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Media Type: CD
Artist: BRUCE,ED
Title: 12 CLASSICS
Street Release Date: 04/22/2003
Domestic
Genre: COUNTRY

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  2. The Last Cowboy Song
  3. Girls, Women And Ladies
  4. (When You Fall In Love) Everything's A Waltz
  5. You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had
  6. Ever, Never Lovin' You
  7. My First Taste Of Texas
  8. After All
  9. You Turn Me On (Like A Radio)
  10. Nights
  11. In The Garden
  12. The Lord's Prayer


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00008WI86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You have to look pretty carefully on the back of this CD to find the minuscule, typed explanation: "Contains new recordings of Ed Bruce's greatest hits, recorded April 1997." After finding it, one might be inclined to think this was some quick knock-off to fill out a contractual obligation or cash in via a TV offer. But a quick spin through the tracks finds Bruce's voice in good shape, supported by well-crafted productions that are neither chintzy (okay, there are some less than stellar uses of keyboards), nor overblown with modern studio techniques.
The album opens with Bruce's largest success as a songwriter, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." Though known for its chart-topping version by Waylon & Willie, Bruce himself actually took it to the top-20 three years earlier. Bruce covers eleven additional tunes, seven from his own pen, including a nice rendition of "The Last Cowboy Song" (on which he is remindful of Waylon, himself).
As with most re-recordings, this is not the place to start your appreciation of the artist's catalog. The best place for that would be Varese's now out-of-print "The Best of Ed Bruce," featuring most of these songs in their original versions. On the one hand, Bruce's maturity and rethinking of his songs is worth hearing, on the other, recording many years worth of hits in a short series of sessions can't help but compress the range these songs originally presented. While these are anything but throwaways, they're also no substitute for the originals, leaving them mostly for Ed Bruce fans and completists.
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Although Ed Bruce has the words right, the lacks his original voice as in the original recordings. The music is lackluster and does not meet up to the standards of Ed Bruce recordings.
The best bet would be to hang in there until "Ed Bruce's Greatest Hits" are available.
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I just can't understand why a stand up guy like Ed Bruce would be a party to a sleazy, underhanded, lowdown RERECORD like this. Maybe he needs the money. Or nobody told him the dates on the CD would be so poorly marked unsuspecting fans would get duped. Whatever the reason, it's not a very good way to say thanks to those who have supported him all these years. Even if this is the only way to make these songs available, people still deserve to know what they are getting. So much for Ed, what about Varese Sarbande Record company? They have a good reputation in this country for selling quality CDs-- with original recordings. And amazingly Ed Bruce Greatest Hits contained original recordings--but they pulled it off the market. And now it sells used on Amazon for $80!!! Maybe they lost the rights to market Ed Bruce's greatest hits, but a rerecord is hardly a solution!!! After all, it makes me want to question the authenticity of all their other C&W CD's [Wilburn Brothers, Donna Fargo, Joe Stamply, Susan Raye, Jeanne Pruett, Paul Overstreet]. Do they contain original or rerecordings? If those are real, then why are they trying to palm off this bogus Ed Bruce greatest hits CD? Man, that burns me up. Varese! You have taken money from millions of C&W fans under false pretenses. Unless you want us storming your office -- in Paris, here's what you should do. Pay whatever you have to pay to put the ED Bruce Greatest Hits containing original recordings back on the US market. And we'll call it even.
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I purchased this cd for one song, After All. I have the original song on 45 that I bought new in the early '80's. I couldn't wait to hear it on cd. It turns out it is Ed Bruce singing to a karaoke version. He and his wife wrote the song, but you couldn't tell. He is so off beat, it is disturbing to listen to. I put it on my shelf never to listen to it again. I was so dissapointed.
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These are re-recordings and subtly different from the originals. That said, you can tell he's still singing these songs from the heart like he did before. The subtle differences usually bother me, with this album, they don't. I recommend this album fully. I think you will enjoy it. Good country, the way it used to be.
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For those who do not remember what the original songs sounded like this CD would be okay. But this is the second time I've bought a greatest hits set of garbage and found that the songs were newly recorded. This should be part of the information about the CD when being offered to a buyer. If I do not see this information in the future I definitely will be inquiring about it BEFORE I buy.
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Real country music. You do not hear this stuff anymore. All the modern country wannabes will never take the place of classic country artists like this. It includes Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood etc. Gone are the days of old classic country music. These days they cater to the young generation
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Ed Bruce has been one of my favorite voices for years. This CD is a little disappointing as it has either been re-recorded or re-mastered. It does not seem to be the original recordings of these songs. His voice is still strong but seems to lack some of the resonant baritone from his younger days. He is still one prolific writer and singer after all this time.
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