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Steel Strings: Golden Steel Guitar Hits
Jimmy Day
Steel Strings: Golden Steel Guitar Hits
Genre: Country
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All Artists: Jimmy Day
Title: Steel Strings: Golden Steel Guitar Hits
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bear Family
Original Release Date: 1/1/1992
Re-Release Date: 4/13/1992
Album Type: Import
Genre: Country
Styles: Bluegrass, Roadhouse Country, Classic Country, Western Swing
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 4000127155832, 790051155834

CD Reviews

Impeccable, flawless and oh-so-good...
Jack Dempsey | South Miami Beach, Florida | 08/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is "marred" by one thing: slightly cheesy, Swingle-singer-esque (for those that can remember the Swingle Singers) vocals. This is the same sort of thing that plagued the Scotty Moore cd, although in Scotty Moore's case the backup vocals were laid down by the Jordanaires.

BUT, and this is a HUGE but...BUT, no matter how slightly cheesy the vocals may be on this cd, it cannot in any way, shape or form take away from Jimmy Day's eloquent playing. In a word, it is phenomenal. You can actually feel Jimmy's emotion, heart and soul pouring from each note of every song. And it is truly remarkable.

The first half of this cd is the "rag" section, characterized by mostly upbeat, swinging songs. The second half of the cd is much more laid-back and mellow (3/4 time) kind of songs. It has, in what is my humble opinion, one of the greatest renditions of Willie Nelson's penned-tune, "Funny How Time Slips Away." It's hands-down one of the best versions I've ever heard and in and of itself is worthy of the cost of this disc.

If you're at all familiar with Jimmy Day's work, you will not regret getting this disc. Definitely also check out some of Buddy Emmons releases, as well as those of Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West. Of course, Bear Family put out an amazing 4-disc Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West anthology, but for those who don't like the high cost of admission on Bear Family releases, also be on the lookout for a Sundazed Records release called "Frettin' Fingers" which is a beautiful 3-disc collection of Jimmy Bryant's stuff (with a ton of Speedy West collaborations). The liner notes on the Sundazed anthology are fantastic, and even feature a commentary by none other than Deke Dickerson, legendary picker of the double-necked Mosrite that Joe Maphis and Little Larry Collins used to play.

Also....back to this Jimmy Day release....(sorry for the digression)...speaking of cheesy background vocals...something worth noting is the fact that on the second half of the cd, one of the background vocalists is the legendary Anita Kerr. Some of you may be familiar with her work with Chet Atkins, the Norman Luboff Choir and even her own outfit, the Anita Kerr Singers. I was quite impressed to see her name on the roster.

Again, get this will definitely cherish it for years to come."
Legendary Steel Guitar
Walter Stettner | Vienna Austria | 05/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is classic Steel Guitar at its best! "Golden Steel Guitar Hits" brings all the favorite uptempo and swing tunes while the "Steel and Strings" portion has the ballad side. Jimmy Day will remain as the true master, someone who set standards for the instrument. This guy played with Ray Price, Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and lots of others. The recordings were made around 1960, as usual Bear Family provides and extensive booklet with lots of photos and information. No collection should be without that record! Get it!"
Jimmy's best classic instrumentals
Daniel Tyack | Seattle, wa United States | 09/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There's more emotion and feeling in these recordings than in anything since on the steel guitar. Even the lame vocals and strings can't take away the 5 star rating."