Pop/Rock, Traditional Country, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Progressive Country

Album Review

The Australia's Raven has issued a number of discs oriented toward Byrds collectors. Presumably, this explains the label's reissue of this relatively obscure country hitmaker's '60s hits and 1969 album California Stop-Over, since Clarence White plays on the latter. Johnny Darrell may not be a household name, but he displayed a remarkably consistent knack for being the first to record songs that -- in the hands of others -- soon became hits known by all, including "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (a number nine hit for Darrell) and "Green Green Grass of Home." Darrell also enjoyed the hits "With Pen in Hand" (his biggest at number three), "The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp" (which soon became a smash for O.C. Smith), and "Why You Been Gone So Long" (with a giant, driving hook that should have propelled it to number one). The California Stop-Over album is an all-star affair as far as the songwriting is concerned, featuring compositions by Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Hoyt Axton, Jackson Browne, and others. Although he made the Top 40 nine times in the late '60s, Darrell never caught on the way he should have, and now he's undeservedly a mere footnote for Byrdmaniax.
Greg Adams, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Green, Green Grass of Home
  2. As Long as the Wind Blows
  3. Johnnie Lose It All
  4. Don't Tell My Little Girl
  5. She's Mighty Gone
  6. Mental Revenge
  7. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
  8. Come See What's Left of Your Man
  9. The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp
  10. With Pen in Hand
  11. I Ain't Buying
  12. Woman Without Love
  13. The Coming of the Roads
  14. Why You Been Gone So Long?
  15. River Bottom
  16. Winter's Coming On
  17. These Days
  18. Willin'
  19. She's Headed for the Country
  20. Sing It Lonesome
  21. Brother River
  22. Mama Come and Get Your Baby Boy
  23. Mae Jean Goes to Hollywood
  24. Bed of Roses
  25. Snowblind Friend
  26. Meanwhile Back in Memphis
  27. Freedom in the Yard
  28. Trouble Maker