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Highway Diner / Blue Eyed Blues


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  • Audio CD (28 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Morello Records
  • ASIN: B00KI7RMOC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Working Class Man
2. 12:05
3. Changing All the Time
4. Taking It All in Stride
5. Can't See Me Without You
6. This Ol' Town
7. Up With the Wind
8. Boomtown
9. Gone Again
10. Closing Time
11. Have I Got a Heart for You
12. It's a Dirty Job (With Bobby Bare) - Lacy J. Dalton & Bobby Bare
13. Blue - Eyed Blues
14. That's Good - That's Bad (With George Jones) - Lacy J. Dalton & George Jones
15. Gotta Serve Somebody (With David Allan Coe) - Lacy J. Dalton & David Allan Coe
16. I'll Love Them Whatever They Are
17. Hillbilly Girl With the Blues
18. 16th Avenue
19. My Old Yellow Car
20. Love Gone Cold (With Earl Scruggs) - Lacy J. Dalton & Earl Scruggs

Product Description

Lacy J. Dalton is one of the most under-rated singers in country music. With a voice closer to Bonnie Raitt than any other country vocalist, Lacy could be described as the female version of Waylon Jennings. June 1986's Highway Diner a No. 32 country chart entry contained a successful single in Working Class Man which was belatedly followed up at the years end by This Ol Town. These made Numbers 16 and 33 respectively. Eleven months later came Blue-Eyed Blues, a half and half affair matching new recordings with career highlights. She teamed with Bobby Bare for Its A Dirty Job, a country Top 40 hit in 1983 never previously included on one of her albums, and the legendary George Jones for That's Good That's Bad. She then went bluegrass with Earl Scruggs for the new Love Gone Cold and finally with David Allan Coe on Bob Dylans Gotta Serve Somebody.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Aug 2014
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Highway Diner, the last album of all-new recordings by Lacy for Columbia, is a blend of country and blues. It didn't do especially well at the time, nor did the singles released from it (Working class man, This ol' town) but Lacy's cause was maybe not helped by a resurgent Tanya Tucker, who came back to form in style that year. While it is quite easy to tell their voices apart, they have enough similarity that it might have deterred some radio stations from playing both. In any event, these two excellent singers were never successful at the same time as each other.

Among the songs here, Boomtown is not the Toby Keith song, but a very different song about an erstwhile small town being expanded. Other great songs include 12:05, Changing all the time (the track about the highway diner) and Can't see me without you, but there's plenty of great music here.

The second album, Blue eyed blues, features two tracks that hadn't been released previously as far as I can tell (Have I got a heart for you, I'll love 'em whatever they are), four duets that had previously been released on albums by the male duet partners (David Allan Coe, Bobby Bare, George Jones and Earl Scruggs) and four solo tracks that had been released on Lacy's earlier albums, these being 16th Avenue, Hillbilly girl with the blues, My old yellow car and the title track. It was clearly an end-of-contract album but works quite well and neatly complements Highway diner.

There are just two more of Lacy's Columbia albums to be released on CD, these being Dream baby (which I didn't buy in my vinyl days) and Can't run away from your heart (an excellent album that I did buy on vinyl). It appears that this is the last release on the Morello label, as the parent label Cherry Red has removed Morello's New release page BUT two other customers have been in contact with Morello and have been assured that further releases are planned for 2015. We'll see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skeeterfan on 21 Aug 2014
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Lacy J. must be the most underrated artist as I think she is superb. There isn't a bad album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An original 1986 album + a great compilation from 1987 5 Aug 2014
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Highway Diner, the last album of all-new recordings by Lacy for Columbia, is a blend of country and blues. It didn't do especially well at the time, nor did the singles released from it (Working class man, This ol' town) but Lacy's cause was maybe not helped by a resurgent Tanya Tucker, who came back to form in style that year. While it is quite easy to tell their voices apart, they have enough similarity that it might have deterred some radio stations from playing both. In any event, these two excellent singers were never successful at the same time as each other.

Among the songs here, Boomtown is not the Toby Keith song, but a very different song about an erstwhile small town being expanded. Other great songs include 12:05, Changing all the time (the track about the highway diner) and Can't see me without you, but there's plenty of great music here.

The second album, Blue eyed blues, features two tracks that hadn't been released previously as far as I can tell (Have I got a heart for you, I'll love 'em whatever they are), four duets that had previously been released on albums by the male duet partners (David Allan Coe, Bobby Bare, George Jones and Earl Scruggs) and four solo tracks that had been released on Lacy's earlier albums, these being 16th Avenue, Hillbilly girl with the blues, My old yellow car and the title track. It was clearly an end-of-contract album but works quite well and neatly complements Highway diner.

There are just two more of Lacy's Columbia albums to be released on CD, these being Dream baby (which I didn't buy in my vinyl days) and Can't run away from your heart (an excellent album that I did buy on vinyl). It appears that this is the last release on the Morello label, as the parent label Cherry Red has removed Morello's New release page BUT two other customers have been in contact with Morello and have been assured that further releases are planned for 2015. We'll see.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great album set 17 Sep 2014
By RON - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a huge fan of LJD and these albums are part of the reason why. It's too bad she never got the recognition she deserved but at least she gets some. Even though it's always just trickling in. It's also a shame that this set and a lot of other music is not allowing for previewing the album with song samples. Maybe more people would buy if they had a chance to do so. I bought this set on a whim knowing her previous work. I'm not always willing to do that and in some cases have found out later that I'm glad I didn't buy something. Please Amazon, make song sampling a part of all albums.
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One of the greatest voices in country music 14 Sep 2014
By mary gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the greatest voices in country music , particularly if you like a bluesy honky tonk sound. There are two other double album recordings of her early recordings which are musts.
You can't go wrong with these two. 24 Nov 2014
By D. Welborn - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally finding Highway Diner on a CD was a thrill in itself. I was surprised to find that both "albums" are on one CD. I have been a Lacy J fan for 40 years so almost anything she does is fine with me. With that said there are a couple of songs on Blue Eyed Blues that I don't care for. Of course, given individual tastes, those two songs may be the next listeners favorites.

If you are a Lacy J fan you need these two. Highway Diner alone is worth the price. If you are just getting to know Lacy, these two will let you hear her range and feel her soul.
The music here is amazing.. 8 Nov 2014
By Dennis Flynn - Published on Amazon.com
The music here is amazing ... and it comes at a very reasonable price. I have all of Lacy's Columbia recordings on cassette but unfortunately, they are dying. What a surprise when I looked her up on Amazon today (Yes, Lacey, it is time for a new album) ... and discovered that the older albums have finally been released on a cd! I ordered 3 of the two-fors! (The fourth double cd contained albums I already had on cd).

One of my favorite songs was even back on an 8 track ('Wild Turkey') and the only way I get to revisit that now is through a live album she did for Gilley's Night Club.

My cassette of 'Lacy J Dalton' has vanished, and all I have left is the hard plastic case.

I'm still hoping for a cd release of 'Dream Baby' and 'Can't Run Away From Your Heart' ... but until then ... I am one happy person.

Her voice is exquisite. Her material is timeless.

I am ready for a new album, kiddo!
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