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Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen Of Country Music [CD]

Laura Cantrell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spit & Polish
  • ASIN: B004QJL4EM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Kitty Wells Dresses 3:260.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Don't Claim To Be An Angel 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Poison In Your Heart 2:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. One By One 2:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Can't Tell My Heart 3:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Making Believe 2:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Amigo's Guitar 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Gave My Wedding Dress Away 2:330.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Searching For A Soldier's Grave 3:190.69  Buy MP3 

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"Brand new album from Nashville-born, New York-based Laura Cantrell whose debut album was the late John Peel's ""favourite album of the last 10 years - and possibly my life"". Kitty Wells Dresses is Laura's 4th full-length studio album, following on from ""Not The Tremblin' Kind"" (Spit & Polish), ""When The Roses Bloom Again"" (Spit & Polish) and ""Humming By The Flowered Vine"" (Matador).

Recorded in Nashville and New York, it is a beautiful celebration of the music of The Queen Of Country Music and is Laura Cantrell's most overtly country album to date. Laura says ""I've been a Kitty Wells fan since childhood ... I always responded to the fundamental feeling in Wells' singing, her way of sounding both emotional and restrained at once, as if she were hanging on despite life's many hardships."""

BBC Review

Laura Cantrell is no purist. The sweet-voiced singer has covered New Order and even dabbled in electronica. But the history that underlies this wonderful collection is the thing that draws her talents most keenly.

It was history, after all, that made Cantrell such an exhilarating novelty when a tenacious Scottish label unearthed her in 2000. Her debut release was plain startling in the era of Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks: a quietly wholehearted homage to the simpler virtues of 40s and 50s country music, executed with devotion and grace.

Later albums found Cantrell stretching out into poppier byways. But she has always been a historian as well as a musician and DJ, enthusing radio listeners with the exploits of long-gone musical heroines. And in Kitty Wells – the first female country star to top the chart, and the first to release a long-playing record – she has the perfect model for her own well-mannered radicalism.

Wells topped the charts in 1952 with It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (an answer song to Hank Thomson’s chauvinistic Wild Side of Life), and she was known for attitude as well as tunes. Cantrell’s tribute was recorded in the Nashville of her own youth, emulating the wistful, pragmatic persona Wells perfected on once-shocking songs like I Don’t Claim to Be an Angel and I Gave My Wedding Dress Away.

With sidemen including Chris Scruggs and Chuck Mead from BR549 and Paul Niehaus of Calexico, the 10-song album emulates 50s production values. It takes great confidence, this; just a single voice keening over ding-dong bass, pit-a-pat drums and elegant pedal steel, and Cantrell carries it off with heart as well as charm. There’s a quiet authority in the no-frills purity of her lovely voice that echoes the mix of strength and vulnerability projected by Wells.

This is a connoisseur’s collection, steering clear of hits that have since veered into kitsch (like Release Me or I Can’t Stop Loving You) to favour a handful of classics, some less-known treasures, and the title song – a charmer of Cantrell’s own that sits snugly among the marvellous covers.

--Ninian Dunnett

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to a queen 30 April 2011
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Laura Cantrell, a magnificent singer in her own right but also a lifelong Kitty Wells fan, is the ideal woman to record a Kitty Wells tribute album. Upon hearing that Laura had recorded such an album, I checked to see if anybody else had paid such a tribute. I found one that Norma Jean recorded in 1966, but it has never (at least so far) been released on CD. So this tribute to the queen of country music, who is still with us but long since retired, is long overdue.

If you look closely at the cover picture, you'll see in the background a box of vinyl records, with two of them propped up at the front and side, one by Kitty Wells and one by Jean Shepard. In the foreground sits Laura, perhaps wondering if whoever is looking at the picture is a Kitty Wells fan. Inside the digipack, Laura provides some comments about the album explaining how the idea for the album came about. Laura also expresses annoyance that most people these days remember Kitty for just one song. Obviously, part of the purpose of this album is to remind people that Kitty wasn't just a one-hit wonder.

Laura's album opens with the title track, an original song that Laura co-wrote as her own tribute to Kitty. An excellent opener, it is followed by nine songs that Kitty recorded, most of which were big hits but also including three songs that a lot of Kitty's fans might not have heard (I don't claim to be an angel, Searching for a soldier's grave, I gave my wedding dress away - all of them can be found on the Bear Family boxed set The Queen of country music - 1949-1958).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Wells Dresses 22 Jun 2011
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Kitty Wells truly is one of the all time greats and this album is a splendid tribute to her. The album opens with the title track, written by Laura Cantrell and Amy Wright and the rest is made up of covers of nine songs from Kitty Well's canon. "It wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" is there and my particular favourites are "Poison In Your heart" and "One By One", the latter a duet with Chuck Mead, of BR5-49 fame.As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a dud track on the album. Laura's vocals are superb throughout and, with great backing musicians, the whole album is very much in keeping with the style of Kitty's originals. Having played the cd repeatedly,I find myself hungry for more of the same and, given that the cd is only just over thirty minutes long, I wonder why a few more tracks couldn't have been included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fine visit 22 April 2014
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to the Queen of country music's back catalogue- good recording, good playing. Miss hearing some laura Cantrell originals, but a good cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! 15 Oct 2012
By Mike
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this as I have heard quite a lot about Laura Cantrell and thought it was about time I educated myself properly.

What an amazing album, but most of all, what an amazing voice!

I could go on, but I won't, just buy this album, listen to it very carefully and be prepared to be blown away!!!
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