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Classic Rewind: Johnny Paycheck – ’11 Months And 29 Days’

4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Johnny Paycheck – ’11 Months And 29 Days’

  1. Ken Johnson May 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I’m generally a fan of most of Paycheck’s recordings but occasionally he went off the rails and lost me. This is one of those times.

  2. pwdennis May 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I viewed Johnny as having four phases to his career:

    1) the Aubrey Mayhew years where even the weakest songs were interesting and the dumbest songs believeable when Johnny performed them

    2) The “Mr Lovemaker” years when Johnny was cast as a romantic balladeer – he was consistantly good at it, but the material was less interesting

    3) Johnny the Outlaw years – extremely erratic output – some really good stuff and some real garbage. The excellent MR HAG TOLD MY STORY comes from these years, but so does a lot of dreck like this song, “Colorado Kool-Aid” and “DOA (Drunk On Arrival)”

    4) The post-peak years when Johnny either was doing remakes or original material on small labels (except one album on Mercury. The remakes were bland, but the original songs were mostly pretty good

  3. Ken Johnson May 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Paul:

    No question that as you so accurately pointed out, the “Outlaw” years were indeed a roller-coaster of recording quality. My biggest disappointment of the era was Paycheck’s duet album with George Jones. Rather than a classic album by two legendary country singers, it seemed that neither took the project seriously and wasted their time on superficial novelty stuff. Both turned in less than stellar performances. My guess is that they were far more interested in returning to their vices than spending quality time in the studio. Perhaps had the album been done about 6 years earlier the results would have been far more satisfying.

    Sadly the fourth phase of Paycheck’s career was often punctuated by extremely weak vocal performances. The hoarse-sounding remakes of his earlier hits are almost too painful to hear. At times you can hardly tell it’s actually Paycheck’s voice. For me the brightest spot of his latter years was “Old Violin” from 1986 when he seemed to temporarily get his “second wind.”

  4. Nick Summers May 31, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    This song by Johnny is straight-ahead 12 bar blues. Johnny Paycheck, a wonderful country performer is not a blues singer. Here, he is a country singer attempting a blues song. Now, I’m not a country purist, but this performance by Johnny is outside of his strengths. Remember “For A Minute There?” Now that’s Johnny Paycheck at his best!

    Nick Summers

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