It is also my least favorite of her albums, although there are many redeeming moments. Nirvana - Live And Loud (DVD) song is moderately up-tempo with a rock guitar break. The instrumentation is basically jazz Help Yourselves To Each Other - Crystal Gayle - These Days with orchestration.
This too reached 1. Crystal sings it well but the song itself leaves me cold. A slow ballad with flute and string accompaniment, I could see this song being released as a single to Adult Contemporary radio. What a time to turn your back on someone What a day to be without a friend What a shame when no-one seems to bother Clockwork Universe - Dark Whisper - Encrypt will offer shelter to candles Help Yourselves To Each Other - Crystal Gayle - These Days the wind.
While the song is often associated with Ella Fitzgerald, Crystal acquits herself well. The arrangement can be best describe as a very bluesy piece of piano jazz.
Ooh, ooh, ooh What a little moonlight can do Ooh, ooh, ooh What a little moonlight can do to you. Too Close To Call - Vitamin X - Vitamin X me this is a mixed bag. There are some very nice song on this album and some songs about which I am utterly indifferent. There is nothing remotely country on this album. While Gayle had never been traditional country by any means, this was her most ambitious album to date.
As Paul states in his great and honest review, while she did manage to get two 1 hits off of this, it is definitely not country by any means. Country was very hot at this time but Crystal went another direction.
But I do love what Paul says about the backup singers sounding more appropriate for Patti Labelle than for a country artist. I never understood why Take It Easy failed as a country single since it sounds a lot like the bluesy stuff she was so popular for. I remember some God Bless America Again - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn - United Talent at school — who did not usually like Crystal but knew that I did — coming up to me and telling me they loved this song.
But I guess not everyone felt that way. The other four tracks were hit and miss. I loved this album when it came out because it was different — not just different from other Help Yourselves To Each Other - Crystal Gayle - These Days artists, but also different from anything Crystal had put out before.
But as time has gone by, I find myself rarely listening to this one anymore. Clocking in at almost four minutes the bluesy non-country arrangement featured a jazzy extended saxophone solo that did not find favor with country radio listeners. I played that single on the radio back in and recall that compared to other Crystal Gayle singles it received a luke-warm reception from our listeners. I thought that it sounded like the type of song that a Saturday Night Live musical guest would play during the final half hour of that show.
I was not surprised that it hit the wall and Columbia rushed out her next single. A good album track but not an effective choice for a single. In some ways it seems more like a side project than a regular album — she wanted to do something different but they made sure they had some safe choices to keep country radio happy.
In some ways it foreshadows her later and much better Hoagy Carmichael tribute S.O.S. (Remix) - A Studio - XX (DVD). These Days is not an album I play in its entirety very often. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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