In Search of a Song/The Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers

In Search of a Song/The Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers

by Tom T. Hall
     
 
In Search of a Song, Tom T. Hall's fifth album (from 1971), and The Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers (from 1973), his seventh, are combined onto one CD on this British reissue. While the pairing of two LPs that weren't consecutive might be a little disconcerting to some collectors, at least both of these records counted among Hall's stronger titles, and

Overview

In Search of a Song, Tom T. Hall's fifth album (from 1971), and The Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers (from 1973), his seventh, are combined onto one CD on this British reissue. While the pairing of two LPs that weren't consecutive might be a little disconcerting to some collectors, at least both of these records counted among Hall's stronger titles, and were released fairly close to each other, if not exactly next to each other. In Search of a Song is the stronger of the two, containing an abundance of the wry, sly, storytelling songs for which Hall's most famous (or at least most critically respected). "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died," a number-one country single, is the most famous of its tunes. But some of the others actually pack a sharper wit, like "L.A. Blues," which puts down city life with far more agreeable disgust than most of the numerous country tunes which take that theme as its subject, and the memorable character of "The Little Lady Preacher." In comparison, The Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers doesn't have nearly as much of an edge, though it boasted a couple hits in "Ravishing Ruby" and "Spokane Motel Blues." Its songwriting and production veer closer to mainstream country sentimentality, with some deviations from Hall's usual approach via a cover of Billy Joe Shaver's "Old Five and Dimers Like Me" and a couple of duets with Patti Page.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2005
Label:
Hux Records
UPC:
0682970000718
catalogNumber:
71
Rank:
71178

Tracks

  1. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died
  2. Who's Gonna Feed Them Hogs
  3. Trip to Hyden
  4. Tulsa Telephone Book
  5. It Sure Can Get Cold in des Moines
  6. The Little Lady Preacher
  7. L.A. Blues
  8. Kentucky, February 27, 1971
  9. A Million Miles to the City
  10. Second Handed Flowers
  11. Ramona's Revenge
  12. Ravishing Ruby
  13. Don't Forget the Coffee Billy Joe
  14. Spokane Motel Blues
  15. Looking Forward to Seeing You Again
  16. I Flew Over Our House Last Night
  17. Another Town
  18. Too Many Do-Goods
  19. A Song for Uncle Curt
  20. The Man Who Hated Freckles
  21. Candy in the Window
  22. Old Five and Dimers Like Me
  23. Hello, We're Lonely
  24. We're Not Getting Old

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom T. Hall   Primary Artist
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar,Slide Dobro
Harold Bradley   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Chip Young   Acoustic Guitar
Ray Edenton   Acoustic Guitar
Buddy Harmon   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Gut String Guitar
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Marimbas,Vibes
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
George Bradley   Banjo
Jerry Shool   Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Thopson   Dobro,5-string Banjo

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Tom Sparkman   Engineer
Desmond Strobel   Art Direction
Alan Gardiner   Liner Notes
Joe Horton   Cover Photo
Paul Milosevich   Cover Illustration

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