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Hard to Find 45's on CD: Pop & Country Classics
     

Hard to Find 45's on CD: Pop & Country Classics

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The Hard to Find 45s on CD series is a very subjective -- and some would say guaranteed to start an argument or fight at your next party with loudmouth music freaks -- batch of compilation recordings that focuses on various aspects of genre-specific music and time periods. This set centers itself on country tunes that became crossover successes from the 1950s

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The Hard to Find 45s on CD series is a very subjective -- and some would say guaranteed to start an argument or fight at your next party with loudmouth music freaks -- batch of compilation recordings that focuses on various aspects of genre-specific music and time periods. This set centers itself on country tunes that became crossover successes from the 1950s through the urban(e) cowboy era in 1982 and pop music that charted by country artists. Some tracks would have been impossible to exclude, such as Lefty Frizzell's number one country chart smash "Saginaw, Michigan," even if it scored a lowly number 85 on the pop chart. Same goes for Leroy Van Dyke's reading of Isaac Hayes' "Walk on By," which scored a number five in pop and didn't chart in the country Top 40, and Ferlin Husky's "Gone," which went to the top of the country list and scored a number four in pop. They are included as evidence of "marginal" crossovers and provided the template by which other recordings would be measured, recorded, and released -- at least in the singles and jukebox markets. But there are some forgotten gems here as well, including the Marvin Rainwater nugget "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird," Ned Miller's awesome floor-burner "From a Jack to a King," and the Bellamy Brothers' deeply philosophical and sensitive ballad "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?" Some of the choices here are pure pop schmaltz done by supposedly genre-specific artists, such as Sylvia's schlocky piece of radio trash "Nobody" and Tom Jones trying to cash in on the cowboy mug-shot parade (so did Engelbert Humperdinck but he didn't chart) with his read of Greenaway and Mason's "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow." Ultimately, it is in two unlikely candidates that the zenith of this pop culture truth is realized: B.J. Thomas' "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" and Roy Clark's magnificent and tender "Yesterday When I Was Young." The Thomas track topped both charts. There must be some other kind of logic at work here given the inclusion of Lefty's brother David's 1982 country hit "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home," which topped the country chart and didn't place in pop. There are plenty of those. Plenty! Why is this one here? Perhaps it's the compiler's perverse sense of humor -- or that he just liked the song a hell of a lot and felt it should have been a chartbuster on both lists. Ah, the beauty of independent labels.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Eric Collection
UPC:
0730531151529
catalogNumber:
11515

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bellamy Brothers   Track Performer
Roy Clark   Track Performer
Lefty Frizzell   Track Performer
Sylvia   Track Performer
Amazing Rhythm Aces   Track Performer
Freddie Hart   Track Performer
Billy Grammer   Track Performer
Bonnie Guitar   Track Performer
Ned Miller   Track Performer
Marvin Rainwater   Track Performer
Jack Blanchard   Track Performer
Henson Cargill   Track Performer
Deborah Allen   Track Performer
Ferlin Husky   Track Performer
Billie Jo Spears   Track Performer
B.J. Thomas   Track Performer
Misty Morgan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Deborah Allen   Composer
Rory Michael Bourke   Composer
Bill Buster   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Smokey Rogers   Composer
Russell Smith   Composer
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Kye Fleming   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Don Wayne   Composer
Greg Adams   Liner Notes

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Hard to Find 45's on CD: Pop & Country Classics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eric Records has quietly been returning numerous original singles to circulation with their "Hard to Find 45s on CD" series. This volume turns their focus to nineteen tracks, dating from 1957¿s "Gone" by Ferlin Husky, and continuing through 1983¿s "Baby I Lied" by Deborah Allen, that found success on both the pop and country charts. Also included are a pair of tracks (Frank Ifield¿s "I Remember You" and David Frizzell¿s "I¿m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home" that only made one chart (pop and country, respectively), but had crossover potential, and are otherwise difficult to find on CD. ¶ Eric Records¿ usual attention to detail (true stereo where available, chart position and date) is supplemented by excellent liner notes by Greg Adams. The background on the bands and songs is especially enlightening for pop fans approaching songs that originated in the country realm, and vice-versa. Even more interesting is how Adams¿ notes follow the arc of the music¿s dual absorption of country and mainstream pop influences, from the original Nashville Sound of Ferlin Husky¿s "Gone" through the nearly unrecognizable country influence of Sylvia¿s new-wave, synthesizer-based "Nobody." ¶ Throughout there are terrific memories (check the song list!), many of which are very difficult to find elsewhere on CD (or, if found, often turn out to be other than the original 45 take or mix). Eric Records¿ meticulous approach to selecting masters and converting them to the digital realm, complemented by their excellent ears for selecting and organizing tracks, has resulted in a truly superb spin.