Thursday, October 18, 2012

Johnny Paycheck - The Real Mr. Heartache

     Like a lot of folks, I was pretty unaware of Johnny Paycheck - save his huge hit Take This Job and Shove It for a long time.   So I was pretty unprepared for the insanely brilliant country to be found on the Country Music Foundation's 1996 24 track compilation of Paycheck's 1960s recordings on the Little Darlin' label.   The songwriting, the singing (jesus christ, he can sell a song), and, of course, Lloyd Green's inspired pedal steel playing.   Just phenomenal country.  Now, it went out of print a while back, then I think it was back in print for a while, but is now definitely out of print (and pretty rare).  However, Nowhere to Run, another compilation of his Little Darlin' label did come out last year and they share about 10-11 songs in common.  Still, there's about 18-19 tracks on that comp that aren't on The Real Mr. Heartache.   The Koch label also put out some other comps of Paycheck's stuff from the 60s - they're all good, but I think I'm kind of partial (at least this month) to The Complete Gospel Sessions.  And also check out The Soul and the Edge - it's a nice collection of his best 70s material.


Don't Start Countin' On Me
The Girl They Talk About
The Real Mr. Heartache
I'm Barely Hangin' On To Me
The Lovin' Machine
He's In A Hurry (To Get Home To My Wife)
The Ballad Of Frisco Bay
Wherever You Are
Big Town Baby
Hang On Sally
(Pardon Me) I've Got Someone To Kill
(It's A Mighty Thin Line) Between Love And Hate
Apartment #9
The Late And Great Me
Motel Time Again
Jukebox Charlie
Touch My Heart
My Baby Don't Love Me Anymore
The Cave
Don't Monkey With Another Monkey's Monkey
(Like Me) You'll Recover In Time
It Won't Be Long (And I'll Be Hating You)
If I'm Gonna Sink (I Might As Well Go To The Bottom)


Anonymous said...

Dang! Not quick enough to beat the PTB.

Ishkabibliophile said...

I re-upped it on another file sharing site.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Glad to add this set=- fills a couple gaps.

Jerry Lee said...

Thanks! I've been looking for this for a while.

Ishkabibliophile said...

@Jerry Lee and anonymous,

Quite welcome. It's really a must have for any 60s country music fan.

moondoggie said...

Looks like bandwidth has expired
Could you up load again?
Merry Christmas and thank you

Ishkabibliophile said...


It's been re-upped. Merry Xmas to you as well!

Daniel said...

Thanks for this!!!!! Listening to some black metal while I'm downloading,weird combination....great big world of music out there.

Ishkabibliophile said...

I dunno, I think black metal and Johnny Paycheck are a pretty cool combination.