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The Soul & The Edge: The Best Of Johnny Paycheck

April 30, 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:14:10
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  • ASIN: B00136JOMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,974 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great songwriting and music.
Dayna
I have already left feedback, but will again that this CD was like new and the music that I was looking for is on this CD.
Jorene Murley
A real toe tapping pleasure in listening.
Irvin Goodman

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on May 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame that Paycheck is mostly remembered for his temper, jail-stints, and the hell-raising 1977 hit, "Take This Job and Shove It." A shame, because there's a lot more to Paycheck, including two separate halves of a successful recording career that yielded a wealth of hard-lived honky-tonk and comeback mainstream country hits.
Paycheck found his earliest success as a hard-core honky-tonker on the Little Darlin' label (anthologized on the Country Music Foundation's "The Real Mr. Heartbreak" CD). After splitting with the label's co-founder, and drinking away two years in California, Paycheck mounted a stunning comeback on Epic, spurred throughout the '70s by producer Billy Sherrill. It's these later sides, including hits like "She's All I Got" and "Someone to Give My Love To" that are anthologized here.
Paycheck's career with Epic had two distinct phases. His comeback sides smoothed out the sharp edges of his honky-tonk sound, with studio players providing the backing, and Sherrill's string arrangements layered on top. By mid-decade, however, Paycheck had latched on to the burgeoning outlaw movement, releasing albums such as "11 Months and 29 Days" (the title referring to the length of one of his suspended jail sentences), and charting with grittier hits like "I'm the Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised)" and "Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets." By the decade's close, Paycheck's personal problems began to interfere with his career, and in '81 he was dropped by Epic. He last charted on Mercury with 1986's "Old Violin," included here.
For such a regular hit-maker, Paycheck's Epic work has only been thinly anthologized on CD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. C Lane on May 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Paycheck rarely gets mentioned with George Jones, Merle Haggard or Lefty Frizzell in Country History as one of the great, influential singers of all time. But he is, and Epic has finally given him a Compilation worth cheering. If it's just the charted hits you want buy, 16 Biggest Hits, which does a nice job. But this digs deeper. Albums cuts mixed with classics make for a better understanding of Paycheck's legacy. This also includes his last Country Top 40 hit, the self-penned "Old Violin" which was released on Mercury records in 1986. Up-to-date liner notes and good sound make this an essential purchase. If this whets your appetite, go for Paycheck's 60's sides which are perfectly captured on CMF's "The Real Mr. Heartache-The Little Darlin' Years". Someday, there'll be a compilation covering Paycheck's entire career. Until then, this CD and the CMF one are all you'll need to remember an unjustly ignored Country legend.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Larry W. Brutsche on November 28, 2002
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This is country music at its finest. This isn't what is coming out of Nashville today. On this disc every man's emotion is laid bare from happiness, despair, humor to pathos. And, best of all, is the "Old Violin". You can't call yourself a collector of country music until this cd is in your collection. How proud you will be to display this gem!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on April 30, 2002
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This is the biggest and probably the best of Johnny's long career. It features 23 tracks covering singles, LP tracks, duets, and live material. The Epic CD was digitally remastered at Sony Music and sounds super. It's great to listen to hits ranging from Take This Job and Shove It, I Can See Me Lovin' You Again, and Colorado Cool-Aid- to All Night Lady, and You Better Move On (a duet with George Jones). A real toe tapping pleasure in listening. The 16 page illustrated liner notes provides a nice history of Johnny and his music. Paycheck lovers will really enjoy this CD, just as I do.
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By Jukebox Dave on July 24, 2012
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JOHHNY PAYCHECK-THE SOUL & THE EDGE/THE BEST OF: At 23 tracks, THE SOUL & THE EDGE is the first compilation worthy of sawed off rebel rouser JOHNNY PAYCHECK's legacy; THE SOUL refers to his early string of sentimental country hits like SHE'S ALL I GOT, SOMEONE TO GIVE MY LOVE TO, and SLIDE OFF OF YOUR SATIN SHEETS, while the EDGE checks out his rough 'n rowdy outlaw phase via 11 MONTHS & 29 DAYS, I'M THE ONLY HELL (MY MAMA EVER RAISED), and FIFTEEN BEERS. In the late 70s, PAYCHECK really hit paydirt with DAVID ALLAN COE's bucolic blue collar anthem TAKE THIS JOB & SHOVE IT, which made an "overnight sensation" of a performer who had paid his dues for two decades. COLORADO COOL-AID, a dark humored barroom brawler, and the rough 'n rowdy live tracks ME & THE I.R.S. and (STAY AWAY FROM) THE COCAINE TRAIN are also surefire crowdpleasers, all rendered in his ragged but righteous baritone. For a refreshing blast of hard core country from one of the true outlaws, THE SOUL & THE EDGE is the barn-burnin' platter to beat.

RATING: FIVE SAWDUST FLOORS
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By ArmyVet on October 20, 2012
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Thank you Mr. Paycheck (and rest in peace my friend) for the best traditional country music I've ever heard to this day! I missed out on your music in a big way! Just bought this CD and I'm enjoying every track on it...especially The Outlaw's Prayer, very tear jerking and so true (been in that situation myself)! I was just a kid when my mom used to listen to your music on the LP's. So about half the songs on this CD I remember but now enjoying the ones I'm just starting to know. Sure brings back the old days of being a kid again, now 43. I mainly bought this CD because I recently saw an episode of Hee-Haw with Mr. Paycheck singing "Someone To Give My Love To". A song I completely forgot about so I had to buy this CD. Just bought it several days ago and already wearing out the disc playing it a lot and enjoying it and having a blast! I'll have to check out all Mr. Paycheck's original albums now!

New big fan! Thank you Mr. Paycheck for the fond memories! Rest in peace my friend.
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