Hank Snow's Most Requested of All Time

Hank Snow's Most Requested of All Time

by Hank Snow
     
 
Canada's Hank Snow was a versatile country performer, equally at home doing honky tonk, cowboy, hillbilly, and even what might pass for early rock & roll on occasion, but his strengths were in ballad material and feel-good rhumba boogies, styles he returned to again and again. He was also a solid songwriter, and at least one of his songs, 1950's "I'm Movin' On," is an

Overview

Canada's Hank Snow was a versatile country performer, equally at home doing honky tonk, cowboy, hillbilly, and even what might pass for early rock & roll on occasion, but his strengths were in ballad material and feel-good rhumba boogies, styles he returned to again and again. He was also a solid songwriter, and at least one of his songs, 1950's "I'm Movin' On," is an undisputed classic. That song is included here, along with other hits from his seven-decade career like "I've Been Everywhere" and "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," fan favorites like "Black Diamond," and Snow's versions of songs like "Snowbird" and "Green Green Grass of Home" that were hits for other artists, making this collection a nice, varied introduction to a consistent, sturdy, and too often unsung early country star. Oh, and he could yodel some, too.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The concept behind Bear Family's 2014 collection is simple. They partnered with the Hank Snow Home Town Museum in Liverpool, Nova Scotia to present a compilation of 18 of the most popular -- aka "the most requested," the songs mentioned most by visitors to the museum -- Snow songs, adding a previously unreleased Rainbow Ranch Recording of an instrumental, "Am I Losing You," as collector bait. There are indeed many, many hits here -- "I'm Movin' On" and "I've Been Everywhere," of course, plus a host of other songs ranging from "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" to 1974's "Hello Love," his last number one -- but the catch is, with the exception of "Yellow Roses" and "Down the Trail of Achin' Hearts," all of this was recorded between 1960-1974, which means if a Snow single hit the charts prior to this era, it's a re-recording. This is bound to frustrate some listeners but others may be pleased, because these '60s vintage sides are richer, warmer, and smoother than the hard-lined boogie and country from the '40s and '50s (and Snow does a nice job with such '70s standards as "Snowbird," too). And that's where the association with the museum comes into play: this isn't a historical compilation so much as it is a celebration of an icon, and it works quite well in that regard.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2014
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
5397102173516
catalogNumber:
2538777
Rank:
5858

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Snow   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Jim Reeves   Composer
Eddie Noack   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Jud Strunk   Composer
Mel Foree   Composer
Gene MacLellan   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Sam Nichols   Composer
Betty Jean Robinson   Composer
Clarence E. Snow   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Nat Simon   Composer
Geoff Mack   Composer
Bill Trader   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Ken Devine   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Aileen Mnich   Composer
Robert Halcomb   Composer
Randy Fox   Liner Notes
Kelly Inglis   Reissue Producer

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