Warner Mack

Everybody's Favorites

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Between hit-making stints with Decca in the late '50s and the mid-'60s, Warner Mack spent a couple of years at Kapp Records waxing covers of classic country songs. He made two original albums, Golden Country Hits and Golden Country Hits, Vol. 2, which contained his interpretations of other artists' recent and classic country hits. After he returned to Decca records and began scoring hits of his own like "The Bridge Washed Out," Kapp brought a number of these 1961-1962 recordings back to the market with Everybody's Favorites, a 12-song condensation of the two Golden Country Hits albums. An earlier Kapp album from 1965, The Best of Warner Mack, has most of his other Kapp sides. The songs on Everybody's Favorites are performed in a country-pop style with tic-tac electric bass and a vocal chorus as Mack sings his way through well-worn numbers such as "San Antonio Rose," "In the Pines," "Fireball Mail" and other classics. "Chime Bells" uses an echoey electronic effect to substitute for yodeling. Mack had no hits during his brief stay at Kapp, but the nature of the recordings he made there suggests that he was being marketed primarily as an album artist.

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