RCA Country Legends

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It could be argued that no artist balanced country music history and a prescient sense of the future better than the late Canadian singer Hank Snow, who started singing in the early 1930s and didn't stop until 1994. Though he was prim and proper in appearance and singing style, when he got into an up-tempo number, all hell broke loose. There was no rock 'n' roll in 1950 when he cut "I'm Moving On" and the barn-burning "The Golden Rocket," but the Singing Ranger clearly heard it coming. At the same time, he had few peers when it came to putting across a ballad with powerful, deep feeling -- witness his bluesy take on Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind," and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It could be argued that no artist balanced country music history and a prescient sense of the future better than the late Canadian singer Hank Snow, who started singing in the early 1930s and didn't stop until 1994. Though he was prim and proper in appearance and singing style, when he got into an up-tempo number, all hell broke loose. There was no rock 'n' roll in 1950 when he cut "I'm Moving On" and the barn-burning "The Golden Rocket," but the Singing Ranger clearly heard it coming. At the same time, he had few peers when it came to putting across a ballad with powerful, deep feeling -- witness his bluesy take on Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind," and the soulful crooning he uses to put the hurt on "Now and Then, There's A Fool Such as I" the Elvis connection is all over Snow's career. Never forgetting his roots, he honored his inspiration, Jimmie Rodgers, with two tribute albums, two cuts from which are on this first-rate anthology. Sixteen tracks, all of them choice, duly honoring a great artist's exemplary life's work.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Hank Snow hailed from Canada and had already had success in his native home before breaking big on the country charts in the United States in 1950 with "I'm Moving On." RCA Country Legends covers 16 Snow favorites recorded between 1950 and 1978, concentrating most heavily on his straight honky tonk work of the 1950s. His arrangements frequently include steel guitar, a walking bass, fiddle, and Snow's fine acoustic guitar work. Snow is a good singer, and while his vocals are less rustic than Webb Pierce's, they nonetheless retain plenty of country twang on "Golden Rocket" and "Confused with the Blues." Snow also brings his resonant vocals to bear on a number of fine, deeply felt ballads including "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," "I Don't Hurt Anymore," and "Let Me Go, Lover." If RCA Country Legends has a weak point, it is the inclusion of Snow's popular but inferior post-'50s work, frequently with Chet Atkins producing. While Snow retains his distinct vocal style, and while songs like "Miller's Cave" were big hits, Atkins' Nashville sheen, complete with cheesy background singers, removes any sign of country grit. For fans looking for a broad overview of Snow's career, RCA Country Legends is a good starting point; for honky tonk purists, the collection mistakenly reveals Snow at his best, only to undercut this impression with second-rate work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Buddha
  • UPC: 744659978920
  • Catalog Number: 99789

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Snow Primary Artist, Guitar
Chet Atkins Guitar
Hank Garland Guitar
Jim Glaser Vocals
Tompall Glaser Vocals
Bobby Wood Piano
Harold Bradley Guitar
Lightnin' Chance Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar
Ralph Gallant Drums
Chuck Glaser Vocals
Charles Randolph Grean Bass
Millie Kirkham Vocals
Ernie Newton Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Kayton Roberts Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Scruggs Guitar
Tommy Vaden Fiddle
Gil Wright Vocals
Joe Zinkan Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard Vocals
Farris Coursey Drums
Marvin Hughes Piano
Jack Shook Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joseph Hale III Talbot Pedal Steel Guitar
Al Chernet Guitar
Robert Wise Fiddle
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Victor Battista Bass
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Hank Snow Composer, Producer
Jeff Lynne Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Hal Blair Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Chuck Glaser Producer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Betty Jean Robinson Composer
Elsie McWilliams Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
Al Hill Composer
Aileen Mnich Composer
Clement Composer
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