Track Listings Misery Loves Company The Cold Hard Facts of Life Eat, Drink, And Be Merry (For Tomorrow You'll Cry) The Carroll County Accident Green, Green Grass of Home Big Wind A Satisfied Mind Skid Row Joe What Would You Do? (If Jesus … see full wiki
There isn't very much that Porter Wagoner has not achieved in the world of country music. For nearly a quarter century from 1955 through 1979 Porter Wagoner was a fixture on the Billboard Top Country Singles chart. After his fabulous #1 hit record "A Satisfied Mind" way back in 1955 Porter Wagoner was asked to join The Grand Ole Opry where he continues to perform even to this day. Beginning in 1960 he hosted his very own syndicated national television show that ran for a remarkable 21 years! And in 2002 Porter Wagoner was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Now in 2006 Laserlight brings us "Porter Wagoner: Hall of Fame" featuring 10 of Porter's most popular hits. I have been collecting music for over 40 years and for some reason I have rarely come across a "Greatest Hits" package for this terrific talent. Perhaps it is because I am from the Northeast where country music never enjoyed a huge following. In any event, when I saw this CD on Amazon I ordered it immediately. On the plus side the disc features 10 of Wagoner's all-time greatest tunes. I am especially partial to the aforementioned "A Satisfied Mind" and I love "Misery Loves Company". I also enjoyed hearing "The Cold Hard Facts of Life" and the uptempo sound of "Big Wind". For years a buddy of mine has been raving about "The Carroll County Accident". I had never even heard it before. He was right! What a great record! But in the final analysis I must admit I am a bit disappointed in this collection. This was kind of an impulse purchase on my part. I wish I had done a bit more homework. For one thing, as far as I can tell these are not the original RCA hit recordings. While the arrangements of these recordings are not radically different I always shoot for the originals. It is really difficult to determine just when these particular recordings were made. I was also quite disappointed that a package that purports to be a part of a "Hall of Fame" series offers absolutely no liner notes. Very strange. No, new is not always necessarily better! It appears to me that the best collection is RCA's 1997 release "The Essential Porter Wagoner". That disc is much more comprehensive in that it offers 20 of Porter's biggest and best. Unfortunately it appears that one is out of print at the present time. So for now I will just have to make do with "Hall of Fame". It is really not such a bad disc but with a bit of care it could have been so much better. Perhaps RCA will step up to the plate and offer a new Porter Wagoner anthology in the not too distant future.
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