Fallen Angel/Cross Country

Fallen Angel/Cross Country

by Webb Pierce
     
 

Of all the performers from the golden era of country & western music -- the early 1950s until 1969 -- among the most stubborn about his honky tonk sound had to be Webb Pierce. In the '50s alone, Pierce racked up 40 Top Ten singles, among them 13 number ones. He continued to chart well into the '60s even as the countrypolitain sound overwhelmed hardcore honky tonk.… See more details below

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Of all the performers from the golden era of country & western music -- the early 1950s until 1969 -- among the most stubborn about his honky tonk sound had to be Webb Pierce. In the '50s alone, Pierce racked up 40 Top Ten singles, among them 13 number ones. He continued to chart well into the '60s even as the countrypolitain sound overwhelmed hardcore honky tonk. Thanks to Hux, we get a pair of Pierce classics from the early '60s on a single disc, Fallen Angel and Cross Country. The first of these albums from 1961 boasted the Top Five title track, "Let Forgiveness In" -- a self-penned cut that charted in the Top Ten -- the hardcore shuffle "Truck Driver's Blues," and a fine version of the classic Jamie Rodgers' tune "My Rough and Rowdy Ways." Hux was also kind enough to include the bonus cut "Drifting Texas Sand," which appeared in place of "Last Night" on some pressings of the record. The former cut was chosen by Bob Dylan for Best of the Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour compilation. Cross Country boasted a double A-side hit in the shimmying "Take Time," that borrowed plenty from early vocal group rock & roll, and the strolling, pedal steel-whining honky tonker "Crazy Wild Desire." Speaking of honky tonk, the opening track on Cross Country is an excellent version of Harlan Howard's "Heartaches by the Number." The sound here is as crisp and clean as can be, there is an historic liner essay by Jon Philibert, and complete lyrics. For Pierce fans, this is a treasure trove of music that's been out of print for decades.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Hux Records
UPC:
0682970001265
catalogNumber:
126
Rank:
120022

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Tracks

  1. Fallen Angel  - Webb Pierce
  2. A Rose and a Thorn  - Webb Pierce
  3. Let Forgiveness In  - Webb Pierce
  4. So Used To Loving You  - Webb Pierce
  5. There's More Pretty Girls Than One  - Webb Pierce
  6. Forgive Me  - Webb Pierce
  7. Truck Driver's Blues  - Webb Pierce
  8. Is My Ring On Your Finger  - Webb Pierce
  9. My Rough and Rowdy Ways  - Webb Pierce
  10. A Walk on the Wild Side of Life  - Webb Pierce
  11. No One But Me  - Webb Pierce
  12. Last Night  - Webb Pierce
  13. Heartaches By the Number  - Webb Pierce
  14. You Are My Life  - Webb Pierce
  15. Waterloo  - Webb Pierce
  16. Cry Cry Darling  - Webb Pierce
  17. Free of the Blues  - Webb Pierce
  18. I'm Letting You Go  - Webb Pierce
  19. Take Time  - Webb Pierce
  20. Someday You'll Call My Name  - Webb Pierce
  21. Alla My Love  - Webb Pierce
  22. Crazy Wild Desire  - Webb Pierce
  23. I'm Fallin' In Love With You  - Webb Pierce
  24. I Close My Eyes  - Webb Pierce
  25. Drifting Texas Sand  - Webb Pierce

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