Tompall & the Glaser Brothers

Country Folks

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In 1967, Tompall & the Glaser Brothers were making country records that sounded more like the Mills Brothers than they did anything that came out of Music City. Recorded for Vocalian, Country Folks was really pop-folk where either Glaser or the trio were backed by studio hacks. The simple, poppy shimmy of "Judy's Growin' Up," with its schlocky strings and doo wop choruses, was too much to begin with, but it got worse. Glaser's tenor, doing his best Marty Robbins on Lee Castle's "Sweet Love Goodbye," is covered by strings to the point of the vocals almost disappearing in the mix. John D. Loudermilk's classic "I'll Never Tell" is watered down to the point of a puddle, and the rest, most of which are Glaser originals, are even worse. Thank God this guy became the outlaw he did, because this early folk-pop stuff is some of the worst crap imaginable. There is no artistic merit in this stuff at all. Its only purpose was that it sold to enough boring people that he got to make more recordings and evolve into a tremendous singer and songwriter.

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