VA - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music (The Country Hits) (2008)

VA - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music (The Country Hits) (2008)

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Artist: VA
Title: The Golden Age Of American Popular Music (The Country Hits)
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Ace Records
Genre: Country
Quality: Flac (tracks, .cue, log)
Total Time: 01:13:26
Total Size: 430 Mb (covers)

01 - Johnny Horton - Honky Tonk Man
02 - Bobby Helms - Fraulein
03 - Mitchell Torok - Caribbean
04 - Johnny Cash - Don't Take Your Guns To Town
05 - Stonewall Jackson - Why I'm Walkin
06 - Hank Locklin - Geisha Girl
07 - Don Gibson - I Can't Stop Loving You
08 - Faron Young - Alone With You
09 - Jimmy Newman - A Fallen Star
10 - Ray Price - Invitation To The Blues
11 - George Jones - Tender Years
12 - Jim Reeves - Blue Boy
13 - Patti Page - Mom And Dad's Waltz
14 - Eddy Arnold - Tennessee Stud
15 - Skeeter Davis - My Last Date (With You)
16 - Floyd Cramer - San Antonio Rose
17 - Marty Robbins - Don't Worry
18 - Claude Gray - I'll Have Another Cup Of Coffee (Then I'll Go)
19 - Claude King - The Comancheros
20 - Patsy Cline - She's Got You
21 - Bobby Bare - Shame On Me
22 - Leroy Van Dyke - If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)
23 - Roy Drusky - Three Hearts In A Tangle
24 - Ferlin Husky - Wings Of A Dove
25 - Lefty Frizzell - Saginaw, Michigan
26 - Bill Anderson - Mama Sang A Song
27 - Roy Clark - The Tip Of My Fingers
28 - Hank Snow - I've Been Everywhere
This interesting compilation assembles 28 country hits that also crossed over to the pop charts between 1953 and 1963 -- albeit usually charting far lower on the pop side and stopping well short of the Top 40. It should be clarified at the outset that despite the somewhat similar titles and concept, this is an entirely different CD than another anthology on the Ace label, The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Country Edition. That disc had plenty of country hits that were really big pop hits (a la Marty Robbins' "El Paso"), some of which are still played on oldies radio. The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Country Hits, in contrast, has very few such items, with exceptions here and there like Patsy Cline's "She's Got You" and Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." What this collection does do is give you a pretty good cross section of country music as it moved away from hillbilly roots to more commercial, poppier, and more slickly produced sounds, though these particular cuts hardly sound slick per se. Many of country's greatest, and certainly most popular, singers of the era are represented, including Cline, Cash, Robbins, Jim Reeves, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Clark, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, Floyd Cramer, and Faron Young. To the pop and rock fan, however, there aren't as many songs that will stand out as there are on The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Country Edition; even the quite thorough liner notes admit that "most of the inclusions here are of a gentler nature than those on its sister CD." But there are some actual classics on the track list, including Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man"; Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You," later covered for a huge pop hit by Ray Charles; and Ferlin Husky's "Wings of a Dove." There are also some items worth hearing for their sheer offbeatness, such as Skeeter Davis' "My Last Date (With You)," a sort of vocal version/answer song to Floyd Cramer's huge hit "Last Date," and Cramer's own Top Ten pop instrumental cover of Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose."

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