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The Unbelievable Voice and Guitar of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground CD

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JERRY REED: The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground Two classic, late-'60s albums from Jerry Reed, both of them never on CD before! The titles to these two records (his first two) really tell the tale; Jerry was an unbelievable guitarist and singer, and you can add songwriter to the list at least Elvis thought so, as he covered both "Guitar Man" and "U.S. Male" from Unbelievable (and hired Jerry to play guitar on both)! Jerry returned the favor by writing an Elvis tribute song ("Tupelo Mississippi Flash") on 1968's Nashville Underground, which lives up to its title by presenting a revelatory blend of country, rock 'n' roll, folk, blue-eyed soul and even progressive pop. Though Reed was a protege of Chet Atkins, his eclectic taste and irrepressible personality later on full display in the Smokey and the Bandit films ensured that this record busted out of the countrypolitan mold that held sway in Nashville at the time. Both of these albums are must-listens for any alt-country and roots music fan, and Chris Morris contributes notes that place these two albums in context of Jerry's incredible (and, to this day, underappreciated) career.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It Don't Work That Way
  2. Guitar Man
  3. Losing Your Love
  4. Maybe In Time
  5. House Of The Rising Sun
  6. You'd Better Take Time
  7. 500 Miles Away From Home
  8. If I Promise
  9. Wabash Cannon Ball - Eddy Arnold
  10. You're Young And You'll Forget
  11. You Made My Life A Song
  12. The Claw
  13. Remembering
  14. A Thing Called Love
  15. You Wouldn't Know a Good Thing
  16. Save Your Dreams
  17. Almost Crazy
  18. You've Been Cryin' Again
  19. Fine on My Mind
  20. Tupelo Mississippi Flash
  21. Wabash Cannonball
  22. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  23. John Henry


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B007RLKI8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Singer, songwriter and certified guitar player Jerry Reed found his musical calling as a child, and by the time he turned 18 in 1955, he was already making records. Sides cut for Capitol (catch the rockabilly "When I Found You" here), NRC and Columbia failed to ignite a performing career, but his songwriting and session guitar work garnered traction in Nashville. By 1965 he'd come to the attention of Chet Atkins, and two years later he released his debut LP, The Unbelievable Guitar & Voice of Jerry Reed, on RCA. The album was stylistically schizophrenic, ranging from folk-country tunes similar to Waylon Jennings early RCA sides to faux British Invasion pop to rootsy blues-country. It's the latter, including the album's first single, "Guitar Man," that came to define Reed's sound.

In 1967, though, Atkins was still trying to find a place for Reed within the Nashville Sound. Atkins added badly-aging harpsichord to many of the debut's tracks, and though Reed, Wayne Moss and Fred Carter Jr. cut loose with gut-string picking on several tracks, including the instrumental "The Claw," there were still the doubled pop vocals of "If I Promise" sharing track space with the sly talking ablues "Woman Shy" and the Everlys-styled "Long Gone." It's interesting, albeit a bit disconcerting, to hear Reed singing so far outside his earthier country sound, and the folk- and pop-flavored cuts haven't the swagger of his blues. Elvis Presley covered "Guitar Man," with Reed reproducing the guitar break from this recording, and "U.S. Male," with the lyrical intro shifted from Georgia to Mississippi.
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Two of the best Jerry Reed albums showcasing his incredible, influential guitar style and composing genius. Sound is pristine, one of the best sounding CD's I own. I have been waiting for this release since CD's were invented. A must have for all his dedicated fans and fingerstyle guitarists. Pure genius. Check out the recently posted 1970 Youtube clips of Jerry by a master of Reed's style: muzikman74.
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These two LPs changed the game when they were released in the late 1960s. Absolutely incredible guitar playing, great vocals and completely entertaining! Great to see these two gems finally released on CD. Buy it today! Darrell T.
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Jerry Reed was the greatest guitarist ever. Like most of his studio records, these albums are diverse. They have elements of many different styles of music. I think it is very hard to call him a country artist. Fans of music, all genres, can easily find this stuff enjoyable.
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If I ran a reissue label...I'd want to release material just like this. Bring back to life two records that have been unjustly forgotten. Brighten but stay true to the original sound. Include the original cover art and liner notes. And, add some historical context. Well done, Real Gone! For anyone interested in the roots of Jerry Reed and modern country music, this set is a great place to start.
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This is an above average compilation for any Jerry Reed fan. His first 2 albums all in one CD. I'm HOOKED on it. Also - it arrived within a couple of days of ordering. EXCELLENT, I highly recommend this, and highly recommend this seller, I've not stopped listening to it since it arrived.
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REALLY INTERESTING SONGS GREAT SINGING GOOD GUITAR PICKIN'...JUST WISH THERE WAS MORE PICKIN'...GOOD FUN THOUGH AND SOME ODD PRODUCTION MAKE IT A GOOD PURCHASE
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the first two jerry reed albums on cd. great music.he is truly a very funny and introspectful singer and songwriter. a man for all tastes.
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