Cattle Call/Thereby Hangs a Tale

Cattle Call/Thereby Hangs a Tale

by Eddy Arnold


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Cattle Call/Thereby Hangs a Tale

This CD is made up of two similarly conceived albums that were among the finest LPs Arnold ever cut, when he was in the midst of the extended peak of his career. Cattle Call was an apparent attempt (and almost wholly successful one) to tap into the revival of interest in Western songs fostered by Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash at Columbia. In addition to Arnold's re-recording (his fourth version in less than 20 years) of the title tune, in a spare but polished rendition, he also does an excellent job with Bob Nolan's "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," the traditional "Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie," and pieces like the singing-cowboy anthem "Leaning on the Old Top Rail." Grady Martin is the lead guitarist on these sessions, which were produced by Chet Atkins and have a clean, lean sound, not overproduced and all rather similar to the sound that Robbins got on his records. What is lacking is the tone of urgency and involvement that Robbins brought to this same material. Thereby Hangs a Tale grew out of the folk music boom and Arnold's successful 1959 single of Jimmie Driftwood's "Tennessee Stud." The Anita Kerr Singers turn up here and there, but are used in a fairly restrained manner. The stereo separation is extremely crisp and the instrumental textures are vivid throughout. Jimmie Driftwood's original notes on Thereby Hangs a Tale have been replaced by new notes, focusing more on the songs themselves. Chet Atkins produced both albums, but only played on Tale.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127154415
catalogNumber: 15441
Rank: 54416

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddy Arnold   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Anita Kerr   Background Vocals
Grady Martin   Guitar
Little Roy Wiggins   Guitar
Brenton Banks   Viola
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
John D. Loudermilk   Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Background Vocals
Jerry Byrd   Bass
Wilda Tinsley   Violin
Bob Moore   Bass
William Guilford Wright   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Jon Hartley Fox   Liner Notes
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
Richard Weize   Re-Release Producer
Traditional   Composer
Joseph Buell Carey   Composer
Elliott Shapiro   Composer

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Cattle Call/Thereby Hangs a Tale 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
big eddy arnold fan has to be the best cd ever put together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I did not like were the echo chambers and the choral groups. The echo chamber detracts from what I had expected. Those looking for the EARLY Eddy Arnold with Little Roy Wiggins will be disappointed. I had not seen any reviews before I purchased this. I'd prefer Eddy wihout all the trappings. I agree with the review (which appeared AFTER my purchase) that this is NOT the Eddy Arnold of COUNTRY fame. Enough Said!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of Eddy's finest. It is a pure country album with excellent cowboy songs and CATTLE CALL in particular features some of Arnold's best work. This album set is a can't miss and will be money well spent if you are a fan or want to hear one of America's finest singers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cattle call is a classic and as everyone knows, it belongs to Eddy Arnald. ''Jim I wore A Tie Today'', is one of the best cuts on the album. Eddy is great on ''Cowpoke''. If you like western music, you will like this CD. I thought the music fits the singer. So go ahed and buy it, while your ''Leaning On The Old Top Rail''.