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Sorrow Breaks A Good Man Down / Black Cloud / Big River / Just To Satisfy You / I've Got It Again / $16.88 / Midnight Blues / I'd Run A Mile To You / I Wanna Get Home / 97 More To Go / Drive Me Outta My Mind / Four Strong Winds / No Love Have I / Still Nineteen / Mystery Train
Hayden Thompson
Hayden Thompson
Bluelight Records / Blr 33132-2 (2007)
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Possible Styles: country /rockabilly
Submitted by: raveonreviews.
Publication date - 16 August 2007

Best known for “Love My Baby” on Phillips International in 1957, Hayden Thompson released his first country LP on Kapp in 1966. Here's Hayden Thompson, which included such enduring self-penned compositions as "Sixteen Dollars Eighty-Eight Cents" and "I Wanna Get Home,” is undiscovered gem that has somehow escaped reissue. Fortunately, Bluelight executive producer’s Mika Myyrylainen’s appreciation of that long lost album has led to this exceptional mix of rockabilly and classic country.
Clearly, much effort was expended in selecting the right material for the Mississippi-born rockabilly/country singer. The CD starts with a soft effective Waylon Jennings and Jimmy Rule tune, “Sorrow Breaks A Good Man Down.” Thompson, a fan of the late outlaw icon, also covers Jennings early RCA hit “Just To Satisfy You” with just the right mix of defiance and heartache. Demonstrating top-notch diction throughout, Thompson handles Johnny Cash’s Sun-era classic “Big River” effortlessly. Likewise, Charlie Rich’s ever-so-slick 1961 recording of “Midnight Blues” and “I’d Run A Mile To You,” an ingenious song penned by rockabilly legend Mac Curtis and the late Glenn Sutton. Equally fine is “Black Cloud” which is pleasantly reminiscent of Bob Luman, with a bluesier side and featuring superb harmonica by Pep Ahiqvist. There 15-song collection also features a rare nod to two great Canadian singer-songwriters with the inclusion of Jim Newcombe’s “Still Nineteen” and Ian Tyson’s “Four Strong Winds” - also a mid-60's hit for Bobby Bare - the latter a superior example of Canadian folk. A fine songwriter in his own right, Thompson’s “Drive Me Out Of My Mind” (originally written with Charlie Louvin in mind and previously included on his 1990 Sunjay LP), remains one of his best. The kicker is a lively eight-minute seventeen-second jam on the Elvis Presley classic “Mystery Train.”
The production and musicians are top-rate, Thompson sounds younger than his years and his modest charm serves well on the ear. This is the best new album by an original 50’s artist so far this year.

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Submitted by raveonreviews (18 June 2008)
Best known for “Love My Baby” on Phillips International in 1957, Hayden Thompson released his first country LP on Kapp in 1966. Here's Hayden Thompson, which included such enduring self-penned compositions as "Sixteen Dollars Eighty-Eight Cents" and "I Wanna Get Home,” is undiscovered gem that has somehow escaped reissue. Fortunately, Bluelight executive producer’s Mika Myyrylainen’s...

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