Billows of Love d Church Hymnal Date : Subject : Judgment. Golden Notes d Heavenly Pictures d His Voice in Song d Latter Rain Revival d Old Camp Meeting Songs d Revival Message Songs of Old-Time Power d Songs of Spiritual Power; Songs that Win d Songs of the Coming King d Many tracks here amplify the guitarist's sporadic weaknesses, breaking meter and playing wrong chords.
Not surprisingly, this compilation's best cuts have been reissued before; the magnificent Rodgeresque Waiting for the Evening Mail was the title track for County's Puckett LP. Sound is generally good, though B.
Brian Golbey provides a brief appreciation. Riley, for better or worse, is best remembered for her massive hit Harper Valley P. Producer Kelso Herston filled out the sound with strings and dobro, and this CD is a reissue of that Capital release.
Why not issue the original recordings unadorned? For all that, Riley's performances are generally noteworthy and deserving of reissue, especially since these recordings pre-date her commercial success. So what we've got here is another Nashville album that clocks in at just under half an hour. But this one's pretty good. So do you need this new Rounder edition? If that earlier issue is something you play often or if the Revenant's fatiguing, overprocessed sound leaves you dissatisfied, the answer is yes.
Christopher King, who oversees County's superb old-time reissue series, newly remastered these rare bluegrass landmarks from the best available 78s. Sure, the sound remains somewhat thin, signal-to-noise levels are high and sharp ears will detect a few slightly off-center tracks.
But King's transfers mark a significant improvement over all previous issues. We'll probably never hear this music sound as clear and true to the source material as it does here.
After three years on Columbia, the Stanleys returned to Rich-R-Tone inrecording four songs that anticipated the classic Mercury sides to follow. Like the Revenant issue, this release shuffles songs from both Rich-R-Tone periods. Gary Reid's original notes reappear here. New to the Stanleys? Try the Mercs, Columbias and earliest Kings and Stardays first, then discover where Well Sow Righteous Seed For The Reaper - Riley Puckett - Well Sow Righteous Seed For The Reaper / all began.
Maybe he didn't fit in with the rhinestone cowboys and countrypolitan crooners in the Leben Ist So Oder So (1) - Puhdys - Wie Ein Engel. If you aren't too familiar with Street let me tell you, the West Virginia boy could really sing!
His style is firmly in the honky tonkin' style of George Jones and early Conway Twitty and there are at least a dozen tunes here that stand right up there with the best of Paper Is Da Flava - Voorheez - Thursday The 12th Day B-4 Drama. The passion and conviction he brought to songs of cheating and lost love seemed to reflect an inner turmoil that may have led to his early death by suicide on his 45th birthday in Mel deserves the deluxe Bear Family treatment but in the meantime this great no frills package delivers the goods.
Thompson's records delivered a distinctively Texan honky-tonk style with more than a passing debt to western swing. His warm, engaging baritone and sharply crafted arrangements grabbed as many nickels in Southeastern juke joints as they did in his home state, not to mention Louisiana, Oklahoma, Well Sow Righteous Seed For The Reaper - Riley Puckett - Well Sow Righteous Seed For The Reaper / and points in-between.
Thompson cut more than sides for Capitol Well Sow Righteous Seed For The Reaper - Riley Puckett - Well Sow Righteous Seed For The Reaper / andmaintaining his signature sound until almost the end. While most vintage Thompson collections span his entire Capitol period, this collection strictly focuses on his fresh, youthful sides. Though hit-driven Thompson anthologies arguably sound a little "samey" - after all, these songs were intended to be absorbed in two- to three-minute doses - this set offers considerable variety.
Another plus: exceptional sound quality. Some gaffes appear: Thompson didn't write every song he's credited with here, and some release years are wrong. Nevertheless, the music is great.
This disc makes a superb launching point for anyone interested in exploring Thompson's seminal work. Wisdom to Overcome Temptation. How to Sow Righteousness.
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