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The Golden Age of Country [Box set]

Various Artists - Time Life Music Audio CD
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Not only is this the largest collection EVER devoted to the classic country sounds of the '50s and '60s, but this set devotes two of its ten CDs to rarely-anthologized, hard-to-find hits from such artists as Warner Mack ( The Bridge Washed Out ), Johnny Wright ( Hello Vietnam ), Ernest Ashworth ( Talk Back Trembling Lips ) and Bill Phillips ( Put It Off until Tomorrow )! Plus, you'll find gems like Loretta Lynn's first hit, I'm a Honky Tonk Girl , recorded for the tiny Zero label, and Elvis' very first hit, That's All Right , recorded for Sun in 1954. Not to mention other signature songs like Hey Good Lookin' Hank Williams; Walk On By Leroy Van Dyke; There Goes My Everything Jack Greene; Dang Me Roger Miller; There Stands the Glass Webb Pierce; White Lightning George Jones; Still Bill Anderson; Singing the Blues Marty Robbins; Crazy Arms Ray Price; The Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton; The Three Bells Browns; I'm Moving On Hank Snow; Four Walls Jim Reeves; I've Got a Tiger by the Tail Buck Owens; This Ole House Stuart Hamblen; Last Date Floyd Cramer; Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash; Detroit City Bobby Bare; Saginaw, Michigan Lefty Frizzell; Don't Touch Me Jeannie Seely; The Wild Side of Life Hank Thompson; Young Love Sonny James; Hello Walls Faron Young; Galveston Glen Campbell; Girl on the Billboard Del Reeves; My Baby's Gone Louvin Brothers; I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven Tex Ritter; Old Rivers Walter Brennan, and more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best compilation of country music Jan. 29 2013
By Cindy
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I bought this for my husband and he really enjoys it. There is a ton of music. Each cd case comes with two cd's in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift Dec 26 2013
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I purchased this as a gift for my Mother for Christmas and it made her Christmas which made mine. 5 stars can not due it justice. Remember when you were a child and you asked Santa for that special gift the only thing you wanted and remember how you felt when you got that gift well that was my Christmas morning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great product Aug. 14 2013
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this was a gift for someone and they loved it. . they listen to it all the time. love the old time music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Country - A Complete List of Tracks April 26 2012
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Time-Life sells this box set on TV for an inflated price, so it's similarly overpriced on Amazon, but it does include wonderful music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. If you buy it at a discount from an Amazon Marketplace seller, you'll be happier.

Nearly all of the major country performers of the period are here: Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Kitty Wells, and many others. During the "Golden Age of Country," the genre stopped being called hillbilly music and entered the mainstream along with pop stars like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and the Everly Brothers, all of whom are well-represented on this anthology.

In addtion to the big hits, there are also many rarities as well as two discs devoted to "hard-to-find hits." You'll get a total of 10 themed CDs with 158 well-mastered tracks in seemingly random order, as if you happened upon them while listening to the radio. They're housed in a box with booklets containing liner notes. A full track listing follows:

CD 1: Waltz Across Texas 1
1 Hey, Good Lookin' - Hank Williams
2 White Lightning - George Jones
3 You Ain't Woman Enough - Loretta Lynn
4 Walk On By - Leroy Van Dyke
5 Waltz Across Texas - Ernest Tubb and His Texas Troubadours
6 Next in Line - Conway Twitty
7 King of the Road - Roger Miller
8 Crazy - Patsy Cline
9 Love's Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
10 Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
11 In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
12 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells
13 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
14 A Week in a Country Jail - Tom T. Hall
15 Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson
16 There Goes My Everything - Jack Greene

CD 2: Waltz Across Texas 2
1 Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams
2 Walkin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline
3 There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
4 Makin' Believe - Kitty Wells
5 Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash
6 The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
7 My Special Angel - Bobby Helms
8 Tender Years - George Jones
9 Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn
10 It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
11 Trouble's Back in Town - Wilburn Brothers
12 Still - Bill Anderson
13 Three Hearts in a Tangle - Roy Drusky
14 What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser out of Me) - Jerry Lee Lewis
15 Dang Me - Roger Miller
16 Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers

CD 3: Crazy Arms 1
1 Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins
2 (When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There - Carl Smith
3 If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time - Lefty Frizzell
4 I Can't Stop Lovin' You - Don Gibson
5 Crazy Arms - Ray Price
6 Four Walls - Jim Reeves
7 That's All Right - Elvis Presley
8 The Cattle Call - Eddy Arnold and His Guitar
9 I'm Moving On - Hank Snow
10 The Carroll County Accident - Porter Wagoner
11 The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
12 A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
13 The Three Bells (Les Trois Cloches) - The Browns
14 Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
15 My Elusive Dreams - Tammy Wynette and David Houston
16 The End of the World - Skeeter Davis

CD 4: Crazy Arms 2
1 Heartaches by the Number - Ray Price
2 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
3 The Last Thing on My Mind - Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
4 Once a Day - Connie Smith
5 Kaw-Liga - Charley Pride
6 Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter
7 I've Got a Tiger by the Tail - Buck Owens
8 Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line - Waylon Jennings
9 May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose - "Little" Jimmy Dickens
10 The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys
11 D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
12 Pop a Top Jim - Ed Brown
13 Abilene - George Hamilton IV
14 Slow Poke - Pee Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys
15 This Ole House - Stuart Hamblen
16 Last Date - Floyd Cramer

CD 5: Honky Tonk Man 1
1 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
2 Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson
3 El Paso - Marty Robbins
4 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
5 Pick Me Up on Your Way Down - Charlie Walker
6 Detroit City - Bobby Bare
7 He'll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
8 Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold
9 Don't Let Me Cross Over - Carl Butler and Pearl
10 Wolverton Mountain - Claude King
11 Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
12 Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette
13 Charlie's Shoes - Billy Walker
14 Flowers on the Wall - The Statler Brothers
15 Skip a Rope - Henson Cargill
16 Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger - Charley Pride

CD 6: Honky Tonk Man 2
1 Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
2 Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
3 (Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely - Johnnie & Jack
4 City Lights - Ray Price
5 Honky-Tonk Man - Johnny Horton
6 Saginaw, Michigan - Lefty Frizzell
7 Please Help Me, I'm Falling - Hank Locklin
8 Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash
9 Walk Through This World with Me - George Jones
10 Almost Persuaded - David Houston
11 I've Been Everywhere - Hank Snow
12 Green, Green Grass of Home - Porter Wagoner
13 My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
14 Don't Touch Me - Jeannie Seely
15 Hey Joe! - Carl Smith
16 I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know - The Davis Sisters

CD 7: The Wild Side of Life
1 I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
2 Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
3 The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson
4 You Win Again - Jerry Lee Lewis
5 Young Love - Sonny James
6 Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard and the Strangers
7 The Race Is On - George Jones
8 Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
9 It's Such a Pretty World Today - Wynn Stewart
10 Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky
11 Hello Walls - Faron Young
12 We Must Have Been out of Our Minds - George Jones and Melba Montgomery
13 I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby - The Louvin Brothers
14 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Skeets McDonald
15 Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
16 Indian Love Call - Slim Whitman

CD 8: Hillbilly Heaven
1 Mama Tried - Merle Haggard and the Strangers
2 She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones
3 I Dreamed of a Hill-Billy Heaven - Tex Ritter
4 Funny How Time Slips Away - Willie Nelson
5 Galveston - Glen Campbell
6 My Baby's Gone - The Louvin Brothers
7 A Dear John Letter - Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard
8 The Shot Gun Boogie - Tennessee Ernie Ford
9 Squaws Along the Yukon - Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys
10 Alone with You - Faron Young
11 You Better Not Do That - Tommy Collins
12 Gone - Ferlin Husky
13 Girl on the Billboard - Del Reeves
14 Old Rivers - Walter Brennan with the Johnny Mann Singers
15 Right or Wrong - Wanda Jackson
16 You're the Only World I Know - Sonny James

CD 9: Hard to Find Hits 1
1 Why Baby Why - Red Sovine and Webb Pierce
2 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - Red Foley
3 A Little Bitty Tear - Burl Ives
4 Thanks a Lot - Ernest Tubb
5 I Ain't Never - Webb Pierce
6 Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins
7 Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley
8 I'm a Honky Tonk Girl - Loretta Lynn
9 From a Jack to a King - Ned Miller
10 Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got?) - Leon Ashley
11 Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright
12 You're the Reason - Bobby Edwards
13 Statue of a Fool - Jack Greene
14 The Bridge Washed Out - Warner Mack
15 For Loving You - Bill Anderson and Jan Howard

CD 10: Hard to Find Hits 2
1 Alabam - Cowboy Copas
2 Fraulein - Bobby Helms
3 Gonna Find Me a Bluebird - Marvin Rainwater
4 Wishful Thinking - Wynn Stewart
5 It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin' - Johnny Tillotson
6 Talk Back Trembling Lips - Ernest Ashworth
7 Let's Think About Living - Bob Luman
8 Yes, Mr. Peters - Roy Drusky and Priscilla Mitchell
9 A Fallen Star - Jimmy Newman
10 I Found My Girl in the U.S.A. - Jimmie Skinner
11 No Help Wanted - The Carlisles
12 Put It Off Until Tomorrow - Bill Phillips
13 That's My Pa - Sheb Wooley
14 There's a Big Wheel - Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
15 Giddyup Go - Red Sovine
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Country Music At It's Best! Dec 18 2009
By Annmarie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fans of classic country music will LOVE this collection. I bought this as a gift for my parents and they love love LOVE it! They listen to it all the time and even enjoy looking at the disc covers trying to identify the different artists. Priced below the Time Life site, I couldn't have found a better deal!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Great Music Collection Feb. 2 2010
By Jack Shatter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a music lover all my life but, because I was
city-raised and never knew anyone personally who was a fan,
I never really came to grips with country music as a genre.
When I saw the TV promo for this set, I said "By George (Jones),
this set has many country songs I grew up enjoying along with
rock and soul tunes on the WLS hit parade!"

So I got the ten-CD set (with notes) for a great price, and I'm really
glad I did. There is abundant humor, wit, heartbreak, longing,
trucking, cheating, and drinking in these tunes. I have a new
respect for this very American music and the artists who created
it. A great value for the money!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can always argue song choices for huge sets... Feb. 19 2012
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No one can like every single track in a collection this large, but I have been listening to all kinds of music, including country, for 60 years, and I like 90 percent of these picks. I also own about 33 percent on other CD's, but when my wife and I watched the Time-Life infomercial on this last month, she decided she really wanted it. My mistake was not in saying "Fine, so do I" but rather in not checking on Amazon first. I paid the Time-Life price, when I could have saved more than $30 buying it here. Also, when I called the Time-Life number, I had to endure more than 20 minutes worth of alleged deal sweeteners or other offers before the conclusion of the transaction. To my surprise, the box set is not arranged chronologically, by coupling one or two years together, but by theme, which is much less precise. And some "themes" have two discs, so when you receive this, do not be disappointed that there are not ten jewel cases, but only six. You'll get your ten discs, each with 16 tracks. We did our listening while playing Scrabble, and enjoyed the set very much. My wife is four years younger, and not even as big a country fan as I have been, yet she knew even more of these songs than me. Maybe that's from her square dance years in her first marriage, and the long trips around the Southwest by car with her late husband. Anyway, the value is better buying from Amazon, and the hassle is less, but even if you go the Time-Life hotline route, it's a worthy collection. The bonus discs with "Hard to Find Hits" actually do have some titles that fit the category, one-hit wonders from the '50's I had not heard since I was an early teenager.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-time country music Jan. 7 2010
By Duke of URL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These ten CD's contain most, not all, but a large number, of the classic and not-so-classic country/western songs from the 50's and 60's. You never hear this music anymore, the stuff they call country music now is actually "pop". These are the train-ridin', hard-drinkin', foolin'-around laments from that time. A few are clunkers (Heartbreak Hotel??!)but most are classics. Expensive but nice.
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