A-Sides: 1949-1957

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Kitty Wells is mostly known for her early hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (included here), she made quite a few other recordings in her early career, some of them very popular. While the packing of this anthology is basic, musically it's a very solid value-for-the-money collection of 28 tracks from roughly the first decade of her work as a solo performer. A half dozen of these are duets (with Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Webb Pierce, and Carol Sue Wright), but most feature only Wells on vocals. In arrangement and voice, these are more plaintive and basic than the material by female country stars who'd soon follow her, such as Patsy Cline and Loretta ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Kitty Wells is mostly known for her early hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (included here), she made quite a few other recordings in her early career, some of them very popular. While the packing of this anthology is basic, musically it's a very solid value-for-the-money collection of 28 tracks from roughly the first decade of her work as a solo performer. A half dozen of these are duets (with Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Webb Pierce, and Carol Sue Wright), but most feature only Wells on vocals. In arrangement and voice, these are more plaintive and basic than the material by female country stars who'd soon follow her, such as Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. That's part of their appeal, however; it's straight-up country, more hillbilly than pop, without artifice. Themes common to country music then and now predominate: religious devotion, heartbreak and accusation, and honky tonkin', though the honky tonk beats are rather subdued in comparison to how they'd flower in the hands of others over the next decade or two. Wells isn't jubilant too often, but expresses herself with what was by the standards of her time refreshing candor, as well as supplying one of the more unusual country song titles of the era with "I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted." There are better Wells retrospectives out there, but if you want one focusing on her early years, you won't find many more extensive anthologies than this 73-minute CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Righteous
  • EAN: 5013929985629
  • Catalog Number: 2998562
  • Sales rank: 77,253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Death At The Bar
  2. 2 Don't Wait The Last Minute To Pray
  3. 3 Make Up Your Mind
  4. 4 How Far Is Heaven
  5. 5 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  6. 6 A Wedding Ring Ago
  7. 7 Divided By Two
  8. 8 Praying For That Back Street Affair
  9. 9 Honky Tonk Waltz
  10. 10 I Don't Claim To Be An Angel
  11. 11 Hey Joe
  12. 12 I Gave My Wedding Dress Away
  13. 13 Release Me
  14. 14 One By One
  15. 15 You're Not Easy To Forget
  16. 16 I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted
  17. 17 As Long As I Live
  18. 18 Act Like A Married Man
  19. 19 There's Poison In Your Heart
  20. 20 Lonely Side Of Town
  21. 21 How Far Is Heaven - Carol Sue Wright
  22. 22 Goodbye Mr. Brown
  23. 23 Searching (For Someone Else)
  24. 24 Repenting
  25. 25 Oh! So Many Years - Webb Pierce
  26. 26 Three Ways (To Love You)
  27. 27 Fraulein (I'll Always Be Your)
  28. 28 One Week Later - Webb Pierce
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kitty Wells Primary Artist
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