Johnny Paycheck

Pure Country

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If you're simply looking for a "little" Johnny Paycheck, then this might be for you. It contains the best of his singles for Columbia, from the true classic "Slide off of Your Satin Sheets" and "She's All I Got," to the rowdy redneck anthem "Take This Job and Shove It," "I'm the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)," and two fine originals: the honky tonk ballad "Mr. Lovemaker," and the rocking "Friend, Lover, Wife." This set checks in at about 27 minutes, but there isn't a bad cut in the bunch; they're the original versions and you can't possibly beat the price unless it was free. Besides, in the grand old days of country music before LPS when jukeboxes were kings, a long player was always 30 minutes or less. It may be too little if you want to dig deeper, but as an introduction to Paycheck's glory years, this one will do just fine.

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