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Gail Davies - Greatest Hits


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Audio CD, June 16, 1998
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1. Waiting Here For You
2. Tell Me Why
3. Jagged Edge Of A Broken Heart
4. Someone Is Looking For Someone Like You
5. I'll Be There
6. It's A Lovely, Lovely World
7. Blue Heartache
8. Grandma's Song
9. Bucket To The South
10. I'm Hungry, I'm Tired
11. You Turn Me On I'm A Radio
12. Boys Like You
13. You're A Hard Dog
14. Not A Day Goes By
15. Singing The Blues
16. Kentucky
17. Unwed Fathers
18. What Can I Say
19. Round The Clock Lovin'
20. Mama I'm Sick

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 16, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000007NYT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
... the other being Emmylou Harris, who has appeared on Gail albums and invited Gail to appear on hers (SALLY ROSE, e.g.). The first woman in Nashville to arrange and produce her own records (back in the '70s), Gail Davies also has one of the best voices in the biz (think Patsy Cline crossed with Joni Mitchell, both of whom she has covered), and is one of the best songwriters, producers, and arrangers around. Her catalog is among the most consistently excellent of any artist. (Most of her 11 or so studio albums are out of print; she had some pretty big hits, but never seemed willing or interested enough in playing the game, so she never became as famous as she deserved to be).
If you haven't heard Gail you really owe it to yourself to give her a try. A good place to start is this 1997 GREATEST HITS -- re-recordings of 20 mostly early songs. And unlike many re-records, these are as good as, and sometimes better than, the originals, which they are pretty faithful to.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Despite some success on the country charts in the early eighties, Gail never got the recognition that her music deserved. Her original albums from those years have never been released on CD nor has a compilation of those recordings ever been released, so those who must have the original Warner recordings will have to seek out the original vinyl albums. Gail tried hard to get a compilation of them released but didn't succeed. The full story can found on Gail's own website.

The first hits package (Best of, Capitol, 1991) contained re-recordings of her Warner hits plus a couple of tracks licensed from RCA for whom she recorded just one album, one of which (Unwed fathers) features Dolly Parton on backing vocals. Because Gail is not regarded as a major name, it didn't take long for that collection to go out of print once Gail parted company with Capitol. Eventually, Gail decided to re-record her hits again, but to retain ownership of the masters. In this way, her music will be available to the public for as long as she wants it to be without reliance on a record company. To finance this album, Gail sold her house in Nashville - a major commitment to her music and her fans.

Given that the original hits (except for two for RCA) have never been released on CD and aren't likely to be, this is the definitive compilation of Gail's music. Because Gail had complete control of the project, all the classics are here, whether they are her own songs or covers of classic oldies.

The most famous oldie here is Singing the blues, which was first recorded by Marty Robbins but became a much bigger hit for Guy Mitchell and - in the UK - Tommy Steele. Other covers include I'll be there (Ray Price), You turn me on I'm a radio (Joni Mitchell) and It's a lovely lovely day (Carl Smith).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John O. Mccall on March 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This "Greatest Hits" CD gave me an opportunity to revisit the voice of one of Music's finest and purest voices. To any music enthusiast, this collection should be a "Must Have". Gail has one of the best voices in Nashville, and has had for a long time. Others have gained more notariety, but few have the true gift that Gail has. Not only as a singer, but equally as a songwriter. She truly has a feel for the human spirit. Buy this CD. You will not be disappointed. Reviewer:John McCall
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy M. Johnson on December 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like the previous poster, I was also a Country Music DJ in the early 1980's. I found these re-releases very faithful to the origionals, and over the years, her voice has actually gotten better.
When I saw this was a remake, I was afraid that "Grandma's Song" would be remake of the radio-edit version, but was glad to hear it was the full-length album version, which if I remember correctly from way back, actually featured a recording of her grandmother singing.
If someone wants to know what Gail Davies sounds like....think of Anne Murray if she hadn't sold out to Top 40 Radio.
If you like the "Ladies of the 80's", this is a good album to go on the shelf with your Lacy J. Dalton and Janie Frickie CD's
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1998
Format: Audio CD
A compilation disc that makes one aware of the absolute beauty and candor of Ms. Davies' works. Gail Davies is one of best singer-songwriters around and deserves the far more public recognition than she receives. Powerful stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Haynes on August 2, 1998
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One can only wonder why this lady never broke thru. She has one of most impressive vocals ever recorded. She had many hits but never attained the commercial success. Maybe with this hits package she will. Gail soars with these remakes of her classics. For example listen to Jagged edge, I'll be there, Tell me why or if you like a little softer edge try a go at Grandma's song, Not a day, Kentucky. Listening to these songs makes me want all her albums on cd. Gail was one of the first to write and produce her own songs. She surely knows what to do in the mist of wearing many hats. If you want a true artist with style for music here is your gift. I only wish there were more tracks but with 20 selections it's still a hit.
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