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Capitol reissues four key albums on vinyl: Hag, Jackson, Rogers, Campbell

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Four key albums from Capitol Records Nashville's catalog will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl on March 12. Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler," Glen Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors" and Wanda Jackson's "Rockin' With Wanda!" were mastered for vinyl and will be packaged in true-to-original LP sleeves with restored artwork.

Released in 1979, "The Gambler" was a pop crossover success, topping Billboard's Country Albums chart at number 1 and reaching number 12 on the Billboard 200. The album's smash hit ballad, She Believes In Me, topped Billboard's Country and Adult Contemporary Singles charts and peaked at number 5 on the Hot 100. The album's title track won two Grammy Awards: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male and Best Country Song. The album is five-times Platinum-certified by the RIAA with U.S. sales totaling more than 5 million copies.

Released in 1968, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was also a major genre-crossing success, winning the year's coveted Album of the Year Grammy Award and topping Billboard's Country Albums chart at number 1 and reaching number 15 on the Billboard 200. The Platinum-certified album's title track hit number 1 on the Country Singles chart and peaked at number 26 on the Hot 100, and the song earned two Grammy Awards for Campbell: Best Vocal Performance, Male and Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance, Male.

Oklahoma native Haggard's third studio album, "Swinging Doors," was released in 1966. It hit number 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart, and Haggard earned the year's Top Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music.

Released in 1960, fellow Oklahoman Wanda Jackson's "Rockin' With Wanda!" is still considered to be the finest collection of the Queen of Rockabilly's signature singles from the mid to late 1950s, including Jackson's Let's Have a Party, which peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, and I Gotta Know, which hit number 15 on Billboard's Country Singles chart. Jackson has enjoyed a resurgence thanks, in part, to Jack White, who produced her.

Already announced, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle be Unbroken" will also be reissued on 180-gram triple vinyl on March 12. Remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, the new release is the first vinyl reissue of the recording.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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