Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Queen of Country Torch Singers
"Tee" | LA | 06/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
1- Don't Touch Me
2- When It's Over
3- I'll Love You More
4- Everything I Had Going For Me is Gone
5- Darling are You Ever Coming Home
6- A Wandering Man
7- These Memories
8- It's Only Love
9- It Just Takes Practice
10- Your Way, My Way
11- You Changed Everything About Me But My Name
12- Don't You Ever Get Tired
13- Welcome Home to Nothing
14- How is He
Jeannie Seely burst on to the country music scene in 1966 and had her biggest hit right off the bat DON'T TOUCH ME, which won her the Grammy in 1966 for Best Country Female Vocal. This collection is of vintage tracks from her years on Monument Records 1966-69 and includes seven songs that were top 40 country successes for her. Seely signed with Decca-MCA in 1969 and had a hit-or-miss string of chart songs for them, although her music was consistently fine. Unfortunately for Jeannie, these were arguably the greatest, most competitive years in country music history for female vocalists with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette at their apexes and Lynn Anderson, Dolly Parton, Jeannie C. Riley, Connie Smith, and a dozen more "girl singers" proved tough competition but Seely's head was always above water and remained famous and popular. As someone else mentioned, during the Monument years Jeannie recorded almost nothing but slow melancholy material, even her love songs like "I'll Love You More" have a touch of sadness in them. The sassy uptempo "Everything I Had Going For Me is Gone" even casts Jeannie as "feeling sorry for myself" although the melody is catchy and fun. Her Decca material was much more varied and I prefer those recordings, but these songs were generally bigger hits since they followed in the wake of her blockbuster "Don't Touch Me". Jeannie always sang with a lot of heart and passion which helped to earn her the nickname "Miss Country Soul". One suspects had Jeannie been around in the 1950's she would have been an acclaimed pop singer of the "torch" variety. Today Jeannie is past 60 but still one of the most promenient female vocalists on the Grand Ole Opry, still singing and looking great and in recent years has recorded everything from a Christmas album to a bluegrass one."
Best Compilation on Jeenie so far.
Cory L. Schwent | Bloomsdale, MO United States | 12/01/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This compiles her all of Jeenie Seely's charting songs on Monument Records between 1966 and 1968. It includes 2 top ten hits, "Don't Touch Me" and "I'll Love You More (Than You Need)."The sound is alright, and Jeenie is in great voice here. All the songs are originals and the booklet boasts no notes.I would recommend getting this, as it has become very rare, and I don't see any of her hits being reissued in the near future."
Best Jeannie cd on the market
Beth | Mesa, AZ United States | 03/12/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jeannie Seely possessed a wonderful dry voice. But this unfortunately had bad sides to it. For though she sounded good on slow songs, there was just too much of it. I admit her voice is more suited for those types of songs, but there could have been more upbeat stuff available on this cd. Also there are no linear notes and the songwriting identification is kind of confusing.
Now for the compliments. If you're into 60's country girls, one should check Jeannie out. Her voice is instantly recognizable and not every country person's is. This includes her hit "Don't Touch Me", but also check out "Welcome Home to Nothing" and "A Wanderin' Man."
Hopefully someone will make a collection of her Decca/MCA material soon."