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Rebels & Outlaws: Music From The Wild Side Of Life
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
This compilation from the darker strains of classic country provides an antidote to the sanitized, suburbanized fare that Nashville favors today. From Faron Young's "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" credo through Tex Ritte... more »
This compilation from the darker strains of classic country provides an antidote to the sanitized, suburbanized fare that Nashville favors today. From Faron Young's "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" credo through Tex Ritter's lethally deranged "Blood on the Saddle," the selections celebrate a musical multitude of sins. The most homicidally serious highlights are Johnny Paycheck's "(Pardon Me) I've Got Someone To Kill" and the Louvin Brothers' "Knoxville Girl," which make some of the rest (particularly Spade Cooley's "You Clobbered Me") sound like novelty toss-offs in comparison. Wanda Jackson's deliciously bad-girl cover of "Riot in Cell Block Number Nine" rocks harder than anything by the boys. --Don McLeese
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Terrific and Bizarre
James Carragher | New York | 04/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This one is surely not for all tastes, but if you want music from the traditional sounding and bloody-themed side of country, here is the sampler to get. Judging by the stylings and sound, you would think all the cuts date from about the mid- to late-fifties, but some of them are significantly newer. A few are sheer novelty, including Downtown Poker Club, You Clobbered Me (sung by an unidentified female vocalist, but credited to Spade Cooley who, as the CD liner notes and every review -- mine too! -- can't resist noting, later beat his wife to death. Without that life imitating art twist, this tune surely and deservedly would never have been heard again), and Shootout at the Rocket Club. You get the old chestnuts in Folsom Prison Blues -- always worth hearing of course --, Hank Thompson's version of Cocaine Blues and a lesser known Marty Robbins song, Big Iron. Merle Haggard's Branded Man is a flat-out classic, as is wild Wanda's Riot in Cell Block Number Nine. The three songs that give the CD its most chilling edge are Johnny Paycheck's matter-of-fact (Pardon Me) I've Got Someone to Kill, in which a guy finishes drinking at a bar and announces to all that he's now going off to shoot his wife and her lover, Tex Ritter's truly bizarre Blood on the Saddle, wherein a cowboy is crushed by his horse, and the Louvin Brothers' Knoxville Girl, the tale of a young man who kills his sweetheart for no apparent reason at all during a Sunday walk, throws her body in the river, and explains away all the blood on his clothes to his mother by saying he "was bleeding from the nose." The version is based on an old English folk song and very strong stuff. One listens in kind of amazement to this sometimes powerful, sometimes mindless CD and wonders how and why Nashville ever let itself become the purveyor of the homogenized pap it spews out today."
Kick ass Country from it's glory days!
James Carragher | 06/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Killer compilation of old country songs. I'd never heard "Pardon Me I've got Someone to Kill". There's some incredible Merle Haggard and other stuff on here too. This is the real deal from the 50s. These guys were so cool."