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American Country Songs [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import]

Helen Merrill Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST! 11 Sep 2013
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Just over 50 years after I heard my brothers Eddie and Donald's copy of "American Country Songs" in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as a teenager [ there is still a much-played and much-scratched vinyl LP knocking around in the family vaults somewhere ], and after over five years of looking out for it on Amazon - to my amazement,I am now listening to it again in China, Meizhou [ my grandfather's home town] on cd...complete with the original cover and the original liner notes...thanks to the Japanese love of Helen Merrill and of jazz in general...

It sounds just as magical, as it did then...see my original review on, when I was still searching for it - the first time I have ever reviewed anything on Amazon...

If you appreciate jazz,and love country music, buy this unique recording immediately, one for yourself and copies for your best friends...I bought two,in case one disappears and I have to wait another 50 years before I can find it again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars MEMORIES OF MUSIC FROM MY YOUTH 28 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have not actually heard Helen Merrill's "American Country Songs" for a very long time - perhaps twenty-five years. The original vinyl album bought by my brothers, Donald and Eddie, both avid jazz fans - and now very scratched - is somewhere in London, England or Port Elizabeth, South Africa. But I remember very clearly the impact that hearing this record (and the other jazz records in my brothers' collection, including "Helen Merrill" with Clifford Brown, and Helen Merrill's "Dream of You,) had on me at the age of 13 or 14 growing up in South Africa.
I have also been looking out for it for a very long time in the record shops of London and the pages of Amazon. Then, finally, I saw it on Amazon - and immediately pre-ordered a copy even at the stupendous price of S34, to be sent to me in China - only to find on 27th November, it is still not yet in stock. Another wait! In frustration, the only thing I can do (besides wait) is to review it, in the hope it will spur a flood of orders and galvanise Amazon into getting this in stock QUICKLY!
I am reviewing it from a distant memory, but the marriage of Helen's warm, smoky vocals and country standards such as " I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", " Cold Cold Heart", 'I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, " You Don't Know Me" is electrifying.
If you are a fan of Helen Merrill (like I am) or a lover of country music(again, like I am), then order this album immediately!
I promise you, you will not be disappointed. It is a superb album by Helen Merrill, and a "country" album like no other.
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