10 Country Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s You Never Heard

We praised them 40 years ago — and you should listen to them today!

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Percy Sledge, 'I'll Be Your Everything'

Percy Sledge, 'I'll Be Your Everything'

Sledge, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer, left Atlantic Records for Capricorn Records, and drawing on his rural Alabama roots, switched his musical emphasis from R&B to C&W. This album was mostly ignored by both soul and country fans, but it has the same virtues as most of his other music: a slow-burning passion via the miracle of his vocal upper register.

What We Said Then: "Percy Sledge revives on this finely crafted album the same solid country feeling that barely hid below the surface of 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' his astonishing hit of nine years ago. . .Most of the cuts are deliberately paced, classical country-soul of the old school. Sledge's unrestrained delivery and the record's simple but ample production strike a responsive chord. The album is old-fashioned in the best sense." — Mark Vining, RS 185 (April 24th, 1975)

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