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J.D. SOUTHER - Border Town: The Very Best Of J.D. Souther (2007)
J.D. (for John David) Souther was never a front-runner during the peak of the L.A. singer/songwriter boom of the '70s and '80s, but he was never far from those who were. His songwriting for one-time lover Linda Ronstadt and for the Eagles, which evolved out of Ronstadt's backing band, provided them both with some fine material (including the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight," "Best of My Love," and "New Kid in Town"), and as one-third of the underrated Souther-Hillman-Furay Band with ex-Poco frontman Richie Furay and original Byrds member Chris Hillman, he was briefly in the spotlight as a performer. Souther also recorded four solo albums, two of which charted but didn't really establish him as a major force, but until now his representation on CD has been slim. This British compilation draws from all four of those solos and Souther-Hillman-Furay, and reveals Souther to be a smart craftsman of up-tempo country-rock and ballads. "If You Have Crying Eyes," a duet with Ronstadt, is typical, driven by a shimmering acoustic guitar, Souther's plaintive lead vocals, the pair's close harmonies, and tight backing from an orchestra's worth of support musicians. The title track, by the SHF band, is a spirited tune from 1974 filled out by pedal steel guitar and Joe Lala's crisp percussion, and "You're Only Lonely," Souther's best known solo song, pays a respectful tribute to his fellow Texan Roy Orbison without really mimicking him. - allmusic.com
TRACKS: 01. White Wing 02. How Long 03. Fast One 04. Jesus In 3/4 Time 05. Pretty Goodbyes 06. Border Town 07. Somebody Must Be Wrong 08. Trouble In Paradise 09. Faithless Love 10. Black Rose 11. If You Have Crying Eyes 12. Silver Blue 13. You’Re Only Lonely 14. ‘Til The Bars Burn Down 15. Say You Will 16. Go Ahead And Rain 17. I’ll Take Care Of You 18. All I Want
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