...And the Answer Is: Great Country Answer Discs from '50s-'60s, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's three-volume And the Answer Is: Great Answer Discs from the '50s and '60s series documents the phenomenon of answer records, presenting both the original hit and the response to the single. These were songs designed to respond to hit singles, with the hopes that the second record would climb up the charts as well. Answer records were prevailant in pop and R&B as well as country, but on And the Answer Is: Vols. 1 and 3, Bear Family concentrates on country records. At their best, answer records became classics of their own -- Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," and her response to Hank Thompson's "Wild Side of Life," arguably...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's three-volume And the Answer Is: Great Answer Discs from the '50s and '60s series documents the phenomenon of answer records, presenting both the original hit and the response to the single. These were songs designed to respond to hit singles, with the hopes that the second record would climb up the charts as well. Answer records were prevailant in pop and R&B as well as country, but on And the Answer Is: Vols. 1 and 3, Bear Family concentrates on country records. At their best, answer records became classics of their own -- Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," and her response to Hank Thompson's "Wild Side of Life," arguably became even more famous than the record it was answering -- but most of the singles were simply novelties. Consequently, the music here is for fetishists and collectors -- after all, the average fan doesn't need to hear Jim Reeves' "Mexican Joe" followed by Carolyn Bradshaw's "The Marriage of Mexican Joe" -- but for any country or pop music fan with an interest in the arcane and unusual, And the Answer Is is a very enjoyable series. Highlights of Vol. 1 include Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass" / Betty Cody's "Please Throw Away the Glass," Hank Thompson's "Yesterday's Girl" / Goldie Hill's "I'm Yesterday's Girl," Skeets McDonald's "Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes" / Goldie Hill's "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes," Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" / Goldie Hill's "I'm Yvonne From the Bayou," and Hank Locklin's "Geisha Girl" / Skeeter Davis' "Lost to a Geisha Girl."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051157913
  • Catalog Number: 15791

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddy Arnold Track Performer
Lefty Frizzell Track Performer
Hank Locklin Track Performer
Skeets McDonald Track Performer
Jim Reeves Track Performer
Hank Thompson Track Performer
Kitty Wells Track Performer
The Davis Sisters Track Performer
Bobby Helms Track Performer
Goldie Hill Track Performer
Jean Shepard Track Performer
Patsy Cline Track Performer
Skeeter Davis Track Performer
Ferlin Husky Track Performer
Webb Pierce Track Performer
Marijohn Wilkin Track Performer
Hank Williams Track Performer
Betty Cody Track Performer
Technical Credits
Goldie Hill Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Jean Shepard Composer
Howard Barnes Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
A. Greisham Composer
Cecil A. Null Composer
Lewis Talley Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Billy Burton Composer
Fuzzy Owen Composer
Lawton Williams Composer
Slim Willet Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Jimmy Rule Composer
Mary Jean Shurtz Composer
Russ Hull Composer
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