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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,596 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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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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Paycheck at his best. I consider Johnny Paycheck one of the most under rated artists in country music. This CD really shows his talent and versatility. You get to hear the songs long associated with him such as Take This Job and Shove It. You also get to hear his more humorous side on Colorado Cool Aid and 11 Months and 29 Days. I am not certain I previously have heard the last song on the CD, The Outlaw's Prayer, and it has a powerful message and really adds an exclamation point to the end of the CD. I don't know why I had not seen this one a long time ago. You cannot go wrong buying this one.
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There truly isn't much you can "review" about a cd because you kinda have an idea of what to expect. I must say this arrived very quickly. It was new original closed packaging. I loved the cover of this one and the book inside. Its an awesome cd as you probably already know if your considering buying this. Johnny Paycheck at his best!
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TO ANY TRUE FAN OF JOHNNY PAYCHECK, IF YOU ARE AS DEEP OF A FAN OF JOHNNY AS I AM, THIS IS A MUST HAVE. I HAVE A NUMBER OF HIS CDS BUT I FEEL THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST. AGAIN, IF YOU'RE A TRUE FAN DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP.
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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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