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I'm Little But I'm Loud: The Little Jimmy Dickens Collection
     

I'm Little But I'm Loud: The Little Jimmy Dickens Collection

by Little Jimmy Dickens
 
Razor & Tie's 1996 compilation I'm Little But I'm Loud: The Jimmy Dickens Collection is the first comprehensive collection assembled on the diminutive Nashville legend, and it's also a collection that takes his frequently silly music seriously. While it hardly digs as deep as the two Bear Family boxes that followed this in 1997 and 1998, it covers the same

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Razor & Tie's 1996 compilation I'm Little But I'm Loud: The Jimmy Dickens Collection is the first comprehensive collection assembled on the diminutive Nashville legend, and it's also a collection that takes his frequently silly music seriously. While it hardly digs as deep as the two Bear Family boxes that followed this in 1997 and 1998, it covers the same period with the same purpose: Namely, it goes through his Columbia recordings of 1949 through 1967 with the intention of not just serving up the hits, but illustrating that Dickens was a first-rate country singer and not just a purveyor of novelties. Although it may get a little too silly at times for some listeners, it nevertheless does its job well, because it does show that Dickens' high, plaintive, nasal voice was quite versatile, and that he could tackle heartbreak ballads, hillbilly boogie, and honky tonk as well as his goofy novelties. Of course, those silly songs are what he was known for, and they're all here, from "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)" in 1949 to "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." If this collection was just 22 tracks of novelties, it would wear thin quickly (and, truth be told, the nasal qualities of Dickens' voice may make this a bit much for some listeners, even those who like hillbilly music), but instead the compilers vary the material, sometimes leaving hits behind -- it's missing the 1965 cut "He Stands Real Tall," plus two pure novelties from 1966 in "When the Ship Hit the Sand" and "Who Licked the Red Off Your Candy" -- in favor for stronger material. It's a gambit that works, because it reveals that Little Jimmy Dickens was a first-rate pure country singer, filled with all the corn and heartbreak that made the Grand Ole Opry great in the late '40s and '50s. While the Bear Family boxes will be for those who really want to dig deep, most listeners will be more than satisfied with this first-rate collection that explains exactly why Little Jimmy Dickens is a country legend.

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Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018210720
catalogNumber:
82107

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