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Sittin' On The Fence
on 24 May 2012
An undoudtedly great value for money double disc release. The 2 discs present JDL as a singer on disc#1 and a writer on disc#2.
I have to say that his singing is of the level of performance you might need to make a demo of a song and it seems to me that that is what for the main part disc#1 is, passable without being earth-shattering. I don't play it too much.
However disc#2 is a wonderful cross section of the guy's writing talents. Some well-known and hit material, while others ought to have sold better. I bought the set for a clean copy of Jimmy C. Newman's 'Grin And Bear It' which I lost on an MGM single all but 40 years ago - and it was worth it for that alone. The Marvin Rainwater track 'Pale Face Indian' achieved some deserved chart success when one-man band Don Fardon re-vamped it into 'Lament of The Cherokee Indian'. The 32 tracks are as varied as you could wish for, from pseudo-death disc 'Ebony Eyes' to syrupy pop 'Norman' via the straight country of 'Heaven Fell Last Night'. This disc spends a lot of time on my deck/iPod.