But What Will the Neighbors Think/Rodney Crowell

But What Will the Neighbors Think/Rodney Crowell

by Rodney Crowell



While his 1978 debut album, Ain't Livin' Long Like This, certainly caught the attention of folks in the music business, it was his second album, 1980's But What Will the Neighbors Think, that first alerted radio listeners and mainstream country fans to Rodney Crowell's gifts as a songwriter and performer, and while his self-titled 1981 follow-up wasn't the hit But What Will the Neighbors Think turned out to be, it confirmed the man was a major talent whose smart, edgy songs were a far cry from what was the norm in Nashville at the time. Collectables has reissued these two albums on a single CD, and decades after it first came out But What Will the Neighbors Think still sounds like the work of a talented maverick not afraid to take some chances; Crowell's grim assessment of America at the dawn of the Reagan era, "Here Come the 80's," would have been a gutsy way to open an album in any genre, especially country, and if "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" takes on a less serious topic (the music business), it's no less venomous, or hits its target with less impact. "Ashes by Now" and "The One About England" showed Crowell was as sure a hand with more personal subjects, and the spare snap of Craig Leon's production allows this to walk a fine line between the rock club and the honky tonk and capture the best of both sides. Rodney Crowell was a less immediately striking album, but still has more than its share of great songs (including his original versions of "Shame on the Moon" and "'Til I Gain Control Again"), and Crowell, who also produced, assembled a superb crew of musicians, including Albert Lee, Booker T. Jones, Vince Gill, and Rosanne Cash (who was his wife at the time). These two albums represented Rodney Crowell at the first apex of his career, and after years out of print, it's good to see them available again, and in an affordable format at that.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2005
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431766927
catalogNumber: 7669

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Crowell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Rosanne Cash   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Amos Garrett   Guitar
Craig Leon   Flute,Piano
Larry Willoughby   Vocals
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tony Brown   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Rosemary Butler   Vocal Harmony
Hank DeVito   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Emory Gordy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Phil Kenzie   Horn,Saxophone
Bill Lamb   Horn
Frank Reckard   Electric Guitar
Don Whaley   Vocals
Larrie Londin   Percussion,Drums
Jay Willoughby   Vocal Harmony
Steve Wood   Electric Piano,Vocals
Tower of Power Sax Section   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Keith Sykes   Composer
Craig Leon   Producer,Audio Production
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Hank DeVito   Composer
Emory Gordy   String Arrangements
Ray King   Composer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Tommy Hill   Composer

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