny Throckmorton penned 'I Don't Know How To Tell Her (She Don't Love Me Anymore)', with a terrific fiddle arrangement and impeccable heartfelt delivery from Watson, which is surely ripe for a George Strait cover. But then, 'Bedroom Ballad', 'The Heart Of A Clown', 'I Wonder How It Is In Colorado' and 'For The Memories' shouldn't be overlooked either.
Like the Charlie Louvin double header released by Hux at the same time, the booklet has some excellent notes written by CMP's Jon Philibert, and a great picture of a bequiffed Watson circa the period. What hits home most of all is that when these originally came out, in the foolishness of youth I was buying David Bowie records when I could have been buying these, but it just goes to make this release even more welcome as a catch-up (or even a replacement for some old vinyl).
Gene Watson is without doubt one of the finest interpreters of a country song (George Jones famously cited him as his 'favourite ballad singer'), and if you didn't already know that - here's the proof. Now if Hux would do the same for the Cal Smith and Moe Bandy catalogues I would be one happy bunny'.
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