||February 4 street date. Sammi Smith sang soulful, melancholy country music. One of the highlights of Ace's acclaimed "Choctaw Ridge" compilation earlier this year was her ‘Saunders' Ferry Lane’, an eerie tale of doomed romance in a chilly backwater. Her low, distinctively husky voice was built for sad songs, and she has been described as country music's Dusty Springfield. Compiled and annotated by Bob Stanley, "Looks Like Stormy Weather" is a collection built for winter nights. Her most successful moment came in 1971, when she scored the original hit version of Kris Kristofferson's ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’, which peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 and earned Sammi a Grammy for "Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female". Now signed to the tiny Mega label, she would record seven albums for them between 1970 and 1975, and the pick of them are the heart of this compilation.
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