Oddly enough for a band that started as an attraction at the Opryland theme park, Diamond Rio turned out to be more authentic and original than most any of their country contemporaries, eschewing session musicians to sing and play everything on just about every song they recorded. Add crisp, multi-part harmony arrangements and excellent songwriting to that streak of homegrown creativity and you had, along with Alabama, the biggest country group of the ‘90s, which The Definitive Hits Collection celebrates by living up to its name with all 31 of the 33 hits Diamond Rio notched during its unparalleled run on the Arista Nashville label. The 40-song set leads off “Meet in the Middle,” the only debut single EVER to hit #1 on the charts, and doesn’t let up with such chart-toppers as “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” and “I Believe,” plus such favorites as “Love a Little Stronger,” “Walkin’ Away,” “You’re Gone,” and more. Notes by Bill Kopp round out the set, which is freshly remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios. By far the biggest and best Diamond Rio collection ever!
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From the time that Ford first stepped into Capitol’s recording studio in 1949, until he left the label in ’76, he recorded everything from swinging hillbilly boogies to American saga songs, pop standards and country favorites. This 20-track collection, focusing on his early days in the studio, assembles some of his biggest hits, but also a number of rarities and songs never reissued in the U.S. Highlights: “Smokey Mountain Boogie,” “I’ll Never Be Free” (with Kay Starr), “Hey, Good Lookin'” (with Helen O’Connell), “Sixteen Tons” and more.
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American legend Tennessee Ernie Ford is known for his unmistakable, booming voice and contagious personality as an artist, radio personality, actor and TV host. A beloved household name since the 1950s, Ford’s talent as a singer has garnered sales of over 90 million albums sold worldwide. Gospel music was one of his greatest career passions as seen on his prime-time variety tv program, evidenced by his chart-topping recording successes and captured on this timeless collection containing such classic songs as ‘Peace in the Valley,’ ‘How Great Thou Art,’ ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Precious Memories,’ ‘Blessed Assurance’ and many more.
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She’s often been called the ‘Queen of Country Music’ and I don’t know if you’ll find anyone more qualified to wear that crown other than Dolly Parton. From her early hits like ‘Stand By Your Man’ and ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’ right up to her collaboration with the KLF on ‘Justified & Ancient’, Wynette was Country music personified. The sadness, anger or joy of the lyrics became part of who Wynette was: A classy Country diva who was tough and strong yet had a heart of gold. 27 tracks. SMS.
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Ray Price was certainly one of the greatest of all the honky tonk singers in Country music. With over 100 hits to his credit, his rich baritone voice was just as comfortable on maudlin ballads as it was on neo-rockers and up-tempo western swing styled music. This collection features the four original albums: ‘Sings Heart Songs’, ‘Talk To Your Heart’, ‘Ray Price’s Greatest Hits’ and ‘San Antonio Rose’ plus 10 bonus tracks which were all top ten country chart hits. This set covers just a fraction of Ray Price’s illustrious career and although it is just a quick look it is nevertheless a hit laden fraction.
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One of the most sought-after songwriters in country music-Rodney Crowell wrote songs for everyone from Waylon Jennings to Emmylou Harris. His hit list includes Ashes By Now; Queen of Hearts; Shame on the Moon; Stars on the Water; Victim or a Fool; I Ain’t Living Long Like This and more.
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A great album that contains the following songs:
1. An Old Fashioned Christmas, The Statler Brothers
2. Santa’s on His Way, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
3. When It’s Christmas on the Range, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
4. Maybe Next Christmas, George Jones
5. Christmas Every Day, George Jones
6. Something You Can’t Buy, The Statler Brothers
7. Family Bible, George Jones
8. If We Make It Through December, Faron Young
9. Blue Christmas, The Stonemans
10. I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas, Mary (Without You), Jerry Lee Lewis
11. New Baby for Christmas, George Jones
12. Santa Claus’ Daughter, Charlie Rich
13. Six Tons of Toys, Dave Dudley
14. Old Toy Trains, Roger Miler
15. Old Time Merry Christmas, Dave Dudley
16. Greensleeves, Thumbs Carllile
17. Silent Night, Roger Miller
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This 2-DVD Collector’s Edition of Dale Evans: Beyond the Happy Trails interviews family and friends who celebrate the life of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers and their influence on American culture. Despite being a destitute, divorced, single-mother at age 16, Dale went on to be a role model for millions of young girls. She starred in more than 100 movies and television shows and authored 28 inspirational books, including Angel Unaware, which provoked a generation to love and care for children with special needs. For everyone who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Roy and Dale were an every-Saturday attraction on the movie screen or television. INCLUDED in your 2-DVD Collector’s Edition: Dale Evans: Beyond the Happy Trails My Pal Trigger (73 min, uncut) Lights of Old Santa Fe (73 min, uncut) The Roy Rogers TV Show: Brady’s Bonanza The Roy Rogers TV Show: Backfire The Roy Rogers’ 100th Birthday Commemorative Collection is a wonderful reminder to some, and an introduction to others, of the values and character of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
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