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The Only Classic Country Collection You'll Ever Need

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One usually has to cast a wary glance at any collection titled The Only Classic Country Collection You'll Ever Need. In this case, however, Shout Factory has come very close with this Derek Dressler-produced compilation. Thirty-four tracks contained on two discs offer a view of "classic country" -- that's Nashville country during its golden era from the '40 through 1980. Sure, connoisseurs will argue over this or that track being included or excluded, but the one thing they can't argue is that virtually all of these songs were hits -- big ones. The vast majority of titles are instantly recognizable to anyone with even minimal knowledge of the genre. Beginning with Ernest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One usually has to cast a wary glance at any collection titled The Only Classic Country Collection You'll Ever Need. In this case, however, Shout Factory has come very close with this Derek Dressler-produced compilation. Thirty-four tracks contained on two discs offer a view of "classic country" -- that's Nashville country during its golden era from the '40 through 1980. Sure, connoisseurs will argue over this or that track being included or excluded, but the one thing they can't argue is that virtually all of these songs were hits -- big ones. The vast majority of titles are instantly recognizable to anyone with even minimal knowledge of the genre. Beginning with Ernest Tubb's honky tonk anthem "Walking te Floor Over You" and Bob Wills' "New San Antonio Rose," disc one moves through Lefty Frizzell's party shout-out "If You've Got th the Money I've Got the Time," Hank Williams' strutting "Jambalaya On the Bayou," and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky," without leaving the women out of the mix. Patti Page's signature tune, "The Tennessee Waltz," Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," and Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight" are here too. George Jones, Hank Snow, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ray Charles, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Buck Owens, Eddy Arnold, and Johnny Cash all make that first disc, too. Disc two commences with Roger Miller's "King of the Road" and Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." both singles were crossover smashes and gets Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynne, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Charlie Rich, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Freddy Fender, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, and the outlaws: Johnny Paycheck, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings who appear together on "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," and separately into its grooves. Each track was a bona fide hit; some crossed over into the pop market Some, like Reeves' "Four Walls," Nelson's "On the Road Again," and Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," became international smashes as well. The sound on this set is top-notch and remastered; there is also a brief but insightful liner essay by Colin Escott, and each track is given complete discographical information in the booklet that also contains some great vintage promo shots.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663117103
  • Catalog Number: 31171
  • Sales rank: 5,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb (2:25)
  2. 2 New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:14)
  3. 3 Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Bill Monroe (2:41)
  4. 4 I'm Moving On - Hank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys (3:04)
  5. 5 If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time - Lefty Frizzell (2:11)
  6. 6 The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page (2:27)
  7. 7 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells (2:59)
  8. 8 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Hank Williams & the Drifting Cowboys (2:03)
  9. 9 Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford (2:55)
  10. 10 I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash (3:05)
  11. 11 Walkin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline (2:32)
  12. 12 Four Walls - Jim Reeves (2:37)
  13. 13 El Paso - Marty Robbins (2:38)
  14. 14 She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones (3:17)
  15. 15 Act Naturally - Buck Owens (3:32)
  16. 16 Make The World Go Away - Eddy Arnold (2:31)
  17. 17 Crying Time - Ray Charles (2:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 King Of The Road - Roger Miller (2:37)
  2. 2 Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley (2:38)
  3. 3 Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette (3:03)
  4. 4 Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (2:48)
  5. 5 Mama Tried - Merle Haggard (2:55)
  6. 6 Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty (3:02)
  7. 7 Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn (2:31)
  8. 8 Kiss An Angel Good Mornin' - Charley Pride (2:54)
  9. 9 Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich (2:35)
  10. 10 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton (2:42)
  11. 11 Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender (2:35)
  12. 12 Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle (2:50)
  13. 13 Take This Job And Shove It - Johnny Paycheck (4:21)
  14. 14 Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love) - Waylon Jennings (2:36)
  15. 15 Gambler - Kenny Rogers (2:21)
  16. 16 Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson (2:40)
  17. 17 On The Road Again - Willie Nelson (2:55)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Ed Bruce Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
David Allan Coe Composer
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Tom T. Hall Composer
Loretta Lynn Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Tammy Wynette Composer
Johnny Russell Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Jimmy Beck Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Bobby Emmons Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Venna Keith Composer
Richard Leigh Composer
J.D. Miller Composer
Chips Moman Composer
Marvin Moore Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Alan Block Composer
Kenny O'Dell Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Pat Kraus Remastering
Don Hecht Composer
Dickey Lee Lipscomb Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
Patsy Bruce Composer
George Campbell Composer
Voni Morrison Composer
Steve Duffy Composer
Jeff Palo Producer
Karrie Stouffer Artwork
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