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Album Review

No other artist took advantage of the CB craze of the '70s better than CW McCall. Chock full of trucker lingo, his songs bordered on the novelty type and would have been classified as just that if it wasn't for the popularity it gained from radio play. While much of McCall's material is either out of print or extremely hard to find, his Greatest Hits more than suffices. Although outdated, there is still some humor left to be found in some of his campy tunes. His hillbilly drawl is front and center on "Wolf Creek Pass," while terms like "smoky" and "10-4" are hilariously rekindled on "'Round the World With Rubber Duck." His claim to fame, the mighty "Convoy," which was loosely based on protests by truck drivers on state-issued border tolls, hit number one on Billboard's Top 40 back in 1975. McCall rarely sang, as his long-tongued songs usually involved him spinning the yarn while a chorus of females with high-pitched voices sang the middle. "Roses for Mama" was a serious attempt for McCall that was in the same vein as Red Sovine's "Teddy Bear," and "Crispy Critters" sounds like a Jeff Foxworthy offering. The music, which is a light spattering of countrified guitar and banjo, helps to guide the Hee-Haw whimsy of the songs to the height of 18-wheel silliness. Still fun to listen to, but undoubtedly dated, this disc will still conjure up the odd chuckle.

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Fun stuff

A good overview of C.W.'s music output. The best songs are from his long out of print Wolf Creek Pass. I wish I-tunes would find it. I still have my old vinyl copy. For a good laugh, listen to Four Wheel Drive, or Crispy Critters. This CD would have been better if it had of included Sloan and Night Rider.

Great comedy and country

C.W. McCall put out some very, very good albums in the 1970s. They combined witty humor (Black Bear Road, Classified, Crispy Critters, Wolf Creek Pass) with very strong country/folk songs (The Silverton, Aurora Borealis). His popular hit Convoy deserves the recognition that it garnered, but it is actually one of the weaker songs in his overall collection. I personally hope that more of the collection is released. Songs like Lewis and Clark are just too good to be consigned to the dust bin of music history without one more hurrah.

Pure genius: "There won't be no country music".

You have to listen to this one to believe it. The mix: Perfect. Arrangement: Perfect. Musicianship: Perfect. Lyrical content: Saying something. A real joy to listen to and thats what counts. This one will stand the test of time.


Born: November 15, 1928 in Audubon, IA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Essentially a character created by advertising executive William Fries, C.W. McCall was the instrumental figure behind the truck-driving craze that swept America in the mid-'70s. Fries was born November 15, 1928, in Audubon, IA, and while he displayed musical promise as a child, he was more interested in graphic design. While attending the University of Iowa, Fries studied music and played in the school's concert band, but his major was in fine arts, and after graduation he began handling the art...
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