Greatest Hits [Atlantic]

Greatest Hits [Atlantic]

by Billy Joe Royal



Not to be confused with the Greatest Hits collection that Columbia released in 1989, this 1991 CD focuses on Billy Joe Royal's Atlantic output of the 1980s. Although this pop and pop-country material on the whole is much too slick, hits like "Old Bridges Run Deep," "'Til I Can't Take It Any More," and "Burned Like a Rocket" are likable enough. The CD's excessive slickness doesn't erase the fact that Royal's voice has a highly soulful quality. Black R&B has had a major impact on his vocal style, and it's obvious that he's spent a lot of time listening to Aaron Neville (a major influence), as well as Sam Cooke and Al Green. In fact, one of the CD's high points is a cover of Neville's signature song, "Tell It Like It Is." (Royal and Simply Red leader Mick Hucknall may have gone down very different roads, but they do have a lot of common ground in terms of influences.) Not for country purists, this is a collection that pop and R&B fans will find to be a decent listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/1991
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075678219924
catalogNumber: 82199

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joe Royal   Primary Artist,Vocals
Warren Haynes   Vocals,Voices
Spady Brannan   Bass
Richard Brannon   Bass
Mickey Buckins   Percussion
Larrice Byrd   Vocals,Voices
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Gregg Galbraith   Electric Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Pedal Steel Guitar
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Jim Horn   Horn,Saxophone
Bill Hullett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Huntsinger   Synthesizer
Clayton Ivey   Keyboards
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Larry Keith   Vocals,Voices
Jerry Kroon   Percussion,Drums
Gary Lunn   Bass
Michael Mishaw   Vocals,Voices
Kim Morrison   Vocals,Voices
Ron Oates   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Ron Reynolds   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Voices
Charles Rose   Horn
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Billy Sanford   Acoustic Guitar
John Slick   Synthesizer
Denis Solee   Saxophone
Harry Stinson   Vocals,Voices
Wendy Suits   Vocals,Voices
Harvey Thompson   Horn
Lonnie Wilson   Vocals,Voices
Bob Wray   Bass
Curtis Young   Vocals,Voices
Kenny Mimms   Electric Guitar
Kenny Bell   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Hullet   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roderick Owens   Vocals,Voices
Joe Osborn   Bass
Kenneth "Scat" Springs   Voices
Mark Steel   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Black   Vocals,Voices
Dennis Wilson   Voices

Technical Credits

Faron Young   Composer
Marvin Rainwater   Composer
Ronnie Brookshire   Engineer
Nelson Larkin   Producer
Ron Reynolds   Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Leslie Cabarga   Illustrations
Doug Johnson   Contributor

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