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Johnny Paycheck: Take This Job & Shove It [The Definitive Collection] *

Track List

>She's All I Got
>Someone to Give My Life to
>It's Only a Matter of Wine
>Let's All Go Down to the River
>Love Is a Good Thing
>Somebody Loves Me
>Something About You I Love
>Mr. Lovemaker
>Song and Dance Man
>For a Minute There
>My Part of Forever
>Loving You Beats All I Ever Seen
>Keep on Lovin' Me
>Gone at Last
>All-American Man
>11 Months and 29 Days
>I'm the Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised)
>Slide Off Your Satin Sheets
>Hank (You Tried to Tell Me)
>Man From Bowling Green, The
>Take This Job and Shove it
>Me and the I.R.S.
>Georgia in a Jug
>Spirits of St. Louis, The
>Colorado Cool-Aid
>Proud Mary
>Friend, Lover, Wife
>Thanks to the Cathouse (I'm in the Doghouse With You)
>Look What the Dog Drug In
>You Can Have Her
>Drinkin' and Drivin'
>Fifteen Beers
>(Stay Away From) The Cocaine Train
>You Better Move On
>Someone Told My Story
>I Can't Hold Myself in Line
>Yesterday's News (Just Hit Home Today)
>D.O.A. (Drunk on Arrival)
>In Memory of a Memory
>Outlaw's Prayer, The

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Vic Anesini.

Liner Note Author: Chris Morris .

Weighing in at 40 songs spread over two discs, Real Gone Music's Take This Job and Shove It: The Definitive Collection fulfills the promise of its subtitle, at least as far as Johnny Paycheck's Epic recordings are concerned. Picking up in 1971, when he made the leap from the hard country indie Little Darlin' to the softer pastures of Billy Sherrill's Epic, Take This Job and Shove It opens with the smash "She's All I Got" -- the country-soul credit co-written by Swamp Dogg and Gary "U.S." Bonds -- and then proceeds through almost every country Top 40 Paycheck had between 1971 and 1982. A few charting singles are absent but they're not missed because the major items are all here -- all the singles that also showed up on 2002's The Soul & the Edge and 2012's The Outlaw's Prayer, both of which have a couple of tracks that didn't make the cut -- along with smart selections of deep album cuts. All this amounts to an exceptional portrait of one of the greatest country singers of the 20th century: even when he slides into satiny country-pop settings, Paycheck retains his deep Southern twang, a sensibility that feels thoroughly country whether he's singing gospel, amped-up rock & roll, Colorado novelties, or the straightest, best Merle Haggard tribute imaginable. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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