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

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 urbane 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'...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 urbane 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Eric Collection
  • UPC: 730531151529
  • Catalog Number: 11515
  • Sales rank: 46,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gone (2:24)
  2. 2 Dark Moon (2:42)
  3. 3 Gonna Find Me a Bluebird (2:33)
  4. 4 Gotta Travel On (2:32)
  5. 5 Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke (2:22)
  6. 6 From a Jack to a King - Ned Miller (2:11)
  7. 7 You're the Reason - Ned Miller (2:33)
  8. 8 I Remember You - Ned Miller (2:03)
  9. 9 Saginaw, Michigan (3:04)
  10. 10 Skip a Rope (2:37)
  11. 11 Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan (2:53)
  12. 12 Easy Loving (2:28)
  13. 13 Third Rate Romance (3:24)
  14. 14 If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me (3:13)
  15. 15 Blanket on the Ground (3:36)
  16. 16 Nobody - Sylvia (3:19)
  17. 17 Baby I Lied (4:06)
  18. 18 Yesterday, When I Was Young - Roy Clark (3:20)
  19. 19 Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow (3:36)
  20. 20 I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home (3:55)
  21. 21 (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Bellamy Brothers Track Performer
Roy Clark Track Performer
Lefty Frizzell Track Performer
Sylvia Track Performer
The 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 Buster Producer
Ken Albers Composer
Bobby Edwards Composer
Greg Adams Liner Notes
Blackwell Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspired collection of crossover pop/country hits

    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.

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