Dick Damron

Lost in the Music: The Recordings of Dick Damron, 1978-1989

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Bear Family's second triple-disc collection of Dick Damron recordings rounds up the latter-day recordings of the country singer, opening in the year 1978 and closing with tapes from 1989. Damron continued to record into the '90s but this represented his last stretch of real commercial success, with 1978's LP Lost in the Music reaching 12 on the Canadian country charts and 1984's Last Dance on Saturday Night peaking at 18. Those records are here in their entirety, along with the hit singles he had during this stretch -- most notably the Top Tens "Silver and Shine," "Reunion," "Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ole Boys," and "Good Ol' Time Country Rock 'n' Roll." More than anything else, this set illustrates the quickly shifting tides of country fashion during the '90s, as the earliest recordings here are slick but warm yet by the end of the set there's an efficient precision that's at odds with Damron's inherent low-key likableness. Despite his polished surroundings, he still can pull off some amiable straight-ahead country -- it helps when the tempo is a little quicker, as the proceedings don't get stuck in sap (although they certainly can get silly) -- but the real jewels in this collection arrive during the first disc and a half, the span of time when Damron was one of the biggest Canadian country stars and he made country-pop that rolled smooth and easy.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:24 Amazon
2 2:41 Amazon
3 2:41 Amazon
4 2:25 Amazon
5 2:48 Amazon
6 3:28 Amazon
7 3:15 Amazon
8 3:40 Amazon
9 2:41 Amazon
10 3:38 Amazon
11 2:47 Amazon
12 2:47 Amazon
13 2:39 Amazon
14 2:49 Amazon
15 3:01 Amazon
16 2:33 Amazon
17 3:06 Amazon
18 2:53 Amazon
19 2:43 Amazon
20 2:30 Amazon
21 3:40
22 3:17
23 2:45 Amazon
24 3:04 Amazon
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