Mickey Newbury

Sweet Memories

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This collection of Newbury material pretty much accents his more sentimental side, with none of his more off the wall psychedelic country material. In this vein he still comes across as a country singer who did not stick to routine chord changes or arrangements, and even avoided much trace of the honky tonk or traditional country sounds he praises so righteously in his classic "How I Love Them Old Songs." The funny brass band fade-in after the listener thinks the song has already ended is a goofy touch in the manner of the Beatles "All You Need Is Love," "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye," and "The Future's Not What It Used to Be" are examples of Newbury's tragic, kick me when I'm down humor. The album includes at least one re-recording of a song he had recorded much earlier in his career; "Good Morning Dear" comes in at almost twice the length of the original version, dragging itself all the way to the finish line. Some of the other tracks are over the top in the kitsch department, with Newbury giving Roy Orbison some serious competition in falsetto crooning. One may wind up wanting to dump a pitcher of cold water over Newbury's head at the end of a number such as "I'll Remember the Good." Despite the low points, this album will give listeners plenty of reason to check out the collected recordings of this very special songwriter and performer.

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