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reviewed Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits. February 05, 2011
Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits
Believe it or not I purchased my copy of "Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits" when it was first released as a 2 LP set way back in 1978.  I was not a big fan of country music in those days …
reviewed Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel: .... March 03, 2009
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Willie & The Wheel
In 1982, CBS records released a series of five 2 LP sets featuring the music of the legendary Okeh records.  Okeh began life as an independent record label in 1918 and became a subsidiary of …
reviewed The Very Best of Glen Campbell. January 03, 2009
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The Very best of Glen Campbell
Like so many other recording artists who emerged in the 1960's Glen Campbell's rise to fame and fortune was meteoric and quite unlikely.  It is fair to say that Glen had been around the block a few …
reviewed Tex Williams and His Western Caravan:.... January 01, 2009
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Tex Williams and His Western Caravan
Every so often I order a CD by an popular artist I know little or nothing about. I find that this is one way I can expand my musical horizons and once in a while I discover some fabulous music. I became …
reviewed Feel Like Going Home: The Essential C.... December 29, 2008
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Feel Like Going Home The Essential Charlie Rich
A friend of mind showed up at my house several years ago all excited about this CD. To say the least I was very skeptical but I decided to humor him and listen to this for myself. Guess what? I ordered …
reviewed Jimmy Fortune: When One Door Closes. December 21, 2008
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Jimmy Fortune When One Door Closes
Now let's see. He is a bit too young to retire. And he has spent the past 20 years as part of one of America's most beloved vocal groups. So just what is Jimmy Fortune supposed to do with the rest of …
reviewed The Statler Brothers: The Definitive .... December 19, 2008
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The Statler Brothers The Definitive Collection
At long last, Mercury Records has seen fit to release a pretty comprehensive single disc anthology of one of America's all-time favorite groups. From the very beginning the Statler Brothers did it their …
reviewed Eddy Arnold: After All These Years. December 17, 2008
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Eddy Arnold After All These Years
When I think of the great Eddy Arnold I fondly recall all of those great country ballads he recorded during his heydey in the 1950's and 1960's. Tunes like "You Don't Know Me", "Make The World Go Away", …
reviewed Porter Wagoner Hall of Fame. December 17, 2008
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Porter Wagoner Hall of Fame
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 …
reviewed Hank Thompson Capitol Collectors Series. December 16, 2008
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Hank Thompson Capitol Collectors Series
He was born Henry William Thompson on 9/3/25. It seems Hank Thompson was born to sing country music. As a teenager, Hank hosted his very own radio show on WACO in his hometown of Waco, Texas. After a …
reviewed The Statler Brothers Farewell Concert. December 13, 2008
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The Statler Brothers Farewell Concert
For my money they were one of the most important acts in American popular music in the 20th century.  The Statler Brothers would rank right up there with the Mills Brothers, Ol' Blue Eyes, Elvis …
reviewed Mickey Gilley 10 Years of Hits. December 11, 2008
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Mickey Gilley 10 Years of Hits
 cannot recall the last time I heard a Mickey Gilley tune on the radio. It would appear that his brand of country music is no longer in favor with todays country music crowd. And that is a shame. …
reviewed The Essential Hank Snow. December 11, 2008
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The Essential Hank Snow
He was a star in his native Canada for quite a few years before he exploded onto the American country music scene in early 1950 with his debut single "Marriage Vow". American audiences just loved him …
reviewed Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends. December 04, 2008
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Anne Murray Duets Friends and Legends
The new year is getting off to a great start with a terrific new album by the venerable Canadian recording artist Anne Murray.  Produced by Phil Ramone, "Anne Murray Duets: Friends and …
reviewed The Very Best of Buck Owens Volume 1. December 04, 2008
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The Very Best of Buck Owens Volume 1
He was responsible for creating what is known as the "Bakersfield Sound."  He placed a total of 90 songs on the Billboard Top Country Singles charts over a span of three decades. He was …
reviewed The Best of Ray Stevens. December 04, 2008
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The Best of Ray Stevens
He is the #1 novelty recording artist of the past 50 years.  He placed nearly 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop charts and for over two decades was a fixture on Billboard's Top Country Singles …
reviewed Playlist: The Very Best of Ronnie Milsap. December 03, 2008
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Playlist The Very Best of Ronnie Milsap
In the roughly two decades between 1973 and 1993 Ronnie Milsap dominated Billboard's Top Country Singles chart by amassing an astonishing total of 38 #1 hits! Over the years his label, RCA, released any …
reviewed Country Music Originals: The Legends .... December 01, 2008
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Country Music Originals: The Legends and the Lost
As someone who has been studying and collecting American popular music for more than four decades now I am always on the lookout for new resources to add to my knowledge and understanding of this music.  …
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