Once More It's Roy Acuff/King of Country Music

Once More It's Roy Acuff/King of Country Music

by Roy Acuff
     
 

This two-fer combines two early-'60s Acuff LPs, Once More It's Roy Acuff and King of Country Music (also sometimes known as All Time Greatest Hits), onto one CD. Once More It's Roy Acuff was his first album for the Hickory label and was, as was often customary at the time, not so much a deliberately assembledSee more details below

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This two-fer combines two early-'60s Acuff LPs, Once More It's Roy Acuff and King of Country Music (also sometimes known as All Time Greatest Hits), onto one CD. Once More It's Roy Acuff was his first album for the Hickory label and was, as was often customary at the time, not so much a deliberately assembled full-length project as a collection of singles. It gathered the A-sides and B-sides of six singles he issued on Hickory between 1957 and 1960, none of them bearing the influence of rockabilly or the onset of the increasingly smooth and sophisticated Nashville production of the late '50s. It's to-the-bone hillbilly music, fiddle aboard and drums absent, though the Smoky Mountain Boys play with energetic fullness, and Acuff's lead singing is bolstered by plenty of strong backup harmonies. In addition to several of Acuff's own compositions, the selections included covers of tunes by first-rate writers like Don Gibson and the Louvin Brothers. And although Acuff was in his mid- to late fifties by this time, it's his vocals that stand out the most, with an almost raw naked vibrato-laden passion that never stoops to gratuitous sentimentality. It's not all solid-as-a-tree-trunk stoicism (though there's plenty of that), with catchy country swing coming into the mix on Gibson's "So Many Times," and even deadpan humor on "Nero Played His Fiddle" ("Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned, he liked his music hot"). King of Country Music has a dozen early-'60s re-recordings of songs Acuff first recorded in the 1930s and 1940s, including tunes that are about as well known as any in country music ("The Great Speckled Bird" and "Wabash Cannonball"), as well as lesser-traveled items like "The Old Age Pension Check." Re-recordings of familiar hits are always a dicey proposition, and from a purely historical point of view, the original versions of these are a better place to start to get an appreciation of Acuff's impact on country music in his early career. To its credit, though, these remakes don't suffer from any unnecessary contemporary studio gloss, which is probably the single biggest problem on projects of this kind. It's just straight well-played no-frills hillbilly, albeit with recording technology allowing greater clarity than the equipment of the 1930s and 1940s had. Acuff's vocals are good, strong, and committed as well, with a lonesome, at times soaring tower-of-strength quality that few others pulled off as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667198820
catalogNumber:
988
Rank:
243006

Tracks

  1. Once More  - Roy Acuff
  2. Searchin' for Happiness  - Roy Acuff
  3. I Don't Care (If You Don't Love Me)  - Roy Acuff
  4. The One I Love (Is Gone)  - Roy Acuff
  5. So Many Times  - Roy Acuff
  6. Come and Knock (On the Door of My Heart)  - Roy Acuff
  7. They'll Never Take Her Love from Me  - Roy Acuff
  8. (Today) My Love Came Back to Me  - Roy Acuff
  9. Don't Know Why  - Roy Acuff
  10. Nero Played His Fiddle  - Roy Acuff
  11. Thanks for Not Telling Me  - Roy Acuff
  12. Write Me Sweetheart  - Roy Acuff
  13. The Great Speckled Bird  - Roy Acuff
  14. Fireball Mail  - Roy Acuff
  15. The Precious Jewel  - Roy Acuff
  16. Pins and Needles (In My Heart)  - Roy Acuff
  17. The Wreck on the Highway  - Roy Acuff
  18. Unloved and Unclaimed  - Roy Acuff
  19. Wabash Cannonball  - Roy Acuff
  20. Don't Make Me Go to Bed and I'll Be Good  - Roy Acuff
  21. The Old Age Pension Check  - Roy Acuff
  22. Night Train to Memphis  - Roy Acuff
  23. Beneath That Lonely Mound of Clay  - Roy Acuff
  24. The Automobile of Life  - Roy Acuff

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