1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Country but not too Country,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Ultimate (Audio CD)
Ronnie Milsap's musicianship started when he was a child where he learnt to play classical piano and violin but as he grew he also listened to Rhythm & Blues ,Rock n Roll and a lot of country music..It is with Country that he is mainly associated producing a great many albums and winning during the 70s and 80s just about every country music award going.
His musical apprenticeship continued and from the mid 60s he had his own group played in JJ Gales group and had a hit of his own a R&B styling, Never had it so Good.. As a session player you can hear his key board work on Presley's Kentucky Rain.
Moving to Nashville in the early 70s Ronnie gained a contract with RCA and the hits started rolling out.many of which are on this CD. Stand out tracks here include Don Gibson's I'd be a Legend in my time ,which is the equal of the Roy Orbison version.Smoky Mountain Rain one of his biggest hits,,also avery creditable version of Jim Reeves 's ,Am I losing you.. Up-tempo numbers like Stranger in my House are handled very well and you appreciate what a great versatile voice Ronnie has . Also included on this album is his beautiful Lost in the Fifties Tonight where he takes the listener back to their teenage years and the dawn of Rock n Roll sung to the tune of, In the Still of the Night ,the fabulous doo-w*p tune originally recorded by Fred Parris and the Five Satins,simply sublime.
Die hard Milsap fans will probably have all the songs on this CD but it will be a good introduction to those of you who want to sample his work also to buyers who may not be out and out country fans .This is not the country music of nasal singing ,pedal steel guitars and honky tonk tunes .Many of these tracks have sweeping string orchestrations so more like, up-scale countrypolitan with Milsap sometimes sounding like Neil Diamond with a country tinge.