Saturday, May 7, 2022

K's Greatest Country Songs SPECIAL VA - The Greatest Country Songs of All Time, 130 Definitive Classics (Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (5 x CD's)

 

K's Greatest Country Songs SPECIAL 

Following on from Thursday's K-tel Country albums set, this new set offers a wealth of country songs that  are considered some of the best.

VA - The Greatest Country Songs of All Time, 130 Definitive Classics (Super Deluxe Edition)  [2022] (5 x CD's)

The latest in my 'greatest' compilation series and a follow up to the K-tells 'Take Me Home, 'Country' Roads' recent post.

Following months of extensive research reading through critics and experts polls from the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, Time Out, CMT, SiriusXM,and many many others, plus fan polls, country music blogs, online discussion forums votes (Steve Hoffman), Wikipedia info, Billboard Country Charts, my own recollections and favourites, I have finally settled upon my 130 Greatest Country Songs of All Time compilation. These are the songs which feature most on the many many lists of the best and greatest original classic country songs ever made: critics lists, fan lists, online discussion forums, radio and TV countdowns, etc.

There has never been a really good official country music compilation with a thorough overview and cross section from its humble beginnings to the present day, and like my previous 'greatest' collections, my goal was to include the very very best of the genre, the cream of the crop, and to add a number of hard to find and often rare tracks you just never see on compilations due to licensing restrictions, music rights issues, etc.

ALL tracks are the 100% original versions, NO later re-recordings, 'live in concert', or ‘stereo enhanced’ versions - only the original 7” 45 and 10" 78 single mixes, with many in their original mono form.

Time to get these tunes a rollin'!

Hope you enjoy my selections.

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Track Lists


CD1

01 Johnny Cash I Walk the Line (Original 1956 Sun Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:43

02 Patsy Cline & the Jordanaires Crazy (Original 1961 Decca Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:44

03 Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Original 1949 MGM Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:46

04 George Jones He Stopped Loving Her Today 3:17

05 Jimmie Rodgers feat. Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin Armstrong Standing on the Corner (Blue Yodel No. 9) 2:38

06 Tammy Wynette Stand by Your Man 2:39

07 Ray Charles You Don't Know Me (Original 1962 ABC-Paramount 7" Mono Single Version) 3:15

08 Merle Haggard and The Strangers Mama Tried 2:11

09 Dolly Parton Jolene 2:37

10 Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys 2:32

11 The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (Original 1951 Columbia Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:55

12 Buck Owens and his Buckaroos I've Got a Tiger By the Tail 2:13

13 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys Blue Moon of Kentucky (Original 1947 Columbia Records 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 3:01

14 Hank Williams Settin' the Woods on Fire 2:35

15 Hank Thompson The Wild Side of Life 2:42

16 Kitty Wells It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (Original 1952 Decca Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:31

17 Loretta Lynn Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) 2:08

18 Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman 3:05

19 Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys New San Antonio Rose (Original 1940 Okeh 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 2:37

20 George Strait All My Ex's Live in Texas 3:20

21 Kenny Rogers The Gambler (Original 1978 United Artists 7" Single Version) 3:30

22 The Carter Family Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By) (Original 1935 Banner 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 3:06

23 Ernest Tubb Walking the Floor Over You 2:35

24 Lefty Frizzell 024 If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time 2:57

25 Johnny Paycheck Take This Job and Shove It 2:38

26 Johnny Cash Ring of Fire (Original 1963 Columbia Nashville 7" Mono Single Version) 2:38

27 Hank Williams 027 I Saw the Light 2:44

28 Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas) 3:24


CD2

29 Faron Young Hello Walls 2:23

30 Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart 2:42

31 The Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love (Original 1957 Cadence Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:19

32 Loretta Lynn Coal Miner's Daughter 3:01

33 Buck Owens and his Buckaroos Act Naturally 2:22

34 George Jones The Grand Tour 3:06

35 Lefty Frizzell 035 Long Black Veil 3:01

36 Marijohn Wilkin and the Jacks My Long Black Veil 3:14

37 Bobbie Gentry Ode to Billie Joe 4:13

38 Willie Nelson Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 2:18

39 Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues (Original 1955 Sun Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:50

40 Charley Pride Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' 2:02

41 Jeannie C. Riley Harper Valley P.T.A. 3:11

42 Marty Robbins El Paso 4:21

43 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons 2:36

44 Ray Price Crazy Arms 2:30

45 George Jones The Race Is On (Original 1964 United Artists 7" Mono Single Version) 2:08

46 Patsy Cline & the Jordanaires I Fall to Pieces 2:47

47 Merle Haggard Okie from Muskogee 2:43

48 Tammy Wynette D-I-V-O-R-C-E 2:57

49 Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors 3:04

50 Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors 2:55

51 Roger Miller King of the Road 2:26

52 Garth Brooks The Dance 3:41

53 Reba McEntire Fancy 4:58

54 Tom T. Hall (Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine 4:10


CD3

55 Ronnie Milsap Smoky Mountain Rain 3:43

56 Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You (Original 1974 RCA Victor 7" Single Version) 2:54

57 Lynn Anderson Rose Garden 2:53

58 Johnny Cash & June Carter Jackson 2:45

59 Dave Dudley Six Days on the Road (Original 1963 Golden Wing 7" Mono Single Version) 2:20

60 Kenny Rogers Lucille 3:40

61 Crystal Gayle Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue 2:36

62 Martina McBride Independence Day 3:26

63 Shania Twain You're Still the One 3:32

64 Billie Jo Spears Blanket on the Ground 3:33

65 John Denver Take Me Home, Country Roads 3:11

66 Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy 3:13

67 Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made for Walkin' (Original 1965 Reprise Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:43

68 Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn 2:55

69 Jim Reeves He'll Have to Go 2:19

70 Charlie Rich The Most Beautiful Girl 2:42

71 Patsy Cline Walkin' After Midnight (Original 1957 Decca Records 7" Mono Single Version) 2:35

72 Brenda Lee I'm Sorry 2:40

73 Glen Campbell Galveston 2:41

74 C.W. McCall Convoy (Original 1975 MGM Records 7" Single Version) 3:49

75 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John 3:03

76 Hank Williams Lovesick Blues 2:45

77 Jimmie Rodgers In the Jailhouse Now (Original 1928 Victor 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 3:18

78 The Carter Family Keep on the Sunny Side (Original 1928 Victor 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 2:51

79 Ray Price For the Good Times 3:49


CD3

80 George Jones She Still Thinks I Care 2:34

81 The Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down to Georgia 3:35

82 The Statler Brothers Flowers on the Wall 2:20

83 John Prine Angel from Montgomery 3:41

84 Janis Joplin Me and Bobby McGee 4:31

85 Willie Nelson Always on My Mind 3:30

86 Conway Twitty Hello Darlin' 2:29

87 Slim Whitman Rose Marie 2:19

88 Faron Young It's Four in the Morning 2:58

89 George Jones Choices 3:24

90 Hank Williams Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 2:53

91 Al Dexter and his Troopers Pistol Packin' Mama 2:46

92 Loretta Lynn Fist City 2:12

93 Marie Osmond Paper Roses 2:40

94 Patsy Cline Sweet Dreams (of You) 2:34

95 Patti Page Tennessee Waltz 3:03

96 Glen Campbell Gentle on My Mind 2:57

97 Billy Swan I Can Help (Original 1974 Monument 7" Single Edit) 2:58

98 The Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow (Original 1976 Warner Bros./Curb 7" Single Version) 3:14

99 Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs 3:03

100 Rosanne Cash Seven Year Ache 3:17

101 Kris Kristofferson Sunday Morning Comin' Down 4:32

102 Gram Parsons Return of the Grievous Angel 4:21

103 O.B. McClinton Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You 2:34

104 Waylon Jennings Luckenbach Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) 3:21


CD5

105 Garth Brooks Friends in Low Places 4:24

106 Conway Twitty It's Only Make Believe (Original 1958 MGM Records 7" Single Version) 2:12

107 Linda Martell I Almost Called Your Name 2:06

108 Connie Smith Once a Day 2:17

109 Sammi Smith Help Me Make It Through the Night 2:35

110 The Highwaymen Highwayman 3:04

111 Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me (Original 1958 RCA Victor 7" Mono Single Version) 2:31

112 Hank Snow I'm Movin' On (Original 1950 RCA Victor 7" Mono Single Version) 2:48

113 Roy Acuff and his Crazy Tennesseeans feat. Dynamite Hatcher, vocal) Wabash Cannonball (Original 1938 Vocalion 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 2:48

114 The Carter Family Wildwood Flower (Original 1928 Victor 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 3:09

115 Gene Autry Back In the Saddle (Original 1939 Vocalion 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 2:34

116 Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Original 1949 Mecrury 10" 78 RPM Mono Single Version) 2:39

117 Eddy Arnold with Hugo Winterhalter's Chorus and Orchestra The Cattle Call (1955 RCA Victor 7" Mono Single Version) 2:31

118 Jack Greene There Goes My Everything 2:34

119 Bobby Bare 119 The Streets of Baltimore 2:37

120 Loretta Lynn You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man) 2:13

121 Billie Jo Spears What I've Got in Mind 2:45

122 Leroy Van Dyke Walk on By 2:19

123 Kenny Rogers Coward of the County 4:21

124 Waylon Jennings 124 Good Hearted Woman 2:59

125 David Allen Coe 125 You Never Even Called Me by My Name 5:16

126 George Strait Amarillo by Morning 2:53

127 Eddy Arnold Make the World Go Away 2:39

128 Hank Williams 128 Hey, Good Lookin' 2:55

129 Patsy Cline She's Got You 2:58

130 Skeeter Davis The End of the World 2:36

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24 comments:

  1. boy the hits just keep on coming, thanks much

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  2. I would say, I'm not a big country fan, but this is making me rethink my position

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    1. Thanks Pol.
      Its funny how that happens.
      Cheers.

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  3. thank you so much B.B love this country music

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    1. Thanks Aussie.
      Enjoy every moment as you see fit.
      Cheers.

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  4. This looks like all cream, no skiim, thanks!

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    1. Hi Gummo.
      Great set of Country tracks, everyone should have exposure to these.
      Cheers.

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  5. I was sold just reading the first 4 tracks!
    Thanks K & BB

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    1. Hi lemonflag,
      Great song are just great songs whatever the genre. Enjoy.
      Cheers.

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    2. Thanks for posting and for all of the hard work it took to pull this set together.
      Cheers,
      Mike M

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    3. Thanks Mike.
      Appreciated.
      Cheers

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  6. Very nice collection Butterboy, as always many thanks!

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    1. Thanks Little Bill.
      K will be pleased.
      Cheers.

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  7. Another stunning offering from K, binging back many war memories of my Dad, and his love of Country music.

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    1. Hi SneekyPete,
      Great music always stand up to time and make us remember other times.
      Cheers.

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  8. What an accomplishment! We are not worthy!

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  9. Really well done - thank you!

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