The Melody Ranch Girl

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
The five-disc box set The Melody Ranch Girl collects all 151 tracks that Jean Shepard recorded for Capitol Records between 1952 and 1964. Shepard's recordings for Capitol were undeniably her best -- by and large, this is fiery, passionate honky tonk. All of her hits from this era, from "A Dear John Letter" and "A Satisfied Mind" to "Beautiful Lies" and "Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar," are included, as are several rarities, outtakes, and complete albums, including Songs of a Love Affair, one of the first country concept albums. The set also includes a thorough discography and biography, as well as many rare photos. For casual fans, The Melody Ranch Girl is far too lengthy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
The five-disc box set The Melody Ranch Girl collects all 151 tracks that Jean Shepard recorded for Capitol Records between 1952 and 1964. Shepard's recordings for Capitol were undeniably her best -- by and large, this is fiery, passionate honky tonk. All of her hits from this era, from "A Dear John Letter" and "A Satisfied Mind" to "Beautiful Lies" and "Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar," are included, as are several rarities, outtakes, and complete albums, including Songs of a Love Affair, one of the first country concept albums. The set also includes a thorough discography and biography, as well as many rare photos. For casual fans, The Melody Ranch Girl is far too lengthy and detailed to be pleasurable listening, yet for dedicated followers, it's an essential purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/1996
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127159052
  • Catalog Number: 15905
  • Sales rank: 63,506

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Twice the Lovin' (In Half the Time) (2:43)
  2. 2 Crying Steel Guitar Waltz (2:28)
  3. 3 Keep It a Secret (2:36)
  4. 4 Nobody Else Can Love You Like I Do (2:11)
  5. 5 I'd Rather Die Young (2:36)
  6. 6 A Dear John Letter - Ferlin Husky (2:33)
  7. 7 My Wedding Ring (2:47)
  8. 8 With All These Memories (2:25)
  9. 9 Forgive Me, John - Ferlin Husky (2:26)
  10. 10 Why Did You Wait (2:34)
  11. 11 Why Did You Wait (2:42)
  12. 12 You'll Come Crawlin' (2:18)
  13. 13 The Mysteries of Life (2:42)
  14. 14 Let's Kiss and Try Again - Ferlin Husky (2:08)
  15. 15 The Glass That Stands Beside You (2:45)
  16. 16 Two Whoops and a Holler (2:21)
  17. 17 Don't Fall in Love with a Married Man (2:52)
  18. 18 What'll You Have - Ferlin Husky (2:19)
  19. 19 It Tickles (2:23)
  20. 20 Please Don't Divorce Me (2:35)
  21. 21 Did You Tell Her About Me (2:39)
  22. 22 Don't Rush Me (2:32)
  23. 23 You Sent Her an Orchid (You Sent Me a Rose) (2:36)
  24. 24 Take Possession (2:43)
  25. 25 A Satisfied Mind (2:28)
  26. 26 Beautiful Lies (2:50)
  27. 27 I Thought of You (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You're Calling Me Sweetheart Again (2:22)
  2. 2 He Loved Me Once and He'll Love Me Again (2:42)
  3. 3 Girls in Disgrace (2:49)
  4. 4 This Has Been Your Life (2:41)
  5. 5 Just Give Me Love (2:28)
  6. 6 Thank You Just the Same (2:33)
  7. 7 Over and Over (2:25)
  8. 8 Tell Me What I Want to Hear (2:28)
  9. 9 Shadows on the Wall (2:29)
  10. 10 I'll Thank You All My Life (2:36)
  11. 11 I Learned It All from You (2:23)
  12. 12 Hello Old Broken Heart (2:14)
  13. 13 Sad Singin' and Slow Ridin' (2:39)
  14. 14 It's Hard to Tell the Married from the Free (2:40)
  15. 15 Did I Turn Down a Better Deal (2:23)
  16. 16 A Passing Love Affair (2:26)
  17. 17 I Married You for Love (2:16)
  18. 18 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (2:40)
  19. 19 Be Honest with Me (2:32)
  20. 20 Under Suspicion (2:25)
  21. 21 I Want to Go Where No One Knows Me (2:17)
  22. 22 Tomorrow I'll Be Gone (2:15)
  23. 23 If You Can Walk Away (2:37)
  24. 24 Go on, Go On (2:18)
  25. 25 I Lost You After All (2:13)
  26. 26 It Scares Me Half to Death (2:39)
  27. 27 You're Just the Kind of Guy (2:13)
  28. 28 Too Late with the Roses (2:28)
  29. 29 The Other Woman (2:22)
  30. 30 Act Like a Married Man (2:18)
  31. 31 I Used to Love You (2:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Weak and the Strong (2:28)
  2. 2 You'd Better Go (2:13)
  3. 3 A Thief in the Night (2:13)
  4. 4 Memory (2:08)
  5. 5 I Love You Because (2:36)
  6. 6 You Win Again (2:54)
  7. 7 You Can't Break the Chains of Love (2:27)
  8. 8 Secret of Life (2:21)
  9. 9 Jealous Heart (2:48)
  10. 10 Sweet Temptation (2:18)
  11. 11 I'll Take the Blame (2:22)
  12. 12 I'll Never Be Free (2:43)
  13. 13 I'll Hold You in My Heart (2:12)
  14. 14 I Hate Myself (2:06)
  15. 15 You're Telling Me Sweet Lies Again (2:24)
  16. 16 He's My Baby (2:09)
  17. 17 Just Another Girl (2:25)
  18. 18 Jeopardy (2:07)
  19. 19 Are You Certain? (2:23)
  20. 20 Better Love Next Time (2:31)
  21. 21 Have Heart, Will Love (2:12)
  22. 22 Heartaches, Teardrops and Sorrow (2:15)
  23. 23 I Didn't Mean to Make You Cry (2:39)
  24. 24 Sweetheart Don't Come Back (2:21)
  25. 25 How Do I Tell It to a Child (2:13)
  26. 26 The One You Slip Around With (2:15)
  27. 27 The Mysteries of Life (2:49)
  28. 28 Did I Turn Down a Better Deal (2:05)
  29. 29 The Root of All Evil (Is a Man) (2:10)
  30. 30 I'd Like to Know (Where People Can Go) (2:09)
  31. 31 Lonely Little World (2:20)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Don't Apologize for Loving You (2:31)
  2. 2 Mockin' Bird Hill (2:41)
  3. 3 Another (2:50)
  4. 4 Blues Stay Away from Me (2:48)
  5. 5 If You Haven't, You Can't Feel the Way I Do (2:31)
  6. 6 Under Your Spell Again (2:53)
  7. 7 The Waltz of the Angels (3:11)
  8. 8 One White Rose (2:09)
  9. 9 Big Midnight Special (2:14)
  10. 10 Your're the Only Good Thing (That's Happened to Me) (2:00)
  11. 11 The Color Song (I Lost My Love) (2:38)
  12. 12 Got You on My Mind (2:10)
  13. 13 For the Children's Sake (2:33)
  14. 14 Nobody But Myself (2:22)
  15. 15 No One Knows (2:26)
  16. 16 Would You Be Satisfied? (2:30)
  17. 17 If You Were Losing Him to Me (2:41)
  18. 18 Second Best (2:54)
  19. 19 Two Voices, Two Shadows, Two Faces (2:28)
  20. 20 Go on with Your Dancing (2:41)
  21. 21 I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye (2:27)
  22. 22 So Wrong, So Fast (2:50)
  23. 23 How Long Does It Hurt (When a Heart Breaks) (2:36)
  24. 24 I Don't Remember (2:13)
  25. 25 Leave Me Alone (2:51)
  26. 26 The Biggest Cry (2:48)
  27. 27 I've Got to Talk to Mary (2:54)
  28. 28 It's Torture (2:46)
  29. 29 Your Conscience or Your Heart (2:35)
  30. 30 I Turned Right Around and Went Home (2:28)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I've Learned to Live With You (And Be Alone) (2:33)
  2. 2 Nobody Like You (2:16)
  3. 3 Lake Lonely (2:24)
  4. 4 It's Never Too Late (2:13)
  5. 5 One Less Heartache (2:18)
  6. 6 A Tear Dropped By (2:24)
  7. 7 When Your House Is Not a Home (2:30)
  8. 8 I Can't Cry Him Away (2:44)
  9. 9 That's What Lonesome Is (2:50)
  10. 10 Foggy River (2:19)
  11. 11 When Two Worlds Collide (2:16)
  12. 12 Loose Talk (2:23)
  13. 13 I Can't Stop Loving You (2:30)
  14. 14 The Big Wheel (2:21)
  15. 15 Born to Lose (2:35)
  16. 16 If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time) (2:05)
  17. 17 Half a Mind (2:43)
  18. 18 Cigarettes and Coffee Blues (2:28)
  19. 19 That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome (2:29)
  20. 20 The Violet and the Rose (2:27)
  21. 21 Just Call Me Lonesome (2:22)
  22. 22 Two Little Boys (2:51)
  23. 23 He Plays the Bongo (I Play the Banjo) (2:03)
  24. 24 Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar) (2:13)
  25. 25 Nobody's Business (2:36)
  26. 26 It Was Too Late (2:18)
  27. 27 Someone's Gotta Cry (2:47)
  28. 28 Ain't You Ashamed (2:24)
  29. 29 Don't Take Advantage of Me (2:31)
  30. 30 Let Me Be the Judge (2:45)
  31. 31 More to Love Than This (2:22)
  32. 32 Franklin County Moonshine (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean Shepard Primary Artist, Leader, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Skeets McDonald Bass
Buck Owens Guitar
Cal Smith Vocals, Track Performer
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Simon Crum Vocals, Track Performer
Grady Martin Guitar
Billy Strange Guitar
Speedy West Steel Guitar, Leader
Jerry Smith Piano
Bill Woods Piano, Leader
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Harold Bradley Guitar
Floyd Chance Bass
Johnny Cuviello Drums
Ray Edenton Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Roy Harte Drums
Walter Haynes Steel Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Ferlin Husky Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Track Performer
Roy Nichols Guitar
Lewis Talley Guitar
Herman Wade Steel Guitar
Hal Rugg Steel Guitar
Jelly Sanders Fiddle
Jackie Phelps Guitar
Martin Eugene "Gene" Breeden Steel Guitar
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
Clarence "Bud" Dooley Bass
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Joyce "Red" Murrell Bass
Alfred E. Kern Drums
Herman "The Hermit" Snyder Bass
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Contributor
Earl Scruggs Contributor
Chet Atkins Contributor
Tennessee Ernie Ford Contributor
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Hawkshaw Hawkins Contributor
Ray Price Contributor
Slim Whitman Contributor
Faron Young Contributor
Little Roy Wiggins Contributor
Jimmy Beck Composer
Bill Cody Contributor
Skeeter Davis Contributor
Colin Escott Illustrations
Henry Glover Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Jay Ranellucci Track Mix
Wayne Raney Composer
Lewis Talley Composer
Brad Benedict Illustrations
Billy Burton Composer
Marvin Hughes Producer
Fuzzy Owen Composer
Chris Skinker Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Benny Birchfield Contributor
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
Frankie Starr Contributor
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Steve Hathaway Illustrations
Sylke Holtrop Artwork, Illustrations
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Larry Zwisohn Liner Notes
Gerd Weilder Illustrations
Ralph Davis Contributor
Dave Young Orchestra Mastering
Ira Kosloff Composer
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