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Format: CD
Sku: 208385419
UPC: 029667031820
UPC 14: 00029667031820
Release Date: 7/3/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Honky Tonk Man ~ Johnny Horton
2. Fraulein ~ Bobby Helms
3. Caribbean ~ Mitchell Torok
4. Don't Take Your Guns To Town ~ Johnny Cash
5. Why I'm Walkin' ~ Stonewall Jackson
6. Geisha Girl ~ Hank Locklin
7. I Can't Stop Loving You ~ Don Gibson
8. Alone With You ~ Faron Young
9. Fallen Star, A ~ Jimmy C. Newman
10. Invitation To the Blues ~ Ray Price
11. Tender Years ~ George Jones
12. Blue Boy ~ Jim Reeves
13. Mom and Dad's Waltz ~ Patti Page
14. Tennessee Stud ~ Eddy Arnold
15. My Last Date (With You) ~ Skeeter Davis
16. San Antonio Rose ~ Floyd Cramer
17. Don't Worry ~ Marty Robbins
18. I'll Have Another Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go) ~ Claude Gray
19. Comancheros, The ~ Claude King
20. She's Got You ~ Patsy Cline
21. Shame On Me ~ Bobby Bare
22. If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone) ~ Leroy Van Dyke
23. Three Hearts In A Tangle ~ Roy Drusky
24. Wings Of A Dove ~ Ferlin Husky
25. Saginaw, Michigan ~ Lefty Frizzell
26. Mama Sang A Song ~ Bill Anderson
27. Tips of My Fingers, The ~ Roy Clark
28. I've Been Everywhere ~ Hank Snow

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This interesting compilation assembles 28 country hits that also crossed over to the pop charts between 1953 and 1963 -- albeit usually charting far lower on the pop side and stopping well short of the Top 40. It should be clarified at the outset that despite the somewhat similar titles and concept, this is an entirely different CD than another anthology on the Ace label, The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Country Edition. That disc had plenty of country hits that were really big pop hits (? la Marty Robbins' "El Paso"), some of which are still played on oldies radio. The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Country Hits, in contrast, has very few such items, with exceptions here and there like Patsy Cline's "She's Got You" and Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." What this collection does do is give you a pretty good cross section of country music as it moved away from hillbilly roots to more commercial, poppier, and more slickly produced sounds, though these particular cuts hardly sound slick per se. Many of country's greatest, and certainly most popular, singers of the era are represented, including Cline, Cash, Robbins, Jim Reeves, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Clark, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, Floyd Cramer, and Faron Young. To the pop and rock fan, however, there aren't as many songs that will stand out as there are on The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Country Edition; even the quite thorough liner notes admit that "most of the inclusions here are of a gentler nature than those on its sister CD." But there are some actual classics on the track list, including Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man"; Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You," later covered for a huge pop hit by Ray Charles; and Ferlin Husky's "Wings of a Dove." There are also some items worth hearing for their sheer offbeatness, such as Skeeter Davis' "My Last Date (With You)," a sort of vocal version/answer song to Floyd Cramer's huge hit "Last Date," and Cramer's own Top Ten pop instrumental cover of Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose." ~ Richie Unterberger

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/13/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1185
Music Label Name Label : Ace (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00029667031820

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] second run through reveals some great songs underneath the Nashville Sound; material ready to be rescued by a back-to-basics movement."

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