The Tennessee Plowboy and His Guitar

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The 120 tracks on these five CDs constitute a group of Eddy Arnold songs with which few people under the age of 50 could be familiar -- only about a half-dozen of them ever appeared on LP, much less CD. Recorded between 1944 and 1950, they represent his rise to country stardom but not yet to pop stardom, and also the evolution of country music in the period immediately after the war. His performances on the early sides were heavily influenced by the work of Gene Autry, but they were much closer to hillbilly music, with thin, twangy guitars and fiddle. With the help of producer Steve Sholes, Arnold and his group the Tennessee Plowboys achieved a fine, lean sound that was a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The 120 tracks on these five CDs constitute a group of Eddy Arnold songs with which few people under the age of 50 could be familiar -- only about a half-dozen of them ever appeared on LP, much less CD. Recorded between 1944 and 1950, they represent his rise to country stardom but not yet to pop stardom, and also the evolution of country music in the period immediately after the war. His performances on the early sides were heavily influenced by the work of Gene Autry, but they were much closer to hillbilly music, with thin, twangy guitars and fiddle. With the help of producer Steve Sholes, Arnold and his group the Tennessee Plowboys achieved a fine, lean sound that was a good compromise between hillbilly authenticity and commercial country music. Disc Two, covering 1947-48, shows Arnold consolidating his earlier success, and acquiring a greater range in the process. Disc Three shows Arnold's voice mellowing into the fine instrument that it became as he later emerged into pop stardom; his low range is richer, and he reaches those high notes more easily. This was all of a piece with making Arnold accessible to the widest possible audience; what no one realized at the time was that Arnold was helping to change country music in the process. While Disc Four shows Arnold moving toward an ever more mainstream sound, Disc Five has a number of religious songs that come off extremely well -- largely due to the quality and sincerity of Arnold's singing. By this time, Arnold's voice had evolved into a wonderfully polished baritone, turning him into almost a countrified Bing Crosby. The sound is excellent, and the notes are extremely informative, although there is relatively little about the recording sessions themselves. The booklet is filled with wonderful photos as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127157263
  • Catalog Number: 15726
  • Sales rank: 138,898

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mother's Prayer (3:08)
  2. 2 Mommy, Please Stay Home With Me (3:20)
  3. 3 Cattle Call (3:04)
  4. 4 Each Minute Seems Like a Million Years (2:51)
  5. 5 Did You See My Daddy over There (3:03)
  6. 6 Many Tears Ago (3:17)
  7. 7 I Walk Alone (2:44)
  8. 8 You Must Walk the Line (2:56)
  9. 9 (I'll Have to) Live and Learn (2:31)
  10. 10 Be Sure There's No Mistake (2:37)
  11. 11 I Couldn't Believe It Was True (2:42)
  12. 12 I Talk to Myself About You (2:54)
  13. 13 All Alone in This World Without You (2:36)
  14. 14 Can't Win, Can't Place, Can't Show (2:31)
  15. 15 What Is Life Without Love? (2:49)
  16. 16 That's How Much I Love You (3:11)
  17. 17 Why Didn't You Take That, Too? (2:41)
  18. 18 Chained to a Memory (2:47)
  19. 19 Easy Rockin' Chair (2:26)
  20. 20 To My Sorrow (2:55)
  21. 21 It's a Sin (2:28)
  22. 22 I'm Somebody Nobody Loves (2:46)
  23. 23 That Little Boy of Mine (2:52)
  24. 24 Don't Bother to Cry (2:35)
  25. 25 Me Too (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) (2:45)
  2. 2 Bouquet of Roses (2:35)
  3. 3 What a Fool I Was (3:00)
  4. 4 Little Angel with the Dirty Face (2:33)
  5. 5 Wondering What to Do (2:21)
  6. 6 The Prisoner's Song (2:45)
  7. 7 Rockin' Alone (In an Old Rockin' Chair) (3:15)
  8. 8 It Makes No Difference Now (2:38)
  9. 9 Will the Circle Be Unbroken (3:15)
  10. 10 Seven Years with the Wrong Woman (2:53)
  11. 11 Molly Darling (3:02)
  12. 12 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (3:10)
  13. 13 Who at My Door Is Standing (2:57)
  14. 14 Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away (2:53)
  15. 15 Texarkana Baby (2:43)
  16. 16 (In the) Hills of Tomorrow (2:57)
  17. 17 My Daddy Is Only a Picture (3:11)
  18. 18 Say You'll Be Mine (3:04)
  19. 19 There's Not a Thing (I Wouldn't Do for You) (2:41)
  20. 20 I've Got a Lifetime to Forget (2:47)
  21. 21 Anytime (2:54)
  22. 22 A Heart Full of Love (2:37)
  23. 23 My Heart Cries for You (2:31)
  24. 24 I've Got Other Fish to Fry (2:42)
  25. 25 This Is the Thanks I Get (For Loving You) (2:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 You Know How Talk Gets Around (2:34)
  2. 2 Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way) (2:45)
  3. 3 Till the End of the World (2:56)
  4. 4 Save a Little Corner in Your Heart (2:50)
  5. 5 M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me) (3:03)
  6. 6 I Wouldn't Trade the Silver in My Mother's Hair (2:41)
  7. 7 That Wonderful Mother of Mine (2:40)
  8. 8 Bring Your Roses to Her Now (2:49)
  9. 9 I Wish I Had a Girl Like You Mother (2:39)
  10. 10 My Mother's Sweet Voice (3:02)
  11. 11 There's No Wings on My Angel (2:37)
  12. 12 The Echo of Your Footsteps (2:42)
  13. 13 Why Didn't You Take That, Too? (2:47)
  14. 14 That Little Boy of Mine (3:11)
  15. 15 My Heart Cries for You (2:53)
  16. 16 This Is the Thanks I Get (For Loving You) (2:39)
  17. 17 Don't Rob Another Man's Castle (2:37)
  18. 18 Me Too (2:43)
  19. 19 Little Angel with the Dirty Face (2:33)
  20. 20 I've Got Other Fish to Fry (2:39)
  21. 21 Many Tears Ago (2:56)
  22. 22 I Walk Alone (3:12)
  23. 23 Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart (2:29)
  24. 24 Homesick, Lonesome and Sorry (2:21)
  25. 25 One Kiss Too Many (2:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Was Foolish When I Fell in Love with You (2:43)
  2. 2 Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (2:21)
  3. 3 I Tied a Little String Around My Finger (2:34)
  4. 4 I'm Throwing Rice (2:39)
  5. 5 Shepherd of My Heart (2:48)
  6. 6 Why Should I Cry (2:58)
  7. 7 C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S (2:30)
  8. 8 To the Last Beat of My Heart (2:32)
  9. 9 Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me (2:54)
  10. 10 Evil Tempt Me Not (2:39)
  11. 11 When Jesus Beckons Me Home (2:50)
  12. 12 Will Santy Come to Shanty Town (3:00)
  13. 13 Beautiful Isle of Somewhere (2:44)
  14. 14 The Lily of the Valley (2:49)
  15. 15 Softly and Tenderly (2:55)
  16. 16 Mama and Daddy Broke My Heart (2:40)
  17. 17 You Touched Me (2:42)
  18. 18 Cattle Call (2:23)
  19. 19 Chained to a Memory (2:53)
  20. 20 The Nearest Thing to Heaven (2:40)
  21. 21 Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (2:25)
  22. 22 Prison Without Walls (2:53)
  23. 23 Cuddle Buggin' Baby (2:27)
  24. 24 Enclosed One Broken Heart (2:36)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Tie Me to Your Apron Strings Again (2:45)
  2. 2 Behind the Clouds (2:49)
  3. 3 A Million Miles from Your Heart (2:55)
  4. 4 At the Close of a Long, Long Day (2:32)
  5. 5 C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S (2:31)
  6. 6 If I Never Get to Heaven (2:47)
  7. 7 The Lovebug Itch (2:27)
  8. 8 White Christmas (2:56)
  9. 9 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (2:16)
  10. 10 There's Been a Change in Me (2:16)
  11. 11 Precious Little Baby (2:39)
  12. 12 Through a Stranger's Eyes (2:32)
  13. 13 Open Thy Merciful Arms (2:19)
  14. 14 Jesus and the Atheist (3:19)
  15. 15 Behind the Clouds (2:57)
  16. 16 Precious Little Baby (2:45)
  17. 17 Kentucky Waltz (2:34)
  18. 18 Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (2:46)
  19. 19 Jesus and the Atheist (3:24)
  20. 20 May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You (2:53)
  21. 21 I'm Writing a Letter to the Lord (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddy Arnold Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Anita Kerr Organ
Little Roy Wiggins Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean Bass
Danny Perri Guitar
Jack Pleis Piano
Victor Willis Piano
Jack Shook Guitar
Lloyd "Lonzo" George Bass
Charles "Skeeter" Willis Bass, Vocals
James "Guy" Willis Guitar
Adrian McDowell Fiddle
Vic Willis Piano
Harold Spierer Piano
Jack Kelly Piano
William Owen Bradley Piano
James V. Swinney Bass
Technical Credits
Eddy Arnold Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
William Shakespeare Hays Composer
Owen Bradley Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Colin Escott Illustrations
Joe Goodwin Composer
Charles Randolph Grean Producer
Dick Smith Composer
Edward Nelson Composer
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Vaughn Horton Composer
Little Jack Little Composer
Phil Wells Contributor
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Vic McAlpin Composer
Alex Alstone Composer
Thomas Dilbeck Composer
Wally Fowler Composer
Alton Watson Composer
Michael Streissguth Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Information
Bob Miller Composer
Will L. Thompson Composer
Roy Botkin Composer
Shep Sessions Composer
Mel Butler Composer
Steve Nelson Composer
Gabe Tucker Illustrations
Clyde Hager Composer
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