RCA Country Legends

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hank Locklin had a high, plaintive voice and a taste for heartbreaking barroom ballads and pure honky tonk that made him one of the best straight-ahead country singers of the '50s and early '60s. Although he had some big hits -- most notable his original "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On" and "Please Help Me, I'm Falling," along with "Why Baby Why," "Geisha Girl," and "It's a Little More Like Heaven" -- he was more of a country singer's country singer, which led to smaller hits as the '60s wore on, as well as a lack of available material even during the CD boom. Bear Family fixed that to a certain extent with two big, comprehensive box sets, and there was a ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hank Locklin had a high, plaintive voice and a taste for heartbreaking barroom ballads and pure honky tonk that made him one of the best straight-ahead country singers of the '50s and early '60s. Although he had some big hits -- most notable his original "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On" and "Please Help Me, I'm Falling," along with "Why Baby Why," "Geisha Girl," and "It's a Little More Like Heaven" -- he was more of a country singer's country singer, which led to smaller hits as the '60s wore on, as well as a lack of available material even during the CD boom. Bear Family fixed that to a certain extent with two big, comprehensive box sets, and there was a decent Collectables collection in the late '90s, but it wasn't until 2003's RCA Country Legends that his greatest hits were available as strong single-disc collection. RCA Country Legends spans 16 tracks, running from 1956 to 1968, and unlike some volumes in the series, it concentrates on Locklin's hits -- which is appropriate since, as mentioned above, they had yet to make it to disc. So, 14 of these 16 tracks are hits, covering the great majority of his charting singles, and the result is necessary for any serious country collection. The times may have changed considerably in those ten-plus years covered on this collection, but Locklin held firm to his country ideals, and whittled down to the essentials as they are here, they offer proof of why country connoisseurs consider him among the best pure singers in the genre. This long-awaited collection finally offers the average listener a chance to hear why.
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
[Locklin] certainly knew how to redeem hokum with heart and heartiness. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974870227
  • Catalog Number: 748702
  • Sales rank: 15,781

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Locklin Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Ray Stevens Harpsichord
Anita Kerr Accordion, Background Vocals
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rusty Kershaw Electric Guitar
Martin Katahn Violin
Joe Babcock Background Vocals
Byron Bach Cello
Brenton Banks Violin
Harold Bradley Electric Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Marvin Chantry Viola
Dorothy Dillard Background Vocals
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dolores Edgin Background Vocals
Solie Fott Violin
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Background Vocals
Lillian Hunt Violin
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Millie Kirkham Background Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Sheldon Kurland Violin
Neal Matthews Background Vocals
Wayne Moss Electric Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
June Page Background Vocals
Boots Randolph Saxophone
Velma Smith Guitar
Gordon Stoker Accordion, Background Vocals
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Pete Wade Rhythm Guitar
Marijohn Wilkin Background Vocals
Cecil Brower Violin
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Dale Potter Fiddle
Booker Rowe Viola
Bob Moore Bass
Jack Shook Rhythm Guitar
Ray C. Walker Background Vocals
Bob Moore & His Orchestra Bass
Neal Matthews Jr. Background Vocals
Jimmy Selph Guitar
Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters Bass
William H. Wright Jr. Background Vocals
Bill Walker Vibes
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Chet Atkins Producer
George Jones Composer
Hank Locklin Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Paul Evans Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Hal Blair Composer
Frederick Tobias Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Lawton Williams Composer
Tex Atchison Composer
Karl Davis Composer
Darcy Proper Mastering
James "Jimmy" Atkins Composer
Darrell Edwards Composer
Pete McKinlay Composer
Hoyt Atkins Composer
Fred Jay Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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