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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This set is one of the many reasons why Bear Family is the reissue label of many kinds of American roots music -- especially country, rockabilly, Western swing and bluegrass. Connie Smith, who still records on occasion today, was one of countrypolitan's first country music superstars of her gender after Patsy Cline, whom she was often compared to because she came onto the scene with the number one single "Once a Day" (penned by Bill Anderson who got her a record deal). These four discs document her amazing RCA career in 127 cuts! While it's true that Smith recorded for Columbia and Monument, it was the RCA sides that cemented her reputation as both a performer and as a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This set is one of the many reasons why Bear Family is the reissue label of many kinds of American roots music -- especially country, rockabilly, Western swing and bluegrass. Connie Smith, who still records on occasion today, was one of countrypolitan's first country music superstars of her gender after Patsy Cline, whom she was often compared to because she came onto the scene with the number one single "Once a Day" (penned by Bill Anderson who got her a record deal). These four discs document her amazing RCA career in 127 cuts! While it's true that Smith recorded for Columbia and Monument, it was the RCA sides that cemented her reputation as both a performer and as a songwriter. While Smith has less than a handful of her own cuts here, it hardly matters. She worked with the top songwriters in the business at the time, including Anderson who wrote for her until she semi-retired. Others include Dallas Frazier, Bobby Bare, Albert Brumley, Hank Cochran, Arthur Smith, June Carter Cash, and Jimmie Davis. Her entire RCA output is here, and taken as a whole or in parts, it is stunning and reflects the height of the country music establishment in the '60s and the countrypolitan sound. That said, Smith's voice is what remains center-stage here; her sophisticated emotional delivery, her control and phrasing remain a high-water mark today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127163684
  • Catalog Number: 16368
  • Sales rank: 91,707

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Ashamed of You (2:45)
  2. 2 The Threshold (2:23)
  3. 3 Once a Day (2:22)
  4. 4 Darling, Are You Ever Coming Home (2:14)
  5. 5 I Don't Love You Anymore (2:43)
  6. 6 The Hinges on the Door (2:29)
  7. 7 Tell Another Lie (2:39)
  8. 8 Don't Forget (I Still Love You) (2:08)
  9. 9 Tiny Blue Transistor Radio (2:35)
  10. 10 The Other Side of You (2:44)
  11. 11 Then and Only Then (2:30)
  12. 12 It's Just My Luck (2:09)
  13. 13 Senses (2:24)
  14. 14 I Can't Remember (2:33)
  15. 15 Will the Real Me Please Stop Crying (2:34)
  16. 16 Even Tho (2:35)
  17. 17 Love Is No Excuse (3:02)
  18. 18 Not 'Till You Come Back to Me (1:56)
  19. 19 Two Empty Arms (2:36)
  20. 20 I Can Stand It (As Long as You Can) (2:09)
  21. 21 I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (2:06)
  22. 22 I Thought of You (2:24)
  23. 23 I Can Turn Your World Around (2:25)
  24. 24 More to Love Than This (2:29)
  25. 25 House Divided (2:17)
  26. 26 Holdin' On (2:42)
  27. 27 If You Won't Tell on Me (2:42)
  28. 28 If I Talk to Him (2:29)
  29. 29 I Don't Have Anyplace to Go (2:29)
  30. 30 Everybody's Gotta Be Somewhere (2:23)
  31. 31 Same as Mine (2:17)
  32. 32 Holdin' On (2:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nobody But a Fool (Would Love You) (2:29)
  2. 2 I'll Never Get Over Loving You (2:42)
  3. 3 Go Ahead and Make Me Cry (2:51)
  4. 4 In My Baby's Arms Again (2:33)
  5. 5 For Better or for Worse (2:39)
  6. 6 Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees) (1:57)
  7. 7 Where Could I Go But to the Lord (2:22)
  8. 8 Farther Along (2:54)
  9. 9 When God Dips His Love in My Heart (2:28)
  10. 10 He Set Me Free (2:16)
  11. 11 Wings of a Dove (2:00)
  12. 12 I Saw a Man (2:49)
  13. 13 Just a Closer Walk With Thee (2:46)
  14. 14 Po' Folks (2:34)
  15. 15 Four Walls (3:57)
  16. 16 Cry, Cry, Cry (2:35)
  17. 17 In the Garden (2:49)
  18. 18 Wayfaring Pilgrim (3:25)
  19. 19 Keep on Holding to Those Nail Scarred Hands (2:30)
  20. 20 Satisfied (2:21)
  21. 21 I Wouldn't Take Nothin' for My Journey (1:56)
  22. 22 Five Fingers to Spare (2:22)
  23. 23 Ain't Had No Lovin' (2:21)
  24. 24 You and Only You (2:27)
  25. 25 Strange (2:14)
  26. 26 Go Away Stranger (2:55)
  27. 27 A Touch of Yesterday (2:14)
  28. 28 Born to Sing (2:10)
  29. 29 Invisible Tears (2:21)
  30. 30 Paper Roses (2:26)
  31. 31 I Don't Know Why I Keep Loving You (2:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Will (2:19)
  2. 2 Gone (2:11)
  3. 3 My Little Corner of the World (2:38)
  4. 4 Pas Souvent (2:26)
  5. 5 J'Imaginais Autrement l'Amour (2:37)
  6. 6 Le Jour et la Nuit (2:18)
  7. 7 L' Amour N'Excuse Pas (3:00)
  8. 8 Love's Gonna Live Here (1:55)
  9. 9 Foolin' Around (2:17)
  10. 10 You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man) (2:24)
  11. 11 I Overlooked an Orchid (While Searching for a Rose) (2:47)
  12. 12 I'm Little But I'm Loud (2:34)
  13. 13 Y'all Come (2:22)
  14. 14 A-Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed (2:14)
  15. 15 Slowly (2:06)
  16. 16 World of Forgotten People (2:09)
  17. 17 The Hurtin's All Over (2:52)
  18. 18 It'll Be Easy (2:41)
  19. 19 I'll Come Running (2:08)
  20. 20 I'll Come Running (2:08)
  21. 21 Ride, Ride, Ride (1:51)
  22. 22 My Own Peculiar Way (2:59)
  23. 23 Walk Out Backwards (2:36)
  24. 24 Your Mem'ry Comes Along (2:13)
  25. 25 Downtown (2:53)
  26. 26 Born a Woman (2:29)
  27. 27 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (2:33)
  28. 28 That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome (2:50)
  29. 29 It's Gonna Rain Today (2:36)
  30. 30 It's Now or Never (3:20)
  31. 31 My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own (2:35)
  32. 32 City Lights (2:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 On and on and On (2:18)
  2. 2 Everybody Loves Somebody (2:59)
  3. 3 That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome (2:44)
  4. 4 In Case You Ever Change Your Mind (2:23)
  5. 5 It Comes and Goes (1:58)
  6. 6 My Whole World Is Falling Down (2:29)
  7. 7 It's Not the End of Everything (2:41)
  8. 8 Cincinnati, Ohio (2:10)
  9. 9 I'll Love You Enough (For Both of Us) (2:29)
  10. 10 Only for Me (2:49)
  11. 11 I'll Come Running (2:07)
  12. 12 Easy Come, Easy Go (1:57)
  13. 13 I Love You Drops (2:48)
  14. 14 Don't Feel Sorry for Me (2:16)
  15. 15 I'll Love You Enough (For Both of Us) (2:08)
  16. 16 Burning Bridges (2:35)
  17. 17 Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long (2:33)
  18. 18 There Goes My Everything (2:58)
  19. 19 Touch My Heart (2:20)
  20. 20 Walk Through This World With Me (2:32)
  21. 21 It's Such a Pretty World Today (2:28)
  22. 22 If Teardrops Were Silver (2:15)
  23. 23 It Only Hurts for a Little While (2:13)
  24. 24 How Much Lonelier Can Lonely Be (2:33)
  25. 25 I'd Rather Be a Fool (2:19)
  26. 26 Surely (2:25)
  27. 27 I'm Your Woman (2:46)
  28. 28 Burning a Hole in My Mind (2:36)
  29. 29 Baby's Back Again (2:18)
  30. 30 Haunted Heart (2:27)
  31. 31 Burning a Hole in My Mind (2:25)
  32. 32 The Twelfth of Never (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Connie Smith Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Anita Carter Vocals
Martin Katahn Violin
Gary McSpadden Vocals
Byron Bach Cello
Brenton Banks Violin
Harold Bradley Guitar
Lightnin' Chance Bass
Dolores Edgin Vocals
Solie Fott Viola
Walter Haynes Bass Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Millie Kirkham Vocals
Armando Morales Vocals
Wayne Moss Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Harold Rugg Steel Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard Vocals
Herman Wade Rhythm Guitar
Howard Carpenter Viola
Priscilla Ann Hubbard Vocals
Lillian Vannhunt Violin
Hugh Gordon Stoker Vocals
Karl Garvin Vocals
Jerry Reed Hubbard Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Leader
Earl Dean Porter Electric Guitar, Leader, 12-string Guitar
Ray C. Walker Vocals
Henry Slaughter Organ, Harpsichord
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Vocals
Kenneth Goldsmith Violin
Jake Hess Vocals
Bill Walker Organ, Leader, Vibes
Technical Credits
Connie Smith Illustrations
Colin Escott Biographical Information
Bob Ferguson Producer
Adam Skeaping Mastering
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank You, Connie

    This gal is the greatest female voice in country music, bar none!!! I received this box set as a gift, and have played it over and over again, never tiring of her voice. This is what country music is all about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!!!!!

    This is great! Connie Smith was the best female country music performer in the height of the Nashville sound. When I had bought it I sat down and listened through all four CD's. It was lovely. If you're a true country music fan or just want to hear some great singing this is the set for you!

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