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Jul292019

Janie Fricke It Ain’t Easy—The Complete Hits (2-CD Set)

Janie Fricke Paid Her Dues on the Way to Becoming One of the Biggest Country Singers of the ‘80s

Her First Break Was Singing Commercial Jingles for Companies Like Red Lobster

Then She Headed for Nashville, Where She Sang Back-Up for Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Eddie Rabbitt, and Others

But It Was a Line She Sang (“Shut Out the Light and Lead Me...”) in Johnny Duncan’s hit “Stranger” That Proved to Be Her Breakthrough

Signed to Columbia in 1977

But Chart Success Was Slow to Come Until Producer Billy Sherrill Re-Cast Her as a Ballad Singer

The Result Was Absolute Chart Domination

Janie Scored Six #1 Hits (“Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy,” “Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen),” “Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It,” and “Your Heart’s Not in It”) in the Space of Two Short Years (1982-1983)

Won Two Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year in a Row

Now, Real Gone Music Is Proud to Present All of Janie Fricke’s Hits in One Place for the First Time

The Two-CD Set It Ain’t Easy—The Complete HitsPresents All 38 Chart Hits Spanning the Years 1977 to 1989 Plus a Few Extras

41 Songs in All

Liner Notes Written by Janie Fricke Herself

Previously Unseen Photos

The Definitive Career Collection

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Janie Fricke It Ain’t Easy—The Complete Hits (2-CD Set)

Born on a farm in Indiana, Janie Fricke came up in the music business the old-fashioned, dues-payin way. First came commercial jingles (Red Lobster for the seafood lover in you was hers), then a move to Nashville, where she became an in-demand background vocalist for the likes of Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, and Eddie Rabbitt. But it was a line she sang (Shut out the light and lead me) in Johnny Duncans hit Stranger that proved to be her breakthrough, leading to her signing a recording contract with Columbia in 1977. But still, chart success was slow in coming, until producer Billy Sherrill, recognizing Janies uncanny ability to wring every possible emotion out of a lyric, recast her as a ballad singer. The result was absolute chart domination, as Janie scored six number one hits (Dont Worry Bout Me Baby, It Aint Easy Bein Easy, Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen, Lets Stop Talkin About It, and Your Hearts Not in It) in the space of two short years (1982-1983), landing two Country Music Association awards for Female Vocalist of the Year in the process. Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present all of Janie Frickes chart hits in one place. The two-CD set It Aint EasyThe Complete Hits presents 41 songs spanning the years 1977 to 1989, including not just her solo smashes but her chart-topping duets with Charlie Rich (On My Knees), Merle Haggard (A Place to Fall Apart and her later hits under the name Janie Frickie (adopted because she got tired of folks mispronouncing her last name). And, as a special treat, Janie herself penned the liner notes, which are accompanied by previously unseen photos. A long-overdue, comprehensive look at a true country great (whos still out there wowing audiences today)!

Disc: 1

  1. What're You Doing Tonight
  2. Come a Little Bit Closer (Johnny Duncan with Janie Fricke)
  3. Stranger
  4. Baby It's You
  5. Please Help Me, I'm Falling (in Love with You)
  6. On My Knees (Charlie Rich with Janie Fricke)
  7. Playin' Hard to Get
  8. Love Your Troubles Away for Awhile
  9. Let's Try Again
  10. But Love Me
  11. Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)
  12. He's Out of My Life (Johnny Duncan & Janie Fricke)
  13. Down to My Last Broken Heart
  14. Pride
  15. I'll Need Someone to Hold Me (When I Cry)
  16. Do Me with Love
  17. Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby
  18. It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy
  19. You Don't Know Love
  20. Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)
  21. Tell Me a Lie

 

Disc: 2

  1. Let's Stop Talkin' About It
  2. If the Fall Don't Get You
  3. Your Heart's Not in It
  4. A Place to Fall Apart (Merle Haggard with Janie Fricke)
  5. The First Word in Memory Is Me
  6. Who Cares
  7. All I Want to Do in Life
  8. She's Single Again
  9. Somebody Else's Fire
  10. Easy to Please
  11. Always Have, Always Will (Janie Frickie)
  12. When a Woman Cries (Janie Frickie)
  13. Are You Satisfied (Janie Frickie)
  14. From Time to Time (It Feels Like Love Again) (Larry Gatlin & Janie Frickie with the Gatlin Brothers)
  15. Baby You're Gone (Janie Frickie)
  16. Where Does Love Go (When It's Gone) (Janie Frickie)
  17. I'll Walk Before I Crawl (Janie Frickie)
  18. Heart (Janie Frickie)
  19. Love Is One of Those Words (Janie Frickie)
  20. Give 'Em My Number (Janie Frickie)

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