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Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll: Special Country Edition
     

The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll: Special Country Edition

 
As the fine series The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll focused on rock & roll hits of all kinds from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, the title of this offshoot might be confusing. How can you have a country edition of a rock & roll anthology series? It might be better to think of this as a compilation

Overview

As the fine series The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll focused on rock & roll hits of all kinds from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, the title of this offshoot might be confusing. How can you have a country edition of a rock & roll anthology series? It might be better to think of this as a compilation of 30 country hits from 1956 to 1965 that crossed over, usually in a big way, to the pop charts: every one of the tracks made the country Top Ten and the pop Top 100, sometimes getting into the Top Ten of the pop listings as well. As such, a lot of rock & roll fans, and fans of just plain popular music, would be about as familiar with these as they were with rock smashes of the era. Not many anthologies focus on this notable subsection of country and pop, and as expected Ace does a fine job in mixing big and small hits by superstars, one-shots, and country stars who only occasionally crossed over in a big way. Several undisputed classics are here: Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," Marty Robbins' "El Paso," Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me," Bobby Bare's "Detroit City," and Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road," for instance. The more experienced collector might get more of a turn-on from the numerous additional items that have never really become staples of pop oldies radio, like Leroy Van Dyke's "Walk on By," George Hamilton IV's "Abilene," Wanda Jackson's "Right or Wrong," and George Jones' "White Lightning." If there's any slight drawback to this compilation, it's that though some of the songs were inarguably quite successful, there are some not-so-hot novelties, saga songs, and hits à la Jim Reeves' "He'll Have to Go" that were indicative of Nashville's drift toward stultifying mainstream pop coated with country frosting. But there's more good than bad here, and the 24-page liner notes are excellent, filling in a lot of career details for those who might not be country specialists.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667184526
catalogNumber:
845
Rank:
57196

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Anderson   Track Performer
Bobby Bare   Track Performer
Johnny Cash   Track Performer
Dave Dudley   Track Performer
Don Gibson   Track Performer
Johnny Horton   Track Performer
Stonewall Jackson   Track Performer
Claude King   Track Performer
Hank Locklin   Track Performer
Bob Luman   Track Performer
Marty Robbins   Track Performer
Faron Young   Track Performer
Burl Ives   Track Performer
Wanda Jackson   Track Performer
Leroy Van Dyke   Track Performer
George Hamilton   Track Performer
Ned Miller   Track Performer
Marvin Rainwater   Track Performer
Carl Butler   Track Performer
Statler Brothers   Track Performer
Patsy Cline   Track Performer
Jimmy Dean   Track Performer
Ferlin Husky   Track Performer
Webb Pierce   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Lew DeWitt   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Arranger
Joe Allison   Composer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations
Rob Finnis   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Annotation
Audrey Allison   Composer
Carl Montgomery   Composer
Earl Green   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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