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Mickey Gilley

  • Gilley's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 [Playboy, 1976] C+

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Gilley's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 [Playboy, 1976]
Gilley is Jerry Lee Lewis's cousin and reputed imitator. He's also proprietor of the largest country-music club in the known world. But his semi-mythic stature is unjustified. His piano arpeggios never get mean. His voice lacks all of Jerry Lee's shrill urgency--more like Jim Reeves with a (certain) sense of rhythm, or Bob Luman without the bite, or maybe even Perry Como Arkansas-born and Houston-raised. And his taste is mainstream country at best. If you like songs with roses in them--three of the ten here qualify--you'll enjoy this more than I do. But expect no rock and roll nor rockabilly nor any but the tamest honky-tonk. C+